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4 August 2009 / April

Inside the glass oven*

We used to get breaks scheduled into Footloose rehearsals.  Those have vanished.

Also, I don’t get to use the nice synth anymore, nor do I get to use the nice amp with the crappy synth.  Instead I get the crappy synth with the crappy amp.  Needless to say, I am sounding more gorgeous than ever before.  Every time new victims enter our glass oven of extreme heat and hear me play a couple measures, they instinctively go to fiddle with the knobs on the amp while we sigh and tell them no, we’ve tried that, it’s a guitar amp, it’s not going to sound any better than this.  Then I play a glissando to demonstrate that it can in fact sound worse.  So much worse.

Speaking of worse, the extreme heat of our glass oven is not alleviated by cramming twenty people into it.  Just don’t move, I told them.  Or, alternatively, just get used to it.  After all, they will be moving during the performances.  Moving under hot stage lights.


Sorry, this was going to be more elaborate, but I just underwent an hour long distraction courtesy of my surrogate younger sister and an upset puppy.  Does one “undergo” distractions?  Starting now, yes.  Anyway, I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have a younger sibling, and now I’m finding out.

The last two-thirds of this post was going to be how vastly awesome Footloose rehearsals are in spite of the crappy amps and extreme heat.  Probably the best moment of today’s rehearsal was when the twenty people in our oven were distracted by the train passing by, and we took a minute to turn and scream out the window, a la Ariel and Ren in Footloose.

“… And now that we’ve all ruined our voices,” said Robert, “let’s sing!”

* It’s glass because it has windows, not because it’s a greenhouse or something.  Though having vocal rehearsals in a greenhouse sounds kind of like something Running to Places would do.



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  1. Rafael Lizarralde / Aug 5 2009 9:11 am

    Plantastic pursuits!

  2. Kati / Aug 10 2009 3:53 pm

    I will suggest that to Joey tonight.

    • April / Aug 10 2009 4:11 pm

      Oh, do so. Heat and humidity are good for voices, right? And CO2 will help the plants grow.

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