There comes a time when you have to put your own musical tastes to one side and rely on the musical tastes of others. That day came yesterday where the Leeds Instrumental Gig group got to grips with Wilson Picketts ‘Midnight Hour’ – requested by ‘Sax Man John Munro’ and Guns and Roses ‘Knockin on Heavens Door’ – requested by ‘WPA’s Guitar Powerhouse – Mark Longley’.
When the songs were suggested, I realised that my Mum and Dad probably grooved along to Wilson and my friends at school with their bandanas and leather/denim mix apparel were rocking out to G&R – as I played football…..! TBH, I wasn’t looking forward to doing these ‘iconic’ tracks as they aren’t my ‘go to’ types of music. That was about to change….
The group welcomed two new people along yesterday, Steven Leach – Guitarist and Vox; Kate Adamson – Vox – and combined with Piano Man Adrian Wales, Adrian Burns – guitarist and vox, Steve ‘ex-punk’ Morris on bass, me on drums, CAJ and Voxy Lady Lisa Dickinson on Vox – we had the FULL BAND IN PLACE to give it a shot!
As the afternoon went on, the dynamic of the group was changing as we got more confident with the songs. At one point, all vocalist were doing a dance routine, Steve and Steve were reminiscent of Parfitt and Rossi, Sax Man’s foot was doing ten to the dozen and we HAD A GROOVE ON!!!
What I learned from yesterday is this. It’s not about the songs, it’s about doing something as a collective and seeing/hearing/feeling it get better and better as time goes on. The feeling you get when it starts to sound good is immense and as we got more comfortable with each other, the structure of the songs – something magical started to happen – it got better and better and better.
I started to get into it…….it was a shame when we got to 4pm………….but the feedback has been great. Reviews of the 5 STAR nature on Facebook – can’t ask for more. Business networking groups in Leeds have just changed.
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