So much fun, and yet…
Show day finally came for the Caligari pit band. The audience was great, the band did well (maybe with the exception of one guitar/Stick player).
First, the positives:
- The idea of taking known songs that (kinda) fit the narrative and then deconstructing/distressing them into a soundtrack for the 1920 horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was inspired and really fun to tackle (Kudos to Andrew Bedard and Leo Ashby).
- Every musician was someone I knew by name and reputation but I had never played with and every musician brought something exceptional to the table.
- Everyone involved is a top-tier improviser and got to flex those muscles going zero to weird in the blink of an eye.
- The rhythm section of Ploof/Henkel/Huisman can be best described with one word: wow.
- Great venue and staff at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theater.
- MVP status to Adam Ploof, our go-to guy for musical questions.
- The audience seemed to dig it.
- The entire process was a lot of fun.
The other side:
- The date fell right after a period in my schedule that didn’t allow for a lot of practice time so I went in feeling a bit rough and ill-prepared.
- I usually have multiple instruments on a gig (there’s always a spare). This case? Nah. So when my B string went wonky just before the climax of the proceedings, I did what I could to remedy it, but