Monday, September 26, 2011
Counting to Twelve
We took four teens to see a Bright Eyes concert last night. And I had a baby shower at the house during the day.
It does not pay to stress about things. I keep reminding myself of this, but it's slow to sink in. When I first offered up my house for this shower, the head count was going to be "ten or twelve" -- something I could manage. Then the pregnancy had complications, the baby came early, (he's doing great!), and suddenly people were asking if they could come, too,and the count zoomed up to twenty. All week I stressed about where I was going to seat twenty people -- the deck would have been great, but it was Sog City all week and not an option. So I spent Saturday moving furniture, adding chairs, you know, stressing.
And yesterday the sun broke through and everyone wanted to be out on the deck.
Which I had, of course, not cleaned.
So, see? All that stress and for what? I really need to just go with the flow more.
I will try to apply this to our gig on October 1st. I'm rhythmically impaired. I can't seem to count to twelve. And when you're doing songs based on 12-bar progression, counting to twelve is important.
Unless, as my drummer husband says, you "just feel it."
When you're Type-A, just feeling it collides with counting to twelve, and you find yourself lost at eleven-and-a-half going, Now?
Never mind. They all laugh at me. You're probably laughing at me, too. That's okay. I laugh at myself.
Only not when I'm lost somewhere between eight and twelve and I've got to jump in singing.
Anyway, see? I'm getting myself all stressed, and for what? It's a bar. We're going on at 11. At that stage people there will probably have trouble counting to four.
(But they probably know how to feel it.)
Anyway, some of you asked for details, so I'll add the poster. We'll do originals, plus covers by Social Distortion, Papa Roach, The Who, Alice in Chains, Jet, Sixx AM...you get the picture...it's gonna be loud. Someone's threatening to record it. I'll let you know.
Double-anyway. Onto something you may actually be interested in: I have a few early copies of Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls! Next week I will post a giveaway contest...or maybe not a contest but something. So check back here next Sunday (I won't be late, promise), and we'll figure out how to give a couple of you faithful followers a copy of the new book.
Until then, count to twelve for me!