First of all, let me say that the Band Wives need a tour bus. There are details still to be worked out, like full-time jobs and families and children, and how the two bands would tour together, but Mobius Jones, Day Ja Voo, and more importantly, the Band Wives, need a tour bus.
Ever since everyone started joking about how I have been stalking Day Ja Voo and Mobius Jones three years ago, people have told me I needed to watch the movie Almost Famous. There is actually an entire list of movies I have never seen, and we are working through it slowly, one by one, so I just put this one at the bottom. Then I caught the pilot episode of Roadies, the new series on Showtime this summer by the guy who wrote Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe. After watching this very engaging and electric first episode on Netflix (where they try to get you sucked in to try their Showtime app), I decided to put Almost Famous at the top of the list. This morning I caught the movie, and I now see what the hype is all about. This movie entertained me like no other in my recent movie watching history. And I want to be Penny Lane (Kate Hudson’s character), but without all the sex. And the drugs. OK, maybe just for Halloween.
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It’s no secret I love my bands! I think that in some cases their covers of these songs rival the originals. Here is the list of my top 10 favorite songs that they cover.
10. Shambala by Three Dog Night
I have seen these guys at a couple of festivals and boy, they can still rock after all these years!!
9. Born On The Bayou by Creedence Clearwater Revival
When Mobius Jones and Day Ja Voo get together to play this song, it’s beyond amazing!! All I have to hear are the first few guitar riffs and I am in heaven.
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I am offering a list of a different sort in this post. This weekend I went to Great Camp Sagamore to participate in a volunteer work weekend. My time there was full of fun and laughter. Here is my experience by the numbers….
0…..Number of black fly bites I bragged about receiving
1……Number of black fly bites I actually received
1……Number of long lost daughters I reconnected with (Hi Eva!)
1……Number of bloggers I met (Hi Michelle!)
2……Number of Bryans with a ‘y’
3……Number of Debbies
3……Number of times I reported for early morning kitchen duty
3……Number of tambourine songs Day Ja Voo played for me
4……Number of gorgeous days at Great Camp Sagamore
6……Number of times Charlie asked me “Haven’t we got ridden of you yet?
7……Number of fun people I worked with in the kitchen crew
9……Number of times my Mom told me she just knew I would love this place
13……Number of times I thanked Chick and Bryan for bringing me
17……Number of times I bragged about Day Ja Voo to anyone who would listen
18…..Number of days until I get to go back to Great Camp Sagamore
19……Number of times I lost a game of spoons
28……Number of times I heard the Burdick sisters laugh
Weekend volunteering at Great Camp Sagamore: PRICELESS
The tambourine. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Not a featured instrument by any stretch of the imagination. Search for top 10 tambourine songs on the internet and you come up with a number of sites. Here is my list:
10. Wheels by The Foo Fighters This is the only song included on the list from the last 30 years. I don’t know much about the Foo Fighters, but I know this song because Day Ja Voo covers it and I really like it. When you finally hit the ground, there ‘s another chance to get it right.
9. Elenore by The Turtles This song was meant as a satire of Happy Together; the powers that be wanted more of the same, so The Turtles gave it to them. “You’re my pride and joy, etc.” What is included in etc., anyway? I think the song is swell.
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Move over little dog, a big old dog is movin’ in! I saw the first performance of the Mobius Jones reboot, with a new band member. Me! The roadie! Just kidding. They have a great new talent in Bryan Rubenau, who has joined the band with keyboards and vocals.
The banquet room of Barbagallo’s slowly filled with partygoers as we did our first sound check. I was given a quick lesson in how to work the soundboard, but even then I knew I would be too scared to actually touch it during the show. There were things I could handle, like moving bags and crates from the cars and unraveling cables and cords.
There was so much to learn, this first time as a roadie. I had gone to so many shows previously, in the stalker and grouple role, but this was my first roadie gig. i transported the speaker for the bass, and helped them unpack all the equipment. I talked with the drummer while he set up, and found out my first new thing…drums need to be tuned. I also helped hook up some XLR cables and helped set up the mic stands. Are you impressed yet?
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A couple of weeks ago, I was at Dublin’s to see Day Ja Voo. I went to get a couple of drinks for the band and started a conversation with the guys sitting there at the bar. Wanting a ‘man on the street’ perspective, I asked them what they thought about the band. Scott and his friend said they were really enjoying the music, and then Scott went on to talk about how he loved 80’s music. We both graduated from college the same year (he went to UB, I went to SUNY Oswego) and we discussed our favorite music from that era. Eventually Mike returned with my beers and I delivered them to the stage.
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Day Ja Voo meets Mobius Jones. This is how it all started. On New Year’s Eve a few years ago, I first heard Mobius Jones, a band my friend John was in, along with two other guys named John, and the drummer Eric. I asked John if the band would play at a fundraiser my family had been planning, and they graciously agreed.
I had also reconnected with my friend Vinnie and had been following his band, Day Ja Voo to several venues out of town. I asked Vinnie and my friend Bryan (now a member of Day Ja Voo) if they wanted to perform a few songs there also.
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I reconnected with an old college friend I hadn’t seen in a few years. We had a great dinner, one where there were no breaks in conversation, just like the old days. Afterwards, he asked me to listen to a demo CD that was recorded with a band he had joined called Mobius Jones. It only took one song, a cover of The Cars My Best Friend’s Girlfriend, to hook me.
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I am not one for reality shows and have never tuned into Survivor or The Bachelor, but today when I was channelsurfing I found a reality show called “Rock This Boat.” This show (which I found on Pop, the recently renamed TV Guide channel) is about 3000 New Kids on the Block superfans on a cruise with the band. Grown ass women acting like raving lunatics for a band they swooned over 20+ years ago. What a train wreck.
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The tears that have already been shed on the first four episodes don’t compare to the woman crying in episode 5. In an effort to try and obtain some VIP party passes, she gets the idea to flash her breasts to one of the Kids with the party question written in sharpie marker. The Kid looks and then just turns and walks away.
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For my birthday, my band friends got me a guitar which I have been learning how to play for about 6 months now. The ‘music’ that I make is very slow and stilted. One of my very talented musician friends, John, shows me some really great things, but I have a hard time remembering some of them once I get home and practice.
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I look at my written notes and try to recreate the chord or sound that we are working on. It always sounds different, a bit off. Inevitably, I go back to play the same song I started with, using the chords C, G, and D. I strum around awhile with that and it has helped me to feel more comfortable with the instrument. It is a slow process but at least I am trying.
Now I am also taking lessons from a second talented musician friend of mine (I have lots of those!), Jeff. I tried to show him my three chords and make a joke about how all I need to be a good musician is ‘three chords and the truth’ (actually I think they say that is what you need to be a good country musician, but you get the drift.) He showed me how to make those three chords a new way from how I learned the first time, shaking my confidence a bit.
In the interest of full disclosure, I started guitar lessons so I can go visit these guys and drink with their wives. Now I have the guitar and I need to earn my keep, so to speak.
Now I am beginning to realize that there are just no absolutes. Just like life. My truth is that I will keep trying to coax music out of this beautiful guitar (it won’t be “For Baby For Bobbie” forever) and continue to spend time with my friends, willing to learn whatever I can take into my brain and then let it flow out of my fingers.
All it takes is three chords and the truth (and more chords, and bar chords, and variations, and riffs, etc.)