08/16/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 51

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
This was a wide-ranging rehearsal. We all seemed to have kind of a rough time. We went around to various songs that we thought we would feel good about but ended up having to repeat them all quite a bit. The forms were rough and individual people had trouble with their parts sometimes. This rehearsal is a good example of why we rehease. Ben couldnt get the form right on Feel Like Makin Love to save his life. These experiences make us better as a band though, and if we spent all our time playing our favorites like 1-2-3 and Use Me and Get Loose, we would never improve. At least thats what Ben keeps telling himself.

08/09/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 50

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
This probably isnt actually rehearsal 50. There have been many more that werent recorded, and there have been several that were probably misnumbered, and Im not even sure we started numbering from number 1. Another gig got canceled. We were geared up to run the songs but then there was no point. Paul pointed us to a version of Naima that is in a bizarre time signature, and it seems right up our alley. We are actually all struggling to make it work and be correct. We will get it eventually. Anyway the first hour or two of rehearsal was us trying to figure out that song. Then we ran a bunch of things from the book.

07/26/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 49

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
Were getting back more into the flow of things. This is your more typical rehearsal for Gato. We again thought we had a gig coming up at this time, so we started running more of the older songs in the book, mixed with the newer tougher ones. Then we took a break. After the break, we came back and got more experimental, with songs like Feel Like Makin Love and Work Song. We closed by showing Chase the work we had done on Sing a Song of Songs. He seemed to like it.

07/12/2020 - Gato Maestro 4: Sing a Song of Song

Ben's House
 
The instrumentalists of Gato Maestro got together without Mr. Pickett because he had a prior engagement. We took the opportunity to work on learning a new song: Sing a Song of Song by Kenny Garrett. We also made sure we could still make it through Jody Grind. Iffy. We played a couple of the Gato tunes just for nostalgia almost. Its very evident to us that we need our singer to complete the sound on those songs. The instrumentals are coming toghether, though, which should come in handy on a gig. Its worth noting that this is another one of those times where Ben only ran tape when we were coming to the point of something sounding good. Theres hours of us just listening to the tune, talking, taking notes, and basically learning the song that were not ever recorded.

06/28/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 48

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
The gig got forestalled or canceled due to COVID, so we decided to take this rehearsal time period to learn some new cover tunes. Because this was a rehearsal of mostly learning and listening to the song and learning and listening to the song and writing down notes, there isnt much audio. Ben only ran tape a couple of times during the rehearsal, when it sounded like we could turn in a good performance of one of the cover. In particular, we learned Lean on Me by Bill Withers, and we looked at Stir It Up by Bob Marley. Lean on Me stuck, and we have added it to the book. We couldnt seem to get Stir It Up to sound the way we wanted, so we decided to drop it.

06/22/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 47

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
Having been on break for months due to COVID, we finally secured a gig. The 21st was Fathers Day, so nobody could meet for rehearsal at that time. Given how close the gig was, we decided a weeknight rehearsal was in order. This is that rehearsal. We ran things from the book to make sure they were not in disrepair. Three months off is a long time, but we managed to pull it together.

03/01/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 46

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
We ran through some of the newer originals again. Special attention paid to Feel Like Makin Love. We also pulled Good Ol Lovin off the shelf and ran it. Then at the end, Kyle brought a new song to our attention and we worked on sussing that out. The chorus feels pretty set but we need to put together a verse.

02/22/2020 - Justin and Ben Jam

Ben's House
 
Seemed to Ben like Justin probably gets tired of playing bass all the time when playing with Ben. Ben is used to jamming with guitar players. Ben decided to jam with Justin. The day was already long because we had been listening to playbacks of our new single and figuring out which tracks to use when and making determinations about overall content and whether we were done or not. Kyle had to leave, and then Ben and Justin decided to just keep the music flowing afterwards. The recording level is interesting on this. You can often hear Bens fingers hitting the keys.

02/16/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 45

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
We have started to get back in the flow of rehearsals, which is great to do. We have been running an amalgamation of newer tunes in the book and then spending part of our rehearsal time learning new tunes. The new tune today was Like Anyone Else by Derek Trucks Band. We had done this back in the Junction 57 days but had put it by the wayside. We resurrected it for this rehearsal and its now back in the book. There was also a significantly long jam between the non-smokers of the group.

02/09/2020 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 44

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
 
We ran some of the newer parts of the book. Songs we have added to the book within the past year or so. Then we explored some covers that we might do. This was the first time the band ran Feel Like Makin Love by DAngelo. There was also a multitude of jams.