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.
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.
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.
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.
It was an abbreviated rehearsal on this particularly cold January day. We spent the first half just running through some of our originals and then the second half we spent listening to and making decisions about our new upcoming single. That part is not recorded. This was our first time back after quite a long break so it was good to feel the songs again and sit behind the instruments.
We did this gig back in 2017 and then missed it somehow last year, but were back again this year with a full 4 hours of music. We were contracted to play the Duke Thoracic Surgery Holiday Christmas party. We reassembled the cast of characters from the first gig and there have been many rehearsals leading up to this point. The first two sets were enjoyed by almost everyone at the party, but then by the third set everybody filtered out into this other room where all the food and gambling was and we were playing the last two sets by ourselves. The waitstaff at the party really enjoyed it though and cheered us on as we fulfilled our contractural obligations.
Our last get together to get our act together before the big gig upcoming Saturday. Everybody seemed to be struggling in this particular rehearsal and as such we ended up running the songs multiple times in a row trying to get things right. It all ended up OK though in the end if you listen to the actual gig. I decided to keep the outtakes as it were to help myself see what I could do better as far as learning songs faster and what-not.
It is now officially December and officially Winter. Unfortunately. Since the gig the Tritones are preparing for is very near the Christmas holiday, it was time to include Christmas songs. Thats what a lot of this rehearsal is. We picked up a few of the other tunes we hadnt run yet, and Robert brought in a hip arrangement of We Three Kings that proved somewhat difficult for us.
Another rehearsal in prep for our upcoming winter festivities gig. Its worth noting that Damon had been sick for a while when we had this rehearsal and still performed quite admirably. Usually a simple cold can wipe a musician out but Dr. Bass hung in there with the best of them. We seem to get stuck on Purple Rain quite a bit. Theres also a lot cut out from these rehearsals of us listening to original recordings that takes a very very long time. We get about a third usable audio. 1 hour of audio for 3 hours of rehearsal. Thats about typical as compared to other rehearsals Ive had though.
Trying to get all of these locked in and archived. We play through a bunch of standards and then we typically also work out a few arrangements from Dr. Zimmerman while we are at it. All is looking good and ready for our gig.