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Festivities On The Second...

Roper reported earlier on today's adventures, I guess I'll post about Friday's.
We wanted to take the girls to see fireworks. But most venues on the third or fourth will be mobbed. One of the advantages of living in the suburbs is that we have lots of fests and and celebrations to choose from.
A quick look on the internet showed that Lisle's Eyes To The Skies fest was doing fireworks Friday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday. And American English, a Beatles cover band, was playing on the main stage.
Katie spent much of the trip out bouncing in her seat, chanting "fireworks..fireworks..fireworks".
We got there about 4:30 and wandered around a bit. Katie and Julie enjoyed the bouncy castle and inflatable pirate ship in the Kids' Area. We staked out our seats on the hillside above the main stage and Roper went to collect dinner. (A superb grilled porkchop sandwich from Annabelle's BBQ for me, chicken fingers and fries for the girls and a polish and fries for himself.)And a bag of kettle corn at katie's request.

We somehow missed the evening balloon assent, but enjoyed the music.
The 6;00 act was Piano man, a Billy Joel and Elton John cover, um, tribute band. Their Joel was better than their John, but they were pretty good. Roper missed about half as Katie wanted to go bounce again. (Julie stayed with me.)

Then American English took the stage. We had seen them before, but their set had been truncated by rain. This time they did the whole show. Starting out in black suits and beatle cuts they played the garage band hits like She Loves You and I Wanna Hold Your Hand. "Paul" took the stage alone with lovely acoustic Yesterday while the rest changed into Sgt. Pepper outfits. A bunch of the psychedelic songs followed. (I'm not fond of that era, nor was Katie.)
Another quick costume change brought the we're-about-to-break-up-and-want-to-do-our-own-thing era.
They ended with a rousing Hey Jude, encouraging everyone to join in.

The girls danced and bounced about. ate kettle corn and climbed on mommy and daddy. I think they had fun.

The evening was capped with a short but satisfying fireworks display.
Julie kept repeating "That's a big one. I like fireworks!"
All in all, a lovely evening.

But it got me thinking.
The bands we listened to were made up of really good musicians. But they were playing somebody else's music. In somebody else's style.
Do they ever get sad that they aren't doing their own music?
I wonder.



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Jul. 4th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
You know stevieannie, right? She and her hubby play in a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. She'd be more knowledgeable about why one would get into that scene, rather than simply doing covers of one's favorites.

I suspect it is easier to get paying gigs AS a tribute band, which then supports one's REAL music habit.
Jul. 4th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)

The bands we listened to were made up of really good musicians. But they were playing somebody else's music. In somebody else's style.
Do they ever get sad that they aren't doing their own music?
I wonder.

You could say the same thing about fanfiction. I bet you have.

What the "Why don't you invent your own characters/music?" school of thought doesn't understand is that it's the existing work that inspires. Your bands are inspired by the Beatles, Billy Joel and Elton John. Melville was inspired by whaling. Graves was inspired by myth and history. White was inspired by Le Morte d'Arthur. I'm inspired by the Doctor, Captain Kirk and Buffy Summers.

What do you write about? You couldn't, and wouldn't, stop - or switch to a different subject or genre - just because your family and friends didn't understand, could you? Perhaps you've even tried, and found it wouldn't work? That's because this is something you're passionate about, isn't it?

Jul. 4th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
A lot of first rate musicians don't write any of their own music. You don't become a first rate musician if you don't take pride and joy in the music you play.
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