Month: July 2011

Smoke Rise Days – Partying on the Beach

On July 2nd, we had the privilege of playing for the Smoke Rise in Kinnelon’s annual Smoke Rise Days. Smoke Rise Days is the community’s annual pride and Independence day weekend celebration and takes place right on the beach of beautiful Lake Kinnelon.  We set up on a stage right on the beach and performed for a crowd of several thousand Smoke Rise Residents.  The band’s performance was immediately followed by the most amazing fireworks display that any of us had seen in a long time.

People young and old were dancing on the beach and singing along to every song. The combination of the beach, amazing weather and festive atmosphere truly made this one of our most enjoyable gigs in recent memory and certainly a high point for the band.

Rolling in the Deep

This was a email to my bandmates that metamorphosed into a blog.

Hey Guys and Gal,

Here are my notes and and transcribed background vocals for “Rolling in the Deep”
-tempo 104 bpm

-We must incorporate the hand claps, people react to hand clapping. Claps are crucial

– I am thinking falsetto background vocals, here is the main part.

-when the background voice is just one voice it is just the top part

-Here is that great “Wo ho ho ho” part

Side note: My music notation software was a pencil, a piece of music paper, a iPhone, and I added the text with Microsoft photo editor…getto!

All Hits Kids!

One down one to go.

2 gigs this weekend, last night we were at the Famished Frog in Morristown. Our buddy Shawn from Rhodes North stopped in to catch a set. Shawn is a bouncer up at Rhodes and always protects Shuli and breaks up fights. Now I am off to “Smoke Rise” lake to play at their fireworks.

All hits kids!