Sunday, November 21, 2010

Giving Thanks and on to Christmas!

We blinked and November is almost gone, nearly leaving us without time for a turkey theme background on the blog! By next week we'll be on to Christmas plans.

Hey, how about a wrap up of the last month before new news?

We were honored to be the guests musicians for an event at the Maranatha Christian Center a couple weeks ago. The people were wonderful, chili was delicious, and the show didn't produce a single blooper for our growing collection.

It did provide for some nice pictures!

(Thanks to Frank Gerstner Photography)

The last two performances also provided more options for a couple of shorter band demo videos. The last one was too long, so that one became two shorter ones, one specific to the music, the other an introduction to the members of the band.

Where next? *Christmas!*

We only have a few opportunities lined up for our Christmas program, including an assisted living center, and we'll be crashing Pickin' on Tennyson's First Friday Fest, as well as our own home church. What a shame to have such great tunes and only one month a year in which to play them.

Mary will join the family for a 6-part rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear?", as well as her own solo version of "Away in a Manger". The cuteness spilleth over. Michael's version of "The Grinch" is perhaps a bit too authentic, Cheryl gets "Let it Snow", the twins have some lovely duets, including "Angels We Have Heard on High", and Sean will lead "Jingle Bells".

What's next for the New Year?

We hit the ground running in January so check the schedule! I have new items I will be adding for January as I receive confirmation and details, and we are still looking for places to play on our Texas trip. There are many new songs waiting in the wings to finish arranging, hopefully adding at least a couple by the mid-January programs.

Happy Pickin' and Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

When Murphy goes to the Concert

When Murphy shows up to your concert with his set of laws in tow (that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong), you make him part of the show. I figure, that will teach him to crash our parties!

Last weekend was the first and finest, Fall Gospel Bluegrass Jamboree. Amber Waves was honored to be a part of what is hopefully to become a great series of Gospel shows in the area, so we were rather concerned when Alex's voice, (Mom & Katie's to a lesser extent), decided to take a holiday.

We waited... and waited... missing valuable rehearsal time in an effort to save her voice. It just wasn't showing back up! Finally a secondary show was created, and she agreed to two songs - well, one song, but I bribed her with a Twix bar to croak out the second. The rest we tossed in from other singers/songs from previous shows, but it wasn't easy, considering the fact that normally she is the song stealer and likes to take them all, plus the harmonies on just about everything.

Even so, we showed up intending to give a smashing performance, and smashing it was! Sometimes literally. Murphy tried his best, but we thwarted him. Thankfully, this had to be one of the most enjoyable audiences for which we've been privileged to perform. They were so much fun, we just took the silliness and went with it.

Here is a condensed version of the show, complete with bloopers and all. Normally I wouldn't show off the mistakes in a show, but Sean has been falling over laughing at us every since Saturday, and he has specifically requested a blooper video. This is both - highlights and bloopers. The video I retrieved this from was corrupted (thanks again, Murphy), so I used whatever clips I could from the non-corrupted spots.

It was so much fun! Friday we play at the Chili Fest so come out and see us!

We're still working on Alex's voice. It's mostly back, but she has a few notes she said are still getting "stuck". We'll try some light practice tonight to see if we can unstick'em gently. Prayers are always appreciated.

Happy Pickin'!