MSE – Summer BreakPosted: July 28, 2015
Well we knew she was coming, and she baked a cake …..
Thanks to Susie for the delish lemon drizzle … which also did us nicely for elevensies this morning 🙂
This is a quick note to confirm some basic arrangements over the summer break, and help us set up for a triumphant if rather late return to arms.
I thought our initial practice session of “Home on the Range” went really well – I’ll post it to the website soon and send out a separate note. I’ll also work on the Jacksons’ “I want you back” which seems to have legs and work well as a lively number. If you could get your fingers around the faster passages ready for our return, that would be great.
The much-heralded homework was as expected, that we each prepare 1 or 2 tunes as solos (played to CD backing) for when we get back together. I’m not looking for great complexity / technical challenges, more that each of us tries to demonstrate some musical expression, varied dynamics, personal touches etc. along with maybe a bit of stage presence.
Various of you borrowed CD books – Jas (Take the Lead – Jazz), Susie – Coolspot Golden, Matt or David – Movie tunes for tenors (not sure who actually took it !). This is just an aide memoire for me.
This exercise will only be successful if we all join in, and put our best foot forward – so it’s over to you. Ben and I will also prep. some tunes, and if it all works well, we can organise a night out with beer etc. to air our efforts.
@Ray – please also join in, and feel free to give me a call if you need some inspiration over which tune(s) to play.
We’re now on a break until the autumn term. I gather that some of the gang aren’t around on Sept 7th (first day back), and Ben has holiday booked in late Sept., so we have to decide (nearer the time) whether to get back together briefly in mid-Sept to set the scene, then reconvene in early Oct., or just the latter. If you’ve got any opinions either way, please let me know.
Overall, in the next term we’ll do more of the same, but slightly differently. I’ll send out a list of carried forward tunes and I’m working on some new fun stuff for the new term. I haven’t however set a concert date as next term could be quite ‘dynamic’ for me, and I don’t want to set up a date only to have to cancel.
That said, we’ll prep. stuff for the spring term, mix in some Xmas fayre and go busking – if we get on famously, finding a venue won’t be a problem.
Have a great break, and I look forward to more note-bashing when it’s even colder 🙂