Coffee, Beer, and Fun!

We interrupt our regular programing for an important announcement.  Super Bowl XLVII is tomorrow.  In all the hoopla, have you learned what XLVII is?  In any event, Go ‘Niners!  Now back to our regular programing.



Sometimes, I forget how much fun and how rejuvenating band practice is.

Need a diversion?  Let’s have band practice.  Need a laugh?  Let’s have band practice. 

The list can go on and on.  Need to get away?  Need to unwind?  Need to burn some energy?  Need a lift?  Need camaraderie?  Need to feel like a youngster?  The answer to each is “let’s have band practice.”

No matter how tired, frazzled, or expended I may feel at 7:00, band practice will change that.  Within a few minutes into practice, a shift happens.  New energy.  New enthusiasm.  New focus.

In addition to therapeutic benefits, band practice helps us improve the quality of our act  and build a Pups identity.  We become more familiar with songs.  That, in turn, allows us to experiment -- to put a Pup spin on things.  Hey, how about a drum break here?  We can reach for new horizons..  Hey, why don’t we try [name a new tune]?  We can arrange songs.  Hey, do you think that would be better if we took out the last verse?

Interestingly, we are moving from just learning to play songs together to putting some creativity and freedom into what we do.  What is next?  More songs?  Writing songs again?

Maybe, the time has come to use band practice for a bit of frivolity.  Like learning how to climb on a table without the need of a ladder or step stool to play.  Or working in earnest on a guitar face that does not look like somebody trying to pass a kidney stone.  Or playing guitar and chewing gum at the same time.

Yes, indeed, band practice is therapeutic and fun.  And . . . (drum roll) . . . it is an opportunity to drink coffee and beer after 7:00 on a weeknight!  That is a special treat for this sexagenarian.

By the way, Go ‘Niners!

1 comment

  • Kim Oliver

    Kim Oliver

    Hi Bill, I feel exactly the same way about band practice! No matter how my day went, I always feel better after playing music with my friends and bandmates. Lately, we have been exploring the blues which has amped up my soloing skills (still horrible but getting better!) So I have been looking for a new guitar camp - have you been able to find anything to take the place of NGW? I need a week away immersed in music. If only I could find a yoga and guitar retreat...now THAT would be something! Kim

    Hi Bill,

    I feel exactly the same way about band practice! No matter how my day went, I always feel better after playing music with my friends and bandmates. Lately, we have been exploring the blues which has amped up my soloing skills (still horrible but getting better!)

    So I have been looking for a new guitar camp - have you been able to find anything to take the place of NGW? I need a week away immersed in music. If only I could find a yoga and guitar retreat...now THAT would be something!

    Kim

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