Saturday, October 17, 2009

STANDARD DEVIATION AT E.O.U. HOMECOMING TAILGATER

Our band Standard Deviation played our second EOU tailgater party this morning. I was a bit concerned that we might encounter rain or other such icky stuff, but the temperature was in the 60-65 range and everything stayed dry. There was some stiff wind at times, but we managed just fine. We played well, and well over a hundred people were there.

Thanks to Sally Gregory for the following pictures. I hereby proclaim her as our official band photographer! She always gets good shots.

Jon White was on top of his guitar game today.

Mike was, as always, right-on on the bass

John discusses sound with today's soundman Scott Arnson. Scott played guitar in our band for a year. He helped us take our sound to a new level then, and we have taken it to still another level now. Scott is an all-around great guy, and when he does our sound we know it's going to help us sound that much better!


A couple of shots of us.

John and Joel in this shot. We had to bundle up a bit when the temp dropped down a few degrees.
I think my keyboard playing was a bit better than normal today. Fewer mistakes, better solos.


Joel and Jon

Mike, John and Jon

Joel on the drums


Nice fall colors now in La Grande.



A great time was had by all!
Our next job is Thursday, December 3 at Ten Depot Street in La Grande.

We got paid a nice sum for the two EOU tailgaters. I have enough in my music fund now that I think I'm going to purchase a headset remote microphone. Joel has a headset mic and he likes it quite a bit. His voice sounds just as good through it as it does through a regular mic. You can probably see it on him in the pictures he's in.

That way I can look like one of those air traffic controllers or whatever when I sing. I have also decided to learn to play while standing, so that I can be more animated when singing. It might make us more interesting to watch, although maybe watching a 52-year-old guy sort-of dancing around while playing a piano might not be all that interesting... but I do like to dance around a bit! Heh!
Stay tuned on that one!

6 Comments:

Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Hey, it worked for Jerry Lee Lewis. Just don't try to play the piano with your backside the way he did. ;)

11:08 PM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

I am always impressed and a bit envious of those with musical talent. Sounds like a good time was had by all there.

Just out of curiosity, what genre of music does Standard Deviation perform, Snave? Any original compositions? If so, you should You-tube it and post it on your blog, sir. I'd love to hear some!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Thanks guys!


We play mostly classic rock with a bit of blues and other stuff thrown in. We try to keep it as eclectic as possible. Here are some of the songs we do:

China Grove - Doobie Bros.
Magic Carpet Ride, Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
I'm Tore Down - Jeff Healey
Hideaway - Freddie King
Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Gimme Some Lovin'- Spencer Davis Group
Empty Promises - Michael Burks
They Call Me The Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers (but we model our version after the one by Steve Earle and Sheryl Crow)
Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
The Theme from Peter Gunn
The Break-Up Song - Greg Kihn
Molly's Chambers - Kings of Leon (and with an original break thrown into the middle)
Yesterday Girl - The Smithereens
Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
Choo Choo Mama - Ten Years After
Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty

We are going to start working on some original stuff soon.

To check out some low-res videos of us from a while back, you can check here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/jondwhite

We are looking to get some videos up with better sound and vision.

9:54 AM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

Excellent! Great songs, too! I'll check out the link, sir.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Congrats. Sounds like you guys are going places. Nice playlist; versatile selection.

4:38 PM  
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