Saturday, July 5, 2008

Singing in an Alternative Band?

The more and more of life I experience, I am always amazed at where it takes me.

I love music and I love to sing. I especially love any type of music that's acoustic, as is evidenced by my last post. One of the reasons why I like country is because I can sing along and I can sing along loud. I have been known to make sing a long cd's that I can belt to while driving alone in my car.

About three months ago, this guy, Loftin, who lives in my neighborhood and is in my ward stopped by and asked if I would want to sing in his band. I just laughed. I have never done anything like this before. He said that he had heard me sing in church and new I would do just fine. I just thought that this kid is crazy but if he's asking I might as well. I love music and this would be a great way to stretch myself.

So then I asked him what kind of music they play. He said that at this point they were covering a bunch of bands like: Cranberries, Audioslave, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys and anything else alternative. I of course had never heard of most of these bands let alone knowing any of their songs! Loftin has been great. That same night he left me a book full of lyrics for most of the songs the band is covering. Now I walk around with my little iPod shuffle listening to the music as much as I can.

Learning a song to sing in a band is so much different than just listening to good music and singing along in my car. I now listen to all kinds of music differently. I listen for all the different parts, when each part comes in, the different harmonies and rhythms. Everyone in the band is so talented. I am so grateful for their patience with me while I try to figure everything out. I am constantly amazed at the talent that is in that little room. And I can't figure out if their talent helps or intimidates me. Every time I think about it or tell someone about it, I just laugh.

So Tyler, the drummer, decided it would be fun to record it. I think I sound horrible. I'm still trying to find my right voice for this kind of music. But I thought I would post some clips of the videos we took. Keep in mind I've only practiced with band no more than 6 or 7 times so we still have a lot of work. But I thought if I'm embarassing myself in front of 3 very talented musicians then why not in front of my friends! If you want you can let me know what you think, but I think you should only put nice comments in the comment field (Daniel!).


Sarah said...

I LOOOOOOOVVE IT! I'm sooooo glad you shared the videos!!!

KHR said...
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Melvin and Carly said...

So you're gonna do it huh? That's awesome. You sound great! A little scared (I'd be petrified) but great. It's all about confidence. We all know you can sing. Belt it out!

On a side note, I like how you can hear that guy's cell phone ringing for about half of the second song! :)