Saturday, December 30, 2006

Gearing Up for New Year's Eve

The Swinging Orangutangs have been woodshedding for weeks for our show on New Year's Eve. Today, December 30, was filled with lyrics gathering, set-list finessing, guitar string changing, bikini waxing, and gear loading. The van is groaning from the load of amps, speakers, monitors, guitars, and heavy-duty pennywhistles.

The van is already loaded. Normally the activity of equipment load-in and load-out conjures rainstorms. Not today. Is that bad or good?

Vinnie's fingers rarely leave his hands when he plays the keyboards.

Drummer Steve listens carefully to a song we're learning.

The pain of practice often calls for some painkiller, as bass player Marty demonstrates.

Zick the Mistress of the Lyrics organizes, copies, collates.

On Tuesday night I went gig clothes shopping for the boys in the band. At a local El Cheapo clothes outlet I found matching white shirts with blue polkadots and almost matching ties. Steve, Vinnie, Marty and I will all wear dark blue suits. We'll look swank--maybe not Hilary Swank--but certainly swanker than we normally look. Zick the Band Chick also scored a gig outfit that will complement the duds of her sidemen.

The official uniform of The Swinging Orangutangs.

I'll head to the hotel to play my normal Sunday morning jazz gig and then will spend the day setting up, tuning up, napping, and doing my pre-gig ritual of primal-scream yoga and Tuvan throat singing. Then I will fill my bandmates' individual brandy snifters with their chosen color of M&Ms, place them in each dressing room, check the Green Room spread, and we will be fully ready2rock.

Squint your eyes, There's a secret message in these song titles from our actual NYE set list.

I am really looking forward to this show. We're debuting a lot of new material, including some originals, and several completely knock-out covers (see: Burnin' Down the House our first song after the stroke of midnight). Among the bands/performers whose music we'll be covering are: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Talking Heads, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman, Sublime, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, John Mooney, Sonny Landreth, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Beck, John Prine, War, Jem, The Cure, Cheryl Wheeler, Steely Dan, The English Beat, Rod Stewart, The Violent Femmes, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, The B-52s, Tony Joe White, Bruce Cockburn, Cyndi Lauper, Albert Collins, Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, Bad Company, The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Wilson Pickett, The Classics IV, Rufus Thomas, and Modern English, among others.

I'm sure I'll have a post-gig post or two but that'll have to wait until next year.

Hope y'all can make the scene. You'll dig it if you do.

Oh, and New Year's Day we'll start our 2007 birding year list off with European starling in the hotel parking lot.


At 7:51 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

I sound EXACTLY like Cyndu Lauper when I sing Time After Time.Not much like Cyndi, though.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger BT3 said...

Gee. I thought the rule was: "If you can't say something nice, shut the hell up!"

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

Is that any way to talk to your wife?

At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fun time will be had by all. Too bad we live in Iowa or we would be there!!! We will listen to your cd and imagine!

The babysitter from Pella and her husband
aka Juli and Mike

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

I've done enough driving in the past two days to last me a while, but I will be there in spirit!
Rock on, you crazy kids.

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Trixie said...

Boy, do I wish I were there! I had a shot at a Young Dubliners gig, but it was so last minute I could not find a sitter. Dango.

Do you play "Knock on Wood?" That rocks.

Your set list looks amazing. Have a great time!

At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Marcy said...

Happy New Year Bill and Julie!

Steve has been talking up this gig and is really looking forward to tonight. Break a leg and be sure to post pictures....especially the polka dots!

Bikini Wax?

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Liza Lee Miller said...

Wish I could come! What a great evening! Have a blast!

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Trixie said...

Oh and great tie/shirt combo. You will look marvelous. WVA will not know what hit 'em.

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ready to rock!

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

What? No Billy Joel?

About that bikini wax ... ?!?!?!?

Happy New Year!

~Kathi, who will put "Jack & Diane" on the CD player tonight in your honor

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

Did you see the large guy with a moustache, passed out in the back of the room.
It wasn't me, honest.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Happy New Year, Bill & Julie!

I'll be sitting on the edge of my chair waiting to hear how great you were, "Cyndu". And I hope I see shots of Bill's get-up - I love the polka dots and tie. Your play list sounds like a lot of fun! Just to dance with your hands in the air like you don't care! Wahooo!


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