Friday, November 16, 2012

The Homeschool Graduate


If you just tuned in, my boys have been playing Stump The Band, kinda sorta, with my audience. They've received lots of fine suggestions, some demands, and a coupla threats. They're working on a handful of them right now. But the beast must be fed. Here's some fresh Unorganization for Saturday. Enjoy!

If you'd like to support the boys' efforts, hit the tip jar at the top of the right column. Many thanks.
[ Update: Thanks, Len! Thanks, Kathleen! Thanks again, David ! Thanks, Nigel from Merry Old! Thanks, Fred! Thanks, Gareth!]
[Uppa-update: Ha! My old friend and high school classmate Jay! Thanks! Thanks, Anh and Thud!]

14 comments:

Len in AZ said...

Koo Koo Ka Choo!

I'm glad the ties and glasses stayed. Keep working guys...you're fan base is growing every day.

The Arizona and Washington septs of the Sullivan clan are loving every minute of it!

Len in AZ said...

Constructive feedback - something that you'll need to get used to as your musical career/hobby progresses.

It seemed to me that there was a lot of energy that wanted to come out during this song. You guys did a commendable job of holding it back, but it was there...at least it seemed that way to me. I always found it more difficult to play at a slower tempo than at a fast one. My suggestion would be to see if that bass player will show up for a few practice sessions and spend some time playing the blues. A little B.B. King, some Muddy Waters, some Jeff Healey. Learn to embrace the beat and let the beat move you instead of the other way around.

Having said that, I do want to say that I'm very proud of both of you. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and perform. You're doing a fantastic job.


Just some thoughts from a back-sliding woodwind player who hasn't wet a reed since well before you were born.

Anonymous said...

And they keep getting better and better... so nice that a workin' man such as meself can limp his way to the internet at the end of a grueling week, sit down, and bide his time listening to a band who understands the need o' the laborin' class for quality entertainment.
And yes, someone needs to talk to the bass player and remind him that this band is going places and he's gonna have to make sure he does what it takes to keep up ;)
The only tip you get from me is in the Tip Jar
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thehawkreturns said...

Try dropping in some perspex sheeting
in front of those drums boys and rig the room with as much soft furnishing as poss.
Keep it up!

Stewart
Auckland NZ

Bilejones said...

Wow, an actual Thank-You note.

Stop this shit immediately.
You are
1. Propping up the second largest socialist organization in the US.
2. Spoiling it for everyone else.

B

Shirley Eucantbeserious said...

Bodacious!

Arkadiy said...

I've got an insane idea. Today on the radio I heard a sonata by a composer I've never heard about, Dietrich Buxtehude (dead for the last 300 years). I think that one part of one sonata is immensely suitable for a rock arrangement. Would Unorganized Hancock try that?

http://www.amazon.com/Buxtehude-Sonatae-a-due/dp/B0012X4FBY/

Track 3, starts at about 9:20 into the track.

Dinah said...

Bilejones: I know! I received an actual thank you note written by people younger than 60! I am impressed with the band's good manners as much as with their fine playing. I was so taken with the Buddy Holly production, I've shared it with everyone! And I agree with previous commenters: the bass player does need to get in the game before he's standing on the steps of his old house and waving forlornly as the band bus pulls away headed for the Big Time! Keep up the fab work boys...you get better and better every video you share.

Leslie said...

Only a homeschool graduate would send an actual thank you note. Loved mine.

Shirley Eucantbeserious said...

Yes, I too was very pleasantly surprised at the personal thank you note. Best wishes, guys. Keep rockin'!

SippicanCottage said...

Sullivans, in Arizona? That's unpossible!

And sorry, Len; that bass player stinks and always will.

Hi Dave- A working class hero is something to be. Thanks again for the idea, and your support.

Hi Hawk- We've stuffed the bass drum with all the little guy's stuffed animals, and taped foam on all the drums and cymbals, put a mute on the snare and a rubber pad on the floor tom, and that little bugger beats the snot out of them anyway and it sounds like Bonham in there. But the boys have managed to reconfigure their arrangements a little and improve the visual and audio a little. They'll keep working at it. We have enough to get a small PA system, so the Heir won't have to sing through a practice bass amp much longer. That should help, too.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi Bilejones- The boys are grateful for the attention and the support and were glad to be able to say so to their benefactors. So are my wife and I; many thanks to all.

Hi Shirley- Thanks!

Hi Arkadiy- That's lovely music. Like prehistoric Bach. The boys might take a run at Blue Suede Schubert by the Rutles, but that one's out of their strike zone, I think. Besides, I'm not carrying a harpsichord up the stairs.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi Dinah- Glad you liked it. The boys are learning something with each production. Many thanks for your support.

Hi Leslie-- Many thanks! My wife has taught the little feller to write longhand, and they don't seem to teach that in school anymore. A person that can't write if the power goes out is a useless person indeed.

Here's some inside baseball for the boys' fans: We tasked the big one with reconfiguring the room so that the video would be clearer using almost all natural light. I didn't tell him how to do it, he figured it out himself. He moved the equipment around and then put one lamp behind a column as a fill light on his brother. Vast improvement. There is no permanent electricity or any heat in the room, so he has limited options.

I try to add only one thing to the little feller's plate at a time. If you watch the video, he was taught to play the hi-hat with his left foot on the 2 and 4 beats while he's playing the ride cymbal with his right hand. It's a time-keeping device, and adds oomph to the backbeats. He immediately did it correctly, and said, "Like Jo Jones!"

Yes, son.


Len in AZ said...

I was quite pleasantly surprised to find a handwritten 'Thank You' note in the mail today. The young men are good, upstanding people...I'm impressed.

Keep up the good work!

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Len- The boys are happy for an opportunity to thank their supporters.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and for your kindness to our children.

Anonymous said...

You can also bring great pleasure to many by slaying this particular ditty: "Use Me Up" by Bill Withers. Maybe if you can score a work visa you can get this guy to assist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_CX9B6pU_Q
$30

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