Thursday, September 03, 2015

On an Island in the Sun

Unorganized Hancock. They're not hip. They're hip-hip.

This is a cover song from my sons' set at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. They performed in the Z 105.5 Battle of the Bands for the L/A Fighting Spirit hockey team. Four Maine bands entered, and each wrote a fight song for the team. Our boys won. They're currently working on a new, extended version that will be played when the team skates onto the ice, with an excerpt that will be played whenever the team scores. They'll perform live inside the Colisee on opening night in a few weeks. It's a neato thing all around.

The temperature was in the mid-eighties, and there was no shade. The sun is shining right into the camera lens, so the kids are backlit. The PA system was incredibly loud, and it came close to totally overwhelming the internal microphone in the camera, but you can get the idea from the video of how lively they were.

Before the show, a woman went up to l'il Garrett the drummer and asked him, "So you're only twelve. You must be nervous. You're just a little kid. You must be nervous. You probably never played outdoors. You must be nervous. Aren't you nervous? You should be nervous."

He doesn't seem very nervous.

The kids recorded this song last winter, too:

[Update: Many thanks to longtime Unorganized supporter Dave R. from California for his generous hit on our PayPal tipjar, and some sage advice]
[Update: Many thanks to my friend Gerard at American Digest who sent the gift of drumsticks and a stick bag to l'il Garrett . He loves them]
[Update: Many thanks to longtime mega-supporter Kathleen M. for her contribution to the PayPal jar. It is greatly appreciated]


Sam L. said...

The Spare has no reason to be nervous.

Anonymous said...

What started as great drumming for a nine-year-old is becoming some feisty drumming period.
Can't wait for what UH is gonna enchant us with next
p.s. what if i identify as a robot???

Bob Jones sez don't buy a drum machine be one ;)

Anonymous said...

Garret is NOT nervous...

Garett IS BUSY!!...

(He's GOOD, too - but then, you already knew that, right?...

You sure he's still only twelve?)

Sam L. said...

Come HOME, Mr. Sippi! PLEASE come home.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Sending up a thought for the boys and their hard-won gig tonight at the Colisee.

Go get 'em!

Jim La Fronz said...

Did you go on strike? It's been a month now.

chasmatic said...

Sipp, when you gonna surface? And don't tell us "the dog ate my keyboard".

That ain't gonna get it.

chasmatic said...

Come, my brother. Lively up yourself.

"Peppermint Twist" is a song written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, recorded and released by Joey Dee and the Starliters in 1961.
Capitalizing on the Twist dance craze and the nightclub in which Dee performed ("The Peppermint Lounge"),

bop shoo op, boppa boppa shoo op

chasmatic said...

Interesting what they did for drums and keyboard.

On the original single the Crickets are not mentioned, but it is known that Holly plays acoustic guitar; drummer Jerry Allison slaps his hands on his lap for percussion; Joe B. Mauldin plays a standup acoustic bass; and producer Norman Petty's wife, Vi, plays the celesta (a keyboard instrument with a glockenspiel-like tone, used in such classical pieces as "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy".

ahey ahey hey

chasmatic said...

You Only Got One Time Around. Ain't that the truth?