'ello Cleveland  

Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
10/10/2005 6:45 pm
'ello Cleveland

Alright, as listed below, I (and my girls) went to a party Saturday night at the house of some good friends. They had invited about 20 people over for the evening. When I told my girls where we were going there was a frenzy of digging through closets and cupboards - but not for clothes.

These friends have the ultimate party room. When I win the lottery, I will have a room just like it. The entire basement of their house is a giant music room. It has carpeted walls. It has shelves of musical instruments. It has dedicated circuit breakers. It has it's own complete PA set up.

After the first hour or so of socializing, everyone is ushered downstairs and the jamming begins. Everyone picks up an instrument and plays - even if it's just banging a tambourine. There were some very accomplished musicians at the party so the music was fun.

My youngest daughter made sure to have at least 3 sets of drum sticks and a set of brushes with her as there is a great set of drums in the basement. My oldest daughter took her Gibson and her Fender strat with her. I took a Gretsch and a Yamaha accoustic plus an amp and my wahwah pedal.

There were people who play in orchestras, jazz bands, rock bands and garages (me) all in this room together playing. It was really a fun evening.

Some things worked really well - Fleetwood Mac's Rhiannon and Chains came off great because two very accomplished vacalists performed the harmonies. Some things didn't - not enough power musicians for some AC/DC or Guns and Roses. There was the outright strange - a chamber music version of All Along the Watchtower that worked in an elevator music sort of way. It was a most successful evening and we will be repeating it at Thanksgiving.

My favourite part of the night - a really raucous version of The Veils' Lavinia where I got to do vocals and accoustic guitar. For Thanksgiving, I plan on having Where Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie ready to go.

playfulwithyou33 56F
961 posts
10/10/2005 10:47 pm

Rock on

saddletrampsk 54F

10/11/2005 11:29 am

Sounds like a fancy place to jam..we always get together with friends around a firepit in my yard or the kitchen..Nothing brings more joy than friends and music

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
10/11/2005 12:10 pm

sil, that is the wonderful shag carpet that covers the walls and floors of the music room to absorb echo. It truly is a hideous snot green colour.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
10/11/2005 12:13 pm

saddletramp, the people who own the house are professional musicians so it makes sense for them to have all of the stuff they do in the basement. I love just playing accoustically too.

missy973 47F

10/11/2005 7:45 pm

Death Cab For Cutie. My kind of man.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
10/11/2005 7:50 pm

I truly envy you this joy.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
10/12/2005 2:57 pm

hi missy, I take it you have "plans" - it is a phenomenal album. Do you have "transatlanticism" also?

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
10/14/2005 1:12 pm

jay, anyone can have this joy. All you got to do is humm along. That was the real joy of the party. For every skilled musician there was one person joining in for the fun of it.

_Safira 53F
11260 posts
11/29/2005 9:38 pm

Fallic ~

Have BOTH CDs ... Awesome group!

What a fabulous time for ALL of you ... You should do a follow-up post on how the Thanksgiving bash went.

Warmest regards,

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Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
12/31/2005 9:35 pm

safira, for health reasons, i didn't attend the thanksgiving party

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