Monday, October 13, 2008
boiling blood is now simmering
I went to play bass last night at a church with the same gospel choir and band that had the bass amp turned around the last time.
As soon as I got there, the director said to turn the bass amp toward the back wall. This sent my blood boiling!
But, after all, he is the director. For 32 years I have been telling the kids to listen to the director and this is the Universes was of having me practice what I preach. I turned the amp around and noticed that the amp was wired to the main sound board in the back.
The up side was that they had a giant PA system and the bass amp was being sent directly to a sound engineer that I trust.
I saw a former teacher friend in the back of the church that came early and was just sitting there. I went over to her and asked if she would let me know if she could hear the bass when the band & choir started practicing. After about 30 seconds, I saw her give me a big "thumbs up" and a smile.
The performance was very nice and the crowd loved it. The director really knows how to get a wonderful sound out of the choir and the band was cooking.
The drummer never showed, but I saw a guy in the first row during our run-through and he was banging on the pew railing to the beat.
I asked if he ever played the drums and he said that he was indeed an budding drummer.
Get up there! I said.
I stood right next to him and described the upcoming songs meter and tempo as well as giving him cues on how to play. He did a nice job, although I could tell that he lacked the confidence of a real pro. Still, he kept a nice steady beat and was grinning at his family the entire time. I chalked up this performance as a win-win situation for all of us.
This Friday I play for the Concert of Prayer for the Lost at a huge church with the same group. I know the PA system will be killer and the same sound-man will be there running everything just right.
more on that next blog.