Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Oh What A Night....



Oh what a night, late December back in '63... actually late April in 2014 but still, what a night!

The MacLaren Wall Band played at The Mermaid, the atmosphere was electric, Mac's guitar wasn't, and the four of us rocked (and popped, countried and folked) the joint!

It was one of those nights that you think "Yes, this is why we play in a band". The audience wanted to listen to music, we wanted to play it and so everyone was very happy. It was more like a party than just a Wednesday night pub gig.

As some of you will already know, we very rarely get the chance to practice as a band and last night we concluded that rehearsals are overrated. It's much more fun to start a song in the wrong key or rhythm and give the audience a good old laugh. I mean, if every song was perfect what would be the point in our audience getting off the sofa and coming to the pub? They could just stick a CD or record on - couldn't they?

But to be fair, mistakes were few; and energetic, soulful and spot-on deliveries were a-plenty. Even the songs that we'd dug out of the archive - "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette and "St Teresa" by Joan Osborne - rolled off the tongue and fretboard like we'd played them yesterday. I started singing "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer in the wrong key - but we got there in the end and the song will definitely be part of our future offerings.

Something that I personally love is looking out onto an audience who are singing along, song after song. I feel how a chef must feel when all his food gets wolfed down and then gets asked for more - very satisfying.

The prize for the song that had the biggest round of applause last night was... drumroll... "She Said" by Plan B! I think the rap was very much appreciated which probably had something to do with the breakneck speed I delivered it in - I'm quite surprised that I didn't hyperventilate (thanks Mark!).

And finally, if last night's gig was a lager (ok Mac, or an ale if you're going to get picky about it) it was probably the best in the world! Thank you to everyone who made it just that, and may there be many more to come.

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