We had an early start today, as we needed to relocate to another campus for the first two sessions/lectures. Why??? Well … we had no power at the home campus. Easy fix though, with a early start, and a bus ride.
Simon Johnson’s session on Chart Writing was very enlightening, as all the class walked away from I feeling more confident about drafting their songs onto paper. It was benefitial more me to have a recap on some of the different symbols which are associated to the Nashville Number System of Chord Chart writing. There is a lot of merit in the system.
This was followed up with a really thought provoking session on Branding, Web, and Graphics with Amanda O’Bryan (Roger Corbett’s wife). Many people in New Zealand who know me personally know that I am very driven to marketing myself and any group I happen to be associated with. The biggest thing I would take from her time with us was that I still need to refine the image I’m trying to portray to my audiences. I told a great deal away from this time, and I really hope to intergrate it into my work further. I will definitely need to work on the way I’m represented to the fans and public. I have a clear idea, but I’m not there yet.
Our band is looking pretty good for our performance tomorrow night. We have some amazing harmonies coming through, and I know that if we remember all our lyrics to these original and cover numbers we will be unstoppable. Go #teamKB.
A surprise to me today was having KB catch up with me about the song we co-wrote earlier in the week. It was amazing to have him approach me to say that he had relooked at the song, and discussed some possible enhancements to the piece. After trying them out, they work perfectly, and add that special something that the song was missing before. KB, if you’re reading this, thank you so much for your support during this co-writing process. I know that all of the other students and I who have been lucky enough to work with you during this process has really appreciated you talents, time, and patience. I know that I look to re-recording the song with you again, after we played the piece and found that I didn’t click the record button correctly with my wave/mp3 recorder. So Kevin … my bad.
Like other nights, we finished by playing tunes. This time however was a huge session with the band. There was an element of awkwardness behind this one, we were in a setting where the you needed to choose an appropriate song for the band to follow (something they could work through, as you didn’t get charts etc), introduce yourself in a way that was clear, confident, and to the point, all finished up with a perfectly executed stage presence and performance. There were a number of things for all us performers to work on. I know that I will need to be very clear with bands when given set instructions while I’m playing. It was a rewarding experience however. Big ups the all the students who did have the courage to perform tonight. It takes a lot of pluck to do what you did.
The course is just so amazing full of key info, so in order for me to take it all in, I’m going to tap out now and get a good night’s sleep. Every minute counts here. See you tomorrow.