Over the last week, we have had the privilege of performing (busking) at St Agnes Shopping Centre. I think our harmonies have got better and so has our acoustic sound. Quite a few people have stopped and listened, a lot have passed by singing, humming or tapping, and even one old gent danced with the cleaner. We got a few offers of money - but we weren't collecting! Here's hoping we get invited back for a regular slot.
Before anyone books a band, the questions are... "How much do you cost?", "What music do you play?" and "What do you sound like?". (Actually, there are few more questions than these, but they are fundamental nonetheless.)
As we have a number of private functions, it can sometimes be difficult for those wishing to 'sample our wares' to hear the Cover Notes sound.
So... we've headed into the studio, but to catch that authentic Cover Notes live sound! We've still got a bit of recording and mixing to do, but we are pretty happy with how things are coming along! Stay tuned... audio clips due to be posted soon!
Just played another gig at Heysen Court Lifestyle Village - two years in a row - and they've invited us back for the hat-trick. It is a real pleasure to play for people that get up and dance or sit listening while bobbing along to the music.
Fantastic to have Tony "Mr Keys" Jeffries back in the saddle again. Did I see him tapping his foot - nah that was just the volume peddle.
A few PA issues, but all sorted by the deft touch of Christine Arnold.
Wonderful gig at Golden Grove Lifestyle Village. We certainly gave them their monies worth, and we got excellent feedback. Sounds like a good time was had by all.
Thinking ahead now to our friend and keyboardist - Tony Jeffries - with his imminent op. Hope it goes well Tony and you can be back tickling those ivories real soon.
Back in the saddle again!
Well, we'll be back in to our new rehearsal room mid January to work on a fresh batch of songs and getting ready for our first couple of gigs in 2014. We'll have a bit of a hiatus in April and May when Mike and Andrew go away on holidays (not together - separate trips) and then gearing up for the Christmas in July season. We'll also be honing some of our new PA gear. No rest for the wicked!
Cover Notes had a couple of Christmas shows towards the end of the year (that's when Christmas normally is) and so we have done our bit to spread some Christmas cheer! Best of season wishes to the Heysen Court Lifestyle Village and to all the folks at ACH Group. Merry Christmas!
2013 is shaping up to be our most successful first year ever! In recent months, we have performed at a 50th wedding anniversary and a wedding reception - the latter being with our new member - Tony Jeffries - who has added invaluable fills, riffs and effects on keyboards, as well as impressive solo and general piano work.
Towards the end of this year, we also have two Christmas functions - one for a retirement village and second for a work social club.
Played another set at Helping Hand North Adelaide, and got good reviews again. They want us back again next year, with a little more audience participation. Played for about an hour with a range of vocal and MOR songs.
Many thanks to Amy Lomas and Pat Turner of HHNA for organising this.
I've added some photos taken by Amy - you can find these in the Photo Gallery.
No rest for the wicked!
The band's next two gigs are only just around the corner - Forest Place Lifestyle Village in June, where we'll provide a mixed enterntainment service (music and games/interaction); and Helping Hand North Adelaide in July, where we'll catch up with regular customers and bring the odd tear to an eye. Both venues are really enthusiastic, so they are really good to play to.
There might be a chance to play a new song or two, and pull out a couple of old favs that we haven't played for a while. That's the thing I like about our repertoire - lot's to choose from and always fresh (I'm starting to sound like a supermarket chain).
The new line up is coming along nicely. Lee is adding new strums to his arsenal every week, as well as lead vocals here and there and important backing vocals. Mike is covering more bases with lead guitar nowadays, and having to remember over 200 solos - I don't know how he does it. Mary has been an absolute 'find' with her alto and instant harmonies, let alone the harmonica solos. It's good to have Christine back, and who knows, we might be able to get her on percussion given what we have seen recently. And then of course the ever dependable Terrie, shouldering more of the lead vocal and percussion to boot. Apart from the odd static shock on her lip from time to time, all is going superbly. And as for me (Andrew), I'm enjoying the bass and adding some of those distinctive bass parts on some of our favourite songs. As for the drummer (who goes by the name of Alesis), he keeps a steady rhythm but does nothing too flash in between. (For the readers who think I am being unkind to our drummer, he's a machine.)
More updates later.
Well... we've just finished another successful gig - for the wedding reception of Barry and Denise Franklin. The bad weather stayed away and the guests were out in force to see a beautiful bride wed her handsome groom, and what a wonderful couple they make!
Cover Notes had the pleasure of providing the music entertainment, and we got them all dancing - 'them' being from the age of 2 to 70! Even the wasps couldn't stop dancing! The bridal waltz was "Unchained Melody" (Barry's choice), and the band played "Wild Thing" by special request (Denise's choice). The highlight of the afternoon was probably a modified version of 'Ob-la-di ob-la-da' to suit the story of our happy couple, with all the audience joining in the chorus and finishing with an almighty 'hey!'.
Cover Notes wish Barry and Denise best wishes for their honeymoon and a happy future together in each other's arms.