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Our Family Band(s)

Posted at 5:15 AM on April 3, 2009 by Dale Connelly (41 Comments)

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There were a couple of slides left over from last Saturday's Duos show at the Fitzgerald Theater. I'm a Photo Shop novice, but I'm proud of the way these turned out, so I can't resist sharing them with you.

You'll notice that I took it upon myself to break up one of my all-time favorite bands - The Adam & Eve Experience, pairing them with musical partners that I judge to be more sympathetic, artistically. I believe they each could have a longer and more profitable career this way, though perhaps some passion is lacking. Or not. Hard to say.

This much is certain: everyone has to compromise a bit, sooner or later.

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You know how it goes with these groups. They start with a lot of ambition and energy, and before long the struggle for control undermines all their best intentions.

Don't get me wrong, The Adam & Eve Experience was a good band with lots of potential, but as soon as they added Snake on drums, things went downhill fast.

It makes one think that perhaps the best possible set-up for a band is virtual. As long as they never actually get together in the same physical space, a group can go on ... as long as the Rolling Stones.
Is there such a band in our Radio Heartland universe?

What instrument do your play? Do you sing? How many bands could we form among the people who read this blog?
Would it be one big band?
Or no band at all?

I confess to being non-musical, so I will take the roll of manager and will handle all the money and you know you can trust me completely to do everything in your best interests all the time with no questions asked, ever.
Mike Pengra is a drummer, so he could be in one or all of the bands, unless Snake has already slithered in.

Declare your instruments. Form your bands. Add names if you wish.
Anyone for "Goat Bandana"?

Comments (41)

I could do piano or electric piano. Except that now that I think about it, I really rather do rhythm stuff... stand and dance w/ the band doing my thing with shakers and tambourines.

However, when it comes to a name, I've discovered that my fellow Heartlanders are WAY more creative at this kind of thing than I am. So I'm going to sit back this morning and enjoy what the rest of you come up with!

Posted by sherrilee | April 3, 2009 5:57 AM

clarinet but gave it away a long time ago and keyboard but lately i turn off the sound (even to the headphones) when i play........

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 3, 2009 6:10 AM

LOL Dale! Taking on the "roll" of manager. Better play James Taylor's "Steamroller Baby" for yourself this morning.

As for band names, how about Mama Don't Allow?

Posted by Gail in Wisconsin | April 3, 2009 6:11 AM

I played clarinet for years in the Eden Prairie City Band and had to give it up when my jaw became too weakened and arthritic with TMJ.

Now I play spoons as a back up instrument.

Posted by Jacque | April 3, 2009 6:30 AM

Even though I have never played it, I would like to play the rub board. Whenever I hear it, my hands start making the motions, so I'm half-way there, right? I think the manager could allow for a little learning curve?

Liked the Elmore James. I'll take fries with that!

Posted by Gail in Wisconsin | April 3, 2009 6:39 AM

Good Morning,
I played (VERY badly) clarinet in high one would wish me to take that up again. A couple years ago I thought I would learn to play the bodhran, but never took the time to practice, so the drum remains decoration.

The Cheryl Wheeler song you just played was written just for me, I'm sure.

I'm good at behind the scenes support...I'm a great audience.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 3, 2009 6:41 AM

How about a variety of bands? As best shown by the playlist for Heartland, there is loads of excellent music out there! We could form a polka (dance) band, a bluegrass ensemble, and maybe an accordion orchestra.

Posted by Karen | April 3, 2009 6:44 AM

Good morning RH,

I snap my fingers and gyrate my hips. I call my one-man band S.L.U.T., which stands for Slow Learner of Urban Terms. In fact, it's my new title, replacing P o P - Princess of Pork. I realized too late, after posting that fine declaration, that the word pork is also used as a verb - or 'doing word' as we say in first grade. No wonder Barb immediately inquired about the Lavender Wench's whereabouts. Never Mind....

Posted by Donna | April 3, 2009 6:52 AM

Good Morning!

Got a good belly laugh from '...added Snake on drums', too funny on several levels! I studied music as a young man or too long ago to do much good now but I used to play flute pretty well along with the rest of the woodwind family. As long as I am playing here where no one else can hear me, I'll sign up for flute.

As we are joining this band, perhaps we could listen to 'Get into the Boat' from Eric Brandt?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Posted by Mark | April 3, 2009 6:54 AM

out to the barn, but forgot to say i'm aspiring throat singer. can only do one tone right now. any tips on how to move upward on this? (without stripping my vocal chords - i cough as much as i throat sing :-)
the word that works best for me to throat sing is "gooooooaaaaaaats" so could we build a whole song around that? might work - i remember going to a concert at the Walker long ago and hearing and seeing a young musical artist playing one note over and over (and over!) on a very fancy Boesendorfer piano. but then i think we left at intermission :-)
outta here - they're yelling at me

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 3, 2009 7:08 AM

Add me to your band. I play a mean timpani. Not so much on a trap set. Oh, pretty good on axillary percussion equipment.
Well, speaking of bands, our high school band, Hills High School, Hills, MN., was the opening act for the Supremes at the MN State Fair in 1965, I think. Yea, we were THAT good.

Posted by Paul Skattum | April 3, 2009 7:14 AM

I am also a has-been flute player (and just about as long since I played piano regularly). As a kid our family used to have Family Band nights where my dad would play guitar, Mom on piano, my brother on french horn (or sometimes other instruments) and since I was the youngest, I got...Tupperware. I doubt our RH rhythm section needs Tupperware.

Can I volunteer myself as a backup singer? I've always wanted to be a backup singer for a 60s girl group (with all those fabulous matching dresses and hand gestures..."Stop!" - with a hand straight out front - "In the name of love...").

Posted by Anna | April 3, 2009 7:16 AM

Greetings Heartlanders! I don't play any instruments, but I sort of sing. I was in Sweet Adelines (the female version of Barbershop) 20 years ago and I sang baritone.

But my 14-year old is very talented -- plays piano/keyboard, guitar and percussion and learns quickly. He's a band unto himself! Actually, Ben and his buddies are playing in the Middle School talent show today. They're called "Bandits" at this point. I'll probably go watch them at 1:30 today.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | April 3, 2009 7:23 AM

Just as an addendum to my first post, Ben also plays flute beautifully. I'm also a rather awesome dancer, if I may say. I can dance like an angel or gyrate like a stripper (although it's not very attractive for a woman my age doing that). Maybe just some shadow dancing behind a screen would work better ... but it's gotta be funky!

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | April 3, 2009 7:29 AM

Not much time to post lately...still listening when I can...THANKS for instrumental Angel Band. I had just been thinking of that song, one of my favorites when I caught the topic has something to do with bands!!!

Posted by michelle in winona | April 3, 2009 7:31 AM

I can join Barb in Blackhoof for throat singing practice. I learned a bit of it a few years ago....we can do "gooooaaaaat" while she plays her (silent) keyboard. I'll practice the bodhran at the same time. Cool.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 3, 2009 7:35 AM

again off topic, but i'd like to start a bird list for RH - birds we hear in the music of RH. the reason i say this is that i always hear a Canada Goose in "Get Into the Boat" yet another day's topic..... sorry
Dale, i LOVE the Miss Kitty Guitar - you are a Photo Shop Wizard!

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 3, 2009 7:42 AM

i'm pretty terrific at singing harmonies, and not bad at songwriting, and fair at electric rhythm guitar, and have experience in home recording. i too would love to be a back-up singer on some songs, but lead singer on others...

can we do a band that does music like Low? (from duluth) and one like the Roches? and one like the Who mixed with Jethro Tull (brit rock and roll)?

fun! goat bandana works for me---or death wish---or Mina and the Rest of the Kitties for the girl band

who else wants to rock!?

Posted by kayh | April 3, 2009 7:43 AM

OMG, just noticed eve's guitar is a hello kitty guitar!!! LUV that, dale! ;-)

(okay, i confess i'll being all happy cuz i'm "working at home" today)

Posted by Kay H | April 3, 2009 7:45 AM

I know some lurkers on this blog who are musical...penny whistle, harp, bagpipes, piano...what else do you play, Mary in Cloquet? And, Cynthia in Bloomington IN, I know you love to sing...I insist you both join the RH band.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 3, 2009 7:51 AM

Add me and my tuba to the ranks. As I always say you need a good bass to give a strong foundation.

Posted by Jerry O'Tuba | April 3, 2009 8:12 AM

A guiter the band shall have! I play 12 string acoustic guitar, electric bass guitar and sing back-up vocals (amatuer). Count me in! Love the show, Dale. I don't normally have time to blog, but couldn't resist a cry for a guitar player.

Posted by Ole from Buffalo | April 3, 2009 8:16 AM

Thanks, Ole.
So here's the line up we've got so far:

Sherrilee - piano, shakers & tambourines
Barb - clarinet & keyboard
Cynthia - clarinet
Mark - flute
Anna - flute & tupperware
Paul - tympani
Jerry - tuba
Kay - guitar & vocal
Ole - guitar & vocal
Donna - gyrations

Does this sound like a proper line-up for "Goat Bandana"?

Posted by Dale Connelly | April 3, 2009 8:29 AM

i think Anna wants to do backup more - and probably the choreographer as well, right, Anna?
and Joanne wants to be the interpretive dancer. Joanne, lots of us are probably older than you and wouldn't mind (in fact would be inspired by) your gyrations :-) and she could do tambourine (on her fanny) while she dances with her feather boa and her tiara

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 3, 2009 8:37 AM

Don't forget Mike on the drums!

Posted by sherrilee | April 3, 2009 8:42 AM

and Gail on the rub board
and Jacque can mime the clarinet (we need a mime, right?)

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 3, 2009 8:49 AM

I could chime in with Ole on my six-string if I let the calluses build up on my fingers., or I could try and remember how to play the cello, from junior high... though it's not usually in a BAND, and not very portable! OR -- I know -- steel drum. Will also sing as long as it's not solo.

I got to listen in the kitchen this morning (YEAH) as my new HD Radio (Radioscopy)arrived yesterday. Thanks for the tips, Sherilee and Kay H.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | April 3, 2009 8:50 AM

If Goat Bandana needs a Tupperware player - Tupperware I shall play. The backup vocals is more a dream than something I should necessarily do with my limited alto range. But if I can get in on choreographing the backup vocalists, then maybe I can sing some parts and lip-synch others (all in the name of being in matching dresses and fabulous hair and...there I go again into my little fantasy world).

Frankly, I'd probably be best off being a roadie for the group - or running the light board. I at least have more recent experience with theater lighting...but, oh, those dresses and the harmonies...

Posted by Anna | April 3, 2009 8:52 AM

Put me down for keyboard and vocals! Or Congas. I could do Congas.

Posted by Gus | April 3, 2009 8:55 AM

electric organ

i'm the latecomer today, i guess.

Posted by elinor | April 3, 2009 8:58 AM

Just make sure I get to be the lead gyrator, damn it!

Posted by Donna | April 3, 2009 9:01 AM

my lead singer in a rock band has a follow up? i'm in!

Posted by timjones2020 | April 3, 2009 9:03 AM

I played bass trombone in high school. You can add that.

How about my kids:
Max- Bass Trombone, French horn, baritone
Gus- Tenor or bari sax
Alex- trombone
Madi- Tenor sax

Posted by Robin | April 3, 2009 9:07 AM

I'm a little late to the party today, but that band looks like it could use a French horn player, and I'm just the guy. I've even been known to play some jazz horn, which is a lot like the dancing poodle. You don't have to do it well--it's enough of a surprise that you do it.

I can also play about three chords on the guitar, as long as you give me enough time to look down at my fingers and reposition them in between.

Posted by Don in West St. Paul | April 3, 2009 9:19 AM

yes, i am guilty of lurking...

I decided LONG ago that my music is at it's best when i play SHERPA. I am extremely good at carrying instrument cases for musicians!

Posted by cynthia in Blommington, IN | April 3, 2009 9:53 AM

OK, here's the line-up as it stands at this moment.

As a rule, I am only including people in roles that they have personally volunteered to play. It's more difficult to keep a group together when some people don't even know they're in a band, so no nominations or recommendations ("you should get so-and-so to play ocarina") are accepted.

Sherrilee - piano, shakers & tambourines
Barb – clarinet, keyboard & throat singing
Cynthia – clarinet
Jacque – clarinet, spoons
Gail – rub board
Mark - flute
Anna - flute & tupperware
Joanne - vocals
Paul - tympani
Jerry - tuba
Kay - guitar & vocal
Ole - guitar & vocal
Donna – gyrations
Mike Pengra – drums
Barbara – guitar, cello, steel drum
Gus – keyboard, vocal, congas
Elinor – piano, electric organ, flute
Tim – vocals
Robin – bass trombone
Don – French Horn, guitar

Posted by Dale Connelly | April 3, 2009 12:23 PM

All I know how to play is the radio : )

Posted by t | April 3, 2009 3:49 PM

Wait, wait, it's not a band without a kazoo. I'll hold down the kazoo section but welcome more talented colleagues to join me.

Posted by Beth-Ann | April 3, 2009 3:50 PM

....coming late, as usual..... Dale's comment about the ocarina reminded me that I downloaded the Ocarina app and I've been practicing -- so I can play iPhone in Goat Bandana!

Posted by Cindy | April 3, 2009 4:28 PM

Cindy, I too have been practicing the Ocarina on my iPhone! In fact, by adding a few apps, we could have a multiple-iPhone band the way the young women in this video have.

Posted by Kris in Minneapolis | April 3, 2009 10:35 PM

Kris, I''m there!

Posted by Cindy | April 4, 2009 10:29 PM

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