We had a meeting on Saturday. It was scheduled for 8am. Yes, yes, I know, that’s not very rock ‘n roll. I even baked muffins. Seriously. Burnt them a bit, but insisted that on principle the rest of the band eat them. They politely, if uncomfortably, consumed my first attempt at chocolate muffins.
I came across this video quite a while back via Twitter, and enjoyed giving it a listen. I have since seen a few versions of this “cover” floating around online, but when I came across it again on Deems’ blog it got me thinking. Continue reading A “four chord” song
Saturday night was one of those nights that took me back a few years. I took the stage with no band mates and just my acoustic guitar in a packed Crossways Pub in Hilton.
The occasion was actually the gig of Plush frontman Rory Eliot, who was out to showcase a few new tunes as the band goes into the studio shortly to record their fourth album. Rory invited me along to open up proceedings for the evening, post-Sharks/Stormers game.
So at last, our issues with web service providers seem to have been solved and we’re back up and running. Many apologies to all those who were trying to get on the website and couldn’t… it was beyond our control and incredibly frustrating, but we’re glad to be up and running again!
The alarm clock went off way too early this morning at 6.15am. I love the way Michael Griffiths (our graphic designer) puts it: getting to bed early is actually much harder than getting up early. S’truth.
The Maritzburg Musicians’ Club last night really was a blast. We always enjoy the Red Door and appreciate what owner Jamie Visagie does to keep live music alive and well in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s not often we get to rock up, plug in and play… but it’s always like that there. Sound and set up is always great. Continue reading Post-Maritzburg Musicians’ Club
Marlon runs a studio in Pietermaritzburg where the Ryan Calder Band has put together its second album.
To be honest, it feels like a lifetime ago that I arranged to go and visit Marlon. I feel like I’ve known him for years and years. But I remember that particular night clearly – sitting down talking life and music with him, and how we would go about putting together the new RCB album. I remember his passion, his insight and a quiet awareness in his ability as a creative force.