Soul Band for a Party !

Was the demand six months earlier, a sixtieth birthday celebration, the customer said? It got me believing. There is a whole untapped market out there for individuals who lived as teens and twenty something through the sixties and seventies. They are all coming near this big sixtieth birthday date and them all like the kind of music I enjoy to play and make my enduring of! More than that, their kids are off their hands, their home loan is paid up and they can pay for to sprinkle out on a big event.

That isn't really the genuine reason for writing this short article, in truth it has hardly any to do with the subject which is about the day in the life of a working professional London musician. It did get me believing, however, how things have altered from my own youth. When I was young, sixty-year-old men smoked untipped fags, used flat caps and fits and paid attention to Max Bygraves. Now the typical sixty years old will be a fan of Wilson Pickett, Otis Reading, James Brown and The Stones and be dressing in Gap. She or he will definitely not be a smoker!!

The engagement remained in West Sussex, a beautiful part of the world, in late June. The weather condition was ideal as I packed up the vehicle. For a soul band music gig you require amplification and some lighting along with a cd gamer for keeping the music and atmosphere choosing when the band takes a break. I picked up my bass gamer Andy midafternoon, and we drove down together to the sixtieth birthday celebration. Andy is no unfamiliar person to soul band work. He was musical director a couple of years ago to the Flirtations, a sixties Motown soul music band who had 3 or four counter in the nineteen sixties. A really knowledgeable and skilled musician Andy has also dealt with Van Morrison, Phil Collins and Eddie Reader along with 1980's swing band Wall Street Crash. Being a buddy for twenty-five years the trip down to the party was a pleasure. Great company, excellent discussion, lovely weather and countryside and the anticipation of a really rocking gig with some great players!

As normal we showed up early. The party we were playing soul music for were still having dinner and would be at least another hour. That was fine with us as the location of the celebration was wonderful. The person who's sixtieth birthday it was had actually organized drinks for us and so while we brought the musical gear into the place a pot of tea was rustled up for us. Over a brew and the gear sitting outside the function space, we selected what order the soul music for the celebration need to take. There is no point playing the genuine lively soul music tunes too early on. A group of sixty years of age with complete stomachs are not going to value being pushed into coming down to Mustang Sally by a full on soul band after a big rich pud! The celebration is constantly best started with some more laid back soul music by individuals like Al Green and Ben E King. I just found a great list of jazz trio here www.msmusic.co.uk .

We fulfill the host who insists on explaining, in detail, a gig he went to in the sixties including Stax star Otis Reading who was a master of the soul music genre and a legend in soul music. Being a big fan myself I am able to recount a couple of memories of my own of seeing the Blues Brothers soul and blues band with famous players Booker T, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn. Steve Cropper was likewise the writer of "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay", "Knock on Wood" and "In the Midnight Hour", all soul music tunes we play in our soul band as part of our set and tunes we planned playing for the sixtieth birthday celebration that really night.

The band is set, the lights are on and we have actually begun our evening's entertainment. There are already a couple of individuals on the floor dancing to that terrific Bill Withers tune "Lovely Day" and it makes me understand that individuals who were growing up in the sixties are a lot more in tune with live music and are used to dancing to a live band than the current generation. What likewise hits home is how the generation of today, when they get the chance to pay attention to a fantastic soul band playing fantastic soul music, get caught up by the music we play and respond so well to it. It makes me realize that bands such as mine will be playing soul music for a party like this and like we provide for younger persons weddings, long after existing musical patterns die.

The evening advances, the soul band picks up in pace, the horns are riffing those familiar riffs from such favourites as "Hold on I'm Coming," "Dancing in the Street" and "I Feel Good". I constantly kid Mark our main vocalist and master guitarist when he sings "I Feel Good" by James Brown. James Brown is in his mid-seventies, American and black. Mark is white, in his forties and from Scunthorpe! At the end of the tune I state what I constantly state ... it always gets a laugh ..."It’s like James Brown remained in the space!”

The audience is hanging in there with us. Drenched in sweat and transferred in time, they are back in the Flamingo in Soho or some other sweaty dive of their youth. I look round and the kids in the band are having a ball. We are working real hard; we are sweating more than the audience. Making a band like ours rock as hard as it does requires a lot of energy. Soul music isn't music played off the back foot; it is high-energy music that drives. Whether it is loud or quiet, it needs total commitment and all ones physical resources. An amateur band simply doesn't cut it. They are not able to give the energy coupled with the sense of groove that great soul music needs. It needs relentless practice of one’s instrument, high energy all evening that cannot drop ... in reality it must enhance as the evening advances and a lot of stamina that only constant deal with your instrument gives you.

He is happy with the band and the soul music we have actually played for his celebration. They too have sixtieth birthday parties coming up and them too enjoy their soul music!!

We have been have actually and the gear has been packed away Loaded Everyone in the band enjoys playing soul music for a celebration however no one likes to cart gear!

We say our goodbyes. Hugs and handshakes. You wouldn't think that we see each other typically two or 3 times a week! On the way home we leave the radio off. It is time for peaceful reflection. We talk about the gig. What worked out? How we might improve the set order. We choose we can`t. What brand-new tunes we wish to integrate into our soul music band party collection. This isn't simple. The most essential criteria is to get people up dancing. There is in some cases a problem in between favourites and the sort of tunes, which will fill the floor for the party. This is always our primary concern. It is what we get paid for. Paid well for. We have a reputation to keep.

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Was the demand six months earlier, a sixtieth birthday celebration, the customer said? It got me believing. There is a whole untapped market out there for individuals who lived as teens and twenty something through the sixties and seventies. They are all coming near this big sixtieth birthday date and them all like the kind of music I enjoy to play and make my enduring of! More than that, their kids are off their hands, their home loan is paid up and they can pay for to sprinkle out on a big event.

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That isn't really the genuine reason for writing this short article, in truth it has hardly any to do with the subject which is about the day in the life of a working professional London musician. It did get me believing, however, how things have altered from my own youth. When I was young, sixty-year-old men smoked untipped fags, used flat caps and fits and paid attention to Max Bygraves. Now the typical sixty years old will be a fan of Wilson Pickett, Otis Reading, James Brown and The Stones and be dressing in Gap. She or he will definitely not be a smoker!!

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