||[Jun. 14th, 2006|03:13 pm]
so i recently had a jam session down in phoenix, az (my old hometown) with my friend and his new band, "paper box" (http://www.myspace.com/paperboxx), which was exactly what i needed. |
my friend, jonathan standifird is a pianist/singer/songwriter and he just amazes me. i always enjoy hanging out with him and collaborating on songs. he's a lot better at lyrics than i am but i have more classical training so we help each other out and it seems to work pretty well. right now in the band there is an alto sax, bass guitar, and drums as well as female backup vocals. they have a pretty cool sound.
jon has known about my xdressing for years and is totally cool with it. often times when we hang out he doesn't even notice if i'm wearing a skirt unless i point it out or we are out and people give me weird looks then all of a sudden he's like, "oh brian...you're wearing a skirt!......hah...i like you". (brian is my guy name)
anyways i packed some guy shorts and one of my lighter skirts for the hot weather (107+ degrees ick) and during the jam i was wearing the skirt and my TOOL tshirt. it was so nice to just jam with people in the band who i had just met and didn't know me or my history with jonathan and have them just completely accept me no matter what i was wearing because we were creating music together.
that gave me a high. it's like, being filled up after running on fumes. i played around with some melodies that i had been just kind of getting stale and having the sax, bass, and drums behind those old ideas...suddenly i was able to branch out and improv a whole new part of the song. SO COOL!
i also went to one of their gigs at a central coffee shop which was a lot of fun. they rocked the house and a bunch of people who probably only came for coffee stayed longer and got into the music. i also got to go up and play a duet with jon called "manic" which is basically the two of us mashing the keys in time with each other. much fun to play but i ALWAYS break a nail. :(