Tales from a Wanna-Be Rock Star: This past weekend was pretty cool. My weekend started Thursday night when my band played CBGBs. We were initially scheduled to play at 10:30 pm, but we got bumped down to midnight when they added another band. CBGB's is a well-known venue in NYC (and the rest of the country) for rock music. The venue itself garnered much attention these past few months because their lease was expiring and they would be forced to shut down. A lot of bands came out to try to save CBGB’s. However, they still don’t have a lease at this point and it’s open on a day-to-day basis.
I’m very happy to be able to say that we played at CBGB’s despite a less-than-stellar performance. First off, we haven’t practiced as a group since our last gig on Nov. 10th. So that’s almost a whole month of no practice. Secondly, CBGB’s requires you to bring your own equipment (though they do have a PA system, mikes, cabinets, etc.) Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of high-tech gear. So we brought in our cheapo 50-watt amps and hoped for the best. The other bands before us had towers, cabinet heads, cool equipment and the whole-nine! Oh well. Lastly, the band right before us, 'Rebel Scum' was really impressive. They played great music that is sort of in the same vein as Bloc Party, Radiohead, and Oasis, etc. They were quite polished and musically accomplished. What I hated the most was that they were all still in high school! The only reason they got into CBGB’s was because they were the band! I am so jealous of them! I felt our band paled in comparison. Boo!
On a positive note, we weren’t booed off the stage and a lot of our friends came out. The hubs even made it to the show despite the fact that we didn’t go one until almost 1 am! (He couldn’t go the last time). It was also my first time on an elevated stage with lighting and everything. I did feel like a rock star –though a reluctant one at that. I need to work on my stage presence and learn to feel more comfortable. I did feel comfortable towards the end, but I’d like to be more of a rocker and dance around (although it’s not easy to move around and play guitar when you’re almost 7 months pregnant!). The hubs took the following pics. You can also click here for a quick movie clip (don't know if it'll work though... I'm not very tech-savvy!)
Our next gig is on December 30th –this is my last gig before I go on “maternity leave” from the band.
Harry Potter: I finally saw Goblet of Fire this past Saturday. The hubs was nice enough to accompany me because he knows I’m such a big fan. I saw a digital projection of the film and the effects were great. Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about the movie. I don’t think it came out as seamlessly as Prisoner of Azkaban. I do keep in mind the fact that Goblet is a longer story and that things had to be cut out due to necessity. While I was entertained, I don’t think it captured all the fine nuances of the book because of the cuts they made. While still faithful to the book, I thought the movie moved too briskly and jaggedly to try to get at all the major events in the story. I would’ve liked to see Winky and Dobby; Sirius with more than a cameo; and at least see a glimpse of the Quidditch World Cup game! But the movie was cool and exciting nonetheless. I loved the Yuletide Ball scene, the dragon challenge, Viktor Krum (hotness!), Cedric Diggory (hotness!), the scene at the graveyard, Madame Maxine, and Rita Skeeter (hilarious!). All the characters came to life for me, and I loved watching the whole thing unfold.
Wedding: I went to my friend Monique’s wedding last night. It was the first wedding I have been to in which I skipped out on the ceremony. I always make it a point to go to the ceremony because that is the whole point of a wedding. However, we just weren’t able to make the afternoon ceremony. I did enjoy the reception though. Monique and I went to law school together, but we didn’t get to know each other until we became law clerks at the same courthouse. She and I hung out with 5 other chicas and we keep in touch even though our clerkships ended in 2003. We had a blast at her wedding. I ate tons of food (including 2 servings of the bananas foster dessert!), danced away with my friends and the hubs, and momentarily forgot that it was a Sunday night!
With Chris and Jill
With the Hubs