Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Girls and Boys
In other news..... Lodhi, Yasir and me were hanging out with Rahail, the bass player for Mizraab. The conversation started with some really intellectual stuff about music and recordings and well, pretty much ended up with....girls.
Now usually I don't write too much about this topic, because well, you should always write about what you know and I don't know women. But our conversation yielded some hilarious conclusions. Please feel free to disagree with Omar's list about why men and women are both such idiots. In my humble opinion...
1) Men think like one big flatscreen TV. Its true. We can't handle more than one thing at a time. We will however be excellent at watching that one big TV. You ever go to a TV store where there are 50 different TV screens all showing something different. Thats how women think.
2) We will never understand that time of the month.
3) Top phrase you should never to say to a woman, "Calm Down". This usually makes their anger go away, but it is immediately replaced with murderous rage.
4) If we gave birth, we would find a way to compete with other dudes.
5) As much as they hate to admit it, women will always love jerks.
6) The best way to get over a crush is to imagine him/her taking a huge dump.
7) Guys are awesome because we resolve conflict through physical violence and then we get over it pretty soonn. Girls will harbor that shit for years until it resurfaces in some twisted form and bites you on the ass when you least expect it.
8) Guys need to listen. Or at least pretend to.
9) We can't stop staring. We can only learn how to be discrete. Otherwise our necks would snap.
10) Girls with ambition are sexy.
11) But we still don't like this whole feminism thing.
12) We never know if you really like us or you're just being nice. Our assumptions usually land us in a large pile of shit.
Labels: Stupid Lists
The doctor thinks I am prone to stress and my body automatically shuts down as a response. This is not encouraging. This is silly. Why couldn't I have a macho response to stress, like porcupine spikes or something. Instead I have developed the biological equivalent of sticking my head in the ground.
Things are looking up, we've been sounding good at rehearsals, the boys are itching to get back on track and do a cracking show. plus it's IBA where we've always had a loyal fanbase so I'm realy excited to do this.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thoughts on live performance.
I was just so impressed with the raw energy and enthusiasm of these kids. They played some great classic rock covers, including Hendrix, Zeppelin, Dire Straits and the Beatles. It really warmed my heart to see them play bands that I used to cover when I was their age and it also made me sad when I realized how for removed I had become from the rock concert experience. Lodhi and me both felt it when he looked at me and said, "You know sometimes, I think going mainstream was the worst thing that could have happened to us"
Maybe I'm just a little jaded because our last show didn't go too well. I know we're not exactly the biggest band in Pakistan, but I miss the days when we were just starting out and we had nothing to lose. ADP could just go up on stage and really have a go at the audience. We weren't worried about press reviews, ticket sales, audience reactions, sound issues...back then, it was just the four of us playing together, doing what we love.
These days, a gig can turn into a nightmare very quickly.The sound guys dont show up on time, you worry about sponsors and covering your expenses, press people want invites, random people who claim to know you want free tickets, so-called industry types show up looking for love while there's always some video director or some big shot in the audience you are hoping to impress so they might fart in your direction.
The band usually goes by the saying "you are only as good as your last show". We are under tremendous pressure every time to live up to expectations. Much to my dismay, our reputation as a live act is becoming bigger than the quality of our songs.
Don't get me wrong, playing live is my life and love and there is no greater high than a great rock show. But I want people to know the songs, I want them to connect with the music and lyrics. I could pull our a harmonica solo and Yasir could do something fantastic on the darbuka like he always does. But in the end, it will all just be gimmickry if they don't give a hoot about what I'm singing about.
tortured artist? not so much...needy entertainer?...you be the judge.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I really promise to be regular this time....