|Absolutely no photo editing whatsoever.|
|Miller, me, Dan, Heidy and Clare!|
|With Scotty and Carol with Perth city in the background|
|Too much food. No such thing?|
|Carol the pizza girl.|
Fortunately I managed to contact a friend and spend some time at his place, to be dropped back at about 10:30pm. Alas, they were running late and still weren't able to return home, which led to me sitting on their (fortunately comfortable) front porch swing, laptop in my lap and connected to an outside power point (providence!), chips and chocolates in my bag (foresight for the win!), watching downloaded telly shows and surfing the net thanks to the home wifi. The only thing that was lacking was warmth: it was 11 degrees that night and dropping, oy!
The Dunsinane crew finally got home after midnight, by which point I was practically frozen. But still, as Andrew proudly declared of my makeshift living space on the porch, "That was quite an impressive setup!" :P
Today I attended a full-day (seven-hour) band rehearsal for EOP, which would've been pretty awesome if it hadn't been ever so mildly sullied by the fact that the venue we were at had barely any air conditioning and it was thirty degrees out! So we sweltered through most of the songs (thankfully there are only 12 of them), and all in all it went pretty well, although (bitch alert!) I'm going to a most unprofessional thing and whinge about my encounter with one of the band members today. Mostly because I've always used this blog as a way of getting things off my chest, and also because, let's face it, not many people (especially those of association) would read this, LOL!! But first, here's a pic:
|It fascinates me that our drummer Andrew is able to make heads or tails of my percussive scores.|
Then, at another point in the rehearsal, I proposed that the band ended one of the songs in a particular way that was different from the demos I'd originally created. This fella then went and contradicted me, directing everyone to play it in another way. Now, see, I'm all for suggestions and I'm perfectly content with people saying, "Hey, how about we try it like this", but you don't bloody well undermine what the assistant musical director has just said by making a sweeping directive to everyone else. I mean, I'm the AMD and the freakin' composer for crying out loud!! You've got two people of authority above you in this production: it really isn't your place.
There were a couple more instances that really ticked me off: at one point, I asked if one of the singers needed a cue for her to resume her singing part, and this same musician said it was fine and that it wasn't necessary. Um. Hello? Again, know your place. Know your bloody role. I was so irritated by that point that I was on the verge of telling him off, but I held my tongue so as not to create tension and demotivate everyone in the room; instead, I walked out and went to the bathroom. Grrrrrr.
Then, later, another musician said he had exams on one of the show dates, and I asked him, "Oh, you realise we've got shows that day?", the intention being that if he couldn't make it, we had to either make a contingency plan or at the very least just inform the production team that he wouldn't be there. This same pain-in-the-butt musician then piped up, saying, "Yeah, I think an exam is more important than the show, Nick", in a way that just made me want to smack him. I just sighed and moved on, but naturally I told our musical director about all this, since he knows this dude better and will thereafter be able to keep an eye on things and make the necessary reproachments. Jeez, dude, just... chill, okay? Learn to be a team player and recognise when someone has a little bit more authority and know-how than you. In this particular instance, given my role as the creator of the music, I don't really think I'm asking for much. End of rant.
Anyway, here's a pic of some of the cast during rehearsal today:
|They sure are a passionate bunch, aren't they!!|