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Date: Tue 16 Mar, 2004 at 09:30
Headline: Extracurricular Activities, part 1
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Greetings & Salutations!

Another double-header with Longshot at The Filling Station in Magna last weekend. It was a lot more fun this time than last, since I had a little more time to fully digest the material and got to rehearse the songs with the band a bit, thus walking into the gig actually knowing what I was doing. Playing hired gun for another band can be refreshing for many reasons, less responsibility being chief among them. It's also nice to shake off my usual musical routine and play another instrument for a little while -- keyboards, in this case. And of course playing with a badass rhythm section like Steve Urie (drums) & Ray Opheikens (bass) is always a treat. Carl was supposed to sit in for a song or two, but unfortunately wasn't able to make it down from Park City.

At Saturday's show I ran into Jason Gerome, a friend of SoN who just happened to have relocated to the area recently. We exchanged pleasantries and catching-ups, and then he spent some time harrassing me about rarely coming out to see other local bands these days. What can I say? I'd like to get out more often, but the realities of spotty transportation, low finances, scheduling conflicts and family responsibilities tend to take priority. Besides, I can barely deal with clubs when I'm playing them. In the meantime I do what I can to support local music online and through word of mouth, and hope that's enough to keep my musician karma in tune.

Speaking of hired guns, extracurricular activities and supporting other bands, our own Matt Meldrum has been doing some work with local Rush tribute Cold Fire, and will be playing keyboards for them at Plan B next month.

And finally, in SoN news: Matt, Tim and I got together last night to take inventory of the new material that we've been demoing, and by our standards it's been a downright prolific couple of months. At this point, we have 15 tracks in various stages of development (from fully fleshed-out songs to intriguing riffs and rhythms) and are hoping to have even more before paring down and choosing the best stuff for the new CD. Later this week we move on to Phase 2, rehearsing what we have with the full band and solidifying the arrangements. In addition to getting the recording started in earnest this summer, we'll hopefully be playing some of these tunes in concert ASAP, and I can't wait. :)

bye for now
-Thom