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alien jellyfish

Had a good practice with Allison and Jodi last night. We did some more prep for our concerts at Ad Astra and Consonance, as well as going over "I Am Stardust". What a gorgeous song! Lloyd was an incredibly talented songwriter. I'm going to nominate this song for a Pegasus Award. We also practised "The Alien Jellyfish Song", a song by Chris Conway...we're going to have SO much fun performing this. :-) Right now we're thinking of adding in some bluesy flute and 2- and 3-part harmonies.

How do you all learn new pieces for performance? Our standard process is to get a basic version of the song on tape, with just the melody and guitar accompaniment. Then we all take copies of the recording home and play around with it to see what we can add. At the next practice, we figure out what works and what doesn't, then we put another version on tape with the extra stuff, take it home so we can listen to it carefully to see what we like and don't like. The next week is generally a "polish up and finalize" practice.

Jeff and I are going up to the cottage this weekend with our friends Alison and Jeff. I'm bringing lots of long underwear and fleece. :-) I'm going to leave my computer on home, so no Blatherings until next week, sorry.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Today's Blatherpic: my niece Annie.

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