Sunday, July 05, 2009

A decade in pursuit of the dream

Ten years ago today, I gathered with a group of friends in my room on a hot summer's day. All four of us present were musicians and the purpose of our gathering was, predictably enough, to play music. What other purpose could there be? As musicians, we were familiar with one another but on that particular day we were trying to form a more cohesive unit and ultimately call ourselves a band. I was very young - I even had braces on my teeth - but I remember thinking that this particular attempt at forming a band would be succesful. Our bass player and I had tried on another ocassion and that didn't seem to go anywhere, so we found ourselves with two fellow musicians from our high school trying for a second time. There was very little ventilation in the room; we were all sweating profusely. Our equipment at the time wasn't too impressive. I was playing my cheap Epiphone guitar and the bassist's amp was so small, it had to be placed on top of the bunk bed so it could be heard properly. Our drummer had only recently begun to play the drums, but being a very skilled instrumentalist (he could play almost anything, including the violin) he fell into his task with ease and natural talent. Our lead guitarist had previously been a bass player in another band and after being thrown out, he embraced his new position as a six-stringer in our fledgling project. As for myself, it would be only the second time that I would attempt to front a Rock band as a vocalist/guitarist. There was no original music played that day, only covers, but we put our own take on them - maybe because we weren't the best players to begin with. I still have the tape we made that day and just recently listened to it again. I can't say that there's flashes of genius in it, but listening to it takes me back to that moment of realization when it became clear that there was indeed some kind of chemistry between the four of us - chemistry that was worth exploring further and ultimately proved to be a big part of my life as a teenager and subsequently as an adult. Ten years...shot a decade already. I still continue to play music with my band to this day. The original members are long gone, and I even changed the name of the band about 3 years ago, but to this day I still carry with me that utter amazement and child-like excitement that I felt that summer day in 1999. I only wish we could celebrate this day by all four original members sitting in a room together and playing some music, something that hasn't happened since April 2001 when our first lineup change took place. However fitting a reunion would be, it is impossible, seeing as we don't all live in close proximity like we did some years ago. I still feel a certain responsibility to the three original members to do the best I can so they can feel proud of being a part of what I consider to be my roots as a performing musician. Today is a very special day for me and I will raise a glass to that summer day ten years ago when I got together with three brothers and took a path I am still on today- and hopefully will be for the rest of my life. Here's to a decade in pursuit of the dream...

1 comment:

Mayte Kairuz, MFCC said...

q nostalgía y sentir de emociones raw...