Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June, the Fastest Month

Where is time going lately? This weekend flew past.

On Saturday morning I had an early practice with the church band, and on Sunday we performed. The music was far from perfect, but we were about 100,000 times better than last time. We now have a drummer, so that pretty much resolves the problem of everyone playing at their own tempo.

I am officially part of "The Rhythm Section". When we're playing a fast piece with a complex drum rhythm, we need a little extra help sticking to the beat. I get to be the metronome, with the help of a pair of claves. Dude, did you know how cool I am? I'm like, in a BAND now, and I play lead clave*!

(That's pronounced CLA-vay, by the way. It's a Latin thing.)

On Sunday afternoon I attended a memorial celebration for Zaidy. It was a good one: well-attended, and rich with meaningful moments. For me the biggest treat was getting to see my relatives who live on the West coast: an uncle, and aunt, and two cousins. My older cousin is in his early 20's. He's also in a BAND, dude, but his is actually legit. He gave me a copy of his latest CD. He's one of the nicest young guys you could hope to meet, and handsome to boot. I'm sure he has to be the girls off with a stick.

My younger cousin is only 8. She's a little sweetie-pie, and cute as a button. After the official memorial was over and the obligation to remain subdued had passed, she put on her tap shoes and performed a fantastic tap-dance routine to the Beach Boys' "Surfing USA". Bravo! Encore!

Overall the weekend was pretty great. Summer is here. The weather is superb. It's all good.


whatigotsofar said...

June speed, speak for yourself. Last week, I'd have agreed with you. The week flew by so fast my head was spinning. On Friday, I was all "I can't believe it's already Friday."
But this week it's the complete opposite. "It's only Tuesday."

And to top if off, it's too blasted hot today. My clothes are officially stuck to my skin. Permanently. Removing my shirt will require shears.

Anonymous said...

Beat those sticks baby!

Anonymous said...


In a band and everything. Duuuuude. Awesome.

LL Cool Joe said...

Sounds like a really cool weekend dude! :D Full of music! Perfect!

Warped Mind of Ron said...

When are you guys putting out the music video. I mean you guys do know that any respectable band has to have a music video, right?

Anonymous said...

So I can officially say now that you rock. :)

I'm glad you had a nice get-together with loved ones for your grandfather's memorial. A true testament to his life.

Scarlet said...

Sounds like you come from a musical family...and hey, if you need a bango player to go with that clave, call me! ;)

Jameil said...

i'm glad you guys had a great weekend!

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Music and dancing really do light up our lives - through good times and bad!

Aurora said...

Yes! I know what a clave is :-)
You are one cool dude[tte?]!!
So your family had a funeral *and* a memorial service? that's neat.