Sunday, February 19
James Yeh, musician (reborn)
I had an audition with a local indie rock group this afternoon, so the past 24 hours have been spent scrambling to put together some semblance of a rig in preparation. Most of you probably don't know my musical resume; I've been playing out, which is to say professionally, since I was a senior in high school. In college I played in a jamband for around a year and a half. This project later turned into a folk-rock acoustic duo between myself and the guitarist. Everything was going pretty well; we had some local fans, we made a little cash, we got a little female attention (and by "little" I mean nearly none.) And I'm not just being modest--for two strapping young, talented, and humble musicians, we were pretty lousy at getting girls.
Anyways this all came to a halt last April when, after a particularly bad gig at our favorite bar (a sushi bar in downtown Clemson called Uptown Sushi), my bandmate and I decided (around 3 AM, at Waffle House--where all good decisions are made) to take a hiatus, which ended up becoming permanent.
That's the backstory. One of the many precursors to that final and disavowal of music was a festival the band played in Greenville where I left a substansial amount of equipment (around a thousand bucks' worth) all because of some complimentary chicken nuggets.
In my defense, I was hungry.
You see, if I hadn't stopped loading equipment for a McNugget break, the equipment (mostly effects pedals) would have been placed into the trunk of my car, instead of disgarded somewhere backstage for some random (and dishonest, I might add) person to pick them up and do whatever with them--probably use them to play death metal or something equally horrid, like popular country.
This was late 2004 to early 2005, and since then I still have not had the heart, wallet, or the desire to pick up new pedals--until yesterday.
Long story, short: I bought some new pedals and used them today. They sounded good enough and the band asked me back. I practice with the full band in a week or so.
Life is good.
at 8:05 PM