Sunday, January 3, 2010

Way Too Much Fun

Despite a few technical difficulties, the SECURITY IN NOISE set went off really well Saturday night. There were loads of people there, and most were up and dancing, so that was a lot of fun to play to. I was really happy with how my first foray into singing lead while playing guitar fared. It seems to take a lot of energy to do it, at least for this sort of music, but perhaps I was also tired from working a full day, which included a couple hours of calibrating antennas out in the field that morning. A bonus to the experience was having a cameraman from the BBC, here shooting footage for Frozen Planet, taking footage of us while performing. I wonder if we'll ever get to see any of that film they shot. All in all, I found it to be a very rewarding way to pay off the last nearly-two-months' efforts practicing for the gig. Thanks to everybody there that was so supportive and receptive to the band's performance!

The rest of the season is going to be extremely busy with site visits by grantees, as well as all the comings and goings of winter folks headed to/from R&R in New Zealand. The fire brigade training will continue throughout the duration of the summer, and will eventually have to transition to the folks staying for winter with a turnover drill sometime in February. We don't have anymore holiday weekends, so these last few weeks can get kind of rough for short-timers that let themselves start dwelling on wanting to leave. People staying for winter generally tend to seem less inclined to going "toast", as we call it in Ice vernacular, during the summer. I think that phenomenon helps make the argument against using "toastiness" as an excuse for slacking off during any season. Anyhow, between now and our tentative winter closing date of 13 February, there will be a whole lot of work and sadly few chances to pretend I'm a musician.
“We Greeks are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness.”
~Thucydides

2 comments:

J. Reaves said...

Ask the BBC people if they will send you out-takes of the band. A group I was in was cut out of a National Geographic special on the Grand Canyon and they had no trouble sending the group leader the out-takes.
Chuck

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