Wednesday, August 5th, I made my way to Ladson's multi-music-genre venue, Ocean Cowboys for some local rock and an up-and-coming new national band, We Are Harlot. I bought their CD and I haven't stopped grinning since. What a great lot of hard rock. There are a couple of screamy moments but not enough to detract from the overall rockin' goodness of the sound.
But let's start with the first band out on stage. I didn't catch their name at first but later asked a band member. They are American Murder. They're a trio from the Concord, NC area but I didn't get much of a chance to talk to them. It was still early. Being the opener, their set was a bit shorter than the other two, but they made up for it by seemingly having the times of their lives onstage. Check them out in this video and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/officialdickjokes/timeline, where you can find a link to their website.
Next up was a hometown Charleston band called Beyond Intent. A fiv...
This is a Facebook post I wrote pretty late on August 17th:
Just one more thing and then I'm out. I've got another story going on recently and this afternoon I wrote a scene where the female character watched the male character onstage playing with a local rock band.
Some of you know me and know when I'm watching musicians doing their thing, I'm ALL IN. I'm watching their fingers, I'm watching their feet, the strings, the sticks, the pedals. I'm totally immersed with the goofiest grin on my face anyone could ever have. And if you've ever been to a show with me you know that's no exaggeration. Hahahaha!
Kinda like this:
So today, I'm writing this scene and I catch myself grinning this exact same goofy grin. IT'S FICTION!! Completely made up and yet I'm goofy, watching it play out in my head.
Well, I thought it was pretty interesting and one of these days, I hope you'll get a chance to make up your own mind about wh...
This is my young guitarist friend, Sean Ashe, about whom I cannot say enough nice things. This song, Hemisphere, is his second release. His first is called Luminescence and will, as its name may imply, simply bring light into your day. Please check out his website: http://www.seanashemusic.com. He is currently working on his first album. I'm so looking forward to it.
The song is an example of the type of music my character, Nicholas Trent, plays on his solo outings. He's happy to play in a full band accompanying a singer, but this . . . this is the music of his heart. The music in which he can lose himself.
In other posts, with future chapter releases, I'll post videos of other guitarists--and bands-- who inspire me and my writing. Of course Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson will be well represented, as they were the first two guitarists to make me aware of the term "shredder." I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
Man, have I got a lot to learn! It's comical, I swear. If all an author had to do was write, there would be way more books out there. This website building was meant for more analytical souls than I, and more tech-savvy, that's for sure. Will I ever get it? That's not so certain. All I can do is laugh at myself or else I'll cry. Hahaha!!
So I drench my doubt in caffeinated iced tea and soldier on. Facebook friends post affirmations that convince me I can do this, I just need to put in the work. The time. Get the hell off Facebook, right? Today is one of the good days regardless of my website-building learning curve.
And I am making progress with the latest draft of The Guitarist. I have cut another five thousand words and five characters from the manuscript which seems miniscule, considering I should cut another eight thousand words to make it a standard "first-novel length." But the first draft was one-hundred, forty-nine thousand words...