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Posts from April 2013


Playing like a Rock Star
Wow! Ladies Rock Camp was the MOST FUN I have had in years. Imagine 3 days where you meet new people, form a band, learn to play your  instrument ( mine was the bass), write an original song and perform in front of an audience.

My bandmates ( I love saying that) , Elizabeth, Toni and Gail and I clicked right away, and our song came together very quickly. of course, we wrote a snarky one.

This is how the weekend went. We met Friday morning, had a class on song writing, then instrument instruction, then we went into our band room to work on the song.  The afternoon flew by and by 5 PM I was so exhausted, I could barely drive home. My fingers hurt  and my brain was swimming with new information.

Day 2, more songwriting, a little more instrument instruction, then we started playing our song. Our band Push worked so well together. We each contributed to the song and we all loved playing  and singing it. I even  sang a few lines, and I haven't sung on stage since 6th grade!
Wasn't quite as exhausted Saturday, but my fingers still hurt a little.

All of a sudden it was Sunday! YIKES! Band practice all morning, band practice in the afternoon. We were ready. I didn't even need to look at my " cheat sheet" of the chord changes anymore.

All five bands looked like rock stars and we were ready to take the stage at the Brink. I wanted my band to go on early, but we were 4th out of 5. We were so nervous, but took the stage with confidence, belted out our snarky song and before I knew it, it was over.

If you love music, then this is an experience all women should have. The musical director Beth Kiille has the most amazing staff of women instructors and band coaches that made the entire weekend fun and easy.  We were all shapes and ages, yet, for one too quick weekend, we WERE rockers.

I totally want to do this again. THANK YOU SO MUCH Ladies Rock Camp.
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Ladies Rock Camp Beckons
I'm sure it's no secret that I am a music freak. I was the kid who always had the radio on, but playing music on records and radio and playing an instrument are 2 different things.

I took piano lessons when I was a kid, from 4th grade until my senior year in HS. I never was able to play " by ear", and I hated practicing. I took oboe lessons for one year, but I kept breaking the reed on my braces. Reeds were 75 cents each and that was a lot of money for a Jr  High student  back then.
 I went to a music and art camp one summer, and played the drums. I was in a jug band my freshman year in college, playing tambourine and kazoo. That is my entire sum of music performing, until THIS WEEKEND!!

On Friday, I begin 3 days of Ladies Rock Camp, where I will learn to play the bass ( I chose my instrument), we will form a band, write an original song and perform it in front of an audience at a showcase Sunday evening at the Brink Lounge
For someone who has always admired musicians, I'm so excited I get a tiny taste of what their lives are like. So wish me luck and come out and watch all the bands ( there should be 5 of them) on Sunday.
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April Showers bring Caption WINNERS!
As another rainy work week comes to an end, get a chuckle or two with this week’s caption contest winners, starting with the honorable mentions.
 
We always love the local references:
 
Paul H H
As is par for the course in Madison, there are always a few who seem compelled to take things to extremes, and thus the comparative lack of surprise when Otis Farnblip showed up with his homemade mount for Ride the Drive.
 
Vicki poses a good solution to a problem
Vicki D
We all wondered what Fred was going to do with all the extra rakes when the kids moved away.
 
The answer is  “a very funny caption.”
 
Cliff Claven
Mr. Trebek, I am going to go with "What do you get when you combine a life of solitude, an abandoned crate of rakes, strong welding skills, and an affinity for weed?"
 
Tammy cracks me up
 
Tammy A
Amish version of p.i.m.p. my ride.
 
Love the word play from Kat
 
Kat O
Rake n Roll !
 
 
And this week’s BIG WINNER of autographed Monkee’s CD and other prizes is…

Kim S
Jacob displays his entry for the garden sculpture contest, "Proud Mary."

Thanks for playing!
 
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The Caption Contest Gets Ready for Spring
Yes, I said Spring. They promised us we WILL get warmer weather, so there's that.

But our caption photo is optimistic!  You know the drill; give me your best caption to THIS photo.
REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE SUBJECT LINE  THEN EMAIL IT TO ME AT GPARSONS@ENTERCOM.COM TO GET CREDIT AND WIN MY FABULOUS PRIZES!

Your deadline is Friday at 4 PM.
Have fun, be creative and as always, play nice!
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The Caption Contest is Pinkish
Hope you had a good Spring Break ( now if only Spring actualy WOULD break), but I digress.
Hope this photo will put you in the mood! Please give me your best caption.
REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO GET CREDIT AND WIN FABUOUS PRIZES!!! THEN, EMAIL YOUR CAPTION TO ME AT GPARSONS@ENTERCOM.COM.
I have good prizes planned, honestly.
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