Friday, 6 February 2009


Another rehearsal with the band (who it looks like are going to be called 'James and the Giant') tonight - full band this time!

We've been working on some of the new songs, which are Freefallin' (originally by Tom Petty), Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen, or possibly Jeff Buckley. Just don't mention X Factor!), Just Let Go (one of Dan's songs) and Tell You (from the Octagon album). Once I've caught up on some of the videos from the rehearsal a few weeks ago I'll try to take along the camera again to get some clips of these online. Steve's started to play harmonica in a few of the songs which is sounding excellent. Too many instruments, too few players...! lol

We also went through some of the songs we know including The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, Follow, Like Jimmy Did, Another Christmas, I Could Be Happy With You, Ordinary, Starting Line, and Lizard Skin. It's getting to the point when we don't have enough rehearsal time to run through all the songs as well as learning new things which is great in a way, but means we'll need to start getting a bit more organised. So probably less impromptu AC/DC moments (well, maybe only a few less...!)

Here's some photos from the rehearsal:

Steve was looking pretty photogenic with the Martin acoustic. Unfortunately he saw me getting the camera out...!

This was the best I could sneakily manage of him and the guitar together.

It's been snowing in Stoke today. Most of it has melted but Dan managed to find some on the wall outside the rehearsal room.

Carl managed to avoid any photos AGAIN! Must take more of him next time just to even things out.

And in case you were wondering who James is, or the Giant for that matter, there's a few hints in one of the songs we play and one of the band member's names. Inspiration also came from Steve's additional "I'm not your Uncle Jim" line in Lizard Skin. It's probably better not to ask!


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