kingkeld's Journal, 15 August 2012

Good morning!

I had so much fun last night.

Burnin' Live is still alive and well. We rocked the rehearsal, and it was so good! We worked on a few songs, and in particular looked at AC/DC's Back In Black. It's a super fun song to play.

We did have our guy try out on vocals, but we had some issues. He didn't get a fair tryout at all, because the microphone that we have available can not handle the sound pressure from the band. Everything ends up in an ear-tearing feedback, and is utterly useless.

So, we couldn't really crank up the microphone, and he couldn't hear himself. It's impossible to sing in key when you can't hear yourself - very few people can do that, and since our guy is a n00b at singing, he didn't stand a chance.

We're gonna try to fix up some stuff for next time, get some things lined up if I can.

Then we'll see.

The good thing is that we rehearse at a school - the one where I teach - and I have a budget for buying equipment. We do need a better microphone for the classes too, so I think I will look into getting one. Then he can use it too.

I think he was very disappointed with the session, in the way that he didn't feel that he lived up to anything. He wasn't happy with the result. But then, he's never really sung in a microphone, he's completely untrained. It takes guts just to go do it, and there is a lot to learn afterwards.

I experience this with my rehearsal too. I practice with CDs at home, playing along to the music to learn the arrangements and get better at the bass lines. I can play along to the songs without a hitch, but the moment we play in the band, it's a lot harder to remember the songs. See, the CD doesn't forget anything. Live musicians do. It's the same with singing along to a CD. If you miss a word, then the singer will be there to guide you. When you're with the band, there is no supporting vocals. :)

Still it's a learning curve, and he might (or might not) be able to learn. We'll give it some time and see what happens. He's a nice guy, and he's eager to do it - and has the right attitude about it. That's a big first step.

It's not too different from the weight loss journey, now that I think of it. If you don't have your heart in it, you won't succeed. If you don't find the right tools to use, you won't succeed. If you don't practice and learn from mistakes, you won't succeed.

But if you focus, practice, learn and do what you're supposed to do - then you're much more likely to meet your goals.

Speaking goals - I didn't get my water in yesterday. Once we started playing (at 4 PM and the rest of the evening) I forgot all about it. I didn't do this on purpose, but there was a lot for me to attend to. I am the one working the mixer. I am the one bringing the gear - all the cables etc. I am the one setting up a lot of it. I am trying to teach the others what needs to be done, so it's not all on me. They need to learn to set up their own stuff, set up their gear and cables so I can do mine. That's gonna save me at least 30 - 45 minutes work every time. The same with packing it up. Discipline, please. :) No worries, we'll get there.

The weight? It's almost the same as two days ago. It's not really budging, but I can see why. No water all evening yesterday, and playing music. It used to be that I lose weight playing music, but these days my healing gets disturbed a little, and I retain fluids instead. That's okay. I'm doing well, and it's coming slowly off, I think.

Today, I am off from work. Actually, I have a vacation day today AND tomorrow, and I am off to go for my checkup Friday, so it's already weekend for me. :) I think I can live with that.

I'm leaving at 10 AM on the train with Wife to go for HER checkups. Then we'll be out and enjoying ourselves for a few hours before going home. I will be bringing several bottles of water to make sure I don't miss any.

Today, I am thankful for:

- A fun evening yesterday with the band - even if we need to work out how to do the vocals.
- Morning Coffee!
- A fun day with Wife today!

Happy Tuesday and happy short vacation for me! Life is good!
187.0 lb Lost so far: 154.8 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entry for 15 August 2012:
1357 kcal Fat: 51.39g | Prot: 99.77g | Carb: 120.59g.   Breakfast: Egg, Sliced Ham (Extra Lean), French or Vienna Bread (Includes Sourdough). Lunch: Large Hamburger with Condiments and Vegetables, Jumbo Fries. Dinner: Chicken Breast (Skin Not Eaten), Mixed Vegetables (Solids and Liquids, Canned). more...
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 0.8 lb a week


Have a nice couple days off Keld! Hope your outing goes well and your wife checks out OK. That would really be hard to sing and have the confidence to do it with those challenges for sure.  
14 Aug 12 by member: posterchild66
That sounds like a fun rehearsal - and there always are glitches - that's what rehearsals are for after all! Figuring out the weird stuff. Good luck at the check-up for wife and you! 
14 Aug 12 by member: HCB
Morning Kingkeld :-) 
15 Aug 12 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
Sounds like a great practice, and you have a great attitude! Enjoy your day! 
15 Aug 12 by member: jessabridge4444


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