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August 27, 2011 / John Sieger

Ice Turns To Steam—Rehearsal

Click: Ice Turns To Steam

 

This song had a mostly acoustic vibe on Quiver. Here is Semi-Twang ably adding a little support at rehearsal. Bobby Schneider’s drumming is crisp and soulful, while Mike Hoffmann plays a very nice tic-tac rhythm—between the two of them, the song absolutely percolates. The rest of the band is there, laying in the weeds, doing little, but more importantly, listening. We get to the middle and noboby solos, which happens a lot at practice (and sometimes gigs). We have so many pickers in this band, Bob Jennings included, that one of the hard parts is choreographing everybody. The bottom line is a lot of our songs don’t need much and, as full-fledged adult musicians, Semi-Twang is good at laying back a little bit. It’s hard for some skilled musicians to grasp the concept of minimalism—it goes against all their training and is definitely not an ego builder. But the minute the idea takes hold, songs get their due and something bigger than the sum of all the parts is created.  One of my life’s great pleasures is listening to sympathetic musicians breathing life into one of my songs. It’s very hard to describe the feeling but I know it’s always there and always the same and it’s always fresh. How many things can you say that about?

© 2011 John Sieger

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