Franklin's Tower

December 20, 2008 4:01 PM

I was part of a basement band made up of friends who liked to jam but not gig. This is our first gig, a friend's wedding in 2000. She made a special request for us to play. We played together for over 10 years and only played out twice while I was part of the band--before I moved out of the area. Be aware that it is 9:21 long.

All together I think there were 8 of us in the band, with me on lead vocal. We got to the country club wicked early in order to set up and ended up having entirely too much time on our hands between the set up and the start of the music, so we hung out on the golf course and drank... probably too much. We are all a bit buzzed by the time we do this song.

The recording was made with two stereo mics set out in the crowd, so you can hear the wedding guests shout to each other.

posted by terrapin (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Well played. A nice recording of it, too.
posted by csimpkins at 6:55 PM on December 20, 2008

Warmly joyous and excellent. Really enjoyed this.
posted by nickyskye at 7:22 PM on December 20, 2008

Yeah, the audience really adds to this track. I felt like I was at a show. Good wedding song!
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 7:56 PM on December 20, 2008

I'd be curious about the mic setup you used if you remember it. A live recording doesn't get much better than this.
posted by jchgf at 11:07 PM on December 20, 2008

The bass player brought his recording equipment, and I don't remember the mic setup. My wife, turtlegirl, is an audio engineer who specializes in live recording, if that helps.

I would have posted a different song, Eyes of the World comes to mind, except we played that for 14 minutes and there was no way the recording would meet the MuFi 10MB maximum.

Thanks for the kind words, all.
posted by terrapin at 4:17 AM on December 21, 2008

Really great recording. The audience almost seems overdubbed, it's too perfect.
Sounds like a really fun, happy vibe for a wedding. I love how stuff like this turns out sometimes, just organic and great. I've done drunken recordings in a boathouse with my brother that turn out a thousand times better than anything I've done in a controlled environment. Nice job.
posted by chococat at 7:56 PM on December 21, 2008

I have many recordings and stories that begin with "One time I was in a drunken wedding band..." but none of them end with anything as awesome as this.
posted by Jofus at 4:06 AM on December 22, 2008

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