Now that I’m finally settling down into my job, I at last have time to play music on the weekends with my friends.
I play guitars and a little bit of keyboards, but the five of us all cover the various bases to form a traditional band with drums, bass, guitar, keys, and saxophone.
The bassist and lead keyboardist are both vocalists, but our bass player is usually the lead while the latter sings backup. Back before the pandemic all of us would rent the practice room at our local Guitar Center, but these were closed nationwide when lockdown orders went into effect. I kept calling them throughout the pandemic to see if there was an ETA on when they would open again, but I’m still getting conflicting information whenever I call the local store or business headquarters. All of us had to find a odd location in which to practice as a band, and this wasn’t easy. At first all of us tried to pitch in money to play at a traditional practice studio, but this proved to be way too extravagant for our budget. That’s when all of us agreed to throw in the money needed to rent a small space in a warehouse building. Unluckyly, the lack of a/c was a hard impasse at first. All of us almost threw in the towel until I thought about putting a small window cooling system in the single window connected to the unit. This provided us with the little bit of cool air all of us needed to stay comfortable while playing music together. And the window cooling system only increased the electricity bill by a moderately small amount.