"We're just DANDY... get it?!"
Time for a Minks update!
We hadn't played a show together in a hot minute, so when we got together for band pracky, it was like a family reunion. People who haven't been in bands probably don't understand how incredibly close you get to your fellow band mates. Like any ensemble, you become close to the people with whom you make music; with a band versus an ensemble, there is a more relaxed environment. Often, the music you make in a band is original/personal, so you put your best foot forward to give back to your band mates in the way they give to you. (Or at least that's what I do.) You develop a bond with them that you can only truly understand by making music with them.
Suffice it to say, we all love each other. Forever. And always. <3
Anyway, we had been invited to record a cover of Beck's song "Heaven's Ladder". The whole concept behind Beck's newest album is pretty interesting; basically what you do is record your version of one of his songs and then submit it to the Song Reader website. It's a unique way to engage your listeners and involve a lot of talent for one album. Pretty, pretty, pretttttttttty good. The people in charge were from Full Sail University's video department. What they wanted was to make both a live recording and then a video with it and release it as a package deal.
But before I could get my head in Beck-mode, I had Cirque training at 1 pm. I had to get in the right mindset after I was told I would be learning how to do flips and play upside down.
The actual training space was at the CEO's house, which was in a residential area. I wasn't entirely sure how everything was going to work out since I hadn't seen the rig until going out back. I started out by playing some tracks with DJ Exit 9 just to get a feel for the music. Because there was no wireless pickup, I was just going to learn some of the harness techniques and practice playing upside down.
There was a very specific sequence to remember:
1. walk and then semi-jump while being lifted into the air. (arms within the harness)
2. kick with one foot and then wrap around to spin, then pose (legs out to stop)
3. swing one leg up and bring legs out onto the harness (arms out first, then brought in to play upside down)
We basically ended up running that sequence a good number of times. Next thing I know, I'm sweating and felt faint. They took me down for water so I had a brief rest, but then was right back at it.
...And then I legitimately felt like my head was falling somewhere into a darkness I didn't understand. At that point, it was pushing 4 pm, and I hadn't eaten anything except two mini KK crullers. Probably not a smart idea at all. I needed to get ready for the Full Sail shoot, so I ended up heading out shortly after drinking a Perrier and trying to shake away the cloudiness. #whoops
I had asked Andy the same day if I could shower/change at his house, and thankfully he said it was okay. When I got there, I was greeted by his two kids. NOTE: I normally do NOT like children. In a totally impartial way, Andy's kids are some of the cutest I have seen. And they're little rock stars just like him. Moving on!
After much ado about nothing, I decided on an outfit appropriate for the music video. We were told specifically no white or stripes. I had brought at least four outfits with me, but ended up going with light purple/pink corduroys, brown lace-up Journey boots, and a very colourful flower blouse from H&M.
We caravanned to campus and checked in early. The Mud Flappers were recording before us, and seemed to be taking longer than they were supposed to. We had time to hang out, eat some snacks, and run through the music individually. There was a makeup artist named Maria who would be working with us. I have never had my makeup done, so that was quite the treat. Andy got his done first, but then I jumped into the hot seat second. I had started to doll up before sitting down, thinking she was only doing foundation and powder. But she ended up doing the whole shebang: hair and makeup. Andy jokingly said my hair should get "80's-ed out", so she teased it us a bit. Everyone was cracking up in good spirits, and kept saying I looked like Tawny Kitaen. What do you think, readers?
By the time we finally were ready to record, it was almost surreal because we had been there for so long. The set looked great, but we kept getting shooed away. I really do wonder what they were all thinking by that point, as 6 indie rockers kept standing underfoot, oohing and aahing over ALL OF THE LIGHTS (Ima let you finish...)
We had a few takes, and each of us messed up something in each one. But perfection is not necessary in rock and roll! They decided to keep our final take, because it was the highest energy. I almost crashed into both Andy and Kelly at one point since I was being a clown. But apparently violin clowning sells. Maybe I can make a career out of that... oh wait!
After everything was said and done, Andy, Abe, Dan and I went to Ale House. We ended up seeing George and Scott from the Mud Flappers. We had a nice little party going. I ended up leaving around 1 but was stoked about the new friends and music. Overall, it was swell day. Check out our video below- let me know what you think!
While climbing on Heaven's Ladder,
Fine Young Poet : Em
an artist who chooses to starve