I'm exhausted. I rehearsed from noon to 3pm, then drove to Lancaster (getting quite lost on the way) to jam with the guys I used to play with back in the 1970's. I played bass and focused on "staying in the pocket," as bass players put it. I just wanted to hit right notes and stay on beat, and I did pretty well, nothing fancy (certainly nothing like Jaco Pastorius). My old mates were as sharp as ever.
"Cortez the Killer" (Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
"Like A Hurricane" (Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
"Old Man" (Neil Young)
"Ticket to Ride" (Beatles)
"Suzy Q" (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
"Sweet Melissa" (Allman Brothers)
"Your Time Is Gonna Come" (Led Zeppelin)
"Going to California" (Led Zeppelin)
"Sweet Home Alabama" (Lynyrd Skynyrd, the hardest three-chord song there is for guitarists)
"Walk Away" (James Gang)
"La Grange" (ZZ Top)
"Purple Haze" (Jimi Hendrix)
"Wind Cries Mary" (Jimi Hendrix)
"Wish You Were Here" (Pink Floyd)
"Eyes of the World" (Grateful Dead)
The only song that defeated us was "Suffragette City" (David Bowie); no one could remember the chord changes and there was not much enthusiasm for figuring it out.
Back in the '70s it was the young people who made Rock'n'Roll noise while the old people suffered in other rooms in the house (or went to the movies). Now it's the old people making noise while the young people suffer in other rooms trying to watch DVD's. But the young people can't complain too much because, you know, the old people are the ones with all the money. (From My Life As A Baby Boomer, chapter one)
Now I have to get back to the day job. Also, Cyrano opens this week. Blogging will probably be light.
UPDATE: We also played:
"Smoke On the Water" (Deep Purple, and we played the whole thing, not just the first four chords)
"You Can't Do That" (Beatles)
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Allman Brothers)
"Stray Cat Strut" (Stray Cats)