Music at a Distance
I have to tell you how bad it sucks to have your bandmate so far away. I can't tell you how many times I see gigs that Lorraine and I could play and think, "If only we lived in the same town, we could do this club and that club..." There are so many clubs here, but our "band" is scattered and everyone is working on their own albums, etc., it's hard to get them all here, or me to Minneapolis.
(Here we are with the girls at ConVergence)
Every time I sing I think of Fablo. She's really the entertainer out of the two of us. She doesn't need an instrument to entertain thousands...or a few in a pub. (The later is FAR scarier for Me!) She taught me so much about "winning the crowd". Tonight I went to an audition and one of the guys knew Stephen Merritt! It was a small world moment! I got to brag about Lorraine and Chris for a few minutes and all we had done. It made me so proud.
(I made that dress for her without measuring and it fit perfectly)
Looking back on the last 4 years, I can't believe all we were able to accomplish. We were independently practicing the music for our CD before we met. Then going in blind, we opened for Garrison Keillor. (That was Lorraine's deal, I just sang. She set up everything.)
I remember how I would plan a show and Lorraine would say,
"We don't need dry ice and explosives Malena, it's a PUB!"
I always make everything into a big production. It was amazing when she said,
"You don't have to look gorgeous, just sing and they will love you"
This concept was foreign to me, being in the Hollywood scene.
Here in LA, everything comes down to how young and skinny you are. Being a well known musician doesn't have a lot to do with pure talent out here. I love LA and it is a part of me, but it is also nice to know there are places in the world where people go to listen to music, just for the fun of it. I really like Minneapolis. After all, PRINCE is from there. Talk about uninhibited creativity! Love it!
Here's Lojo, Dev and I at the recording studio. A director friend of Miles' listens to Lojo's "I'll tell me ma" so much he wrote a short story about it. We really did a great job for our first album. Then we did the Hidden Variable Album after that. Sometimes it takes a while of stepping back from,
"What are we doing next?!"
to see what we've already done is worth while. I am a perfectionist to the death when it comes to music. Lorraine helps me to have fun with it. I am very thankful for that!!!!
So, in a perfect world, Lorraine and I would gig together a LOT more. We just live so far apart and as the years go by our schedules get tighter and tighter. All I can say is, I sure miss it and I'm sure we'll get to do our thing again somehow.
I miss you all!
The M in LaM