Monday, December 05, 2005

The September Dogs

Saturday evening, my girlfriend and I went to go see our good friend Alyssa play with her new band. She was formerly a member of Replica. Alyssa is a talented musician, plays guitar and has a voice that is comparable to Janice Joplin, Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone.

We walked into the place, and to my surprise, they were all set up and ready to go—two hours before they were supposed to play. She has three other talented men playing with her. There’s a keyboardist, a lead guitarist, a bass guitarist and drummer, plus Alyssa playing acoustic and electric---which she switches, to suit any particular song. The band also interacts with the audience, making them even more entertaining. They had people getting up to dance, and had the whole bar practically mesmerized by their performance. Usually, when I go out to see a band, everyone is doing their own thing, and not paying attention to the stage. This was quite different. I'm very proud of Alyssa who came a long way to get where she is. It's great to see her happy again--and doing what she absolutely loves.

Let me tell you---these people should not be doing bar gigs; they should be out touring. I was so impressed with their music, and variety, as well as how ‘put together’ they sound. I’ve been out to see many bands, and a lot of them sound messy, and not put together well. September Dogs were in sync with one another, and on top of that, you can see that they had such a good connection. It was evident to me, that not only did they have a professional partnership in music, but they have a friendship as well. That’s important when you work with others in any type of field.

Another wonderful aspect of this newly formed band, is that you can actually hear yourself talk while they play. They weren't overbearing, and the sound was perfect. The bar that they played at, is very challenging to work with, due to the acoustics. The ceilings are as high as a gymnasium's; so whenever a band plays there, they usually get muffled out by echoes of their own music. The September Dogs pulled it off--extremely well.

Before Alyssa & her band started to play, she hands me a very expensive SLR digital camera, so I could take some pictures of her while she plays. Now, I’m ‘old school’ when it comes to cameras, and I still use film at times. I brought my ‘tourist looking’ digital camera for quick shots so I can post them. My girlfriend had a disposable camera. It definitely can’t compare to Alyssa’s high tech toys.

As I fumbled around this beautiful camera that Alyssa threw on my lap, it looked like a fricken cockpit full of buttons I had no clue about. Major concern—how do I turn this puppy on? I called Alyssa’s girlfriend over to help me.

“Sue! I need your help! I can’t figure this thing out?”
“Uh, Deb, aren’t you a photographer?
“Heh. Start with me---go ahead!” I said, laughing at how stupid I felt.
“Hmm…How do you turn this on?” Sue said, as she pressed buttons randomly.

Finally, Sue gets it started up, and started taking pictures. I, on the other hand, resumed by picture taking with ol’faithful---the tourist camera. Sad, huh? I didn’t get such great shots, but in the future, I will be able to take better photos once I get my good camera.

It was Sue’s birthday as well. She turned twenty-nine years old! Okay okay, I missed eleven years. It was her 40th birthday, and we were all there to celebrate it. They had a cake, and we all sang Happy Birthday. Sue doesn’t look a day older than thirty, as she sits there and complains about her age.

Saturday evening was definitely a special event for Alyssa, as well as for Sue.

Good luck with your new band, Alyssa---and Happy Birthday Sue! Madelene and I are taking you both out to your restaurant of choice to celebrate.


Jay said...

Do they publish any of their music to the web?
I think MySpace has a section for bands. She may want to check it out.
I'd love to hear some of it.

kathi said...

40th birthday and all she get's is vanilla cake??? Dang, give the girl some chocolate, red velvet, whatever, for her 40th, but vanilla on vanilla...
Okay, so she might like white on white.
On another note, girl, you are sooooo cute. I don't think it's fair that you got looks and talent!

Mike said...

Sounds like you had a great night. It's always nice to listen to good music that doesn't make conversation impossible to deal with. Gotta like that.

Bert Ford said...

Its fun to have friends in bands. I think everyone in Hattiespatch is in a band. Hell, even I tried it. I quit, however, after a night of playing/drinking I inhaled my hair through a harmonica & spent the rest of the night with it banging against the side of my head. (I wasn't very good anyway)

Saur♥Kraut said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I have friends in a really, really great local band. They have a recording contract, apparently, and when you hear their music (on their site you'll see why.

Saur♥Kraut said...

eek. The last comment was rife with bad punctuation. Please a rush today...

Bert Ford said...

If we cud spell & punkuate we woodn't be bloggers / we'd be riters & git payed fer awl our trubble.

Jillian said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend for all!!

~Deb said...

Jay: She's working on a website right now which I believe will have an option to hear their music. They're incredible.

Kathi: There was chocolate mousse in there--- so it wasn't all're too funny. And why thank you for that sweet compliment...*battin' lashes at ya*

Mike: Yeah, we had a great time. I can't stand when I go out to a band, and the soundman is deaf. It was a pleasure to listen to them as well as socialize at the same time.

Bert: Tip----never, ever use someone else's harmonica...Ew. ha! Lots of spittle if you know what I mean.

Saur: I'll have to check them out, ... they're probably really good- I tried downloading the site, and had trouble. They're in the Tampa area?

Jill: Yes, it definitely was.

And------no red pens here----not grading anyone on punKshuuAsHoN errors. ;)

Oswald Croll said...

I am jealous. I would party with any group that includes (1) someone that can play a double-armed ax and (2) a chick in a 'Harley' T-shirt. What more could anyone want?... oh, an open bar maybe?

~Deb said...

Haha, open bar...I wish! Now that my ass is bruised from falling off the wagon, an open bar would have been very nice! ;)

the Bleu Dog said...

Debbie Debbie Debbie.......... You had me at Hello...

You are soooo sweet. Thanks for the blog. I appriciate and value your opinion more than you will ever know!!!

Great shot of you and my wife!!!!! (We'll talk later......)

Jay: I got done with my website at 5:30 this morning. My next step was to create a My Space music website!! Thanks for the thought!!! My website now has a spot put aside for song clips. We are currently editing to make sure the sound is accurate. Come visit us at

Kathi: I beleive the cake was vanilla on chocolate with chocolate mousse in between. I had also gotten her a custom made 14k Gold charm for her necklace and a full size fully operational Scooby Doo slot machine. Trust me....she got all the mid life crisis gifts she could want!!!! LOL!!!!

Oswold: I am all about the open bar idea. Depending on how open the bar would be, would also determine what the outfit of the day would be. Either all Corona or all Jack Daniels!!!!!!!! Kevin playes a mean ass Hotel California on that double neck!!!

Deb, with your permission I have some cute shots of you and Mad, I would love to use in my album on the website. I would like to post some of your tourist photos as well!!!!

DZER said...

for those about to rock ... we salute you!

SignGurl said...

Deb, you live the charmed life. Glad you had so much fun this weekend and you are so damn cute to boot!

Michelle said...


Party On! Sounds so 80's... Thanks for the compliment on my blog re: my pics...girl, when you gonna get some photos of you posted...I agree with Kathi you are sooooo cute..!

~Deb said...

Oh Bleu--you have my permission to place our mugs on your website. How did you get pictures of us? Must have been the Southern Comfort. Yikes.

Like the shot of me and your wifey??? ;)


Nothing like beer, cake and shots in one night. MMMM... I'm totally ruining my diet here. No more birthdays!!!

Rock on Michelle! haha! *Giving thumbs up* yeah!

I need sleep...peace out~

Grace said...

Sounds like it was an awesome show!
I love listening to genuinely great music... I'm so sick of that computer-altered junk that we hear on the radio these days.

Romeo Jensen said...

damn... look how hawt you look


okay its on... I'm going back after you... I can do anything another woman can do and more so... Im back in training

*does 20 tongue ups*

wow... I'm feeling it already


LisaBinDaCity said...

Sounds like you had a great time!

Your camera story reminds me of well me ;-) I work in showbiz and everyone always assumes I can set up all technical things i.e. vcr's, dvd players, etc.. And I can't do ANY of them! I make make tv and stuff but I am SO not technical lol

~Deb said...

Romey: You have such a way with words sweetie.

LisaB: I was always scared to join the "AV" group in high school because they were a bunch of nerds....and now I SO regret it. I'm an older nerd with no technical knowledge. *sigh*

Bill Jones, Jr said...

"I didn’t get such great shots, but in the future, I will be able to take better photos once I get my good camera."

Lucky for you it's almost Christmas. Oh shoot, I don't have your address. Oh well there's always next years.

Said it before, saying it again. You are beautiful. Your smile made my computer light up.

Wenchy said...

Btw - my birthday is in June. Can I pick the restaurant?


Loved how excited you sound in your post.

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