The Tiger Journals
#1: What did I do there?
Once the decision was made that we were actually going to do
this, I dug out a copy of our album, Love'n'Crime and listened through
the tracks. As I listened, I could remember most of what I played in each song,
which was a bit of a relief, I must say. There were times though, when I would
stare blankly at the speakers, thinking: "What the hell did I do there?", or
even worse - "What was I thinking when I played that?"
...In truth, that last bit only happened once. Really.
Next was actually sitting down with the songs and nailing my parts in
preparation for rehearsals. I'm not even thinking about my vocal parts yet -
Just getting my fingers around the riffs and licks that I used to be able to
play in my sleep. We're throwing some covers into the sets too, some of which I
haven't even heard for twelve years, let alone played them. Fortunately, the old
grey matter is still in pretty good working order, and nothing has been too
difficult so far - touch wood.
When you hear or read about bands getting together to tour or record, someone
just 'flies in from L.A.' to do the sessions. Sounds great, huh? Easy - just
snap your fingers, and a Lear appears out of nowhere to whisk said band member
off to his fame and fortune... yeah, right. Maybe for the top-liners, but not
for the rest of us. Our drummer, James (BJ) Pool, is flying in from Sydney a
week before the first gigs (on a public airline, I might add), so we have maybe
two rehearsals to get the set together and tight before we face the audiences.
Far from optimum, but with good preparation, it's not really a problem for us
seasoned veterans. The thing is, I'm still not sure what the hell I played in
the verses of 'All I Need Is A Friend'! Why am I not overly stressed?
Because James (bless his cotton socks) happened to record the last few weeks of
our farewell tour, so we will shortly have live recordings of the songs the way
we used to play them to jog our fuzzy memories. Nifty, to say the least.
I have noticed something as I play the tunes after twelve years. I am a
different guitar player from the guy who recorded those parts way back in the
early 90s. My technique and style have both evolved from those days, and I'm
even hearing the songs differently. I'm playing the same notes - more or less -
but the vibe is that of today's Graham. Not that it's a bad thing, of course.
I'm a better musician than I was back then, and I'm expecting that the rest of
the guys are the same. This leads me to think that it's going to be very
interesting when we get together for that first rehearsal...