April 09, 2006

Pseudonymous Boy Band

It's pretty standard for bloggers to go to cool concerts and then post write-ups about the concerts, complete with dark blurry photos of the musicians. (By standard, I mean that Scrivener does it.) I of course have no need to go to concerts because I can listen to live music for free in my living room every Friday and Saturday night. This weekend, my husband was out of town and my daughter at college, so I got to hang with the Pseudonymous Boy Band, who played everything from the White Stripes and R.E.M. to Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

When you listen to musicians jam, you get to hear the same songs played over and over again, complete with long discussions about what needs to be done differently. The audience at this venue seemed fine with this. Blonde Niece and Pirate Boy, settled on the comfy couch, and Shaggy Hair and First Extra, hanging out in the kitchen area, seemed hardly to notice that Older Neighbor Boy was singing “Steady as She Goes” by the Raconteurs for the fourth time.

Like many famous musicians before them, the members of the Pseudonymous Boy Band have little patience with paparazzi. ("The camera makes noise! And we’re recording!)" For some reason, the idea of appearing on their mom's blog does not thrill them at all. But I took a few anyhow so that my blog readers can get a sense of what my weekend was like.

The leader of the band on drums and vocals. Well, I don't know if he is the leader, technically, but he owns the drums and most of the musical equipment so that counts for something.

drummer

Skater Boy on guitar.

ROCKINGOUT

Sweet Funny Extra and Boy in Black doing a duet. They were cleaning up the lyrics of the song as they went along, a task that proved so difficult that the song made no sense. (It was a Ben Folds' cover of a rap song.)

SweetFunnyExtra

Boy in Black on piano and vocals. Trying not to laugh while he is singing.

piano  and vocals

Philosophical Boy on guitar.

philosphicalboy

Oldest Neighbor Boy. He ran here in the rain and needed to borrow dry pants. For some reason, he chose to borrow a pair of pink pajama pants from Victoria Secret that Daughter had left here. So his outfit was in contrast to the dark clothes that the other members of the band usually wear.

OlderNeighborBoy

The youngest member of the band, With-a-Why, on the piano. He often plays some classical pieces between sets, something much appreciated by the oldest member of the audience, which is me.

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25 comments:

Clancy said...

Beautiful kids! Looks like a good time was had by all. Does With-a-Why or Boy in Black know how to play Ben Folds Five's "Brick" on the piano? It's a sad but beautiful song.

Jen said...

LOVED the pj pants! Is it just me, or did everyone appear to have really lush, beautiful hair? Is it something in the water? ;)

Rachel's Big Dunk said...

I love this post!

I like to think that my little guys will appreciate all their piano lessons some day. I keep promising that as musicians, they'll attract a lot of girls! LOL. (that doesn't seem to impress a 5 and 9 year old much...)

Love+
Rachel

Jenevieve said...

Ditto about the hair! Maybe I need to come live with y'all.

And isn't the music wonderful? I often say that I married a classical guitarist so I could have free nightly concerts.

Scrivener said...

I guess one advantage of taking photos of Pseudonymous Boy Band is that you get to take pictures with the lights on, from the front row (or even from "on stage" as it were). I wish I knew how to actually play an instrument so I could jam too. Sigh.

jo(e) said...

Clancy: I think that's one of the Ben Folds Five songs that my daughter plays. She is actually the best pianist in the house, although she is off at college right now.

Jen: Yeah, pretty much all the kids have beautiful thick hair, although you will notice that none of it has been washed or brushed. (They roll out of bed and start playing. None of the kids in these photos have had a shower.) The person with the most gorgeous hair in the household -- Shaggy Hair Boy -- is not in any of the photos. He plays the piano but he was not jamming with any of the musicians when I snapped the photos.

Lilian said...

This is SOOOOOOO neat! I hope it's how my Fridays and Saturday nights will be in 12-15 year's time :-)

Both my husband and I play the piano (we have a "real" one in Brazil and a Clavinova - eletric one - here) and we're planning to have the boys learn it to, as well as whatever other instruments they like. I play the flute as well, but haven't done so in many years since I need to buy a new one (mine was already way used when my dad bought it for me in 1986).

One of my dreams is to have my sons play piano duets (either four hands or two piano pieces) someday...

listmaker said...

I love them! It must be such fun having them around.

RageyOne said...

Sounds like a fun night! :) I think it is awesome that Oldest Neighbor Boy chose to wear pink pajama pants from Vicki's Secret. Shows he's not afraid to be casual among friends.

Sarah Sometimes said...

Oh, I get it. Pseudonymous Boy Band, as in, they all have pseudonyms.... I think maybe my brain has shut down after a day out in the sun with my brother and a beer or two. At first I thought, is that really the name of the band? I think my brain really must be too tired to grade papers tonight, what do you think?

jo(e) said...

Sara Sometimes: Yeah, it's not really even an offical band. It's just whoever shows up to jam on any given weekend. Mostly, it's Boy in Black and his many followers ....

Oh, surf blogs instead of grading papers. Definitely.

oldwhitelady said...

That sounds like an incredibly fun evening! Especially, the discussion after the playing of the song.. then trying something different. It's great to listen to younger folks talking and working things out, together! It sounds like the variety of music was very nice, too.

peripateticpolarbear said...

Hey, when's the first leg of their tour?

Friday Mom said...

I know they're patience with the paparazzi is wearing thin, but is there any chance they'd let you audio blog a cut from their cd?

Suzanne said...

You are the queen of identity-masking photographs! How ever do you do it?

jo(e) said...

Friday Mom: They use my computer for recording music so I have all kinds of songs on here. Perhaps one of these days I will learn how to audio blog.

Suzanne: That's the reason I don't show them all together in one shot -- I have to keep cropping out people whose faces are showing!

Rev Dr Mom said...

OMG, my kid would SO LOVE to be there, jammin', too.

liz said...

You have the coolest life.

I love these pictures.

Leslee said...

I wish I was there too!!!

ccw said...

Love the pictures!

What an enjoyable way to spend a day!

Not Scott said...

Amazing how many times I read a post and then try to alter my life. We've been bringing guitars to the park lately, another stay-at-home-father. If we're lucky, in ten years we might be good enough to play with our kids.

Mona Buonanotte said...

Oh, if I were only 15 again and could crush on those boys! Those pajama pants are lovely, BTW. And they have great taste in music!

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

Suzanne: I was just thinking how easy it is to take pictures of boys in bands that don't show their faces. They (1) are always looking down at their instrument and (2) wear long hair over their face.

The pajama pants will look great on stage. The number one mistake young rockers make is to neglect color in an effort to look cool.

Yankee T said...

EXCELLENT WEEKEND ACTIVITY!!!

Sue said...

I would like to repeat my entire adolescence in your house jo(e)!!!