did a corporate gig the other day. The inauguration of a new generator it was. So we were supposed to play a half an hour set in the beginning from 6.45 till 7.15 because the actual program was supposed to start at 7.00 but a couple of ministers were invited and since they were usually late we would fill in the time.
For some bizarre reason the minister landed up early! He was there at 6.45. Hurried consultations and the band hurriedly went on stage without their bandleader. So we started our half an hour set and stopped after 2 mins! The minister had to go to another function. Ah! it all becomes clear now. After the amazing squeezing of 30 mins into 2 everything seemed to go smoothly according to schedule. There were long welcome addresses, longer addresses, longer thankyou addresses… Phew! I like Christ college, Hosur Road, Bangalore – 29. It’s short and sweet.
The jarring bit of the evening was when various people were introduced and asked to come up on the stage, they kept playing the Star Wars theme music. It probably was a bit much for the ocassion but the players kept their part, walking past the smoke machines, and the trumpet calls. Yes, the smoke machines. These generators are supposed to be environmentally friendly, and upon this announcement for extra effect the guy at the console gave a full exhibition of his beloved smoke machine. Lovely.
Then we did our second set. Quite fun overall, because I didn’t know90% of the tunes. There were some real shaky moments but we got through.
2 images from the night.
Middle class men, with middling waists and hairlines walking with a slouch to Star Wars theme music.
A dear old gentleman slightly drunk, but good natured and good humoured getting on stage and dancing gracefully to whatever we played…