A ficly about pre-performance anxiety. Thanks to my good friend for the idea.
The crowd murmured while we watched from behind the curtain, dancing around the backstage in a kind of nervous strut. Stage left, stage right. Looking out, trying to get a sense of the size of the audience that night.
Blue and red lights hit the cymbals on the kit, a kind of mixed purple hue sent splashing across the wood floor that seemed to have seen so many shows before us.
The amps were set. Guitars. The microphone on a thin stand like a nervous young girl in the spotlight. I fidgeted in my seat, unsure of whether to sit or stand. A pencil of a man with a headset stepped past our manager and looked at us as a whole, not making eye contact with anyone in particular.
We lined up. Jim always walked out with his pick already in his hand. It was kind of a tradition of his. I didn’t have any traditions. Each night was new. I was asleep, and with the start of every show, when my stick hit the metal of the ride, I was reborn. Kevin had sweaty palms. That first note was always the most important. We had to nail it or the show was more or less shot.
The floor lights dimmed, the effect lights overhead started to flash, we looked at our respective instruments, and in one perfectly synchronized motion, took the first step.
Hey gang. Here’s more Canistel. This is more Coheed, Willing Wells 3 and 4 to be specific. Complex stuff, I’ll say that much. As to whether or not we’re any good- I’ll leave that to you. I think we did damn fine for the record. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making it.
Shout out to core Canistel members Nick Petromilli (Bass) and Dan Siew (Vocals/Guitar)
Sam Rubin (Lead Guitar)
Justin Braun (Keys)
and Dan Rotshteyn (Backup Vocals)
1.) I’ve been asked to create a site by a small business in town with which I have personal ties. It’s a bit of a daunting task because the entirety of my web-design experience is isolated to an 18 month period between now and December of ’08. The other thing is that I’ve been using WordPress all that time. WordPress is software that you can opt to install on your server, and it offers a slew of easy ways to create nice looking sites, but more often then not, it is used for portfolios, blogs, and creative media sites like mine.
This business needs a Content Management System, which is a verbose way of referring to an online catalog, but because I’m very limited to WordPress in a lot of ways, I have to find a way of applying that software to the needs of the business. I’ve got an idea. I’ll update you all and provide links to the site as the project nears completion, and of course, after the business has given it the OK.
2.) Short story on the way. It’s a longer version of my first ficly. I’ll be making shorts stories of all my ficlys. Should be good to go by Wednesday or Thursday.
3.) Trying to get footage of Canistel’s performance last Friday for the write-up I’m planning.
Canistel packed up and headed over to the high school to do an audition for the coming talent show. At first I wasn’t sure how we were doing, and we arrived really late because we all had to go home first to get our stuff.
Halfway through the first song we were stopped, and I was getting ready for embarrasment until the lead judge said, “You guys rock!” Which is… you know… kind of satisfying. The crew of 30 judges were so pleased that they offered us the opportunity to play a minimum of 2 songs, with the possibility for more.
So expect news on that after the show. Videos will be available, I’m sure.