Monday, March 12, 2012

Just about a year ago, I set out on the road.........

Seeking my fame and fortune,
Lookin' for a pot o' gold. 

The Cougar Creek Band.  How did they get started?  I am trying to remember.  I think we first played for the Hope Mardi Gras parade in 2008.   It was more than a year ago but it seems like yesterday.

King Kermit reading the proclamation 2008 

The wine and the whiskey flowed freely and there began to be talk of "the band" playing in the 4th of July parade the following summer and entering the float in the parade.  Sure enough.  There we were on the 4th of July.  We had a cornet, trombone, sax, recorder, accordion, bass guitar, fiddle, banjo, keyboard, drums, mandolins, guitars.  What else could you add?

The next thing you know we had a gig at the local dumpster site.

Things got bad and things got worse,
I guess you know the tune.
Oh Lord, stuck in  Lodi, again. 

Our song list got longer and longer.  We played at Mardi Gras every year and added a performance at the Oyster Party.

The next summer  we played another Dumpster Gig.   Our numbers grew from seven to twelve or thirteen members. 

We kept practicing and having fun. 

We had many jam sessions and awesome potlucks!

Then we had our first really big gig at the Clark Fork Centennial.

The man from the magazine,
Said I was on my way.
Somewhere I lost connections,
I ran out of songs to play.

We even had musicians flying in from South Carolina to play with us.

The band and the second line has more members every year.  Band members keep acquiring more instruments and more equipment. 

What will the band do next?   We are still playing, having fun and getting together for jam sessions and great potluck dinners.

Maybe it's time to make money at this?  Maybe we should record?  Nah.

Go on the road  - on tour?   Possibly.  We would need a very large bus.  Maybe two of them.

 How did we get here?  
Maybe you noticed all the smiles on the faces of everyone in the photographs.  It's all about having fun.  Yes, we are serious when we are playing those tunes, but boy are we having fun!

I came into town, a one night stand
Looks like my plans fell through
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again.
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again.
(We don't mind being stuck in Hope)

This post is dedicated to Saxophone Man.  


Linda said...

Wonderful! I agree about working for money, lets keep it fun--or be a community fundraising band.

isthereanymorepie said...

What special pictures and memories!!!! we miss you all so much. Can't wait for the 4th of July!!!