Jam Sessions

“Always be the worst guy in every band you’re in. - so you can learn. The people around you affect your performance. Choose your crowd wisely.” ~ Chad Fowler

I have achieved my dream of becoming the worst person in a band. In this case it is a literal band and not a software band or some other band. We meet nearly every week and we make music.

At this moment the group is still young so we meet with little agenda other than maybe a musical genre but even that is not a rule.

When I first start hanging out with them I wondered how I would be able to participate. I have very little musical training and the music that I have created and the tools that I have worked with are on my computer. While I would not classify my music is electronic it is often ambient soundscapes.

But I found a purpose by grabbing the microphone and making up words. Words and singing actually seem like an important instrument particularly with jam sessions. At least it makes the feel less stationary and more of a story - a mumbling, rambling story in our case.

The other purpose I found is simply my ability to help with the recording and processing of the material we create throughout the night. I use Ableton Live to record the tracks and listen for when we change or start again with a different feeling. With Soundcloud I can quickly upload and create a playlist of the work.

An aside, there was some embarassment with regard to publicly posting work-in-progress music. That disappeared quickly as the joy of being able to listen to the fun that we had the night before overtook it. Also, in this day and age, people are far too busy to even listen to the music that we have created.

Lastly, and probably the most important, I come to the jam sessions with energy and motivation to make music. I make sure that when I am there I am there ready to work and excited to get into the jam.