Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday Fun Day

posted by Majestic Ape at 2:23 PM

Monday, January 28, 2008

We are trying to finish a bunch of new songs to test while we are on the road and the pressure is on. You see, I am the weakest link. When we write songs, I have to practice constantly to memorize these strings of parts, simply because the pace of our practice does not allow me to write things down. I am a visual and tactile learner. I need to see it. I want to write it. I love to touch. I always have some weird little peice of something in my hands that I rub compulsively. This whole winter, I have been picking up every single lost glove that I see in the street. There will be a glove project. More hand and finger and touching themes.

Last night we had a particularly brutal practice. At least it was brutal for me. I had not recorded our last practice and had no reference point. Erick was not impressed. Nor was he silent in his dissaproval.

After a practice like that, I need to walk alone in the dark outside. There have been a string of nasty muggings in my neighborhood. Last week my roommate was robbed at gun point on our front porch. For the first time EVER, I have been mildly intimadated by the prospect of wandering my neighborhood alone at night. And last night, I stayed in again.

My point is this.....I was tired and felt like an asshole but I still had to get up at 6:00 am to teach middle school. I had to blow off some steam. So I stayed up all night drawing. DUMBASS! I finally fell asleep at around 4:30 am and my alarm went off at 6. If I am going to be staying up all night, at least I should get some job. Got no lotion, got no deodorant. Now we are driving back to Gaithersburg for another practice and I feel like there is nothing between my ears. Ready to fall on my face exhausted.

But, hey, that's life. I am not complaining. I picked this existance and I love it. It means so much to me that I start writing again and everyone is leaving comments, You guys are my crew! Everyone has left DC! I am blabbering. I need to get a cat and some bear mace.

I have a new friend who knows how to butcher road killed deer. Do you think that I should add eating roadkill to my foraging for wild edibles practice? I think I'm ready.

Check out this band..............The State Workers. They have a myspace page. Amazing videos. I endorse them. Ha.

The new record, "Ghost Games," is officially being released on Feb 19.

To begin supporting this record, we leave for tour on Feb 12. Our first stops for this first tour are all in the Northeast and Mid West portions of our country.

I vaguely remember when Erick asked me to review the itinerary back in November. When I saw locations like Rochester, Buffalo, Burlington, Detroit, and Chicago, I believe my response was "Dude are you fucking nuts? Do you recall how our van does in the snow?" Erick, the king of practicallity, informed me that we had no choice but to go North. The reason for this choice is that in March, we will be hitting the south, deep south, and south central parts of the country. So, to him, there was no logic in repeating those towns. I still maintain that there is no logic in touring places that chances are, will have inclement weather while we are either en route, or playing.

One of the few nights that I was pretty sure we were going to die, was when we drove home from Hoboken, NJ in a snow storm. I recall trying to drive to the Jersey Turnpike on a snow covered neighborhood street in Hoboken. A trash truck pulled in front of me a few hundread yards ahead. I started breaking gently as to allow plenty of stopping time. That was the first skid. There were two more before we hit the turnpike. I had suggested that we simply stay in the city that night, since we have about 25 friends that would have hosted us. (Most of our DC people are now living in NYC) But the boys would have none of that. I remember that night, that Jeff decided he would take over driving since I was adamant that we not try to make it home. He said something to the effect of "Quiet, you Scared Woman. Let the men handle this one." Our old manager, Matt W, of ESL Music was with us. The combination of humans in the van certainly put our likely death at a more comedic level.

The turnpike wasn't being plowed. And the snow was coming down so hard we couldn't see a thing anyway. Trucks would drive by us and it would send us skidding toward hell. We stopped once to pee and I stepped into a large ice puddle, leaving the feet and legs wet and cold for the rest of the 9 hours that it took to drive home. No heat in the van. That night, Jeff was daring God to stop us! They thought the whole thing was hilarious. It probably was. I no longer get uptight about flirting with death.

But the moral of the story is that we are going north at a time of year that we have no business being in the north. I asked Jeff if we could get tire chains as he is the band accountant. He said he had no idea how to put them on. I said, umm, we can learn. Its not that hard. He said if we had chains on our tires, we would never make it to shows anyway, since we wouldn't be able to drive above 30mph.

I said sometimes its not necessarily about making the shows. Being trapped, being stranded, skidding, sliding, and wrecking seem worthy of avoiding.

Those guys blow my mind.

I think its time for me to get a life. video

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Art Blog is up

posted by Majestic Ape at 10:47 AM

The art blog is up! Check it out. Drawings, comics, portraits, illustrations, photos! You can commission me. Send me a picture of your face, or face and body! I will draw you. You can purchase the original for $50.oo or more. This is a bargain. They are guaranteed to be worth more and go up in value quickly.

I am also hoping to start a discussion forum. Making art can be an isolating process. Write comments! Tell me what you are working on! Send me pictures! I want to dialogue.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Selfish Monkey Announcement

posted by Majestic Ape at 1:19 PM

I am going to start a new blog-- an art blog.

I am going to put up illustrations, portraits, comics, book projects, and photos.

I am going to create this beast because I am looking for work. This will be an attempt to allow people to see the types of images and critters that I like to make. If you see something you like, let me know.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Oh Brother Do We Have Fun

posted by Majestic Ape at 8:40 AM

The last time I actually wrote and told a story, I believe I had promised to report on a running accident. It wasn't that interesting. I was alone in the woods at 6 am, last summer, running on a trail that wasn't quite a trail, tripped on rocks, sliced my leg up, and dragged my sorry ass home, bleeding like a bitch.

Then I got in the car, drove myself to camp with a gaping leaking wound and dragged the lame leg in behind me. The camp nurse came to my classroom to give me an epi-pen trainer around 9 am (to give to children with bee sting and peanut allergies in case of anaphylactic shock), and looked at my leg at said, "Umm, would you please step out of the room?"

"You need medical attention," says middle-aged short haired, whistle adorned campish woman figure. "That would needs stitches. Its longer than an inch, deeper, and hanging open."

Although I don't like being told what to do, I have learned to quiet all reactions and simply smile and say thank you for the concern.

"Do you have a band aid?" I inquired. "Or better yet, do you have a butterfly bandage?"

"I do, but you can't simply close that yourself, "retorts the gym coach.

Watch me, baby.

Several hours later, after the orthopedist gave me the thumbs up on my home-done wound closure, I proudly, and stiff-leggedly went limping back to the computer lab.

I saw Nurse No Neck.

"How many stitches?" she wanted to know.

"None, he said I had taken care of it. What I waste of 5 bucks for a co-pay."

I realize that wasn't really worth a blog post or a story but I said I was going to write about it, so I figured its better to keep your word that fail people over and over and over again. Not that anyone was waiting at the edge of their seat for that crappy tale of a cut knee.

No connection to music. No connection to Apes. It would be several months later, in October when we would hit the road again.

I can't even remember anything that happened on that trip.

I'll go look at the dates. I am sure something happpened. Something always happens.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Time to begin again

posted by Majestic Ape at 1:07 PM

I am going to start writing again. I am going to be writing often. Ape life never stops but I had been keeping an anonymous secret blog since early January and devoted quite a bit of time to it. It was a blog that I have been needing to write for quite some time. I had been wanting to incorporate elements of the secret blog into this one but I got the stop/block warning from my crew. So I went under.

Now, its not springtime. I usually associate springtime with feelings-- the only feelings that I allow myself. Not anymore. I am a female AND I play music. I can still have feelings. My feelings right now are that WE HAVE A GREAT FUCKING RECORD COMING OUT AND I AM EXCITED!

WE ARE GOING TO START TOURING AGAIN AND I AM EXCITED! My name is Amanda, and I play organ/keyboards for this band called Apes. We are based in Washington, DC and we have been together officially since 1999. I have been playing music with two of these fools since I was 15. Weee. At this moment, I am attempting to train one of them to refrain from crazy screaming tirades while we are practicing. I don't like being yelled at. In exchange for his efforts, I am practicing. Welcome to my world.

Right now, I'm hungry.

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