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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fun and Fame

After what I sed yesterday abt wanting 2 party on Halloween, we all went outside. Luis, Ger, and Dunc all sat down on the front steps, and Eva and I stood behind them on the landing, wearing matchng jackets. Luis started having a pop and a danish cuz he gets the shakes if he doesn't snack every couple of hrs. Luis was all, "April's kinda rite, Ger... We don't plan on being professional musicians." Dunc sed, "An' work-wise, this is gonna B a heavy yr!" Luis was like, "Yeah... If I'm gonna pull in the marks I need, I can't perform on weekends." Eva draped her arms around Dunc's shoulders, kinda lookin' as if she was trying 2 get in2 his shirt pockets, as Dunc sed, "We can just... U know, play 4 fun!" Ger put a hand 2 his sternum, all, "FUN?! --U wanna B a band 4 fun? --I can't believe U guys! We are, like, the best in this area!" As in the front-step area? And Dunc was all, "Can't U B happy w/that?" Ger scrunched his eyes shut, extended both hands out, so the palms were parallel, and yelled, "I don't wanna B happy! --I wanna B FAMOUS!!" I stood behind him lookin' gobsmacky.

Hm. The fun-vs.-fame divide. I guess most of us have really absorbed my fam's ethos on this one. How many wanna wager that Ger's gonna end up playing in Becky's band for the longterm. And mayB play with Becky in other ways, 2, IYKWIM?


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  • At 8:49 AM, Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said…

    You're better off without that choad in the first place. As for his being 'famous', joining Becky doing her weekend gig at the Milbo Econo-Lodge lounge (with the occasional grocry store opening and wedding to spice things up) makes his argument really silly. Looks like she'll be the one riding the stump of mediocrity, IYKWIM!!

  • At 10:02 AM, Blogger April Patterson said…


    i think i'll keep playing my guitar and writing/singing songs, like go 2 open-mic nites and so on. and jam w/axel and his friends.

    dunc, that song u wrote abt leaving barbados 2 return 2 mboro is awesum, btw!


  • At 2:56 PM, Anonymous jeremy jones said…

    april, i dunno wut 2 say ‘bout ur band. in the mirror world, lirpa managed 2 convince dlareg not 2 quit her band, cuz he wuz afraid of b-ing 2 famous. lirpa kinda needed him cuz ave&have4 wuz making enuff money on gigz that lirpa almost had enuff saved 2 buy the car she wunted. so, ru makin’ enuff on open-mic nites & stuff 2 buy ur car? i thot peeps did that kinda stuff 4 free? it’s not like ur bro is gonna pay u enuff money baby-sittin’ 2 afford a car. y is the mirror world makin’ more sense 2 me than this 1?

  • At 3:24 PM, Blogger howard said…


    I must admit I am a little confused about what you have been saying for the last few days about your band. It seems a little odd to me to have spent so much time rehearsing to not actually perform, when given the opportunity, particularly when you can make a little money at it. Personally, I have always found the performance to be the thing I enjoyed the most about music and not the rehearsal. Of course, the complexities of setting up a light opera performance are such that one would ever think about doing it just for fun. It costs too much for sets, and costumes and performance space.

    My daughters, María and Ana both play strings, and participate in the Argentinian folk music group, and plan to compete in their young people’s competition. I think they have a good chance of winning, and getting a trophy, and certain degree of fame, at least within the Argentinian folk music community. If you could do them a favour and not give them the “fun vs. fame” lecture, I would appreciate it. They think the competition is fun, and I wouldn’t want anyone to ruin it for them.

    Howard Bunt

  • At 3:40 PM, Anonymous michael patterson said…


    Formerly little sis. You are definitely on the right track as far as your band is concerned. It’s good to see that you have finally learned that lesson from that slattern Becky McGuire about problems with professional musicians. If you do music for money and fame, you will have majour problems with your school work. If you care to listen to the lecture, mom can tell you what problems Uncle Phil had with his school work when he decided to be a professional musician. A future veterinarian in the family has to keep her mind focused solely on school work and then just slip in a little music here and there just for the fun of it. Everyone knows if you spend enough time on music so that you are actually good at it, then your grades will slip.

    Moreover, I applaud your effort to get your friends to push your future spouse Gerald to get that music stuff out of his system. That is a step in the right direction. If he gets too sad about having give up music for money and fame, then you can tell him how when he retires, he can put together a band, just like our Grandpa Jim did a couple of years before he had his two strokes and couldn’t play anymore. Those few years Grandpa Jim had were just the way music for money should be done, where it doesn’t interfere with getting a job or getting married or getting in the way of your grandkids. There are not many things where I can look to Grandpa Jim as a model for how to do something, but music is one of them.

    I think maybe when I retire from writing novels, and I am in an old persons’ home, and I can barely walk anymore, would be the perfect time for me to start a band. Weed might be interested in joining me. Possibly Gordon Mayes too, if he’s not dead by then. And maybe even Lawrence Poirier, unless he’s in a different home for old gay people.

    Michael Patterson

  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    omg, i must b doing sumthing wrong if mike thinx i'm on the rite track and mirror world seems 2 b making the most sense. mayB i needta go thru that looking glass, eh?

    abt $. hm, now that i'm thinking abt it, it's ger who's been in charge of our accting. and i really haven't managed 2 get much $. otoh, i don't actually remember playing all these gigs that r supposedly consuming so much of our time.

    gah, i'm so confused!


  • At 6:36 PM, Anonymous jeremy jones said…

    april, u don't wanna go thru the looking glass, eh? it's hard 2 unnerstand peeps who talk backwards or listen 2 music that sounds backwards, xxcept ave&have4 did sum beatles covers & i cud unnerstand them ok. that is, if u like songs where it soundz like “paul is dead.” ovah & ovah.

  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said…

    That's because they never happened, dearie. The last time you performed as a group, Uncle Phil showed up with that stupid gimmick and Halloween trick. After that, the Telethon of Tedium, then THIS. As for Mike, when did you start listening to him or taking what he said seriously?

  • At 7:18 PM, Anonymous michael patterson said…


    Better April listen to a brother, a fellow Patterson and a best-selling author than a person who thinks he/she is an Amazon catfish. April is a human and not a fish, after all.

    Michael Patterson

  • At 9:05 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    i didn't say i was gonna listen 2 mike!

    jeremy, all that backwards-talking musta given u a headache!



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