Oh, today was such an awesome day.
This morning, Brendan took me out to Elsternwick for brekkie. It's always good to see him, for some reason we hardly seem to be seeing each other at the moment. We had a bit of time to kill after so we ended up going to Southland to get his mum a present, some nice earrings (don't anyone tell her though).
I decided to drive to Alana's today, because I was bringing my macbook because we were *meant* to record something. Yes, sorry, we didn't quite get around to it, because I spent too much time fooling about with the Gretsch, and suddenly came up with what I think is a pretty brilliant chord progression. Here's me with the baby, learning how to use the bigsby (at the time I was playing another song of Alana's):
Anyway today we cut rehearsal short so we could go see Adam Hills do the last of his trial shows at 6 Links. I've waited five years to see him live and two weeks ago (only two weeks!?) he was sold out (which is when we formed The Little Ones), so this time we were extra early and the first ones there. We made our first true fans in the line - that is, people we didn't already know and who therefore were not obliged to like our music (despite the fact that they of course have not heard anything yet). Below we have from left to right Britt, Adele, Lizzy and Alice, with me peeking over the top:
there were quite a few flashes going off with lots of people taking photos, and I joked that the people at the back of the queue were probably wondering whih famous person was up the front. Quite a surreal experience.
So when we got inside, much to our dismay, Britt couldn't get in as she was underage and they were checking IDs for the first time (she had gone pervious weeks with no problem). This is where the already good evening became an experience I'm unlikely to forget for quite a while. Someone jokingly suggested going up to Adam Hills and asking him to try and get Britt in. Well someone did actually go and ask him, and while he couldn't get her in, what he did do was persuade the staff to leave the foor open and set up a stool for Britt, so she could sit just outside the bar and still see the stage:
Throughout the evening he kept coming out to her (and us when we were hanging with her in the breaks) to make sure she was ok.
Now, this is where I make people jealous that they weren't there. This was meant to be a trial for Adam to try his new stuff out on an audience, and he's been doing it for the past eight weeks. However, over the past eight weeks, the same 'regulars' have kept coming back, and Adam's been getting their stories out, and it's turned into 'some kind of weird cult' in his words. So instead of havign any of his new material, tonight all the loose ends of the past eight weeks were tied up. It was truly remarkable, all sorts of objects were onstage from audience members coming back and being asked to bring things in (if I were to go into detail I would be typing all night) and he seemed to remember a remarkable amount of names and stories. It's become such a big thing, that in a few week's time there will be a 'reunion' show for all the people who went to his trial shows (which I will definitely be going to - by the end of the night I felt I was among friends). Of course there were heaps of laughs, and Adam proved himself to be a pretty aweosme performer, able to turn any situation that was presented to him into some pure comic gold. At the end of the show, when I had a massive headache from laughing so much, we headed out the door and waited with Britt. In due course he came round to us to say hi, and Alana and I got to tell him our story of forming because his gig was sold out. He was duly impressed, and I'm gagged by my bandmate from saying anything further, suffice to say The Little Ones seem to be getting a remarkable number of lucky breaks given our two week existence. Anyway we did get a photo with him:
I think we all have sore faces from smiling, but how can you not. I will have to go to his show now because I didn't actually see any of it tonight, but it was such an experience, and I'm glad we got to go.
PS two weeks!? I can't believe it's only been two weeks! And today was only the fifth time Alana and I have met in person, and I feel like I've known her all my life. The others couldn't believe it when I told them how recently we'd actually met.
PPS the other photos from the day are on my flickr, and at some point I have a couple of videos of Hillsy to put up somewhere too.