Sometimes you think your day is gonna go one way...

Yesterday morning when I left for work, I assumed my day was going to be like most days. I'd do my radio business and head home to my drummy business. The pandemic has made me a surprisingly busy session musician out of my home studio, so I've been spending lots of time working on tunes for clients.

But pretty early in the morning, I get a text from Spose, whom I've known for years. Yup, the King of Maine sent me a text that contained a small amount of panic. He had a TV show taping to do in Bangor, and his drummer was sick and couldn't make it. Fearing he'd have to cancel, he threw a Hail Mary and hit me up to see if I was available to sub.

Photo JStew
Photo JStew

Well, duh.

Here was the kicker..... the show was that day. So, I had to do all my normal work stuff, get home and learn two songs at light speed, and head into Bangor to load in at the Gracie Theater at Husson University. After listening to the songs a bunch of times and making some notes, I got to work.

Two hours and two songs later, I packed some gear and hit the road. In the meantime, I found out it was pretty much a freakin' supergroup of Maine musicians backing Spose up at the taping for The Nite Show. We had Dave Gutter and Jon Roods of Rustic Overtones, Kyle Gervais of Grand Hotel, guest vocalist Bensbeendead, Spose, and me.

Photo JStew
Photo JStew

By the way, that's Bensbeendead in the sweater and Dave from Rustic in the eagle head.... He looks better that way. So much more respectful, hahahaha.

It went off without a hitch.... for the most part.

Whenever you sub on someone else's gig, there are always a few hiccups. Luckily, as a drummer, you can certainly train-wreck a band, but at least you can't hit notes that are out of key. So you can kind of fake your way through a smidge. But all in all, we all had a blast and a good time was had all around.

It was a whirlwind of a day for sure, but it was a blast. It was great to catch up with some old friends and play some music with actual people instead of a click track and headphones. I hope we all get to do that again someday. It was almost like adult summer camp, hahaha. We all need more of that.

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