12-30-11 – San Francisco, CA>Reno, NV – Hi,
I’m Thea, a singer (alto) and songwriter looking to join a band or form one, in which case I’m looking for a guitarist or two (electric primarily), bassist and drummer.
This would probably include my husband Eric, who’s a really good keyboardist, singer and songwriter.
We like music that’s a little out of the mainstream, with intelligent lyrics, more than 3 chords (usually), & something unexpected like an odd instrument or time signature or arrangement.
My taste ranges widely – Peter Gabriel, REM, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Tori Amos, King Crimson, Paul Simon (the later, more complex stuff), Joni Mitchell (ditto), Grateful Dead, Harry Nilsson, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Sam Phillips (I especially recommend Martinis & Bikinis, and It’s Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop). I also love some really old-school R&B once in a while (Aretha, Stevie Wonder, etc.). Eric’s tastes are somewhat like mine, but more prog. Some of his favorites are Kevin Gilbert, Todd Rundgren and Yes.
We love genre-bending music! That’s genre, not gender — “Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” as Jerry Seinfeld said. But however weird it gets, we do want this to be basically a rock group, in a broad sense: electric guitar, a beat, and at least some songs that really rock.
We have been influenced by classical music. I have a degree in music (voice), which I think makes me a more versatile singer and the music theory doesn’t hurt either. Eric has studied music theory a lot, and has been in several groups (none famous). I was in a critically acclaimed a capella group (Kitka) for 2 years in the 90s. Never been in a rock group, but that’s what I always wanted, so here goes! We’ve doing some open mics together lately.
If somebody joins the band who also writes songs, we’re open to doing some of their material as well as our own. We will also do some covers.
Please listen to my songs at Soundcloud (just go to soundcloud.com and search on “Thea Kelley” — that’s Kelley with an extra “e”), but please realize IT’S *NOT* THAT I ALWAYS WANT TO SING SLOW SENSITIVE SONGS, THAT’S JUST THE KIND I SEEM TO WRITE SO FAR! (Partly due to the fact that I don’t play guitar & my keyboard playing is very basic.) Maybe a collaborator could make my lyrics and ideas rock!
You can also check out Eric’s songs there as well. Look up Eric Kampman.
We’re over 40 and not looking to make a career of this, but we do approach it with a degree of professionalism. We would rehearse together once a week and expect that we’d each work on it during the week as well.
We’d like to get together with musicians who are: creative, flexible, expressive, dependable. Formal training (ability to read music, etc.) is a plus but not necessary. We live in Albany, near El Cerrito Plaza BART. We have a piano & a drum set.
I know this ad is long, but I thought it would help you understand whether we’d work well together. Drop me a note if the above resonates. Thanks! — Submit Yourself To This Role Now: 1
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