Yikes. 1979 was the last time I played in front of more than a couple of dozen people. There were maybe three hundred people watching our battle of the bands. I've played simple Punk and simple Blues in front of crowds. Then I strummed an Epiphone (badly) for over twenty years, playing and singin' mostly Jim Croce tunes alone in my room. A few years back I started getting into guitar. Two weeks ago I visited a friend who was in an obscure, touring, Metal band in the late 80's. He turned me on to Porcupine Tree. I loved it right away. "Dude, you can sing!" I don't know how he could hear it, considering the volume of the Porcupine DVD. The next thing you know I'm tuning my PRS SE Custom to drop D and he's calling his guitarist. I never thought I'd tune to drop D. I never thought I'd be in a Prog/Metal band. Labor Day I'm fronting a band that will open a decent-sized block party that will feature a band of gents who play some Steely Dan and a bunch of cool originals. Our band of gypsys will play five Porcupine Tree songs first. Talk about needing a name for a band. That's the least of my worries. So now I have to learn "Open Car", "Blackest Eyes", "Lazarus", "Halo" and "Shallow" in five weeks. That's a song a week. I've got "Blackest Eyes" down pretty well. This is so far removed from what I usually play that it's a joke. Luckily my friends can play this stuff in their sleep. I'm shocked at how quickly I learned "Blackest Eyes". It's not that tough. The guy's music (Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree) is lovely and multi-layered, but each part isn't that bad. So, I won't be checking in here much. I'm going to try to wake up at 5am and practice for an hour and a half before I leave for work, practice each night on my headphones, take a week off from work, and get together twice a week with most of the other guys. This should be fun, but I'm hoping I didn't bite off more than I can chew. My wife, who usually lovingly mocks me, is really encouraging me to pull this off. I'll let you know how it goes.