Like everybody else in this season of turkey and tinsel, we're celebrating the holidays...but we're also celebrating our band birthday: #girlongirlharmony is four years old!
Time flies when you're having fun, which we most certainly are, and it's hard to believe that four years have elapsed since our first magical gig in November, 2013. We checked out some important milestones for four-year-olds and are happy to report that Duchess is right on track:
Important 4-Year-Old Milestones...
Enjoys doing new things. True! Just this year, we debuted our podcast, Harmony & Hijinks, featuring a bunch of interviews with fun and fascinating friends, as well as a track-by-track meander through our second album, Laughing at Life. Keep an eye (and ear!) out for the second season, which will begin airing in January, 2018!
Sings a song from memory. Also true! Well, most of the time. Some of our tunes have an awful lot of lyrics.
Cooperates with others. Again, most of the time. Hilary can be a bit of a tyrant when it comes to Christmas repertoire, and Melissa occasionally requires some persuading to share her chocolate stash.
Understands the idea of counting. Wait, hold on--isn't that what drummers are for? KIDDING. We've been doing lots of counting--all the way up to 4 beats per measure--as we shed our new holiday tunes in anticipation of a flurry of December gigs! Amy, who counts off all our tunes on our gigs, is the best counter, though.
Pours, cuts with supervision, and mashes own food. NAILING IT.
Hops and stands on one foot up to 2 seconds. Okay, full disclosure: we haven't actually tried to do this. But we do sing (long) gigs wearing sky-high stilettos. #overachievers
On a more serious note, the jazz world lost a giant this month when we said goodbye to Jon Hendricks. The swinging, agile, erudite brilliance of Hendricks's lyrics and musicianship changed vocal jazz forever. With gratitude and love, then, we'll close this post with a 1961 Lambert, Hendricks & Ross performance of "Four," backed by the Les McCann trio.
FOUR (music: Miles Davis, lyrics: Jon Hendricks)
Of the wonderful things that you get out of life there are four
And they may not be many but nobody needs any more
Of the many facts making the list of life, truth takes the lead
And to relax knowing the gist of life, it's truth you need
Then the second is honor and happiness makes number three
When you put them together, you know what the last one must be
Baby so truth, honor and happiness, add one thing more
Meaning only wonderful, wonderful love that'll make it four!