I pulled in at exactly 11:44 am – one minute sooner than I had been expected to be there – because lately everyone has been on my case about being on time. I was wearing “Betty,” and was instructed to change into “Veronica” later that night for our show at WhySound (Natalee has decided to name ALL of our outfits). We had just gotten back from Salt Lake City late the night before, and we hadn’t had time to go over all of the show details. I assumed we were playing a 20min set, Nat thought it was supposed to be 45min, but it turned out to be an hour! We whipped out a Subway receipt on the way there, and wrote out our show set on the back as quickly as we could.
We’ve been playing as a trio lately, and since Dominic Walker (our newest guitarist) wasn’t playing with us, we improvised. The first few songs went perfectly, and then we played one of our favorite cover songs, “Grenade”. It all got a little funny after that. Halfway through the first verse, I noticed that a fly had landed on my fret board. I then pushed down on the strings to play the next chord, and accidentally squashed it! I tried to focus on singing as it dangled from my strings, but I just couldn’t concentrate. At least the audience got a kick out of Natalee using her pick to get it off my guitar.
The song “She’s Got Issues” followed, and apparently I was the only one that had issues playing it. And Amanda, our creative services manager, got it ALL on film since watching film is now apart of the protocol. My dad relates everything in life to football, and since watching film is mandatory for football players, he thought that principle should apply to us as well. I initially thought it would be a big waste of time, but it’s actually provided an immense amount of entertainment – especially when we keep clicking rewind to watch the new verse I created to “She’s Got Issues” on the spot! Forgetting lyrics hasn’t really ever been a problem for me, UNTIL SATURDAY. I could NOT get it together. Natalee and I just lost it! We continued to play guitar, even though she was nearly bent over trying to conceal her laughter from the audience. I finally caught on and started singing, but then the thought of what had happened resurfaced and we’d both start laughing uncontrollably all over again! I managed to blame it on Natalee, telling the audience that she kept making me laugh. It reminded me of family prayers/speeches/weddings – basically anything that requires silence – when Natalee and I look at each other and burst out laughing at inappropriate moments!
Because we’ve been performing since the ages of 2 and 4, we’re stage vets. Anything that could go wrong has, and we’ve learned how to handle it. We’ve wrapped ourselves in mic chords, dealt with power outages, fallen over, and had to share equipment. However, the craziest show was probably the time we performed on a stage that wasn’t clipped together. After the performance, we did a Q&A segment. When they brought my chair up, the crew accidentally set the leg right on the crack of the stage, and BOOM! The stage separated, my legs flew in the air, and I was on my back before I knew it. THAT one was caught on camera as well! Haha!
Of course, all of the catastrophic shows only give us more appreciation for the shows that run smoothly. That was kind of how Saturday was for us. Our morning show was a mess, and our show later that night at WhySound went great! We played a few brand new songs and opened for an incredibly talented duo called Montana Skies. After, we all had a gathering at my place to celebrate, and Natalee and I ended up crying about the death of Michael Jackson, who has always been a musical inspiration for us. On Sunday, we decided to start a new FALK instagram (follow us at @falkmusic!), and I was writing songs like crazy! So, overall, it’s been a very eventful weekend. I’m excited for what this one will bring!
Take care everyone!
XOXO – Alexa