Right Angle Woman
From the beginning...
Growing up in a musical family (father and mother were organists and piano players), I guess I was destined to play music. Being the youngest of four, my influences were basically whatever my siblings were listening to. Following my brother's footsteps, I started playing bass on his hand-me down Sears type bass c. 1981, around 14 years old. Reading music never caught on, so I learned playing by ear. After countless hours of practicing in the basement, I joined a few other high school mates and started a band. It was just 4 pieces, guitar, drums, bass, and a singer. We played mostly classic rock. We didn't have a keyboard player so most of the music of the 80's was out. The band was called "Dark Ages" (lame now but seemed cool at the time). We played our first gig in Norwood Mass at a large hall in 1983. Of course, I was scared shitless, even in front of only 20 people. In 1984 I bought my first acoustic and started learning guitar, then migrated to electric. I was still playing bass in the band though. In 1984 Dark Ages switched gears and we got a female singer. We then started doing songs with female singers (obviously). After a name change to Intrigue, we played a couple of times at the Channel on Tuesdays, and a few gigs here and there. We spent some money and recorded a couple of demo's in Boston. That was my first recording studio experience. By 1986 Intrigue was over.
After a couple of lazy years, I felt confident enough playing guitar that I decided to find a band looking for a guitarist. From late 1988 until 1993 I played guitar in various bands including Step by Step, Possession, and another one I can't remember. We played mainly music you'd hear coming from a wedding/function type band. It was fun while it lasted, and I met some great musician's.
After another lazy year, in 1994, I joined a band with a work buddy and I went back to classic rock. That act was called The Velour's (talk about silly). It sounds like the band playing the Ramada room in the Blues Brothers movie. Although the name was goofy, we played really well and had a great variety of songs. That lasted all the way to 1998.
After another two year hiatus (I see a pattern here), I rejoined the Velour's who had changed their name to Mr. Clark (I know what you're thinking, what the hell does that mean?) We made it through to October of 2001. We had a blast.
In 2002 I got a call from a friend in the old Possession band and was asked to come back. So I ended back up with the wedding/function type band again. It was great to see the old band mates and keep busy playing music. By 2007 the commitment was getting to be too much so I had to bow out.
After yet another two year break, I decided I needed to either shit or get off the pot. I had to decide whether to sell my gear and give it up, or look for something. I'm glad I decided to play on.
In February of 2009, I answered an ad on Craigslist (no, not in the personals) for a classic rock band looking for a second guitarist. The location was close to home so I went over for the audition. The band was called Right Angle Woman. Of course, I didn't know what to make of the name, but it stuck. After 2 more "auditions", I was asked to join the band. Of course, this has been one of the best choices I've made. Not only am I playing the type of music I love, the friendships that have been made with current and past members is the best part. We've been able to grow musically and have taken on some really challenging songs. I'd say we're pretty good for a bunch of middle aged, day job musicians who play music as a hobby.
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