We live a couple of hours away from Atlanta, so there is ample opportunity to hear live music there, but my wife would as soon have surgery without anesthesia as drive in Atlanta traffic. We get live music here in the mountains. Mostly it is over-the-hill groups playing with whatever remnants of the original group exist along with replacements. We saw the Beach Boys there which was actually The Beach Boy and younger musicians. To be fair they were very good. Others haven’t been.
Friends invited us to go to a performance by an Eagles cover band, and we went last night. I had some misgivings for two reasons; some cover bands just don’t “cover” very well, and I thought the Eagles’ music would be next to impossible to reproduce.
I was very pleasantly surprised. The group is “The Seven Bridges Band” and did a marvelous job. Each member of the band was picked to represent someone in the Eagles group, not in terms of appearance, but in voice and playing style. They did what every cover band tries to do – play the piece like the original note for note – to perfection as far as I could tell.
The Eagles is one of those groups that gets played a lot by Classic Rock stations, so it is very familiar even for those who were never fans; I was and am. I knew almost all of the words to every song. It isn’t the words, though, that I remember well from any group. It’s the music.
The ability to hear and reproduce music is a bit of a marvel to me. I don’t hear music that way. I hear everything, but mostly hear and remember melody and harmonies. Percussion is noise except for keyboards and the bass. One of my daughters thinks that the reason I can’t dance is because I hear the bass, not the trap set. Could be.
When my daughters and granddaughters were young I tried to get them interested in playing an instrument, and one daughter’s bass is still in the attic. One of her daughters has perfect pitch and a beautiful voice and can perfectly imitate singers. Not long ago she told me -they all told me - that what they had wanted to learn to play were drums. I guess that came across as noise, too.
The Seven Bridges group is out of Nashville, Tennessee and had come to the mountains of Georgia from a gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey, so look for them, they may come to a city near you.
It was a good evening.