Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] (powd) Sunday night gig

Beth Curran bcurran@columbus.rr.com
Wed, 30 Oct 2002 20:50:32 -0500

Yeah, tie that guy down and make him listen to Renaissance Man. - Beth

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Subject: Re: [Powderworks] (powd) Sunday night gig

How could he not be impressed with Rob's drumming?
Geez he must be hard to please!

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                    30/10/2002 10:17 PM



The lead vocals on Kosciuszko go pretty high in the refrain, especially
at the end of the phrase "Now they wanna be . . . ."  The backup line,
is very good and very melodious itself, and, although it's fairly high,
it's considerably easier for a man to sing.  I can belt out the lead
line, but
it's sometimes a struggle.

A few weeks ago I was beginning to join a local rock band as its lead
singer, and we were talking about our favorite songs.  So I took a
recording of
Kosciuszko and a copy of the score and sang along with it.  I took the
lower line in the refrain, though, with the suggestion that a member of
band with a higher voice take the top line.  The other fellows eyes
still popped wide-open, though, when I sang the second voice in that

The drummer in that little proto-band had a listen to some of the other
songs and a look at my copy of Oil Drums, a Midnight Oil beat book with
selection of a few songs (including Kosciuszko, I think), but he wasn't
particularly impressed with Rob Hirst's drumming.  That turned out to be
of many reasons I left those guys on their own to form their band.  I'll
have to find another group of musicians, if I really feel like being in

I was writing some songs for the band, and they were cutting their teeth
on some Allman Brothers and Credence tunes, most of which I was able to
but we just didn't see eye-to-eye musically.  This has always been one
of the two or three things I've found most impressive about the Oils at
best: when they were musically in synch with each other and were able to
keep it going for years at a time.  That's also a large part of why
Wonderland makes so little sense to me.  Place without a Postcard and
Head Injuries and Diesel and Dust and Blue Sky Mining and so on and so
forth for
most of the rest of the albums: they're cogent and intelligent and
musical.  I'm all for new experiences (and, after all, the Blue Meanie
and Blue Sky
, for instance, are pretty different from each other, but they're also
both very good), but I also want to find something worthwhile on the
listen, and, if I don't, then I don't want to punish myself by listening
over and over to something I don't like.  If a piece of music doesn't
for you on the first try, you're not getting it or it's not good music.
If it's the former, then maybe you need to listen more.  I don't see
putting Redneck Wonderland back in the CD player again anytime soon.


 ----- Original Message -----
 From: Frosty
 To: Tari, Vince ; Powderworks
 Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 5:13 AM
 Subject: Re: [Powderworks] (powd) Sunday night gig


 Can't speak for the Mingara gig, but at Campbelltown Peter took the
 duties for Kosciuosko with Rob only on backup.


 <<<sounds like an awesome show....you mind answering the as yet
 question..........WHO sang Kosciusko ?>>>>

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