March 21, 2013

Make sure the power is on…

By JR (guitar)

The first Semeron gig was in the summer of 2008 at the Varsity Theater, and I had no idea what I was doing.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Semeron was my first band, and other than playing the alto saxophone in middle school, I had zero experience playing an instrument in front of people. There were a million things going through my head the day of the gig but my biggest fear was that my gear would stop working on stage. “What if my amp craps out, should I bring a backup amp, what about a backup to the backup?”

For hours I sat and thought about disaster contingency plans; what to do in case of a broken guitar string, what if I hit the wrong chords, or solo in the wrong key. But as they say, you can’t plan for stupid.

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March 15, 2013

Ask A Semeron – Volume 1

Semeron is a band of the people.  We’re no different than any of you.  Except that we’re extremely talented and handsome.  Handsomeness and talent aside, we’re no different than any of you.  We want to prove it to you, so ask us any question, go ahead.  Hit us up on Facebook and Twitter and providing we can find the time out of our busy schedules (*lie), we just may throw up a post answering them. Off we go!

SEMERON – WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG YOU LEARNED HOW TO PLAY?

Answers after the jump!

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February 11, 2013

Music in Haiti

Music has a way of getting into your soul. We can study songs, pick apart riffs and tracks, try to define what we like and don’t like, but when we are right in the middle of a song, a good one, it has a way of just reaching up inside of us and moving our hearts.

I was in Northwest Haiti in the beginning of January, helping out at a special needs orphanage called the Miriam Center. Just before lunchtime every day, a blind man was lead in by his son. He sat down in front of a whole crowd of kids with special needs, picked up his guitar and played and sang to them. Each time he played, the whole room changed. Like flicking on a switch, energy flowed over everybody. The right rhythm with a simple song pulled everyone together and made us all that much more happy because of it. This is the incredible thing about experiencing music together; it’s like a little bit more life is poured out into the air and we all share in it.

I know this sounds a little sappy or existential, but if you have ever been at a show and you and everyone around you have just been grabbed hold of by a song, then you know what I am talking about.

Music has a way of getting into your soul. I am grateful to all those amazing kids at the Miriam Center in Northwest Haiti for reminding me of what makes music so precious.

Adam

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