We’ve always said that nothing can stop Jagged Spiral, but the other day we found something that did:
The Police Department.
To facilitate some carpet cleaning, Monday’s practice was moved from the basement to the garage, and it was obvious that we would be heard, but it was just for one time, and our practice session was to be short; from 5 till 8 PM, although the noise ordinance does not require us to turn down until 10PM.
We didn’t touch a single song on Days From Evil, instead making use of the practice to do a quick run through the new song Bad Kitty and to do more creative and structural work on two new songs, which are currently called Dragonslayer and Horrorcloud. (You will have to ask Colin about where “Horrorcloud” came from, I think it has to do with Pizza Luce’s Garlic Mashed Potato Pizza and his digestive system.)
We were totally rocking, the song structure for the songs was really gelling, and the Jagged Spiral Music Train got rolling, and then…
The music stopped. It was my neighbor, an older woman who keeps a very nice lawn. I don’t know her name. Um, she’s from two houses down the block.
“Hi, I just wanted to let you know we were just listening to you guys play, and I wanted to tell you, we Love your music!”
“Hell yeah! That band, the one that does that song ‘Iron Man’, you know the one?”
“You sound just like them!”
“Yeah! Anyways, we were just outside listening to you play, and had to come over and let you know we hope you will keep playing?”
“All summer long! That would be great!”
Strange. Of course, Colin and Josh heard the whole exchange, and were thrilled. New fans! Oh well, don’t let it go to your head. We picked up the reigns and started off again, the avalanche of music was building to a cresendo, nothing could stop it….
It was the police.
I’m not sure I would have accurately remembered the next couple minutes, being pulled from THE ZONE back into reality so quickly. Thankfully we had the videocamera running the entire time, and the police officer was kind enough to step right into the frame as though we had planned the whole thing:
Turns out the sound ordinance also has some nonsense about sounds being detectable within 50 feet. News to me. Guess I’m gonna have to look that one up.