The Audio That Turned Us Into Thronies On Tour!

Touring around the country and playing music is great and all, but between the adrenaline rush of every concert is a pretty lengthy period of monotony as we’re on the road on the way to the next town to play in. Being a rather hyperactive band onstage, my band-mates and I get quite impatient when we’re on our tour bus with nothing much to do except stare at the sides of the freeway, the cars whizzing by, or our own, bored-out-of-our-mind faces reflecting from the windows.

clash_of_kings_coverTalking can get pretty old on a long road trip, too. Though my bandmates and I are huge bookworms, reading books are out of the question, as we wouldn’t want to damage our eyesight. As we were expressing our woes to a friend from another band, he excitedly gave us a solution: he lent us A Clash of Kings audiobook.

At the time, myy band-mates and I have never actually seen Game of Thrones or read the A Song of Ice and Fire series, except for our drummer who had partly read the first book. So, we didn’t know what to expect, except for the usual things you can expect from medieval fantasy books: blood, sex, and a mythical creature or two. We gathered around a table, and with a four-way headphone splitter I ingeniously rigged up (out of three two-way headphone splitters), we delved into the world of A Clash of Kings.

And the A Clash of Kings audiobook contained all of those things I mentioned you could expect and a whole lot extra. Though we couldn’t quite catch a lot of the references it made, as it was a sequel, it proved tons of exciting and engaging as it unfurled an intricate web of a plot right before our eyes (or ears). Though there were multiple points of view that didn’t seem to interconnect in any way (to us, at least), we’re pretty sure there’s going to be a pretty exciting climactic action once they do collide.

DaenerysOf all the characters, I like Jaime the most, but that’s just because I’m the type of girl that roots for the underdog. I’ve a feeling he’s not the evil, dishonorable man everyone makes him out to be, and is just really misunderstood. Our bassist, for some unknown reason, looks up to Jaime’s twin, Cersei. I don’t know where he’s coming from, but it seems that he’s the type of guy who looks up to total bitches. The band’s quite torn about this Daenerys character, though. She seems like she’s a tad too young to be a queen, and is in way over her head.

Though we might have our disagreements on which characters are good or bad, we agree on how amazing the character of Tyrion is. He single-handedly whips around the entire cast of characters with his quick wit, and it’s also because of that that no one can touch him, even though he’s a dwarf. That’s awesome no matter how you look at it.

I’m glad we bumped into that friend of mine and told him of our boredom problem as we were between concerts. I totally owe him a beer for introducing us to this A Clash of Kings audiobook, and the wonderful world of ASOIAF. That’s four more Thronies to the roster!

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Shout Out To The Cleaning Service That Keeps Us Tidy!

apt being cleaned elsaWhether you like it or not, you might have come to the conclusion that 24 hours simply isn’t enough time in the day! Look around you and you will agree with the fact that our jobs keep us busy like never before. Due to this, there is barely time to eat let alone clean as you have to be purposefully on the go, anywhere everywhere, somewhere. Cleaning isn’t an option for us. Being on tour 1/2 the year, we were forced to look for an apartment cleaning nyc company to help us keep things tidy.

Simply put when we come back from a gig we want clean apartment each and every time. We want to work with a company that delivers high-quality service and professionalism; this apartment cleaning NYC service offers you the very best in top-notch services. Sparkling 4 you came to our rescue, providing trained personnel staff that know exactly what they are doing and how to do it hence getting a clean apartment in all areas was a breeze. With a reputation to uphold, this service cleans every other corner, and you get to have those neglected areas in your house sparkling clean. We felt comfortable and safe when them being in the apartment. Over the time, we have acquired high-end instruments and it was important that we worked with someone we can trust.

Sparkling4you deserves our highest recommendation. They took cleaning our place to another level, and keeping things organized is no longer a challenge. We can now bring people over after shows or invite other bands and managers over with peace of mind. It was embarrassing when folks asked to come over in the past. Pizza boxes, trash, funky smell are not good first impressions. Not everyone likes cleaning and getting someone who does a great job is a sure way of freeing up your time and get on with other important businesses. Shout out to apartment cleaning nyc Sparkling4you for keeping us neat and tidy!

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What We Do With Our Gear When We’re Not Playing

It doesn’t matter if you are in a classical orchestra, you are a solo artist, an electronic DJ or in a rock band like us; you require a good quality space to store your equipment for future use. We needed to find a self storage Edmonton location, and we found Place For Your Stuff. It can offer you the space to keep your decks, your instruments, your amplifiers, and your lights. This guarantees that your stuff is kept in one place for the purpose of comfort so that when you have another gig or another studio session you can make it effortlessly.

I’m sure you’re wondering now, would it be a good idea for you to look for a place to store your band’s equipment?

First and foremost, you should consider the security of your gear. You do not want to store your gear in a place that is shady and does not guarantee safety. You obviously do not want to get your gear stolen, so make sure you choose a facility that is safe and secure.

securityIn terms of security, an Edmonton storage facility such as Place For Your Stuff has cameras all over the place. The word “surveillance” gets a whole new meaning here. You and your stuff are on camera from the moment you walk through those gates. Also, the lockers in this place are made of durable steel that will hold your equipment nicely and safely. There are also bright LED lights inside each storage locker so you will definitely see everything you placed in there when you go looking for it.

Secondly, you have to consider how convenient the location of the storage facility is to you (where you live and where you play). So, if you are in Edmonton, you will want a convenient facility.

Thirdly, you need to consider the cost of storing your gear in a facility such as this. Place For Your Stuff, for example, charges us $16.50 per week for their storage Edmonton facility. This is the price for a standard five-foot locker. It is an incredible price that you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Place For Your Stuff Self Storage Edmonton allows you to book a locker and pay for it physically or online. If that isn’t convenient, what is?

You can access your equipment at any time of the day and on any day of the week. After all, it is your equipment. This is one more reason why this self storage Edmonton facility is perfect for your band’s equipment. This is why we store our equipment here.

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When Our Music Gear Was Destroyed

Christopher Parker said, “Procrastination is like a credit card; it is a lot of fun until you get the bills.” My next door neighbors were the coolest musicians I  knew. Listening to their angelic voices from my place was the most beautiful thing I could ever fathom. I came to realize that they were a group of friends who came together to form a musical band. They would practice in Mike’s house ( one of the band members who was my neighbor) because it was spacious enough for them to keep their awesome instruments when they were done. I had been stalking them, so every time they entered and left Mike’s house, I’d wave to them with much anxiety just to say ‘ hi .’

basement floodedOne day as I was doing my ‘hi’ rituals and Mike called me over to meet his band members. Afterward, we got closer and as they say, ‘the rest is history.’ Mike once requested me to help him set up the band instruments in his basement before the guys arrived for the usual practice. When I was done admiring their beautiful bassoon, I placed it in its’ rightful position and reached out for the adorable flute. ‘ May I play it? ‘, I asked vividly. Mike gave me the green light waiting to hear how I sounded. I was doing well until I noticed a big dump patch in the ceiling. ‘ Whoa! That can create a big mess,’ I told Mike. His response was rather reluctant. ‘ That has been there for quite a long time,’ he said.

After a lengthy discussion advising him on why he should fix the leak with immediate,  he assured me that the next time I’d visit, the leak would be fixed. However, he broke his promise and the leak, though not dripping water was still there. Being more worried for their instruments than they were, I asked my mom what we could do about the leak. She directed me to a local Leak detection London company she used saying they were the fastest and most reliable for that kind of job. I visited the site, and I had a flash back of Mike complaining of his high water bills. One fine day as we were enjoying the music, water came pouring down like heavy rain. The music suddenly stopped, we tried rescuing the instruments and the band gear, but it was too late. The gear was wet with water. Everyone sat down in regret. Mike finally told me to call the ADI, luckily enough their service number was online. It was late, but they didn’t hesitate to come out right away to help us out!  The professionals managed to fix the leak. They managed to use their four methods of leak detection and found the source of the leak. They were even gracious enough to do an internal and external leak detection of Mike’s house. Their pricing was constant, and we paid nothing extra but had the most value for our money.

It was a bummer to see the instruments ruined, but it’s a good lesson for us all. DON’T procrastinate. It caused much more heartache than it was worth. The guys were out of the cost to fix the leak, and it took them months before they were able to recoup the loss of the instruments. Never again!

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