der_gewinner: (I got rhythm I got music)
I've left my fans hanging quite some time, ja? It has been a long time coming, but achtung! The Gavinners are at long last ready for a global audience. Whether you are in prison or in Berlin, you too can experience the raw power of our band!

For those of you who are just tuning in, the Gavinners are an alternative band brought together by two passions: music, and the law. We are all involved in the justice system, but we also all share a love for rock-- a medium, mind you, that is traditionally characterised by rebellion against authority figures. The band was founded by myself and Daryan Crescend, an aspiring cop, and we have since been joined by Isaac Mallard on bass (Secret Service), Dexter Morgan on drums (Orange County Medical Examiner's Office), and Wesson Foster with keyboards (Dept of Corrections.)

The music we play speaks to both sides of the law, and every one of my men is uber-talented. If you have not been able to attend our sets at Jammin' Java, you can see it here now. I bought a digital camera just for the occasion; we can't all fit in the frame of my webcam, after all.

First up, we present a full cover of "I Fought the Law." My personal acoustic cover can still be found in my first entry on this journal.

[insert suspension of disbelief here]

Next is a song that will speak to anyone who has witnessed a life spin out of control, as so many of us have inside the justice system. (Wesson's choice!)

[more suspension of disbelief right here (and sorry I couldn't find a decent video that actually began at the beginning)]

And here is where we really rock. (D-man's pick!)

[It's the Gavinners, no rly!]

The Gavinners have original music in the making, but though it has been played at Jammin' Java I am unsatisfied that it's polished enough to be recorded for posterity. Perhaps next time, ja?

Herr Ambassador, we are willing to bring our act to Cohdopia at your convenience. Also too, the day we filmed this set is the day I took notes of my schedule for you.

- 7:30 AM: Alarm clock blasts a Scissor Sisters album to wake me.
- 7:44 AM: I wake up in the middle of track 4, and leave it playing while I shower and dress.
- 8:00 AM: Start the percolator with Godot's Blend 102, and eat a bowl of bagged muesli while the coffee brews.
- 8:20 AM: I pour a cup to wash down the muesli, then pack the rest in a thermos for the office. I brush my teeth because coffee breath is almost worse than morning breath.
- 8:32 AM: I hop on my hog and drive to the office. Traffic is unpredictable.
- 9:00 AM: By some miracle I arrive in the office on time.
- 9:10 AM: I have voice mail from the attorney I'm facing in court today. He sounds kind of French, and very stoned. This should rock!
- 9:12 AM: The office is stuffy. I open my window to let in the cool morning smog while I call back Herr Attorney Selwyn.
- 9:14 AM: Turns out my courier never reached him with the documentation he petitioned for. I agree to meet him at the courthouse early.
- 9:18 AM: Back into morning LA traffic!
- 9:33 AM: I arrive at the courthouse. Herr Selwyn's already there.
- 9:42 AM: He is satisfied by the information I bring, and the show will go on.
- 10:01 AM: State vs. Ringer convenes. Herr Ringer is charged with telephone harassment.
- 10:05 AM: I put my warm-up act on the stand: the detective who took the victim's statements. The victim himself will not testify.
- 10:13 AM: Herr Attorney Selwyn dismisses my detective after an uninspiring cross. I call the phone company employee who verifies the phone records.
- 10:17 AM: The stoned attorney comes to life and OBJECTS.
- 10:18 AM: False alarm. He goes flat again, explaining that at the time of the incident in question, his client's phone was sitting in a Lost-and-Found box.
- 10:19 AM: I agree to let the Target employee the stand.
- 10:20 AM: She is already waiting in the wings.
- 10:21 AM: Ten minute recess to prep her.
- 10:31 AM: We reconvene. The cute cashier testifies the defendant's Blackberry was turned into the store's Lost-and-Found the day before the threatening phone calls in question, and was personally returned to the defendant by her more than three hours after the last call was logged. Herr Selwyn has corroborating documents from Target's records.
- 10:43 AM: Herr Ringer is Not Guilty. My detective will be investigating the staff of that store now.
- 10:50 AM: I offer to buy lunch for Herr Attorney Selwyn, but he wriggles out of it. I thought stoners were supposed to be hungry!
- 11:08 AM: I get back to the office and put on a CD while I examine the docket for Monday.
- 11:09 AM: Herr Edgeworth knocks to politely inform me that my open window is defeating the purpose of my soundproofing. I close the window.
- 11:25 AM: I turn off my music long enough to order a reuben.
- 12:30 PM: My reuben arrives. It is very good, worth the wait.
- 1:00 PM: Paperwork looms. I start drawing up a brief for a case I'm trying on Tuesday.
- 1:45 PM: It strikes me that I can do this Monday. No court appearances.
- 1:46 PM: I lock up my office and walk out of the building. TGIF.
- 2:20 PM: I make it home, and crash until dinner.
- 6:00 PM: I wake up in time to have a sandwich before my bandmates come over for our recording session.
- 6:30 PM: My boys are here. I put out Cokes while we warm up.
- 6:50 PM: I turn the camera on, and we record "I Fought the Law."
- 6:55 PM: Perfect on the first take.
- 6:57 PM: Take one of "The Brightest Bulb Has Burnt Out/Screws Fall Out"
- 7:00 PM: Take two of "The Brightest Bulb" because Dexter flubs the last line of the "Screws Fall Out" chorus.
- 7:05 PM: Take THREE. How hard is this, people?
- 7:08 PM: Take four. Come on, guys.
- 7:09 PM: We decide to step away from this song and record "Smooth Criminal" first.
- 7:10 PM: Take one is a go-go.
- 7:14 PM: Play it back to show my men where our harmonies are off.
- 7:18 PM: Take two of "Smooth Criminal."
- 7:20 PM: Now we are in sync, but my voice cracked! I take a couple gulps of Coke and cue take three.
- 7:24 PM: We rock! That's another one in the can. We all need a drink after that one.
- 7:30 PM: Back to the Less Than Jake song.
- 7:36 PM: We play back a take that had no missed cues, only to find the microphone had some bad feedback when we busted out in the second part.
- 7:45 PM: Dexter manages to rig it up to save the mic.
- 7:47 PM: Take SIX.
- 7:51 PM: Schei├čt! After all my lecturing, I miss a cue and end up two beats behind everyone else.
- 7:52 PM: Take SEVEN.
- 7:55 PM: Take EIGHT. This one is not my fault.
- 8:00 PM: NINE.
- 8:04 PM: TEN.
- 8:07 PM: ELEVEN.
- 8:11 PM: The guys begin rumbling that they will be hoarse for tomorrow's gig if we keep going on like this. I beg them to give me a perfect take this time.
- 8:20 PM: It is not perfect, but it is good. We agree to wrap it up for the night, and pack up our instruments.
- 8:40 PM: I go to Jammin' Java to hang out with some decaf for a while.
- 9:00 PM: I enjoy the Jammin' Ninja concert.
- 9:42 PM: A fangirl recognises me, taking attention away from the real Friday night star.
- 9:52 PM: I extricate myself as nicely as possible. I'll be back tomorrow.
- 10:10 PM: Back home I find RENT playing on Cinemax. Rock on!
- 11:45 PM: I get out my purple acoustic and try to play Your Eyes by ear.
- 12:00 AM: It's already Saturday. I can teach myself this song later.

So... ja. My schedule really isn't as heavy as yours, Herr Ambassador. It was interesting to take the notes, though.

Date: 2010-06-13 04:33 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Hope that beautiful bike is treatin' you to some fun times, Mr. Gavin. Her former owner sure misses her, I can tell ya that!

Wow, almost 11 takes? Recording and practice sure looks like it can be a pain in the butt. I, like, can't imagine how you guys can, like, work out so many gigs with court time usually being so long.

Date: 2010-06-13 09:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Technically it was twelve takes, ja? We have not had so many mistakes live, but if something goes awry, we build a bridge and get over it. The show must go on, and all that jazz.

But in a recording session, we must lay down a perfect track. Cracked notes, missed cues, these are unforgivable in an eternal record of the performance. I will hold my men to these standards even for an amateur video.

And yes, I do love the bike. I don't doubt that Herr Engarde misses her.

Date: 2010-06-13 08:45 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
your sitll a good singer Mr. Rock Star. but uh Mr. Rock Star??? I dont think coke is goodf or your voice. I knwo that my daddy and grandpa used to tell me to only drink water before a prefromance to keep your voice godo. And Im jst a magician. Your a singerand your voice is your talent right?

Date: 2010-06-13 09:12 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
You are quite right, fraulein. I am a bad boy. Fizzy, syrupy soda makes my throat feel better, but it doesn't make it sound better. I will have to be more disciplined about that when we go pro, ja?

Date: 2010-06-17 03:00 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thats right!!1!!11 good luck Mr rock star.

Date: 2010-06-17 05:20 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you, fraulein.

Date: 2010-06-13 09:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Well. You certainly have things well in hand, it seems. I'm surprised you managed to get a band together so quickly. Perhaps I should come to a show at some point, if only just to see what kinds of places you're playing at.

Date: 2010-06-13 09:18 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Krissi, I would love it if you were in the audience. Maybe it's not your kind of sound, but you can really feel it live.

And believe me, forming the band took a lot of time. That shady Jack Rippner character was only one obstacle in my road to stardom.

Date: 2010-06-13 09:24 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'll come at least once, if only to see for myself. I admit, my Friday night is not quite as busy as yours, so it won't be too much trouble for me to show.

And finally, who?

Date: 2010-06-13 09:40 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Rippner? We recruited a bassist who claimed he worked in Vice with the LAPD.

Turned out that at best, he was working in the things Vice investigates. Damn good player, but a real creeper, ja?

Date: 2010-06-14 02:49 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I see! Well, you caught on to him, so you have that triumph to look back on.

Date: 2010-06-13 09:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad you went ahead and wrote down your schedule, Mr. Gavin. I quite enjoyed reading it! Thank you. It was quite illuminating. I think you might be just as busy as I am--if not more so!--but in different ways.

I wasn't aware you worked so close to Mr. Edgeworth. How fortunate you are to have the counsel of that great man, if you should need it! I read the transcripts for his cases involving the members of the smuggling ring, and he was absolutely dazzling.

I enjoyed the music very much as well. Quite vibrant and impassioned! Your commitment to excellence shows. I do look forward to hearing your band perform in person. And you like musicals, too? I'm very fond of theatre myself. I was in the theatre club at Diplomatic Academy.

Date: 2010-06-17 05:19 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I would not venture to compare my schedule to yours, Herr Ambassador. I had time for a nap, after all, and a film. (Of course it did help that Herr Selwyn helped me wrap up my trial in forty-five minutes flat!)

Herr Edgeworth rocks! I feel like I'm learning a lot from him, even when his door (and my window) stay shut all day. He is just about the coolest prosecutor in the whole building.

As for musicals-- ja, ja, I grew up around them. Meine Mutter was always a big fan of them, especially the pop opera genre. I don't think Scarlet Pimpernel counts in that genre, since it is not sung through, but it's her favourite all the same. I think Bat Boy is my favourite, but I like more classical things, too.

Date: 2010-06-17 09:05 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
That is true. I seldom have time for a nap during the day. Though I do often watch films during the evening.

Yes, Mr. Edgeworth is very cool, isn't he? You have such a wonderful way of putting things, Mr. Gavin. I so look forward to finally speaking to you in person.

It's difficult for me to pick a favorite musical. There is a fantastic Cohdopian musical version of the Primidux Play. Where American musicals are concerned, I'm especially fond of Hairspray and Chicago. At Diplomatic Academy, I had the title role in a production of Pippin, so it will always have a place in my heart. I've never heard of Bat Boy, but I agree with your mother: Scarlet Pimpernel is a wonderful play.

Date: 2010-06-18 05:51 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
You were in Pippin? Very cool. I saw the film once. Do you have a microphone/webcam on your computer, Herr Ambassador? Would you perhaps indulge me with your take of "Corner of the Sky?" I would love to hear it.

Chicago is an old favourite of my mother's, too. I dig it. It would be difficult to name everything I'm familiar with thanks to meine Mutter. You know those CD towers, almost as tall as a person? Meine Mutter had a couple of those filled with cast albums! It was awesome.

I too am looking forward to meeting with you, Ambassador. My men and I have to co-ordinate, but we won't keep you waiting too much longer.

Date: 2010-06-18 10:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Oh! I do have a microphone and webcam, but I don't know... It's been so long since I sang for anyone but myself! I'm terribly out of practice. It might not be very good, especially to the ears of a talented musician such as yourself. Though I am quite fond of that song.

Such an impressive collection! Your mother sounds like a wonderful, interesting woman. No wonder you grew up with such a great love of music!

Ah, and of course, there's no rush at all. Whenever you and your fellow musicians have the time. I did add your name to the list at customs.

Date: 2010-06-13 11:03 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's not my favorite kind of music, but I respect the work you put into it, Gavin. Good luck with the band, but make sure the music doesn't distract you too much from your cases. People love music, and that's a fine thing, but the law can be a matter of life and death.

As for your voice, I used to date a jazz vocalist, and she drank a concoction of lemon, honey and ginger if she had to sing while she was sick. But ask Trucy if you need any more advice; she's a professional.

I hope you're still enjoying that coffee.

Date: 2010-06-18 05:55 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Rest assured, Herr Amrando, I know the weight of the law. Music is a passion of mine, but it is not my only passion. I am only young, after all.

Thank you for the tip! By any chance was your vocalist girlfriend a recording artist? I've heard a bit of jazz, and I've heard of more artists than I've heard, ja?

And I am very much enjoying the coffee, danke schoen. I should return a bag to you the next time I visit the prison. Which blend was your personal favourite?


Date: 2010-06-18 06:39 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I know you're young, and I'm sure people give you a hard time for it. I'm not doing that. I won't hold a man's age against him, but you shouldn't use your age as an excuse for anything.

If I take this written list as evidence, it seems to indicate that you're doing sloppy work. That case of yours wouldn't have been brought to trial if you'd done your homework. Putting off a brief for a case on Tuesday until Monday? Unacceptable. What if something unexpected comes up? You won't have time to prepare.

Date: 2010-06-18 07:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
...but on a lighter note, yes, she's a recording artist. Her name is Nina Holiday. Here's a recording of her singing one of my favorite standards:

[[Now it's time for you to suspend your disbelief]]

My preferred blend was #102, as a matter of fact. And thanks, I'd appreciate that.

Date: 2010-06-14 02:40 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Extricated, huh?

I'm holding you personally responsible for any attempted threats of bodily harm I'm put under, tonight. Just so you know.

Date: 2010-06-17 06:34 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Ahahah. Don't worry, schatzi. My fans are not that rabid yet.

Date: 2010-06-14 05:09 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Practice takes up the majority of a performer's time, it's true - but I can see you think it's worth it.

Good luck with your shows.

Date: 2010-06-18 05:08 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Herr Dingling. It is not my first priority, but performing is very much worth it.

Date: 2010-06-14 06:32 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Seriously, man. Some of those other takes weren't THAT bad. Like Take 9 was all right.

Date: 2010-06-17 06:38 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Take 9 was not all right, D-man. Didn't you hear Wesson's voice catch when he nearly sang the wrong chorus?

Date: 2010-06-21 07:22 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Um..... maybe?
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