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.
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