When we agreed to perform at The Foxiest Birthday, we didn’t know exactly how we were going to pull it off. We had just taken up our new instruments about a month before the party and could hardly even play them while singing, but after making that fateful decision a plan began to come together.
The first thing we decided to do was take a walk to our neighborhood coffee shop, get silly on caffeine, and hash it out. We compiled a list of what would soon become the foundation of our repertoire starting with each of us choosing ten of our favorite songs to learn (songs from Fiona Apple, Johnny Cash, The Doors, Nirvana). That list became our homework for what turned into weekly YouTube updates.
That initial series of YouTube videos helped us out in a lot of ways. It kept us accountable, helped us design and maintain a practice regimen, allowed us to step into the medium of video, showed us our charisma (or lack thereof?), created a very real source of feedback for us, and helped us develop video and audio editing skills.
In making these videos, we discovered what worked for us. There was some drama, there was some stress, there were many hotdogs eaten (we made a tradition of eating veggie dogs on nights we recorded video), and ultimately we learned that we were capable of a lot more than we thought going in. Now we understand better how to work together, how to behave in front of a camera, how to play together, how to rehearse and learn songs more effectively, and, most importantly, that meeting goals you set for yourself is one of the most rewarding things in life.
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