My Cousin’s teenage girl is producing some fairly decent music that she posted on MySpace. The last time I saw Becca she was a cute little child, not much more than a baby. Now she is a teenager in San Diego with a MySpace page containing some simply done but impressive songs. She and a friend call themselves the Czech Bunnies after their Czech heritage. (My family is polyethnic – what I call a Heinz – 57 varieties).
Their musical style is outside of my experience, but I’m sure it’s well placed in her own subculture. It is original and interesting and I was able to listen to it despite it being miles away from my personal tastes.
The girls have small, but accurate voices that hit the beat and the notes. They have arranged the songs, which I assume are original, and they play many of the instruments. I am guessing that some of it is sequenced with a keyboard. What surprises me is that the songs are casually done, just for fun, but show a degree of sophistication that I can respect.
When you think of garage bands, you think of badly played metal guitar and not sweet voices singing songs with silly subjects. Teenage interests are mercurial, but if they decide to continue with music, I think that they will be gigging at the local bars before they know it.
Larry and I will have to exert our bad influence the next time we see her. Before you know it, we’ll have her belting out “Wang-Dang-Doodle” or “Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On” with a slide guitar and blues harp in the background. With our guidance, she will eventually discover that Blues is the true religion.
Becca, try googling “Memphis Minnie”. You will never be the same!