A little while back, I had shared over here in TSP Land that I was taking a walk on the wild side. If you missed that blog… I joined a band. I repeat, I AM WITH THE BAND! We are The Pigs and I’m in love. As the story goes, I was hustling to the office, or home, I can’t be sure, and I heard a ding on my phone . The text read, “Hey Michelle, this is Big Senead, you know, from The Pigs. Any interest in singing a couple of tunes with us?” (ok, so it didn’t say that exactly) I can’t be too sure of my precise response, however, in my mind the response was instantaneous and it sounded a little like, “FUCK YES!” And well, the rest is history. I have been whaling into the mic and shaking the rusty tambo ever since. Last weekend I took the stage for the first time ever and it was EPIC!
Now, although this blog is called The Sister Project and we are all about empowerment and sisterhood up here in the TSP house. We are going to focus a little less on the lady stuff and a pinch more on the dudes that call themselves The Pigs. Because let’s be real, they are all kinds of Cool Ass Shit. Aren’t you wondering who those dudes are that make up the band, The Pigs? Well let’s get on with it already.
Law Dog! Drum roll please!
Ladies and Gentleman, I give you……..The Pigs!
Front Man aka Sniper – He is our fearless leader and the master of our pig ship. The Sniper sports mad vocals, with an elephant’s memory and a kangaroo’s soul. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.
The Drummer aka Law Dog – When this dude isn’t leading hostile takeovers in the board room, he is keeping Pig time. Law Dog has laser focus and makes a real nice spreadsheet. How he has not left a Pig practice with an IV fluid hookup is beyond me. He’s a sweater and I am forever grateful for his “hard stops.” Us Pigs need our beauty sleep.
The Bassist aka Big Senead – Day jobbing as a Principal and moonlighting as the chillist bass slapping mo fo around. He is my zen band master and if he didn’t tell me to “feel the music” that fateful night in Dusty’s garage, I’d still be pacing around the bar.
The Fiddler aka Just “Tim” – Let’s be honest. Plain and simple. Just “Tim” is the shit!
Lead Guitarist aka Mikey – And… the other chick in the band. He plays like Hendrix, but his heart is with every song the ladies love. He’s a sensitive guy. It’s an Italian thing. It was his love for ballads and slow melodic tunes that had me at Dusty’s garage door and if the brothers Avett are reading this right now, Brooklyn Brooklyn, take him home! Mikey likes you!
As for me, they call me Rusti. And that is Rusti, with an I. First name Rusti. Last name Tambo. I’ve got zero rhythym, a bad memory and I can’t count. As long is the band is cool with re-written lyrics, coming in too soon, or shit, not at all, they will love me!
The Big Show – How It All Went Down
Pre-Pig gig, I was a ball of nerves. Deep breaths and pacing for hours before we took the stage. I was Ryan’s shadow that day. I in no way represented a cool girl in a band. Total and complete nut bag. As I drove to the bar I felt like there was a small elephant on my chest. Never fear! I carry brown paper bags with me whereever I go! I knew I was going to be nervous, which I was told was totally normal, but in the back of my mind all I wanted to do was have fun and slay it up there. This was a completely new experience and there were lots of firsts for me last Saturday. However, I was pretty sure this was a first I was going to want to put on repeat, over and over and over again. As we moved through the pre-show process, sound checking, working through some songs to be sure everyone could be heard through the mics, the nerves started to disappear. Now all I felt was excitement and anticipation. I was ready. The pre-gig practice was just what this rookie needed.
As the clock approached 9, the bar started to fill up. I don’t lie. Brixies was slammed. Beers were flowing. The temperature was holding steady at 85+ and the bathroom smelled like someone had actually perished and had been rotting in it for weeks. It was perfect. Everything seemed to be falling right into place. And then, we were off. Sniper opened the show with American Idiot and we plowed through a 30 song set. It was glorious. Two hours of straight up jamming to the likes of Wagon Wheel, Little Talks, Can’t You See, Crazy Game of Poker, Help From Friends, Sweet Home Alabama, BOOBY MCGEE (inside band joke) and so much more! Best. Night. Ever.
I told all the guys at various points throughout the evening that this whole experience was so fun for me because it allowed me to escape. I put all of my extra energy, that I would normally be channeling into something probably for someone else, into something for me. For a couple of hours, a couple of nights a week and every train ride to and from the city I didn’t think about a single thing except the music. You may have actually seen me skipping to my office. #MusicIsMyMedicine And can I be honest? Who doesn’t need a little escape once in a while? Life is freaking stressful. Responsibilities are great, for all of us. Not just me. However, this new experience, this challenge, it was a gift. It was as if the universe knew I needed alittle something to redirect my focus. I don’t know. Pretty crazy how things work out for sure and I know it is cliche, but I do believe things happen for a reason. This process pushed me. I learned things. I did something I have never done before, BUT ALWAYS WANTED TO and at the end of the day so many cool things have come from it. I made some new friends. I checked something off my bucket list. But most importantly, I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and deep into the world of the unfamiliar and unknown and I fucking did it. And that is the moral of this story. It’s never too late. You are never too old. NEVER SAY NEVER!
Thanks Pig Brothers! You guys made my year when you picked up the phone. It’s been real! LET’S PLOW!
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One more thing! Last, but certainly not least. Ryan. My husband. Thank you! Not just for full blown supporting my early mid life crisis and singing with The Pigs, but for everything. I love you. You are my partner in life and without you I’d be lost. Check out this snap.