Early music together
been playing music together for over 15 years now. Our earliest musical
experiences together came in an, um, interesting band we played in while at
Illinois Wesleyan University. There are stories, pictures, and even a few
videos of Andi and Al during those days, but you will likely never see them
unless they are stolen and show up on e-bay.
our honeymoon we learned the first songs that would later turn up in the andi
and i repertoire. Both were Charlie Peacock songs from his “West Coast Diaries
Vol. II” album (then available only on cassette): “Nobody’s Gonna Bring Me
Down” and “Way of Love,” which has gotten a lot of mileage in the weddings
we’ve done through the years.
weeks after our wedding, we went to Amsterdam to join a group called Youth With
A Mission (YWAM – pronounced WHY-wham by those on the “inside,” as opposed to
why-WHAM, which implies questions about George Michael’s early work) on their
Musicians Summer of Service (MSOS – for some reason no one tried to pronounce
that one). We traveled around the Netherlands, England, Germany, and Austria in
a big blue panel truck with the name “Diks” on the side, playing mostly cover
tunes in a band brought together from the US, Germany, and Switzerland.
Andi’s pre-Al days
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