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Music for Nothin’ & Your Kicks for Free





By on May 4, 2009

At one time, most music was free, spontaneous, and generated out of a community. This was folk music before it became a genre in the record store or iTunes. People picked up whatever instruments were at hand (or that they could make) and played not to be popular, not to get a hit on the charts, not to land a deal with a record company. They played for the sheer joy of it.

And their music was community-cohesive and community-building.

Today I want to celebrate that kind of music. Today I want to celebrate Durham’s own Scene of the Crime Rovers Band. Our family ran into them three times this past Saturday: at the local farmer’s market, at a downtown strawberry festival, and at my grandson’s school’s spring carnival. They’re loud, they’re crude, they’re out of tune…and I want to go buy a used baritone horn and join them!

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Video by me. Filmed 3/2/09

Here’s the band’s mission statement from their Myspace page:

  • Take creative music out of the traditional music venue and into public spaces where it may be enjoyed at no cost by a wider cross-section of the community.
  • Play to promote community events such as benefits or social justice actions that the group believes are worthy causes
  • Compose and perform only works that allow musicians at every level of experience (beginner to professional) to participate in the band
  • Collaborate with the artists/creative individuals/arts organizations to create multi-arts projects that allow for participation from artists of all disciplines.
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  • RT @trappermark Just posted: Music for Nothin’ & Your Kicks for Free http://tinyurl.com/cf76dq That’s just awesome!!! 🙂

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  • Hey, Brian! Thanks for commenting.

    I’m breathing a sigh of relief. When I wrote that in the post, I remember t… http://tinyurl.com/cb6pm3

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  • Thanks for the comment, Brian!

    I’m glad to hear you aren’t putting out a contract to off me as potential compe… http://tinyurl.com/cd48mk

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  • Brian

    …and I want to go buy a used baritone horn and join them!

    You should definitely do that. Glad you enjoyed the music!

    Brian (the baritone player)

  • Hey, Brian! Thanks for commenting.

    I'm breathing a sigh of relief. When I wrote that in the post, I remember thinking “If their baritone player reads this, he will probably put out a contract to off me to eliminate competition.” 😉

    Seriously, though, multiple euphoniums can be cool, as some of the Baltic bands have demonstrated. But more likely I'll show up with mandolin in hand. BTW, I emailed the address on the band's Myspace page to get on the practice schedule email list. I might actually do this!

  • Thanks for the comment, Brian!

    I'm glad to hear you aren't putting out a contract to off me as potential competition 😉

    Actually, I'm more likely to show up with mandolin in hand. Haven't touched a euphonium since high school. I contacted the email address on the band Myspace page to get on the practice schedule email list, so who knows, you may see me and my Mandolin of Death before long!

  • Brian

    Nah, I'm much to DIY to ever put out a contract on anyone…;)

    If no one gets back to you from the Myspace page (sometimes it takes a while for messages to get checked) just drop me a line. And at any rate, we practice most every Sunday at 7 pm @ the Farmers Market when weather cooperates, and at the Scrap Exchange when it doesn't. (The email list is primarily useful to get the heads up when we DON'T practice.)

  • Agnes

    Thanks for the video and the positive post. Hope you can join us!! -Agnes (glockenspiel)

  • Thanks for your inspired glockenspiel playing. Hope it isn't as hard to play as it is to spell.

    You just might see me and my Mandolin of Peril before long, Agnes. You have been warned!

  • Brian

    …and I want to go buy a used baritone horn and join them!

    You should definitely do that. Glad you enjoyed the music!

    Brian (the baritone player)

  • Hey, Brian! Thanks for commenting.

    I'm breathing a sigh of relief. When I wrote that in the post, I remember thinking “If their baritone player reads this, he will probably put out a contract to off me to eliminate competition.” 😉

    Seriously, though, multiple euphoniums can be cool, as some of the Baltic bands have demonstrated. But more likely I'll show up with mandolin in hand. BTW, I emailed the address on the band's Myspace page to get on the practice schedule email list. I might actually do this!

  • Brian

    Nah, I'm much to DIY to ever put out a contract on anyone…;)

    If no one gets back to you from the Myspace page (sometimes it takes a while for messages to get checked) just drop me a line. And at any rate, we practice most every Sunday at 7 pm @ the Farmers Market when weather cooperates, and at the Scrap Exchange when it doesn't. (The email list is primarily useful to get the heads up when we DON'T practice.)

  • Agnes

    Thanks for the video and the positive post. Hope you can join us!! -Agnes (glockenspiel)

  • Thanks for your inspired glockenspiel playing. Hope it isn't as hard to play as it is to spell.

    You just might see me and my Mandolin of Peril before long, Agnes. You have been warned!

  • Karyn

    It was only a matter of time. Only a matter of time. 🙂

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  • Hey, beats husbands who take off for 3-day golf junkets, right? 😉

    Karyn teases me, but she’s been very supportive of this little craziness of mine. She knows I’m working hard and need a creative outlet like this. And she knows me well enough to not be surprised that it would be the most exhibitionistic thing I could find.

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  • Excited cuz in less than 1 hour I’ll be at my 1st practice with Durham’s Scene of the Crime Rovers Band http://cli.gs/LAYtYV

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  • Interesting – never heard of anything like this. How about some video or least audio next time? Anxious to hear this “beautiful cacophony”.

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  • YouTube is your friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkgBvpHFUU4

    And remember, I never promised "beautiful" 😉 Starting at about 2:15, the video contains an example of the Cobra song game I mentioned in the post.

    I’ll embed that video in the post above, as I’m sure others will wonder "exactly what does that sound like." And once they hear it, most will probably sympathize with all those who left their first practice at the break 😉 But those of us who have ears to hear a little differently are willing to march to this different drummer.

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  • A crime-roving poet! I am simultaneously proud of you and covering my ears. :o)

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