Rock Me Baby

When I was in my early twenties, I was through school and working as a federal government compliance records keeper for a winery. My life seemed a little boring, so I got some used keyboards and joined a rock band.

It was just a little garage band. We must have sounded pretty awful, but we had enthusiasm enough to make up for it. It was a gas, and I loved this music.

We covered stuff like David Bowie (Fame, Ziggy Stardust) and Rolling Stones tunes, (I loved Wild Horses) and all kinds of rock 'n' roll. We made a shot at White Room (the Creem version) but never got off the ground with that--it was too complicated for us to pick up by ear.

We had soooo much fun with this band. We loved this music. I had a Hammond C-3, the little guy, only five octaves, and a big honkin' Rhodes 88-key electric piano.

Drummers came and went but the core band, consisting of the bass player and lead singer, Mike M., the guitar player, Greg B., and myself seemed to stay.

We rehearsed in Mike's garage every Friday and Tuesday night for about a year before we got a gig. It was fun, so we didn't care. We had started up the band in the fall, and practiced all through the winter. By the time summer rolled around, we opened up the garage door. It was too hot in there with it closed. Our Friday night rehearsal sessions turned into a big block party. We cranked the music down just a little--we didn't want the po-lice, and then let it rip. People came by, bringing lawn chairs, bringing beer, bringing more people...It was great. We jammed our little hearts out.

After practicing for so long, when we actually got a gig, we were flying!!! It was the biggest rush and the very scariest thing, to get up on a stage and do our music in public for the first time.

We called ourselves "Galaxy". We had black T-shirts printed up with stars in the background and a glittery "GALAXY" in bold letters across the front, in honor of our first gig. We had our best blue jeans on.

The venue was a corner bar in our town. The penny-saver had run an ad, paid for by the bar people. So after we set up, when I looked around me, I was thrilled, surprised and scared to see how many people showed up already. Live music draws a crowd.

I kept wiping my sweaty hands on my jeans. My knees were trembling. Greg gave me a hug and a nervous smile. Mike did the thumbs up.

Our drummer, Randy, who was fourteen years old, Mike's brother, and just filling in for the night, was NOT NERVOUS AT ALL!!! He just thought the whole thing was a hoot, I guess. He was laughing because we had to sneak him in past the bouncer because he was underage to be in a bar. Mike was supposed to be looking after him, and had already warned the kid not to try and snag a beer, on PAIN OF DEATH!

Mike whispered, "I think I'm gonna throw up," then Randy gave the little "ready" riff on the drums, Greg started the count, one, two,three...

And we slammed into "Satisfaction", the Rolling Stones tune.

It was great. After we got over being shell-shocked from stage fright, that is.

The night wore on. We did four one-hour sets with a few breaks in between. When we got off the stage for the last time at about 1 am, we were still flying high. We waited to break the set until after we got paid, which was after the bar closed. Then we went out to breakfast. We just couldn't climb down from our natural high.

I was still flying when I got home. It was six in the morning before I got to bed.

We kept the band up for a couple of years. Eventually we went our separate ways. Mike got a better-paying job in another state. I got married.

I missed it, though. I miss it still. Being single again, I've thought about getting back into it. Maybe finding some used equipment, finding a retro band with old-timers like me...

I don't know. I'm still thinking.

And while I'm thinking, all you good people out there,

ROCK ON!

Rolling Stones-Satisfaction from You Tube

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Love rock n' roll. I was in a band in high school, as well! We played a few gigs...I love singing and being in the limelight. Although I was always SUPER nervous before getting on stage. Thanks for sharing this with us. You ROCK.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Support Meds, and oh yes we did have fun, in between moments of extreme stage fright! The whole thing was very much a part of my much-lamented youth.


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Support Med. 4 years ago from Michigan

This was fun to read! Seems you and your buds had lots of fun! Sounds like a great gig at the bar - especially for brave Randy, LOL!!! And 'The Beat Goes On." voted and rated!!


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, sunshine, that was a fun one.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Rock on!! Awesome hub!! Thanks for sharing :)


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Gotta check out Lil Steve's Underground Garage...sounds just like what I like! That's a good tip!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...what a wonderful rock and roll story - and actually one of my favorite here at the hub over the past year because it's a personal story about dreams and the enthusiasm of pursuing them .....

You would love Little Steven's Underground Garage on radio (Google it for some information: Little Steven is Miami Steve van Zandt from Springsteen's band and he acts as DJ and host and he plays a lot of obscure stuff too from the sixties - the show is a real gem, well just like your hub - and rock'n roll is here to stay because it's in our DNA - and that's why I loved ROCK ME BABY so much!!!!!!


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

Wow Paradise7 - it's been over a year since you wrote this hub - and I'm just finding it. Gawd, I'm awful! Loved it though. Have you found anyone you can "jam" with yet? Sounds like something you should do if you haven't!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Yes, I think I will...this was fun! Thanks, Info Help.


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Info Help 6 years ago from Chicago

I love the hub! You should write some on different rock and roll bands :)


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks so much, wavegirl. I had a lot of fun writing this and remembering those good ole' days.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Paradise . . . you are the bomb! I am so happy I just stumbled upon you in the forum .. I see you have so much that I want to explore! Thanks from your newest fan (and I cant wait to give the thumbs up on this one!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Ok, I added Satisfaction, I love that song, Ole' Mick is still going, still has all the moves, that's really encouraging somehow.


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Jaspal 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

What a lot of fun it must have been! And don't hesitate, get started again - I'm sure you'll be just as big a hit and enjoy it all even more!

And, how about adding the Satisfaction video too to this hub? It's a favorite!

I can't get no satisfaction ..... I can't get no satisfaction ..... 'cause i try and i try and i try and i try

haha ... go for it!!!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks you guys. You were so quick--I decided to add the David Bowie Ziggy Stardust video from YouTube a little bit later on.

I love it. I hope your husband gets into it again. It was so much fun.

Island Voice, hon, the music will never die...we just go on to the next great adventure.


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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

That's so great! I'm going to show this hub to my husband who used to gig in pubs in Oxford in the UK - and then gave it up as life took over. He has described the first time stage fright just like you did. It made me laugh. He is also at a point in his life where he is looking for some other aging rockers to play with. Shame we don't live closer. Find a band - and then write about it!


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Cool! Get back! My sis in law did it and they called themselves the 'Rockin Mamas' which everyone loved! She's gone now, and wherever she is, i'm sure she's still doing the music!

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