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Friday, January 31, 2014

San Francisco Rock Project

The San Francisco Rock Project is a non-profit music school for children 8-18. Every few months, children practice a set list of songs in a specific category of genre. The most recent types of songs vary from: Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, Primus & Ween, and Original Songwriting. I am in the Led Zeppelin I, and we plan to play many songs, including Fool in the RainMisty Mountain HopDown by the Seaside and Rock and Roll. The Original Songwriting has been a choice before, and this helps students, well, write songs. Previous performances that I have been in: A Tribute to the Blues, Cross Genre and Jack White.

For those who do not know, Jack White was the guitarist in The White Stripes.  He has been a band called the Raconteurs and Dead Weather. He recently released a solo album, Blunderbuss. For those who do know who know who Jack White is, no we did not play Seven Nation Army. We did practice  Offend in Every Way and Ball and Biscuit. For the Cross Genre show, we took classic songs that were easy to remember, and switched them up a bit. Bennie and the Jets by Elton John turned into a samba song, and Brain Damage by Pink Floyd was turned into reggae.

Rock Project has skill levels: New Rockers, Golden Gate Rockers, regular season shows, and House Band. House band is the most advanced skill level, and will play at public events. They normally play hard songs, and plan a setlist before the performance. They recently added a new song, You Can Call me Al by Paul Simon. They have had the song Rock Lobster since the first rehearsal in September 2013. If you want to see the performances Rock Project is planning, you can see their website.

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