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“i haven’t played these songs in 30 years…”

pleazure:  my high school dance band

It was a somewhat “surreal” weekend, as I played drums at two separate rehearsals, both of them including members of a dance band called Pleazure, which was one of those pivotal bands in my career as a drummer, that made a significant impact on how I would continue on from high school into adulthood.

In my 30 plus years as a musician, I have had periods where I simply dropped out. In college when I had problems with one of the unversity directors, and during one 4 year period when I didn’t play any drums or piano at all, I had sort of turned my back to music… influenced by my parents to just give it up and study a more solid career like Computer Science.

But, in these last several years, from around 1994 to the present, I have been performing pretty much “full-time”, meaning… only performing music as a living. The road has been a tough one, but I have been the happiest with myself because I have maintained a reasonably high-level of musicianship that I’ve been satisfied with. Well, a true musician and artist is always striving to become the best. It’s an ongoing endeavor that lasts a lifetime if one is committed to an area of music like jazz or classical. Actually, any style of music can strive to attain a high level of proficiency and artistry.

Anyway, getting back to this past weekend’s rehearsals… I am amazed at the songs that I haven’t played in 30+ years. For some odd reason, all the other top40 and dance bands I’ve played with over the years hadn’t included a lot of songs from my dance band experiences during high school.

Nowadays, all or most of the Top40/Dance Bands out there (the ones who do all the corporate and private gigs) play all the same songs. Which a fellow colleague of mine says are the “money tunes”… like Play That Funky Music, or Brown Eyed Girl, or I Will Survive… these are the songs that everyone expects you to play at these types of gigs.

So, it’s refreshing to be playing a somewhat obscure song such as “Fencewalk” by the band “Mandrill”. Or songs from the Earth, Wind and Fire songbook that I never hear any other band play, like “Reasons”, “Happy Feeling” or “Devotion”!

What’s nice is that, for the most part, us Pleazure musicians haven’t forgotten those songs, really. It’s like they had always been in the back of our minds, like the whole idea about riding a bike… once you learn, you can always get back on at any time in your life… well, that has happened to me too… and for the longest time I had never been on a bike. But I was confident I could get back on at any time and just ride off into the sunset…

…and that is how I have been feeling about the Pleazure band. We are like long lost brothers re-uniting for the first time in more than 30 years.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

20 COMMENTS
  1. Jason

    wow, I can tell that picture is from the 70s by the hair and clothes !

    kudos to your decision to play drums ^_^

  2. Jason

    wow, I can tell that picture is from the 70s by the hair and clothes !

    kudos to your decision to play drums ^_^

  3. randomguru

    yes. we definitely have that 70s look with the hair and the clothes. hehe… that was definitely another time and place that is just a vague memory in my mind… πŸ™‚

  4. randomguru

    yes. we definitely have that 70s look with the hair and the clothes. hehe… that was definitely another time and place that is just a vague memory in my mind… πŸ™‚

  5. Marni

    It’s always such a pleasure to be doing something you love. Everything just flows and feels right. πŸ™‚

  6. Marni

    It’s always such a pleasure to be doing something you love. Everything just flows and feels right. πŸ™‚

  7. pat

    That reminds me of my band back in the 70’s – I was in a band called “Love Field” – We’d have gigs almost every weekend for dances. We were a cover band, mostly playing songs by Creedence, Chicago and the Beatles. We were good and I’d pull in about $25 per week, and that wasn’t too bad for back then! I played rhythm guitar and trumpet on some songs. We played a couple of original songs, mostly anti-war (Vietnam) songs, I almost got drafted back then, but my buddy President Nixon ended the draft! Just for me! πŸ˜‰ We had a girl drummer (Peggy Blackhurst), a lead guitarist/singer who played a 16-string Rickenbacher, Freddy Ordway and a bass player named Carl Carusone. I am listing their names to see if I can locate them, I haven’t heard from them since then. Peggy moved to Texas when her mother, our manager, killed herself. I played drums for our last gig!

  8. pat

    That reminds me of my band back in the 70’s – I was in a band called “Love Field” – We’d have gigs almost every weekend for dances. We were a cover band, mostly playing songs by Creedence, Chicago and the Beatles. We were good and I’d pull in about $25 per week, and that wasn’t too bad for back then! I played rhythm guitar and trumpet on some songs. We played a couple of original songs, mostly anti-war (Vietnam) songs, I almost got drafted back then, but my buddy President Nixon ended the draft! Just for me! πŸ˜‰ We had a girl drummer (Peggy Blackhurst), a lead guitarist/singer who played a 16-string Rickenbacher, Freddy Ordway and a bass player named Carl Carusone. I am listing their names to see if I can locate them, I haven’t heard from them since then. Peggy moved to Texas when her mother, our manager, killed herself. I played drums for our last gig!

  9. randomguru

    hi marni: that’s a good way of saying it. πŸ™‚ thank you.

    and finally my gig schedule is really picking up. january and february were really slow… it was depressing…

  10. randomguru

    hi marni: that’s a good way of saying it. πŸ™‚ thank you.

    and finally my gig schedule is really picking up. january and february were really slow… it was depressing…

  11. randomguru

    pat: for some odd reason your two lengthy comments were put into “pending approval”, so i just now approved them… hmm, strange.

    anyway, sounds like you were doing very well back in the day. i was also in a garage band that played creedence. and the band before Pleazure played a lot of chicago!

    $25 back then was a LOT. i remember my first gig was like, $8 and then we went up from there.

    wow, you played trumpet, guitar and drums. cool.

    sorry to hear that your manager killed herself. πŸ™

  12. randomguru

    pat: for some odd reason your two lengthy comments were put into “pending approval”, so i just now approved them… hmm, strange.

    anyway, sounds like you were doing very well back in the day. i was also in a garage band that played creedence. and the band before Pleazure played a lot of chicago!

    $25 back then was a LOT. i remember my first gig was like, $8 and then we went up from there.

    wow, you played trumpet, guitar and drums. cool.

    sorry to hear that your manager killed herself. πŸ™

  13. pat

    yeah, it was tough, but if I recall, it wasn’t too bad back then, I was just a kid. Feel free to dump one of the posts. I rewrote the second one, so it may be more coherent.

    Proud Mary
    25or6to4!! πŸ˜‰

  14. pat

    yeah, it was tough, but if I recall, it wasn’t too bad back then, I was just a kid. Feel free to dump one of the posts. I rewrote the second one, so it may be more coherent.

    Proud Mary
    25or6to4!! πŸ˜‰

  15. KC

    Your dad was your band manager? That’s nice! And you don’t look much different now (compared to the last photgraph you posted of yourself playing the drums in a black suit), if you don’t mind my saying so. It looks like the photograph has aged, but not you…*lol*

    I love Earth Wind and Fire! :-))

  16. KC

    Your dad was your band manager? That’s nice! And you don’t look much different now (compared to the last photgraph you posted of yourself playing the drums in a black suit), if you don’t mind my saying so. It looks like the photograph has aged, but not you…*lol*

    I love Earth Wind and Fire! :-))

  17. pat

    One last note Carlos, yes, I would get $25 or so, but we split the money only 4 ways. Your band was just a little larger!!! πŸ˜‰

  18. pat

    One last note Carlos, yes, I would get $25 or so, but we split the money only 4 ways. Your band was just a little larger!!! πŸ˜‰

  19. carl carusone

    im carl the bass player who’s looking 4 me

  20. carl carusone

    im carl the bass player who’s looking 4 me

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