I’m sure when most of you hear the word marathon you think about people jogging, running, walking, skipping, leaping, maybe even crawling toward a finish line. From start to finish, whoever takes part faces the challenge of completing 26.2 miles.
These 26.2 grueling miles are filled with people propelling themselves forward. Did they train for years, months, days? Did some, who may be a little crazier than others, just wing it? It seems that these people stop at virtually nothing. Marathon running is an act that requires focus, discipline, fierce dedication, and sheer, raw tenacity. When people cross the finish line they’re emotional. They laugh, they cry, they blackout, they experience euphoria, they yearn for relief. Yes, what I’ve described happens to be how most people experience a marathon.
However, for the band, it’s a whole different occasion. For the band a marathon happens with a guitar in hand. There will be no running, there will be no jogging. Skipping, leaping and crawling? I wouldn’t count that out. I guess we never know what’s going to happen on stage. I’ve seen Kurt perform all those acts while playing a guitar. And playing it well I might add.
P.D. Pappy's marathon happens twice a year. Today, May 26th, 2019 is our first of the year. We do this to celebrate the long weekend. To ring in Memorial Day with enthusiasm, and enthusiastic we shall be my friends. The band plays from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Usually this is around 70ish or more songs. All those lyrics, melodies, rhythms, harmonies, solos wailing out of the sound system manned by our sound engineer Scott (who never gets enough credit for everything he does. Thanks Scott, we appreciate you.) Within those six hours many things happen, many observations are made. Similar to a traditional marathon; fans, friends, and family cheer us on. Encouraging us with gusto. Clapping their hands, stomping their feet, fists punching the air in a celebratory motion, expressing love in whoops and hollers.
We truly enjoy doing this show. It gives us the chance to connect with people who we’ve gotten to know over the many years of being at P.D. Pappy's on the holiday weekend. We get to play some “deep cuts” we wouldn’t usually play at an ordinary show. There’s always the moment where we’ve been playing for too many hours and take familiar songs in different directions just to mix it up. Creativity blossoms in the most organic way between the band members when you spend that much time together on stage. And that, in my opinion, is the most magical quality about being a musician.
Towards the last set the most common question asked to anyone of us band members is “How are you holding up?” To tell you the truth (for me) the exhaustion doesn’t set in until I’m loading my gear back into my house. The energy we get from the audience keeps us going. We are driven; we are focused; we are dedicated; we are more than happy to share our music with you for that amount of time.
When the clock strikes 12:30 and the band has “crossed the finish line” is it as dramatic as when actual marathon members achieve champion status? Probably not.
It’s not so emotional. There’s rarely ever crying, or blacking out. Laughter? Euphoria? Relief? Sure. More than anything there’s a lot of high-fiving and “Job well done” pats on the back. Most definitely there’s a sense of accomplishment. Another one in the books. I love my band. I’m proud of their musicianship and dedication, and I love that we get to share this together. Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!
Peace and Love,