Thursday Thirteen #31 — Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, Summertime!

Thirteen things ShapeShifter loves to do in the summer:

1. Tour.

2. Play those day-long festivals that are popular.

3. Hang out with the other bands playing the day-long festivals.

4. Find someone in charge who can cough up a grill and some dogs, burgers, and bird. (Bodacious Sauce is a plus but not a requirement) And beer. Don’t forget the beer. That is a requirement.

5. Jam with the cooler members of the bands playing the day-long festivals.

6. Learn the music of the cooler bands.

7. Wear the t-shirts of the cooler bands during the ShapeShifter set. Pimp the
bands from the stage.

8. Storm the stage when said cooler bands are on.

9. Invite them to do the same.

10. When boredom sets in, swap out band members without telling the crowd what’s happening. Make like it’s normal for Howard the Hammer to play in Bitterness.

11. When crowd starts to expect that, stop doing it.

12. Throw new songs — written during the above-mentioned jam sessions — into the concert set. Watch crowd react.

13. Lather, rinse, repeat until fall and time to head into the studio to record a new album.

By the way, that’s not ShapeShifter in the header picture; please don’t confuse my fictional band for a real one!

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  1. Wylie Kinson

    May 30, 2007 8:57 pm

    LOL! Day long festivals… flashback to my youth.

  2. Dewey

    May 30, 2007 9:15 pm

    Who is that real band, then? I can’t tell. BR/BR/This sounds way more fun than touring would normally sound to me! It usually sounds like hard, hard work.

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 30, 2007 9:17 pm

    Ummm… someone who played the Warp Tour last year, I think. Not sure who, though. But they’re cool; they take the stage in shorts.

  4. Rashenbo

    May 30, 2007 9:40 pm

    sounds like a big fun fest to me. the mix and match and jamming times would create awesome memories! And, who doesn’t love a summer time bbq?

  5. Raggedy

    May 30, 2007 9:42 pm

    tis good to be back..BR/missed you..BR/Terrific Thursday Thirteen!BR/My TT is posted.BR/Have a wonderful day!BR/Happy TT’ing!BR/*^_^BR/(=’:’=) BR/(“)_ (“)Å  BR/Raggedy

  6. Christine

    May 30, 2007 9:44 pm

    I love a good summer concert with a great band. Fictional or no, I wish I could see the play!


    May 30, 2007 9:53 pm

    It would be nice also to have such free time as you. Wish I could do the same.BR/Thanks for the visit.


    May 30, 2007 9:53 pm

    It would be nice also to have such free time as you. Wish I could do the same.BR/Thanks for the visit.


    May 30, 2007 9:53 pm

    It would be nice also to have such free time as you. Wish I could do the same.BR/Thanks for the visit.

  10. Nancy

    May 30, 2007 9:57 pm

    It all sounds like a great time to me. BR/BR/Summertime concerts are the best.

  11. Jenny McB

    May 30, 2007 10:09 pm

    I think your band should go to Woodstock this summer, maybe you can put together a fictional mind altering concert event.

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 30, 2007 10:10 pm

    Don’t tempt me, Jenny! I just might!

  13. gabriella hewitt

    May 30, 2007 10:17 pm

    Is it summer already? Sounds like the shapeshifters have a plan. I definitely need one before the kids are home for summer vacation. LOL!

  14. bunnygirl

    May 30, 2007 10:24 pm

    Sounds exhausting! Good thing they’re young!

  15. Margaret

    May 30, 2007 10:33 pm

    If I were in a band, I’d love to do those things too. Plus a few more, I’m afraid to mention. =O)BR/BR/Great List and have a Happy Thursday.

  16. Starrlight

    May 30, 2007 10:41 pm

    Happy TT! Thanks for stopping by

  17. Thomma Lyn

    May 30, 2007 10:47 pm

    LOL @ “dogs, burgers, and bird” — and I want some of that Bodacious Sauce, too! Susan, your characters spring to life in my mind every time I read about them. 😀 Awesome TT, as always!

  18. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 30, 2007 10:49 pm

    Just think how happy you’ll be when we finally get Trevor’s Song into your hands, then, TL!BR/BR/Thanks, babe. That sort of praise means a lot.

  19. Joely Sue Burkhart

    May 30, 2007 11:08 pm

    Wow, what a summer!

  20. L^2

    May 30, 2007 11:42 pm

    Ah yes, two things summer must have: good music and good BBQ! Sounds like you’re guys have the right idea. BR/BR/And I like Jenny’s suggestion. A fictional version of myself would definitely like to see your fictional band at a fictional summer concert. 🙂

  21. Tempest Knight

    May 31, 2007 12:06 am

    Are they for real? Coolies!


    May 31, 2007 12:34 am

    WOW, I have GOT to hear this fictional band. How about some audio next time, Susan? LOL =)

  23. Scribbit

    May 31, 2007 1:11 am

    Summer concerts are so fun–BR/BR/Love that.

  24. Joy T.

    May 31, 2007 3:01 am

    I’ve never been to a summer concert. But I might have to start going. This sounds like a lot of fun. A great TT list!

  25. Miscellaneous-Mum

    May 31, 2007 5:18 am

    Sounds like a chillin’ (meaning in the groovy way) time!!

  26. Tink

    May 31, 2007 6:21 am

    I love summertime! And I like to do a lot of those things too. :-)BR/My TT shares 13 things about the blue moon.

  27. Tilly Greene

    May 31, 2007 7:46 am

    I’m so ready for a concert! Last big one I made it to was U2 – outside on a grand house’s lawn with friends and wine – yup, I’m ready for some boogieing beneath the stars 🙂

  28. Miss Frou Frou

    May 31, 2007 8:11 am

    I used to love the summer festivals – haven’t been in years, though not sure why… just getting too ag-eed I guess.

  29. Rene Lyons

    May 31, 2007 9:09 am

    Ah – to escape from the everyday and go on tour. Heaven!

  30. samulli

    May 31, 2007 9:10 am

    Ya know, by now I really am curious to hear some songs by Shapeshifter…BR/But great list, as always. ;o)

  31. Babe King

    May 31, 2007 9:20 am

    sounds awesome!

  32. karen!

    May 31, 2007 9:25 am

    Um, I think blogger hates me today.BR/I’m pretty sure that it accepted an incomplete comment and then ate the real one.BR/:*rolleyes:BR/BR/In any case, happy Thursday (yeah, it’s Thursday!)BR/BR/I love #10.

  33. Lori

    May 31, 2007 9:52 am

    I love summer minus the heat….makes me want to go on vacation:)

  34. julia

    May 31, 2007 9:58 am

    “Jam with the cooler members of the bands playing the day-long festivals.”BR/BR/Ha!Ha! Love that one! My best friend and her daughter just went to a 6-band concert including Fall Out Boy – sounds just the same as your TT list.

  35. Lesley

    May 31, 2007 9:58 am

    I always wanted to be in a band. If only I could play something other than the flute! LOL

  36. Amanda Young

    May 31, 2007 10:19 am

    Great TT. I always love the character themed ones. *g*

  37. Darla

    May 31, 2007 10:24 am

    “cooler bands”??? It’s the cooler of the bands that are there, right? Not bands cooler than ShapeShifter–that’s not possible, is it? 😉

  38. Sophisticated Writer

    May 31, 2007 11:03 am

    I’ve been to a few summer concerts but they are always fun 🙂 Summer is here already, yay!

  39. julia

    May 31, 2007 11:24 am

    “Jam with the cooler members of the bands playing the day-long festivals.”BR/BR/That sounds very musician-like! That’s when you know the hard work doesn’t feel so hard to them, because they love it so much, they’re doing it on their time off.

  40. Samantha Lucas

    May 31, 2007 12:01 pm

    OOOh I had no idea! I’ve learned lots of new things today. 🙂

  41. Anna J. Evans

    May 31, 2007 1:42 pm

    What fun. I’ve always wanted to be in an all girl punk band, maybe call it “Rabid Fangirl” or something like that. It ain’t going to happen, but maybe…in fiction…BR/BR/Thanks for the inspiration :)BR/BR/Anna J. Evans

  42. Kristi

    May 31, 2007 1:52 pm

    I love this! You are so clever!BR/BR/Happy TT! 🙂

  43. Julia

    May 31, 2007 2:55 pm

    Could you get the Shapeshifter to visit my home town if they’re doing their tour? *grin*BR/BR/Sound like the Shapeshifter all going to have fun this summer ;)BR/BR/Happy Thursday Thirteen

  44. impworks

    May 31, 2007 3:12 pm

    Thant should keep them busy for the summer and if they end up bogged in at festival a by a sudden downpour somewhat longer unless they’ve reached the private helicopter to and from the gig stage…

  45. May

    May 31, 2007 4:33 pm

    Sounds like lots of chilled beer is required.

  46. Heather Rae Scott

    May 31, 2007 5:27 pm

    This is something I could really get into. So glad you stopped by today–great list!

  47. Sparky Duck

    May 31, 2007 5:30 pm

    So, is Shapeshifter a fan of other contemporary bands. The reason I ask is because I heard an Amy Lee interview last week and she was excited to see Velvet Revolver at one of these festivals

  48. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 31, 2007 5:31 pm

    Absolutely!BR/BR/And for the record, I’d be excited to see Velvet Revolver. And Evanescence, despite the recent upheavals.

  49. Cheryl

    May 31, 2007 5:59 pm

    I always love reading your character descriptions. Now if only I can get off my butt and write myself. (I’ve been saying that forever, haven’t I?!)

  50. Starla

    May 31, 2007 6:26 pm

    Loved the TT!BR/BR/I remember spending all day at concerts like Vans Warped Tour… Sigh… good times. I so envy Shapeshifter, lol

  51. Kuanyin

    May 31, 2007 8:39 pm

    Summertime is here? Yikes! I guess it is, although it always feels like summer on Maui! Happy TT!

  52. Janet

    May 31, 2007 9:08 pm

    nds like some awesome summertime fun!

  53. Toni

    May 31, 2007 10:04 pm

    Great T13! Mine is up at A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow” Being An Air Force Wife! /A

  54. Eden Bradley

    May 31, 2007 10:34 pm

    Nothing like summertime and music-going to see if they’re on Myspace!

  55. littlebirdblue

    May 31, 2007 11:01 pm

    Susan; BR/BR/I think Shapeshifter should definitely consider playing SXSW in Austin next year. It totally seems like their kind of scene.

  56. Joy Renee

    June 1, 2007 3:31 am

    That’s a job? Sounds like ‘Party for a livin’ should be their moto.BR/BR/I played that silly Google game for my TT this week. 13 things Google thinks Joy needs

  57. Delicious

    June 1, 2007 7:31 am

    Wow..Summer plans! I live in a place where there are only two seasons- Rainy and Sunny. So the only plan I make is to bring an umbrella or not to bring an umbrella. BR/Happy Belated Thursday!

  58. elementaryhistoryteacher

    June 1, 2007 9:16 am

    My favorite thing to do during the summer is wake up and do whatever I feel like. It is a wonderful feeling.

  59. Haley-O

    June 1, 2007 3:44 pm

    Day long festivals — reminds me of my university years…. Ahhhh. 😉

  60. OldOldLady Of The Hills

    June 1, 2007 5:28 pm

    Michele sent me today….So, this is a completely fictional band playing in completely fictional Summeer Festivals?BR/BR/Cool!

  61. Susan Helene Gottfried

    June 1, 2007 5:30 pm

    Not only playing fictional summer concerts, but among a fictional lineup, too. BR/BR/You groupies are really expanding my vision, and for that, I’m more grateful than you can know.

  62. PJ

    June 1, 2007 9:23 pm

    Shapeshifter? Reminds me of DriveSHAFT, Charlie’s band in ILost/I.

  63. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    June 2, 2007 2:38 am

    This was a fun one. My brother loves to jam. I loved all the ways to cause confusion among fans. Jenny McB mentioned Woodstock, I missed it, both times, so it would be really cool to get to be a part of it Ithis time./IBR/BR/I had the feed messed up from your blog, so I just kept skipping over it in my rush. Somehow I had linked to just ONE post, not sure how I did that. . . but I fixed it.

  64. kristarella

    June 2, 2007 2:41 am

    Heh, fun. For some reason this reminds me of a movie called Sweetwater – about a band called Sweetwater who “opened” Woodstock. I think they were maybe the first band to play, not the first artist though.BR/It’s be cool if you could put some music to your fictional band. You know in Buffy how they have the band Dingoes Ate My Baby? All their songs were actually done by Four Star Mary – maybe you could get a band to be Shapeshifter?

  65. Andrew

    June 2, 2007 3:02 pm

    Simply put, the entire band has fun messing with the audience and other bands during the summer!BR/BR/ Is it Trevor who originally thought of all those ideas? 😉

  66. Susan Helene Gottfried

    June 2, 2007 5:13 pm

    Believe it or not, a lot of it came from Mitchell. That whole obsession with music and all… he didn’t think much about it.BR/BR/Yeah, it was Trevor who suggested they swap out band members, though. Band members’ groupies, too — naturally.

  67. Jill

    June 2, 2007 8:05 pm

    I cannot wait for all those festival to kick in… Lot of fun!!

  68. cheesygiraffe

    June 12, 2007 7:23 pm

    #4 is a definite!

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