Free Narrative Essays - The Battle of the Bands

Free Narrative Essays - The Battle of the Bands

Length: 1433 words (4.1 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓

The Battle of the Bands


The best and worst two days of my life took place at Bogarts with

my band Radioactive Weasel last month.  We had practiced daily for near

three years, and our group decided to pull together again and enter "The

Battle of the Bands."  This was the first time we sparingly paid fifty

dollars to perform anywhere. All the other competitions we had entered were

mail in tapes and then wait for a response. We got out of bed at five in

the morning, then raced to our drummer's house. Loaded on uppers, practiced

four and a half hours to perfect our original songs, we were to play that



      Pumped and ready to get started we packed the van with our drums

and guitars then started our journey to Clifton for our show.  As usual, we

got there way to early, so we did what any fun seeking  under aged

musicians would do.  We searched the allies and found a half passed out

drunk and took him to the local bar, then got a few beers each before  the

show.  We then returned to draw numbers for the order of the bands.


        I eagerly pushed my way to the front of all the other bands, being

the obnoxious prick I am, and drew the first card.  Unfortunately I drew

the second band on stage out of nine.  The best position to be in is about

fourth or fifth band because that is when the crowd starts getting into the

music.  Pissed off I haphazardly wandered back to my group to inform them

of my greatest mistake.


        We loaded the equipment into the worlds slowest elevator, and

stumbled our way to the backstage lounge.  After I had read graffiti

covered walls until my heart was content I noticed much writing by some of

my favorite groups like Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Mansion, Korn, and The

Dead Milkmen.  Inspired by them I also signed the wall with some chosen

words.  The time had rolled around for the first band to hit the stage.

Excited, we rushed our way into the mosh pit, (in my mind the only place to

be). Screams turned into whispers as Pieces entered the stage in a cowardly

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Free Narrative Essays - The Battle of the Bands." 29 Feb 2020

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Free Personal Narratives: I Am a Writer Essay

- I Am a Writer Writing for me has not always come so easily. The first essay I wrote, in French, was about my second grade teacher Mr. Bernard. I was utterly enamored by Mr. Bernard, with his slim black leather tie, pinstriped shirt, styled hair and scent of smoke and cologne. He was my hero; I even took a picture of myself dressed up like him and gave it to him. My first experience with writing was in cursive due to my upbringing in Belgium. When our family moved to the US, I was the only third grader learning how to print and properly cross his T's....   [tags: Free Personal Narrative Writing]

Free Essays
613 words (1.8 pages)

Essay Brass Bands: A Decline in Popularity

- The United States currently has numerous genres of instrumental music, but perhaps the least recognized of these is the brass band. Through better understanding its origin, how it was received in American society, and what other band genres existed and emerged during its development, we can begin to understand the brass band’s lack of recognition in the States. After providing background on the genre of the brass band, its function in society, past and present societal beliefs on music, and the development of other band genres, research will show how these factors impacted the popularity of the brass band....   [tags: Music]

Research Papers
892 words (2.5 pages)

Analysis Of ' Epameinondas, The Battle Of Leuktra Essay

- In “Epameinondas, the Battle of Leuktra (371 B.C.), and the ‘Revolution’ in Greek Battle Tactics,” Victor Hanson argued that Epameinondas’s battle tactics at Leuktra were not revolutionary and thus his brief battle record reported by Herodotus was justified. Hanson broke down his argument into five parts. First, he considered Epameinondas’s innovations of considerable value. Second, he compared Leuktra and Mantineia for similarities. Third, he reviewed Xenophon’s version of the Theban battle plan....   [tags: Sparta, Battle of Thermopylae, Epaminondas]

Research Papers
1666 words (4.8 pages)

Elastic Bands and Hooke's Law Essays

- Elastic Bands and Hooke's Law Aim: To investigate elastic bands, whether they follow Hookes Law. Equipment: Stand, boss, G Clamp, Elastic band, ruler, weights Diagram: [IMAGE] Method: * I will setup my equipment as I have shown in my diagram. * I am going to do 3 experiments using different elastic bands. In the 1st experiment I will add masses in small amounts....   [tags: Free Essays]

Free Essays
411 words (1.2 pages)

Free Narrative Essays - This Girl

- This Girl The girl slowly creeped across the floor. She had a look on her face of love. She began to tempt me. I could not allow her to take control over me. I could not resist. I had to let the love warm my body. I have let her take over once again. I have lost to her kiss. The kiss that has sweetened my blood. I absorbed her body. I walked down the trail on a journey to find my house. I took this route every day. I know that it will lead me back to the place that I love so much....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays]

Free Essays
576 words (1.6 pages)

Free Narrative Essays - Dodging Bullets

- Dodging Bullets It was a warm fall day in early October, a day that I recall quite vividly. The smells of the transition from summer to fall were in the air, accompanied by the sounds of birds singing and the wind blowing through the trees. It was on this beautiful day that my existence was almost terminated. After school on this day, a friend and I decided to go hunting before our evening basketball practice. I really don't know why we called it hunting, because we didn't have an idea exactly what we were hunting for....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

Research Papers
781 words (2.2 pages)

Essay The Structure within the Battle of Windhover

- The Structure within the Battle of Windhover   The images throughout the "Windhover" recognize the battle Jesus Christ fought while He walked the earth. The battle involved Jesus fighting for humankind’s eternal salvation and the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. Gerard Manley Hopkins, author of the poem, reinforces this imagery of the battle along with undercutting the imagery to add more confusion and mystery to this already complex poem. Through stressed words at the beginning of the line, highlighting a particular significance with two and even three continuous stresses, to containing seven stresses in one line, Hopkins bluntly emphasizes pivotal words and lines in the po...   [tags: Battle of Windhover Essays]

Research Papers
1337 words (3.8 pages)

Essay about Free Personal Narratives: Jail Time

- Jail Time Those blocks (block, block, block) in just plain gray (gray, gray, gray): the perfect surroundings to leave one's mind blank... or insane. Ow. My head hurts. It has been lying against this wall for at least an hour now. I scratched the back of my head to move around my dark, curly hair. It was beginning to feel plastered against my scalp. It was a bit tangled from not brushing it for a day and my fingers did not run through it with ease; nevertheless, it felt good to keep the blood flowing....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

Free Essays
3728 words (10.7 pages)

Essay on Battle Royal, by Ralph Ellison

- Blind Is as Invisible Does, A man dealing with his perceptions of himself based on the perceptions of the society around him in Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal" "Battle Royal", an excerpt from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, is far more than a commentary on the racial issues faced in society at that time. It is an example of African-American literature that addresses not only the social impacts of racism, but the psychological components as well. The narrator (IM) is thrust from living according to the perceptions of who he believes himself to be to trying to survive in a realm where he isn't supposed to exist, much less thrive....   [tags: Battle Royal Essays]

Research Papers
2168 words (6.2 pages)

Essay on Battle Royal, by Ralph Ellison

- Battle Royal Battle Royal is a short story that was taken from the book “The Invisible Man”; within it is a story of racism, segregation, and being an African American male trying to succeed in a world that is considered to be a “white world”. In this paper I will give examples of the different aspects of racism that is shown within the story, and discuss the different images that the authors uses to represent his theme. At the beginning of the story a young boy speaks with a dying grandfather who feels that he has betrayed his black heritage by becoming a trader, a spy for the white race....   [tags: Battle Royal Essays]

Research Papers
539 words (1.5 pages)

Related Searches

manor. After they vaigly introduced their band, in a well-maintained

surprano voice we listened to about a song and  a half. Our group returned

to the lounge to put on our stage clothes. I screamed in front of the other

seven bands as I dropped my pants and underwear and slipped on my vinyl

pants and a black T-shirt. Not noticing the rest of my band had found a

dressing room.  Unconcerned I grabbed my bass and a back up, and headed fo

r the stage.    I wondered onto the main stage for the night, and danced my

way to the front.


      After jump starting my ego I started to dance a jig with our singer

Rob.  Stage crew finished setting up our amps, and we broke into our intro.

we made up on our way to the show.  With four clicks from the drummer I

felt the energy flow through my body while we started with our cover song

from  Kracker called Low.  With my subconscious mind going wild, I played

flawless without even thinking about it.  This made it easy to go crazy and

have a good time.  It's a proven fact that if the band show enthusiasm, and

talent the crowd will loosen up and join.  I think that is the reason I

love performing so much.


      Sliding into song two "Spectrum," a song the guitar player and I

originated came off the same way.  After moving more than I ever moved on

stage before, I noticed a blurred object flying right at me.  Hitting my

hand, I recognized the object to be a bra. Then with a gentle laugh, and a

sigh  knowing it was not another one of those horrid, full, open, beer

bottles.  I ran to the front of the stage,  with rage in my eyes, and

smoothly pulled off my first solo of the night.  Satisfied, I paced back to

the center of the stage, and continued my rhythm with a slow motion filled



      Song three was starting as our two guitarist finished "Spectrum."

With heavy bass beats and whaling drums, the crowd started to move

viciously about the floor.  Without any care in the world I began to jump

up and down with the beat of the song.  Starting to sweat, with great pride

I began to play even harder.  Inspired by me, the two guitar players also

started to loosen, as they enjoyed the heavy flow of riffs in "This Side

Down,"  previously written by our rhythm player Mike.  Moving more than

ever we started the best song written in our three year history "On My



        Pushing ourselves to the limits we still played with compassion and

pure energy.  Wearing down, near exhausted, sweat covered,  and dizzy I

went into my final solo.  With the sting of sweat in my eyes, and blood

running from my finger tips from frayed strings I still pulled off the solo

in which had given me hell for such a long time.  With no doubt in my mind

we would make the next level, I queued the band to do the extended version.

We tried to get every last bit of enthusiasm out of the crown we could. Rob

thanked the 950 people for coming to the show, as we grabbed our gear and

headed for the van.


      Grouped back up with our shirts off we returned to the pit.

Clashing cymbals and untuned guitar screeches filled the air the rest of

the night.  Scratched records could have played clearer than the following



        Upset that it was us chosen to play the same night as a group of

uneducated, punk ass losers. We returned to finish putting the final pieces

of the drum set in the van.  Acting in our best behavior, and as friendly

as possible we congratulated a few chosen bands with the same taste of



      After getting in the van we returned to our natural state as we

left the parking lot waving good bye with single digits while our friends

mooned the feeble opponents.  While we swerved all over the road, we

screamed the lyrics to every song on the radio and talked about the show.

Some nicely chosen colored lights, flashed from behind, which startled us.

I pulled over to see no other than our best friends, the Cincinnati Police.

He pranced his way to our smoke filled van, and signaled me to roll down

the window, With a grim smile I eased the window down about three quarters

of the way. By this time, I had handed him my drivers' license and the

vehicle registration as he asked for it. He then asked where we were

heading, and if we knew why we were stopped. After I had explained we had

just finished a show, and were on our way home, I then asked if it was

because of swerving.


        Having known I had been swerving all over the road. He remarked yes,

as I told him the van was out of alignment, and I was just getting the feel

of driving it. He told us to be careful as he walked back to his cruiser.

With a slight voice, I told myself of just how perfect I really am. While

the stereo blared, we continued to bellow the lyrics, to the songs on the

radio again.  As we pulled into our drummer's house at three in the morning,

we carried out tradition and drank all night.  The loud ringing, of the

phone I had passed out on, woke me.  Delighted when the person on the other

end told me they were the owner of Bogarts.  After I realized whom I was

talking to, I was happy to hear him say we could "come back and play

anytime."  He quoted, "Radioactive Weasel scored extremely high for an

unsigned band."  I smiled to myself as he then said, "However, you have

been disqualified for an unknown reason."  My heart stopped as time flew by.


 A nameless face had just crushed what had seemed so great to me. The thing

that confuses me is why to this very day, do they still refuse to tell us

any reason for our disqualification.
Return to