Watch Troy Moon get dissed by young diva at Gulf Coast School of Music.
Localized, the old joke would go, “How do you get to Vinyl Music Hall?”
The answer, of course, is “Practice.”
Adorable little diva-in-training Rylee Wright, 4, knows that lesson already. And she doesn’t want to make her sparkling, rainbow-lit debut until she’s perfect. We even offered her a chance to show her vocal chops on video while she was taking lessons at Gulf Coast School of Music on Tuesday. She wants to be famous someday. This way, she’d have a video clip on the World Wide Web for folks the world over to be mesmerized with. How cool is that for a resume?
“No thank you,” she said after a moment’s thought.
A moment later, another try. We requested just a few moments of her singing one of her favorites, Cam’s “Burning House.” (I hadn’t a clue and was quite embarrassed that my own musical knowledge didn’t measure up to that of a 4 year old. Big whoop, Rylee. I know how to do long division sometimes.)
“No thank you.”
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But you’re going to have to sing in front of people when you’re famous. Want to practice on me?
“No thank you.”
You guys wait. She sounded super from the other side of the door at the newly located Gulf Coast School of Music, now at 812 E. De Soto St. after moving from the Pensacola Historic District.
The new place is bigger. It has its own parking area. And, founder/instructor Jim Brown said, “We own it.”
Gulf Coast School of Music also has a location at 5422 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Navarre, the Santa Rosa County community infrequently known as “Rare Van.”
Very cool and laid-back guy — despite being a fiery musician — Brown started the School of Music in 2009, and now he has 100 current students, learning everything from guitar, bass and the rest of the strings, to percussion, keyboards and piano, all taught by professional musicians.
You know, I really need to take guitar lessons, but between all of the great schools in town, I wouldn’t know where to begin. It’s a lucky problem to have here in Pensacola.
But I’m not waiting until I get, as they say in musical terms, “good,” before rocking out. I’ve been jamming with my fellow aging and pathetic hipsters in an ill-conceived attempt to rekindle and reignite the decadent non-glory of past punk rock almost-local-infamy.
Maybe we’ll be ready to play at the Punk Rock Flea Market this fall. No, it’s not a flea market flea market, though there will be plenty of vendors and artists selling and showing their gnarly wares, born of an unquenched thirst for anarchy. Or something like that.
There’s going to be artists doing live art stuff, bands trying to resurrect slam dancing, and even some kind of punk rock yoga thing that I’m still not quite sure about. The whole thing seems like a Punk Rock Chautauqua to me. Which is cool. Count me in. But organizers say it’s not just for the leather clad misfits. It’s for misfits from all subsets, from the goths and nerds to the New Age hippies and standard color-by-numbers punks. It’s part of a national Punk Rock Flea Market movement, which is one of the most awesome and strange things I’ve ever typed.
Organizer Bari Kyle, owner of Nearly Dead Threads, a local and cool vintage shop on Ninth Avenue, is now taking applications for vendors and performers. For more information, check out the Punk Rock Flea Market Pensacola Facebook page or call 748-5400.
The Punk Rock Flea Market will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Chizuko, 506 W. Belmont St.
And remember to live the event slogan: “Keep Pensacola Punk.” Or something like that.
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