She’s With The Band

The weather here has been very nice the past week, so Kit and Alya decided to venture out to take some pictures.  While they were outside, they started talking about their musical group and some of what they would like to do.

“We sound good” said Alya, “but there is something missing.”

“I agree!” replied Kit.  “I think what we need is a drummer.”

As they chatted, they didn’t realize that someone had been walking into the yard.

“Hi guys!” said the girl.

“Oh, hi!” Alya replied, sounding surprised.  “I didn’t even hear you coming!  Hey, you’re that new girl at school.  Your name is Jenny, right?”

As the girls walked along, they continued talking.

“Yes,” she replied.  “My name is Jenny Bradley.  It’s been kind of hard to get to know people, coming in part way through the year.  I’ve been wanting to talk to you though.  I hear you have been trying to start a band?”  “Yes, we have,” replied Kit.  “We’ve been having a hard time though, we really need to find a drummer.”

“Well, look no further!  I’ve been playing drums for a couple of years now, and I would love to give it a try!  Plus, I have a place where we could rehearse.  My dad and uncle recently bought the old Lighthouse restaurant.  Since it was a nightclub years ago, there is a room in the back with a stage.  My dad would eventually like to renovate it so that there can be performers on certain nights.  But I’m sure he wouldn’t care if we used it in the meantime!”

“That would be awesome!” replied both girls, “Great!” said Jenny. “Would you like to come by and check the place out this afternoon? We could even try a rehearsal just to see if it’s going to work out.”

Alya and Kit agreed that it sounded like a good idea. They set up a time, and then headed straight to work! Alya went to call Louisa and Kit immediately ran to Marie-Grace’s room to tell her the good news.

“Guess what?! We have a drummer for the band!” Kit exclaimed.

Marie-Grace was thrilled too. Then she told Kit that she had heard from someone else that Jenny played drums and was very good. Perhaps even better than Josh Montgomery!

The girls had arranged to meet at The Lighthouse at 4 PM.  When they got there, Jenny was already there and had her drum kit set up.

“What a great space!” commented Alya. “We will feel so professional practicing here. I wonder if anyone famous ever played here?”

Marie-Grace chimed in. “I think things are really coming together now. I even have an idea for a name. Since this place is called The Lighthouse, we could be The Beacons!” The rest of the girls agreed that it sounded like a pretty good name.

The girls got right down to business and started practicing. They sang a couple of different songs that they all knew. “Back In Baby’s Arms” (one of my favorite Patsy Cline songs), “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (by Pat Benetar) and “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (by Shania Twain) were the ones they picked to work on for this session. They worked really hard too!

It wouldn’t be a band without a pile of instruments and cases sitting around…

Let’s meet the whole band!

Kit Kittredge on guitar, violin and backing vocals.

Alya Norton on keyboards and backing vocals.

Jenny Bradley on drums.

Marie-Grace Rousseau on guitar and banjo.

And Louisa Collier on lead vocals, guitar and banjo.

Meet The Beacons!

The girls did say that they aren’t 100% sure that they are going to keep the name, but this works for now.  As Kit said, “even The Beatles weren’t always The Beatles!”  Can’t argue with that!

30 thoughts on “She’s With The Band

  1. They look awesome and I love Marie-Grace’s blouse. Nice to see Jenny in the mix, too. Did you make the background? Your rhododendrons are so pretty!

    • Marie-Grace’s blouse came from Beky’s Doll Clothes on Etsy. Now that she has been officially introduced, Jenny will be more a part of things. And yes, I made the background, I will be showing more about that in another post. That’s actually my azalea, and I was so happy that the frost didn’t get it this year! The rhododendron is looking like it’s going to be blooming soon too, I’m hoping it’s as pretty. I just wish the blooms on them were year round.

      • That looks like Tenny’s stage project that was on Brandy’s Happy Home website. She has great projects!!

      • It is made the same way as hers, but I actually had the idea before I even saw her post. I just hadn’t had a chance to get to Hobby Lobby to get the paper. The stage itself I made myself out of MDF and floor tiles well over a year ago, I was going to use it for something else. I’m just glad I finally have a use for it!

      • Wow, that’s amazing that the azalea can survive winter. I didn’t even catch that you made the bass drum. It blends right in.

  2. As my Julie would say, “Outta site!” I expect to see great things from The Beacons! Super background for The Lighthouse too. Did you make that extra drum?

    • Thanks! Yes, I made the extra drum, amazing what you can do with a large peanut container! I still have some work to do on things for the stage, but that is part of the story as well.

  3. This is super cute! I love Kit’s camera. Can you do a DIY on how to make doll drums? Thanks!


  4. Awesome! The stage area looks great. Hope the girls have fun. Like their song choices!

    • Thanks! I had a lot of fun getting it all together. I tried to pick “girl power” songs for the most part, but Patsy Cline is a favorite.

  5. Great name for the band. I love Louisa’s dress. I have that dress pattern. It isn’t easy to get it to fit correctly. You have to be very careful with the seam allowances. Whoever made it did a nice job.

    • Thanks! I got that dress from Quality Doll Clothes. She is an Etsy seller I recently discovered. I can see where it would be a difficult one to put together, a lot of pieces and if you aren’t careful, it would go out of whack easily! Who made that pattern? I’ve tried to find it online, but that’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    • They are! They seem to be having a lot of fun with this too. Working hard so they can have an official performance as The Beacons!

  6. Love the location for the stage. As usual you out did yourself with creativity. Seems like the girls have their act together, how long before their first gig? Don’t get any male lead vocalist for this group. Remember what a nerd the one in the “Commitments” was, and before long all the band members got to fighting with each other as to who was more important. When I come up, me and my girls would like to go to one of the Beacons performances.

  7. Hi! Well, I’m late to the party! Love Jenny joining the band and her chosen instrument! Percussion is very important.

    The thinking of a name reminded me of The Honeybees from Gilligan’s Island. Those castaways certainly could have used a few beacons!

    The group looks stunning and their set up does too. Lovely work you’ve done. Looking forward to more!

    • Thanks! I spent way too many years taking music lessons/playing in various bands in my youth, so it’s only natural that the girls would start a band. I just hope no one decides they want to take up the tuba–one of the things I did and now have a permanent neck issue because of it. Besides, crafting one is beyond even my abilities!!!

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