I’ve been recently going through some old recordings and came across a CD recorded in 2007 by my student ensemble The Limes. It was fun for me to come across this recording, because I honestly haven’t listened to it since it was released. Not knowing what to expect, I threw the CD into my laptop, donned some earbuds and took a listen. While some of the tunes didn’t quite capture the live energy the band brought to the shows packed to the gills with their high-school compatriots, a couple of the tracks were pleasantly surprising. Of course this CD, Onward and Outward only tells a small part of The Limes story.
On Halloween of 2005, I returned to Cabot School after an extended leave to travel to China to adopt our baby daughter. I knew that I was returning to a rather unusual high school band configuration – a few wind players, a rhythm section, a singer who had never sung in public before and one student who was interested in the music business but didn’t play an instrument. Little did I know that this unusual grouping would turn into one of the best years of my teaching career. In a few short classes, it became clear that we should become a band and we were going to have a manager who was going to book us gigs and do other such manager-y things. Of course, we didn’t have any songs other than a cover-in-progress of Summertime.
However, by late spring we had performed in clubs and schools across the state, recorded a CD (titled with a name only high school kids could think of – Best of The Zest) at a professional studio in Burlington, made it on to the evening news, had a slew of merch and were poised to embark on an east coast tour.
And then June graduation came and it was all done – this uncanny, 9-month experiment of amateur student musicians that broke two Montpelier venue attendance records and became rock stars in their very own town of Cabot.
By the next fall , an inkling of The Limes 2.0 began to emerge. Diana Winn of Rebop Records approached me with the notion of another Limes to serve as the house band for a kids TV show that she was co-producing with Video Vision in Barre, VT.
Fast forward to yet another fall, and we were into Limes 3.0 – the last of the zest. So to sum it all up, here are a couple of tracks from the last of The Limes.