There You Are Release Party #4 – Funky Music + Excerpt

December 24, 2015


Who Got Da Funk?

Those who have read my stories know I love music and musicians. I’m especially partial to funk and soul music, so I had fun putting Cody into a funk band.

The band Cody travels to Portland to join in There You Are is called Da Funk. I modeled the band after a real-life funk band with the cool name of Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme. My husband and I caught their act in Portland a few years ago and were blown away by the sheer size of the band and the joyous music that we all danced to for three hours straight. Here they are below:



The excerpt below shows Cody’s first rehearsal with the band. Sandy, Phineas’s nephew, has dragged Phineas to the rehearsal, and Phineas sits in the back with a book while Sandy joins the band on bongos. What Cody doesn’t know until this rehearsal is that Phineas is a wonderful singer and performer in his own right.


“Okay,” Blaine said. “Let’s do ‘Funk Train’ next.”

“Who got da funk? We got da funk,” chanted Boze, the bassist.

“Um-hmm.” Creswell raised his horn while Jamie fingered the keys on her saxophone and said, “Let’s do it!”

Dude-Man, the organist, raised his head slightly. An enormous black man with shades and a bandana, he kept his own counsel. Cody hadn’t heard a peep out of him the whole rehearsal, but he was genius on the keys.

“Bueno.” Oscar grinned and started in on a Latin beat.

They swung into “Funk Train,” an original written by Oscar, and soon the garage walls reverberated with sound. Phineas appeared to be engrossed in his book, but Cody spied him tapping his toe and counted it as a win.

At the end, Blaine clapped his hands. “Pretty good. Need the horns to be tighter with the drums. One more time. I wish Clarice and Deena could’ve been here.”

“Who’re they?” Sandy asked, still beating softly on the bongos.

“Our backup singers.”

“Wow, this is a big band.”

“Yep. Okay, let’s—”

“Phineas can do.”

Everyone riveted their attention on Dude-Man, who remained impassive, the epitome of cool.

“Say what, hermano?” Oscar asked, a twinkle in his eye, while Phineas stiffened and lowered his book to stare at Dude-Man.

Dude-Man shifted, his massive hands on the keyboard. “I said, Phineas can do. Backup.” With that proclamation, he sat back on his stool and stared off into space, seemingly done with talking. Maybe he’d used up his daily word allotment, Cody mused.

Phineas had turned a becoming shade of pink. “Oh hell.” He tossed his book aside and, with one graceful movement, was on his feet and heading to the second mic set up next to Blaine, who grinned but didn’t say anything.

Oscar counted off the beat and they launched into the song, Boze laying down a funky bass line and the horns providing punctuation. Cody came in over them with a catchy riff, and Dude-Man filled in the spaces on the keys, while Oscar and Sandy provided a steady rhythm.

Once the vocals began, Phineas opened his mouth and a gorgeous tenor voice rang through the room, blending perfectly with Blaine’s baritone. The band members smiled, nodding their heads and riding the groove. Even Dude-Man was swaying.


This is the beginning of Phineas being drawn back into life after his mourning period of 4 years since Allen’s death. Cody soon discovers Phineas used to perform drag under the name Phanny Hill. We’ll get into that in the next post!

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Question: What kind of music do you love the best? Any favorite group or song you’d like to share?

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12 Responses to “There You Are Release Party #4 – Funky Music + Excerpt”

  1. Louise Lyons says:

    I love stories that feature music and it’s the focus in one of mine. My favourite genre is glam rock and heavy rock, specifically 1990s like Motley Crue, Skid Row, Poison to name a few

  2. CJane Elliott says:

    Very cool, Louise. What’s your story that features music? I want to add it to my TBR list.

  3. Kylia says:

    I like all kinds of music really from Blue October to Bad Religion to Dido and Shinedown. However my favorite band is K’s Choice and consequently my favorite solo artist is Sarah Bettens. I’m not sure if I have a specific favorite song. It all depends on my mood.

  4. CJane Elliott says:

    I’ll have to check those bands out, Kylia!

  5. Angela says:

    I love (hard) rock. My favorite singer is Bryan Adams and some of my favorite bands are Metallica, Aerosmith and Queen.

  6. CJane Elliott says:

    QUEEN! I’ve always loved them and now that my fave singer in the world, Adam Lambert, is their frontman, I’m in double heaven, Angela!

  7. Yvonne says:

    Love a lot of different music, Queen and Green Day have always been favorites but it’s great to find new (to me) bands like Bastille, Kodaline and Elbow. Heard a choir perform Elbow’s One Day Like This and it was beautiful.

  8. Deniae Dechene says:

    I’m eclectic in my taste of music. Grew up listening to Roy Orbison and music of the 60′s Love Journey, Chicago, and Queen. And have been to concerts to see Papa Roach, Silivia and Motley Crue. What I listen to depends on my moods

  9. CJane Elliott says:

    Yvonne, I love Green Day too! I’ll have to check out the other bands you mentioned.

  10. CJane Elliott says:

    Hi Deniae! Journey and Chicago – yes! And I do like some country music, although it’s not my first choice.

  11. H.B. says:

    I like alternative rock and indie pop. At the moment I really like Carolina Liar and Sir Sly

  12. CJane Elliott says:

    Thanks, H.B.! More bands I don’t know and have to look into.

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