That’s not a phone number, it’s our history in a tweet. It means “2 to 3, 3 to 2, 2 to 4.” If you put a dollar sign in front of it, it’s the amount of money we hope to make on our around-the-universe tour, just for starters!
Back in July of 2017, Greta came to one of my music meetups. I was playing bass that night and when everyone else left, Greta said, “Hey, I like your bass playing. Are you auditioning anyone right now?” I wasn’t because I didn’t have a band at the time, but decided it was a fine time to change my mind and so we started working on some songs.
Around September, we added a vocalist and christened the project The Purple Heron Trio. While I was at a juggling festival in the San Juan Islands, I heard a heron fly by and was inspired with this name. Well, not exactly this name. My original concept was The Blue Heron Trio, but that name was already taken. So thanks to Wikipedia, I learned that herons come in other colors, including purple.
The trio played one show in December, and then our vocalist moved on to other projects. Back from 3 to 2.
The Two Again
Greta & I played on, doing some gigs and working on material to play some more gigs. Seeing as we weren’t a trio, we changed our name to The Purple Herons–that way we were covered no matter what came along. But we dreamed of adding more sounds, especially drums. It looked like we might be three–I approached Adam and asked if he’d like to play drums. He was keen to do it, but had some other commitments.
About the time Adam was freeing up his schedule, I did a podcast with Olivia, and during that recording session she mentioned that she sings. We were having rehearsal that night, and so I asked her if she’d like to sit in. She did, and it turns out that she sings really well! After checking her schedule, Olivia signed on. The same night that she joined the band, Adam attended his first rehearsal. So in the space of one week, we went from being a duo to a quartet.
And as for that $223,322,224… we’ll get there. Maybe not in the lifetime of this universe, but we’ll get there!