September 2019

Musicians in Bathrooms: Target the Band

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Musicians: Brian Raehm, Michelle Raehm, Michael Carletta

What’s your sign?
Brian Raehm: Capricorn
Michele Raehm: Capricorn. Our daughter was born on my birthday—January 16.
Michael Carletta: Leo

Most underrated song that in your opinion should be a classic.
BR: “If I Could”
MR: “If I Could,” by Regina Belle
MC: “Fantasy,” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
BR: “We plan our vacation around where TARGET … the Band is playing.” Knowing how important a vacation is to most everyone, that’s a really big deal!
MR: “You put a smile in my heart every time I watch you perform.”
MC: In Washington D.C.—he wished he could do what I do.

What is your favorite song to perform?
BR: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It’s beautiful and timeless, and Michelle kills it!
MR: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
MC: “Unchained Melody.”

What do you sing in the shower?
BR: Theme from Muppet Babies
MR: Usually, it is whatever song we are currently learning or a song I’m planning to learn.
MC: “Speak Softly, Love”

Favorite cereal?
BR: Grape Nuts or oatmeal
MR: Rice Krispies
MC: Honey Bunches of Oats

At what venue do you most like to perform?
BR: After 47 years and over 9,000 shows, I would have to say that it could be any venue if we are in the pocket and doing what we do!
MR: Each place is special because of the audience. The crowd makes the night for me, wherever we perform.
MC: Ruby Lee’s

Most requested song at shows?
BR: “The Prayer.” Michelle and Mike do a fabulous job on it! Second would probably be “Mustang Sally”
MR: “The Prayer”
MC: “The Prayer”

First concert you attended?
BR: Duane Eddy, and I’m not saying what year it was.
MR: Santana
MC: Paul Anka/Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars

Favorite artist?
BR: I can’t come up with just one. I like so many kinds of music, I would guess I have 25 or 30 favorites.
MR: Whitney Houston
MC: Tony Bennett

Place you go to get away from it all.
BR: The tennis court
MR: The stable
MC: The beach

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
BR: Tweet and book @ TARGET the Band
MR: Facebook
MC: Facebook

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song: “Sally went down to the bayou…”
BR: She brought her sponge and her pail.
Wash that brand-new Mustang.
MR: She wanted to go there alone. I wanted to find her and wound up behind her and watched her while she got stoned.
MC: To find her a good old boy.

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
BR: Rod Laver
MR: Shania Twain
MC: Joe Pesci

First instrument you learned to play.
BR: Drums
MR: Piano and acoustic guitar
MC: Guitar

Song you were thrilled to finally master.
BR: I have learned over the years that I never master a song; I just keep learning new things about the song.
It is a moving “TARGET,” no pun intended!
MR: “The Prayer”
MC: “Don’t Stop Believing,” by Journey

What do you wish you knew more about?
BR: Music theory and cooking
MR: Modern technology and music
MC: Arranging

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
BR: Willie Nelson. I think I could hang with Willie vocally. Maybe?
MR: Chrissy Scinta
MC: Tony Bennett or Stevie Wonder

What animal do you most identify with?
BR: A dog; a Lab of some sort
MR: Definitely the horse
MC: The Lion

If you got super-famous and you had tochange your name, what would your new name be?
BR: Nosmo King? or No smoking?
MR: Mickey Mouth
MC: Michelangelo

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