If I follow you, please know that I like your posts. I may not “like” them every time but I don’t follow blogs I don’t like. So, if I follow yours; I like your posts. If I click on the heart and “like” your post it means that I want to read it later, find it quickly to reference or I really, really like it. If I reblog your post, it means that you said what I want to say better than I could have said it.
Four dates to note:
Tuesday Sept 30 [tonight] 6-8pm: I’ll be MC’ing Guitar Center Des Moines’ Drum-Off Store Finals. Six great drummers will be competing to advance to the District Finals.
Saturday Oct 4, 1:15-2:15 pm @ Drake University: I’ll be moderating a discussion on Music Distribution at the Des Moines Music Coalition’s Music University
Sunday Oct 5, 3-6 pm @ Summerset Winery: I’ll be performing with Freestyle. An afternoon of wine and jazz.
Thursday Nov 6 @ Des Moines Social Club [more details TBA] I’ll be giving a solo performance of my original music: saxophone, wind synth, loops and beats.
We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.
It’s one of the singular features of our little social-technological moment that people all over the world whom we otherwise would never even be aware of can effortlessly impinge upon our minds and lives and desktops. We probably see fewer people in person these days, but our lives are populated by an entire chorus of disembodied presences, amplified and directed by the Internet, as if we had all begun to suffer from a mild form of schizophrenia.
According to a Turkish proverb, coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.
How to make it in the new music industry : The long slow ascent of electronic star Tycho : PandoDaily
“Understanding and mastering your tools is a big part of getting anywhere with any kind of creative thing you want to do,” Hansen says. The days of lackadaisical rock stars, sitting around in a haze of smoke and whiskey vapors while a team of roadies tunes and sets up their instruments, is a luxury modern musicians can no longer afford.”
Hanging out with my son and his friends tonight, I heard two phrases that could be great band names or song titles: “balloon shrapnel” and “…and the F Bomb has landed!”
While watching Dave Matthews Band Listener Supported DVD, I didn’t realize just how much LeRoi Moore influenced me. He never over-plays and sometimes you forget he’s there until you really pay attention and then you realize that he’s the one playing that part or texture that pulls the song together.
This is what happens when a smoker quits. Pass it on.
This is so important
How does this not have more notes?! Seriously, take the time to read this because it could save a life. Or SEVERAL.
I like this better than the anti-smoking advertisements on TV that try to scare the shit out of you.
Writer’s block is a modern notion. Writers have probably suffered over their work ever since they first started signing it, but it was not until the early nineteenth century that creative inhibition became an actual issue in literature, something people took into account when they talked about the art. That was partly because, around this time, the conception of the art changed. Before, writers regarded what they did as a rational, purposeful activity, which they controlled. By contrast, the early Romantics came to see poetry as something externally, and magically, conferred.
Tonight’s practicing included Nardis by Miles Davis and Look Ka Py Py by The Meters. I had never heard or played either song until I sat in at The Greenwood on Monday night. I want to thank Scot Sutherland for calling these tunes because they were both new to me. I also want to thank him for repeating the titles until I remembered them. :-)
I found a variety of recordings of Nardis to study on YouTube. For Look Ka Py Py I just listened to The Meters play it. There’s something about how The Meters played together that makes those recordings so memorable.
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.