Blackout Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A loose summation from wikipedia: a collective action to protest racism and police brutality, originally organized within the music industry in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Businesses taking part were encouraged to abstain from releasing music and other business operations.
I can’t emphasize the word STUPID enough! more »
I maintain a facebook (fb) profile NOT because I use it, but because some people insist on only communicating through facebook. That’s not intended to be an insult either, just the reality of things. I have long talked about deleting it and I probably should except for those messages and the rare opportunity that recently came up.
I was nominated by a close friend to name 10 albums that have influenced my musical taste and upbringing. And during this covid haze of boredom I thought sure I’ll play along. For those who don’t do fb (good for you!) here’s a summation without friend comments. more »
But as a quick update to the Lip Service post, I was recently contacted by a dear friend from 2 previous original bands. Initially I was going to sit in with his group on a one off gig but that unfortunately did not come to fruition. But since we’re slowly moving forward towards a reboot, maybe an old band, maybe a new, some of the old originals could possibly be involved, and some new writing. It’s slow for now, but I am ever SO hopeful. He and I have corroborated on some really great originals in the past and it is so good and exciting that we embark toward another venture. Stayed tuned.
No, not the movies or the television series. Not the rye whiskey. Not the various businesses or songs. Not even the most awesome song by Max Webster off the 1978 “Mutiny Up My Sleeve” album.
No, this is possibly best summed up by The Cambridge Dictionary as simply “to say that you agree with something but do nothing to support it”. Yeah, or maybe just “all talk and no action”. Why, you might wonder, is this a topic for a post here? Well it’s one of those life and faith lessons that, when you least expect it, smacks you hard in the face. more »
It occurred to me the other day, that I haven’t posted in quite a while. Aside from the numerous problems that don’t seem to ever have an end, there’s not a lot to write about. No one wants to read about my issues. We ALL have issues. Some times the sea is smooth like glass. Other times it’s angry and violent. We all are adrift on that same sea, merely in different locations. So with that said… let’s proceed with politics, music, faith…
After a few months of lugging a (weighty) small rack and a pedals case (w/MIDI controller) I decided I needed to simplify my church ‘rig’. I don’t expect to use a live amp any time soon if ever, so if I could simplify not only my setup time and lighten the twice weekly gear hauling load these aging shoulders must bear it would be worth it. Unlike many of my peers, I generally do not, nor have I ever, suffered from G.A.S. aka gear acquisition syndrome. Most of my gear purchases are well thought out and primarily to upgrade or improve my sound, and often involves selling something off to fund the upgrade. Never because I like owning a lot of music things.
A little over 6 months ago we relocated to a wonderful small town nestled in wooded hills. 4 years ago this past November was the last time I played in a worship team. 2 years ago this past September I had brain surgery to remove a tumor that had paralyzed much of my right side. Today I’m praising GOD I am actively playing again! more »
As the phrase goes “all things must come to an end”.
I have come to the conclusion it is time to let go of some of my music gear. Mostly that which I have used for playing the “big” venues such as large, outdoor stages or large rooms. This is not to say I won’t be playing again, or in a band of some sort. Yet as I approach 55 I am forced to accept some realities. more »