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Hey, Mr. DJ?

So, I was recently asked by my buddy Morgan Young to curate a set of music at the one and only, Amoeba Records.  It was part of an ongoing series the store has called ‘Rotations’ (pretty much every Friday night from about 8-9:30pm).

The pitch was this:  let’s get some pro-level drummers to spin stuff out of their own collections.  No holds barred.  No limitations.  No boxes.  Just spin what you want.

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Studio Sausage – Recent Sessions and Revelations

Over the past couple of months I’ve been doing a wide variety of sessions for clients including Vox Lumiere, Tyrone Wells, Nickelodeon, The Voice, Robin Grubert, Ronan Chris Murphy, Lee Ferris, David Bowick, and Michael ‘Smidi’ Smith.

I’m humbly grateful for all of these experiences.  They enrich me in a variety of ways.  There’s the obvious financial one (so I can keep the lights on), but there are plenty of others.  One of them is re-imagining what a drumkit is and can be.  These sessions got me thinking about some of my favorite players.

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The Healing Power of Music

Greetings all.

I wanted to spend a little time in these pages talking about something I think we often (I know I have in the past) take for granted.  The power of music to heal.

I’m talking more in the framework of emotional catharsis here; but it also extends into some amazing work being done with music for everyone regardless of age:  from infants and children with mental and emotional disorders to elderly with dementia, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons.

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What’s Spinning Lately?

Greetings and welcome to another installment of what I’ve been listening to lately.  This tends to run the gamut – truly a hodge podge. But, I really love the fact that there’s just so much good stuff to check out and,   of late, rediscover as well!

As always, this is subjective (as I think most art is).  This might not be a typical music review post… and that’s fine.  I don’t want to tell you everything… I’d rather just give a glimpse to start and then have you    go on your way to check things out and see for yourself.

But, I’ve been really inspired lately by some great stuff.  So, here we go.

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Notes from the road…

I’ve spent a good deal of time over the last 16 months touring with artists like Vox Lumiere and Uncle Daddy, going from one side of Colorado to the other and back, through swaths of the Midwest and down south to Baton Rouge, LA and Austin, TX, east to Wilmington, DE, Providence, RI, Schenectady, NY and Reading, PA and overseas for two weeks in Lisbon, Portugal.

What exactly does the life of an itinerant musician look like?  Here are some of my experiences and perspectives.

Keep in mind, Individual results may vary.

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Session Notes Archive – Freddy and Francine

Freddy and Francine was a wonderful project that was fronted by Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso.  Their songs were wonderful slices of pop goodness that also had the ability to make your heart ache and pull on your emotions in a wonderful way.  These sessions would become what turned out to be our second and last album – The Forest and the Sea.  I miss that band, but am so glad that I can call them friends to this day.

Session – Freddy & Francine
Dates – 5/27-29/10
Studio – Big Fish Studios, Encinitas, CA

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20 Questions… #2

 

Welcome to the second installment of ‘A Different Perspective’.  This is, as I mentioned an occasional and ongoing series where I get to ask various friends in the arts (any art will do… and we’re using a very wide definition here…) about their headspace, inspirations, fixations, hang-ups, and why they do what they do with what they do it with.

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20 Questions… Edition #1

This is the first in a new ongoing series of dialogues with some of the creative people I know and respect.  The idea was to ask questions.   For me it was a question to find out how someone approaches their art and craft. What are their inspirations?  Do they work in one mode all of the time or do they mix it up?  How do they sustain their interest and creativity?

On the flip side, it is an opportunity to answer those same types of questions from people that may not specifically be musicians.

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Another round of Session Notes

Session – Bart Ryan
Studio – Phantom Vox, Hollywood, CA

This session was an E.P. so we only did 6 songs.  Unfortunately, I can’t recall when we recorded it.  It  was sometime in 2010.

We had done pre-production a week before so we had the parts locked and it was a great time tracking.  I should mention my esteemed colleague holding down the low end for this one.

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Session Notes Volume 2 – Groovin’ for Uncle Daddy

Greetings music fans.  I’m here with another installment of ‘session notes’.  These are posts about studio stuff I’ve been doing over the past year or so and highlights the drums and mics used, what kind of room I was recording in, general vibe, etc… everything that went into capturing the sounds and getting keeper takes.

This time out, I’m sharing information about a series of sessions I did with Uncle Daddy.  Tongue in cheek name aside, this is a very talented and eclectic band that includes two acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, and cello… and yours truly behind the kit.  This unique instrumentation makes for some pretty wonderful music.  So, here’s the run down of some of the stuff I’ve done with them:

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