Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Kicked in the Head

i came home with a headache today and that was BEFORE i got kicked in the head. but, let me explain...

i was helping a neighbor, let's call him Mark Bucheit, move a box spring into the basement of our lovely house. said box spring somehow made it halfway downstairs, but would not go any farther. we resolved to put it outside, but then we couldn't extract it from the stairwell, so it was stuck, and we were stuck. i rested my head against a board on the bottom of the box spring as Mark, on the other side, decided it would be best to break that board (for easier box spring portability) by kicking it as hard as he could.

this sort of thing happens to me inordinantly more than to my friends. couldn't i have been thrown from a gilded merry-go-round or fallen off a ski lift in switzerland or something instead?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Everything Is Breaking (haiku)

the microphone stand
oh please not the powerbook
and my headphones too?

i'm back to recording onto cassette tapes after all.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

An Edict Against Smooth Jazz

Would someone please tell me why this dreadful phenomenon of "smooth jazz" keeps invading my life in places where I can't turn it off? I hereby institute a Smooth Jazz Free Zone within a mile radius of my body at all times. Seriously.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


"There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self. Uniform development exists, at most, only at the beginning; later everything points toward the center."
Carl Jung

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Why do today...

It's National Procrastination Week. I feel so honored.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

more music lab

In Chicago, Paul and I worked on dueling improvements to Gone and I liked his track about a billion times better, it actually made my jaw drop, so I scrapped mine and set up recording gear in the basketball court. The first soundcheck is available on my website. For that take there were two mics set up at one end of the court opposite me. The reverb is crazy. Later Paul added a third mic for a closer sound.

I stayed at the freaky R. Kelly house to work on tracks for Dallas through Wednesday and Thursday nights. It had a shower that sprayed sideways from the wall out of six heads and built-in stereos everywhere. All the windows and skylights had remote control shades. There was an XLR input jack built into the wall of the basketball court, but I couldn’t make it work. It also had a terrible creepy feeling about it. I should have worked on Take the One there, since it’s got that Addams Family thing going on.

Thursday night we went to see Scouts Honor, but got there as they were finishing the last song, I am the Dust, which is my new favorite, so at least I heard that much.

By Saturday night I was really tired. I packed up my stuff and retired to a restless night of drinking wine and taking pictures in the hotel room, which reminded me of somewhere Charles Bukowski would stay, with sirens and strippers milling around.

I saw the Mary J. Blige video for Be Without You, which was beautiful, so I bought the album today. It is so tight. She is amazing.

Many thanks to the phenomenal DJ Kali, for playing me records and loaning a computer monitor to my cause! To Paul, Craig, Lorin, David, and Dave, who made this a great learning experience on a lot of levels. To Cassie, Darren, Koko, Nico, Jaime, Mark, everybody there was so talented and motivated. I can’t wait to see and hear what you do in the future!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Music Lab

After two days of getting reacquainted with each other and my recording gear, Paul Anthony and I drove to Chicago for the Red Bull Music Lab. We're in R. Kelly’s notorious former playpen, complete with a lap pool and basketball court (both indoor). When I answered the door, the pizza delivery guy told me he liked my house.

In Peoria, Paul and I started recording guitar and vocals for a song called Dallas (one of my Air Guitar Championship-winning brother’s favorites). We recorded in the tower, then in the dining room, which had a great reverb off of vaulted ceilings and slate floors. I recorded a couple of vocal takes sitting on the floor wrapped completely under a blanket and we’ll track in the basketball court here, too… I've started working again with the Music Lab track I made last year in Dallas (Gone), to clean it up and get it arranged better. I’d like to finish tracking for a third song by the end of this week, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ll put pictures up as soon as I can.