Archive for October, 2014

new music > everyday

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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contrary to what you see here on the site I have been writing quite a bit… it seems I have started so many different things, but not finished nearly as many. As I have mentioned before, the quote from Ecclesiates; “It is better to finish something than to start it” still applies…so, part of the reason is my studios upgrades in the last 2 months…some of my new software upgrades required a new Operating System…but I could not yet let go of my old, because some of my software only works over there… so that meant a new computer (now 2 in studio, not counting laptop and ipad)… It is working ok with 3 screens, one large and 2 standard panel…I also upgraded a couple of programs, and got some very cool hardware as well…all of this translates into learning curves galore! I decided yesterday just to finish one of the many different tunes…a kind of sketch called “everyday”. I was messing with some sounds; Rhodes, big bangin drums, oozing – percolating bass, layers o’ percussions – and here we are… (more…)

some of my clients >

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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I thought it might be fun to put a page up with their logos…





















…on the topic of movies >

Friday, October 17th, 2014
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this is on my “to do” list;

2 nice music documentaries worth watching >

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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sound city covermssI know these have been out for a while – but I just watched them this week…Sound City and Muscle Shoals. Both documentaries have a lot of amazing talent and artists represented, but the conclusions about what makes great music remain mysterious at best. The Sound City documentary was spearheaded by Dave Grohl, ex-Nirvana drummer, and Foo Fighters renaissance man. His view is basically that the Neve 8078 sound board was what was largely responsible for creating the magical Sound City sound. Sound City also had a famous recording room ambiance, that was somehow ideal for the right drum sound among other things. People talked about what a dirty mess the studio was with shag carpet on the walls and no real sound treatments to the main recording area…but all agreed the songs and music recorded there were raw and honest in a very desirable way. Some of the featured artists in Sound City were Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield and Stevie Nicks (among many others). Muscle Shoals goes off into a different direction talking about the songs coming from the location…”songs coming from the mud”. Along the Tennesse River in Alabama ( “In the middle of nowhere”) you have some of the most important R&B of the time being created…by musicians called the “Swampers”, Alabamas “Wrecking Crew”. You have Bono, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and others sharing their stories about how the songs, musicians, location and times all influenced their musical adventures in unforgettable ways. Rick Hall is the man of the hour in this documentary, since he was the one who was having the obsession to create Fame Studios and the Muscle Shoals sound. Of personal interest and influence (I always dug Land of 1,000 Dances) was the drummer in the Swampers, Roger Hawkins he has been on a few hits, and he is so down to earth…as a drummer I enjoyed his input, and the Swampers made some of the greasiest R&B in the day! Both documentaries were very entertaining and a joy to watch!

The enemy still hath many things in me;

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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Yea, many an evil nest with open hole
Gapes out to him, at which he enters free.
But, like the impact of a burning coal,
His presence mere straight rouses the garrison,
And all are up in arms, and down on knee,
Fighting and praying till the foe is gone.