Guilty Pleasures

March 24, 2007 § 2 Comments

  • Watching "American Idol" with Linda
  • Playing with my childhood Matchbox cars
  • Early lunches with Linda, and Bob Barker
  • ebay, and anything Commodore or TI
  • Watching the defrag utility work on just about any computer
  • Getting a good score at PC pitstop
  • Big cans of beer

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Happiness is Fleeting

March 14, 2007 § 1 Comment

We finally had time to unpack our new sound console only to find that it had evidently had a hard landing as it was being shipped to us. Damn! 

I think that shipping companies see a road case as a challenge and in this case they won. All will be made whole and my postponed happiness will return.

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A Shock to the System

March 12, 2007 § 1 Comment

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of comedian Richard Jeni. His seven appearances at The Barns were a highlight for me. He was gracious backstage and wickedly funny on stage. I will miss him.

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Daylight Saving Time

March 11, 2007 § 2 Comments

Although I equate the annual time change with the silly notion that you can fool yourself into being on time by setting your watches and clocks 5 or 10 minutes fast, I really do enjoy the twice-yearly ritual of resetting my clocks, watches, computers, and other devices. It is a clean slate moment that helps me have a fresh perspective as the seasons change. I don't think , as national policy, daylight saving time does anything to save energy; but, it certainly gives my personal energy a boost. Now I must go and organize my button collection…

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New Toys

March 9, 2007 § 2 Comments

Thanks to the great folks at Harman International and Washington Professional Systems for helping us enter the 21st century with all digital sound. Our new Soundcraft VI6 consle just arrived and I can't wait to start using it. Awesome. Just like advanced avionics-we are flying by wire and glass!

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Too early to be drinking …

March 9, 2007 § 1 Comment

I got this voice mail from a confused fellow who thought he was talking to the Wolf Trap Motel . It brightened up a very cold and blustery day!

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The Bass Player Must Die; Long Live The Bass Player

March 9, 2007 § Leave a comment

For the most part, it is the bass player on stage who has the power to either deliver a great sound mix for a group's performance or turn the "suck knob" to eleven for the audience and live sound engineer. Simply put, the overall mix (drums, vocals, guitars, etc.)  has to proportionately match the sound level of the bass. If the bass is "in the pocket" the sound is tight, phat (thats good), dynamic, and exciting for everybody involved. Crank it up too loud and the vocals disappear, the guitar player feels left out and turns his amp up to "pain" and I (along with the audience) have a bad night.

Last night's performance illustrates this point. Roomful of Blues is arguably one of the finest blues/rock/swing bands playing today. They are a great group of musicians and I have enjoyed their many appearances at The Barns. Roomful is a big band with a horn section, sceaming telecaster and B3 organ. Big sound, but good! Why? Because the bass-man was being the solid foundation for a fantastic performance. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Roomful of Blues Website

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