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Study Something You Love

Jul
17

It's been quite a while since an update - but I just had to break the silence today and point out that I'm going back to school!
I'll be studying musical performance with an emphasis on guitar at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California! Weeeeeeee!

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By And Down

Nov
24
A Perfect Circle - By And Down
Moving in and out of the shadows.
It's no easy mission,
Holding on to how I picture you.
Showing only bits and pieces,
Till the tide betrays you,
And your empty allocution.
Searching your eyes for a hint or a trace of humility.
Searching your eyes for the saint is an act of futility.
Searching your eyes for a hint or a trace of it.
Searching your eyes for humility.
Searching your eyes for a hint or a trace,
I'm still searching, searching.
Showing only bits and pieces,
Till the light betrays you,
And your empty allocution.

Rode the Piper by and down the river.
Carcass crippled underneath,
The pounding waves of adoration.
Pied Piper float on down the river.
Bloated carcass, crippled knee,
The weight of adoration.
Moving in and out of the shadows.
It's no easy mission,
Holding on to how I picture you.

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A Professional

Nov
18
“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”

That’s a pro.

In terms of Resistance, Maugham was saying, “I despise Resistance; I will not let it faze me; I will sit down and do my work.”
Maugham reckoned another, deeper truth: that by performing the mundane physical act of sitting down and starting to work, he set in motion a mysterious but infallible sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the goddess had synchronized her watch with his.

He knew if he built it, she would come.”

Excerpt From: Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne. “The War of Art.” Visionary Press, 2012.
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The "Rock n' Roll" Lifestyle

Nov
06
Success ain't rebellion and you're drinking what they're selling.
"Lifestyle". It's a sociology term become pure marketing schtick. If you see this word in print, you can be ASSURED you're being marketed to when you read it. Many folks under the age of thirty toss this word around improperly in a number of circles, usually rendered along the lines of, "we're new to the lifestyle..." which I find rather humorous.

The "Lifestyle" we're frequently being sold involves Whiskey, Cocaine, Heroin, Pills, Groupies... the list goes on and on, and while there may very well be a select group of sixty year old rocks stars still standing, by and large it's a recipe for death and destruction. Even in the absence of these kind of problems, trying to keep four or five musicians connected and cohesive long enough to make really good music can expose every form of human failure imaginable.

The Sound and the Fury, a Kansas City based rock band, is one such example. I remember the first time I heard this song on the radio, and immediately mistook it for a new release from Tool. I became an instant fan, catching their live performances when anywhere within driving distance. I can't speak for what went down - the rumors are once they were offered a contract, greed and ego set the whole affair on fire - such a shame.

I am ever so grateful to be able to partake of my own flavor of the "Rock n' Roll Lifestyle" these days, while slated to start training for my new position on the 11th of November. This affords me certain luxuries and freedoms - I can stay up as late as I care to, and sleep in on those mornings when I need it.

This morning has to be the quintessence of the example however... stumble out of bed just as the sun is peeking over the horizon, brew a pot of coffee, and wander out onto the patio with my acoustic guitar.

Within a few short moments, I've got a new melody flowing... it may or may not become a song, may or may not be shared with the world, but in that moment of perfect beauty on the porch, this melody is mine... it brings me joy, and in that moment I am THE rock star in my own life.

Drawn.... Story boards.... And characters

With a knack for blurring life

And all these kids.... Want that Life.... Because you have lied to them



Please remember this is entertainment for you

They are millionaires because this entertainment's not true
There's a whole lot of real life they are not selling you

To be like them, you can't be you



These.... Demi-gods..... Are superstars

Because you have been sucked in

To their lives.... And wonder why.... You are not happy like them


I am no one to talk
'Cause I have played their games

I have questioned myself
Wanting answers from them

But I hope who I am

Hasn't lost its design

'Cause these million losers are no different from you or I

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The Best Maynard James Keenan Interview EVER

Nov
02
I just totally stumbled on this video this morning.  No, not the trailer for "What Is..."  the new mocumentary about Puscifer, fronted by Maynard James Keenan.  (Yes indeed it's what I was watching when YouTube tempted my ADHD with the promise of something shiny... that video is at the bottom of this page, and highly worth a peek for a fan interested in what's coming next.)  No... what I'm talking about is the one hour and twenty seven minute glance behind the curtain...

I have always had an affinity for Maynard, and in my minds eye feel an unwarranted kinship.  I could spend all sorts of time digging for the parallels be they Midwestern hailing, cross country running, early Military... but I'm not here to inject myself into Maynard; even as he has most certainly already injected himself into me for twenty years.

“If you don’t believe in magic on some level, your art probably sucks. You have to believe in some kind of magic – I don’t mean if its god or…whatever you’re into – if you're not inspired by, if your heart isn’t lifted by, some supernatural thing that you’ve witnessed or you believe in, real or not – you’re probably focusing on your looks, your money, something you’re focusing on that has no heart.”  -- Maynard James Keenan



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The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

Nov
01

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is the second album by the American blues rock group The Black Crowes, released on May 12, 1992.  Recorded at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, produced by George Drakoulious, engineered and mixed by Brendan O' Brien. Southern Tracks has an SSL 4072G and tons of outboard production extras.   This record definitely hits my top ten list of best headphone records out there, and Brendan O' Brien I'm certain is responsible for at least three or more of them whether we're talking about Pearl Jam ("10"), The Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic"), or Rage Against The Machine ("Renegades").

Said Gregory Curtis of Rolling Stone, "Everything on The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion works, including the oblique title, which Chris Robinson took from a hymnal. The rhythm section is propelled by Steve Gorman's take-charge yet musical drumming. Johnny Colt remains on bass, but since Money Maker, Marc Ford has replaced rhythm guitarist Jeff Cease in the band and Ed Harsh has replaced Chuck Leavell in the studio on keyboards. These changes have only improved the rich tapestry of sound that backs Chris Robinson's singing and his brother's flamethrower lead guitar. George Drakoulia's production is sharp enough to give every instrument its proper voice, yet the sound has the welcome looseness and texture of a concert recording."


Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-southern-harmony-and-musical-companion-19970130#ixzz2jPt82jxu 


I've been revisiting this recording of 1992, both in my ear buds and on the back patio in surround sound; the essence of the polished live performance captured in the studio is crisp, and the professionalism of everyone involved in capturing and delivering this stellar moment in rock and roll shines through in the excellent stereo separation, and absolute magical mastering of the tapestry presented.  The addition of the more technically gifted guitarist Marc Ford and a full-time organist gives the Black Crowes room to stretch out on The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, perhaps the band's finest moment. Using Rich Robinson's descending chord progressions as a base, the band grooves its way through a remarkably fresh-sounding collection of Faces-like rockers and ballads, tearing into the material with flair and confidence and really coming into its own as a top-notch rock & roll outfit, while the focus is undeniably on the band's musical chemistry.



Black Crows Jimmy Page
Imagine meeting one of your guitar heros at such an early age.  This is no lottery moment - it's the result of hard work, and dedication to their craft, coupled with hard decisions and sticking to your guns.
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30 Seconds to Mars

Oct
30
New Music always has a tendency to move me.  Members of my household have been enjoying "A Beautiful Lie" from 30 Seconds to Mars released all the way back in 2005 for the past several weeks.  The lush tones, and solid rhythm section absolutely suck me in - and then, there is all of the depth, power, and beauty of the lyrics. Music is three parts magic - it speaks to you, both where you've been, and where you are... sometimes, it speaks of where you are going.  And in nearly all cases a piece of music that resonates with you personally can change your life.

It's difficult to claim a "favorite" song on this album.  I suppose "The Story" would be an apt choice due to the introspective nature of the "conversation" the lyrics are having with themselves and where I've "been" for the last twenty years.  The hauntingly simplistic guitar melody that opens "Was It A Dream" is ultra competitive however - it's that sound I hear in the quiet moments of the morning when everyone else in the house is sound asleep and I stir my cup of coffee.
xmas 2012 San Francisco Pier Your defenses were on high
Your walls built deep inside
Yeah I'm a selfish bastard
But at least I'm not alone
My intentions never change
What I wanted stays the same
And I know what I should do
it's time to set myself on fire
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
Your reflection I've erased
Like a thousand burned out yesterdays
Believe me when I say goodbye forever
Is for good
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
(A photograph of you and I)
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
A photograph of you and I
A photograph of you and I... in love...
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