Thursday, December 3, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I guess it should come as no surprise after writing a blog about musical skill, that I sit here humbled in Blackwatch Studios in Norman, OK. Levi and I made a weekend trip to start work on his new solo record.
For the few of you who have never recorded drums in a studio, the process is simple. Levi records a "scratch track" as a metronome keeps him in time. After that, I sit down and play along to Levi's track and the metronome. Then the engineer, Chad, performs a sort of audio surgery, in which he zeros in on and corrects each beat that is out of time. It turns out that my performance was stuffed with those things.
Chad's extended time fixing my out-of-pocket rhythms certainly put me in my place...which is a good thing. I'd like to work on that area of my drumming, but in the meantime I will console myself by taking a lesson from my last entry.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Recently, I've decided that I'm going to take my writing to the next level. I'm not sure exactly what that entails, but my short term goal is to get one article published per week. My long term goal is to transition from my job at Starbucks (which has been a terrific place to work) to a serious writing job by 2010.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Air Review might be the best band in town, but there’s a reason you haven’t heard of them. They’ve only played one show.
Last Friday night, Air Review took their place in a short line of Britpop-inspired Dallas bands as they played in front of a full room at the Curtain Club. I had forgotten that the balconies were lined with Cabe Booth’s brilliant paintings of Dallas’ top bands over the past few decades, which created the perfect atmosphere for Air Review’s first concert. This showcase was an opportunity to prove that they are already just as good as any band up on that wall, and that’s exactly what they did.
As the first few notes were played, it was obvious, these guys aren’t joking around. Each member of the band is a seasoned player, every note was deliberate, and everything down to the lights went according to plan. The arrangements resembled Radiohead’s darker side, while lead singer Doug Hale summoned the energy and drama of Muse’s Matthew Bellamy. This is the first time I have ever seen a band’s first show when every part was so calculated but they still maintained a sense of spontaneity and energy.
There were a few lulls, however. More than once the chatter from the audience was loud enough to match the band during mellow moments like on the intro to “All Because.” But the band always managed to fight back with huge hooks and choruses, often with all five guys shouting their guts out into the microphones, like on “Chasing Corperate,” which is an obvious choice for the first single.
With their next show on June 5 at the House of Blues, and an album release set for sometime this summer, Air Review is already generating a lot of buzz around here.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
i feel like i may have been made for this domestic bliss lifestyle... but i'm not completely sure yet. after years of living in beer bottle and pizza box laden bachelor pads, it is a breath of fresh air to have a tidy, well decorated place of our own.
my wife is a very cool and interesting person. she's an artist. she makes me laugh and does things that are very unexpected. i love her. she lets me hang out with the guys...she lets me play the drums. she doesn't make me cut my hair or shave. she doesn't make me wear the latest styles from j crew, but is quick to let me browse around urban outfitters. she buys me beer, and is always sweet to me. she is my best friend.
marriage...i highly recommend it!
Monday, February 2, 2009
we have all been a pretty tight knit group of friends since long before any children arrived on the scene, but last night there were so many of them we could barely hear the game. i guess i'm getting old, but in a few years i'll be teaching my own two year old how to say "booya!"
Friday, January 30, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
i am just realizing how boring my day has been so far.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
recently, due to the series of twists and turns my life has taken, the opportunity has presented itself to me to start writing again. despite my understanding of computers being limited to checking my email (i even have a hard time with that) i manuvered my way through the blogspot sign-up process and here i am.
i checked the availablity of the names "disastronaut," "technicolor," "splitting atoms," and i'm still on the fence about "year of holidays," but i think "i hope you win" is pretty good too.
assignment america: tell me whether this blog should be called "i hope you win," or "year of holidays."
so far i've given you the play by play of the blogspot sign-up process....riveting stuff i know...here's a little tid bit to start this blog off right.
since the last time i blogged (you can see my previous ramblings over at radiantboys.blogspot.com), i have:
1. gotten married
2. turned 28
that's it...2 things that i can think of right now. i'll catch up with you guys at the next post.