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Work and Play

This week, I've got a few projects to sink my teeth into, but I'm trying to create a steady balance between doing work with my music and just trying to have more fun.  This isn't easy because I am one of those types of people who constantly needs to be working on something.  Gradually, I've got to get over this. One thing I like to do to relax is watch videos on youtube.  Here's the newest instalment of footage from my CD Release last November.  My band and I are performing my song "Mr. Stranger" with some lovely headgear .  .  . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icn-780JyEw] I've also been getting a kick out of the new music video from fellow pianist (and kick-ass Asian) Vienna Teng.  This the official video for her classic song "Gravity" .  .  . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8nypWKa_aU] I'm also trying to take a relaxed approach to preparing for my next show this coming Saturday at Revive Coffeehouse here in Nashville.  Just slowly building my setlist and trying to make it something fresh and lively.  I'll be playing some songs out of the Coccoon.  One song in particular, called "Gertrude Is a Boy", may receive its  official unveiling at this show.   It's still got some work before it'll be fully done, but I love playing this song.  It needs to frolic out in the open air a little.  We'll see.  I have to go now.  I'll be hanging out with some friends tonight and knitting my new (and first ever) scarf.  It's more than halfway done.  I anticipate that it will be done this coming weekend. I invite you all to have some fun this week too. -gordo

Another Sunday Down

On The Daily Vomit

Just remembered i told myself i was going to post something on here everyday, but the thing is i have no idea what i wanna blog about, so i think this is going to be pretty directionless. I already posted a blog on Word press today about my new Flotsam and Jetsam No Place for Disgrace vinyl that showed up in the mail yesterday. Of course i could just post it here, but that would be cheating, not that anyone is going to read this or the other one, but I would know.

So I guess I'll talk about my weekend a bit. On my way home from work Friday I got pulled over my a NYS Trooper for having a brake light out. Got a ticket for it and everything. No big deal really, I just had to get up early yesterday and run to the auto parts store, buy and install a new bulb then drive over to the police station and have a cop look at and sign a piece of paper, then from there head to the Post Office and send the signed ticket in. The whole ordeal cost me $5 and about an hour of my time. After that I went grocery shopping and headed home.

Since I was a total slack ass all week, I was forced to record all the guitar and bass tracks for the song i have been working on this week in the space of about two hours. I would have liked to spend at least an hour on each part, but instead i had to rush the entire project to get it done before my parents came home and I couldn't crank up my amp anymore. I got what I needed done, but it wasn't the best performances or quality of sounds. I would have like to spend more time with it.

Today I got up and edited the different takes of the same song and then spent about an hour mixing it. Not really happy with the results, but I have a deadline each week that the song must be done by 4 o'clock Sunday, and so I'm gonna live with what it is and move on to the next one. I did post the mix on this forum I'm part of for peer review. Hopefully some better trained ears can lend some help on what I can do to improve the mix or the recording. That’s the plan anyway.

I guess that’s it for now, sorry if you actually took the time to read this.

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