When It’s No Longer Fun

INTRODUCTIONMusic was my first love, going all the way back to when I was 18 months old, sitting in and watching jam sessions with my uncle’s band, The Sounder, as they blasted loudly through my grandparent’s old Indiana farmhouse. I wore headphones to protect my ears and would sit on my own chair behind theContinue reading “When It’s No Longer Fun”

PS: Happy Rush Day!

Today is the 21st of December, or 2112. That makes today Rush Day! The first song I learned on electric guitar was “Fly By Night” by Rush. The first album where I sat and worked to learn all three parts as best I could was “Permanent Waves”by Rush. It’s a band that I’ve been listeningContinue reading “PS: Happy Rush Day!”

Some Scheduled, Controlled Weekend Time Travel

INTRODUCTIONI’ve written about “time travel” before, covering the dangers of engaging in such an activity. The most dangerous time travel activity involves seeking out people from your past and engaging with them in a way where you’re picking up where you left off. That might literally be my Autism talking. The least dangerous forms ofContinue reading “Some Scheduled, Controlled Weekend Time Travel”

Music: Compassion, Humanity, and the Steve Harwell Situation

INTRODUCTIONOver the past 24 hours, I’ve seen the video of Steve Harwell fronting Smash Mouth at a performance, where he is very wasted. He curses and threatens the fans, says horrible things, can’t perform, and even threw in a Nazi salute. For those who are not in the know, you must see this video beforeContinue reading “Music: Compassion, Humanity, and the Steve Harwell Situation”

A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned

INTRODUCTIONAuditioning is something that most musicians have to do at one point or another. It’s much like job interviewing, where the more you do it, the better you get. I didn’t have many auditions when I was young. My audition for the first-ever Cincinnati Reds High School Honors Band was nothing more than paperwork andContinue reading “A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned”

Meeting Carmine Appice and Ozzy Osbourne [and an Autism Angle]

INTRODUCTIONIt’s early 1984 and I have returned to my college dorm room after Christmas break during my freshman year of college at Ball State University. Shorty after getting unpacked, I get a phone call from my marimba professor, Richard Paul. I had started studying drums with Richard Paul around 1978-79, at the Paul Mueller StudioContinue reading “Meeting Carmine Appice and Ozzy Osbourne [and an Autism Angle]”

Update: Intro 2021 / I Want You 2021 Recording

I just finished rendering a draft WAV for Intro 2021, and sent it off to a trusted musician friend for review, critique, and ideas. My initial thoughts are that I’m somewhat pleased by how it turned out. I think it needs some proper mixing, which will take some time. The piece got slowed down toContinue reading “Update: Intro 2021 / I Want You 2021 Recording”

A Very Personal Argument in Favor of Music on Physical Media

LET’S SET THE MOODIt’s pre-Spring 1984 in the Midwest; still cold, snowy, and within blizzard season. I’m almost wrapping up my first year of college. This girl in the dorms liked me, but it really wasn’t mutual. She chased me around for a while. Later in the year, she introduced me to her sister, andContinue reading “A Very Personal Argument in Favor of Music on Physical Media”

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