More Fun in the Gym

Tonight I managed to get in a double-workout, in anticipation of spending the next few days out of town. I figured it would be a good idea to do multiple muscle groups to make sure I finish my workout plan for the week. What I didn’t count on was being so universally sore… man I’m ...

Bass Lesson #1 3

Last night I had my first official bass lesson. It took some research and calling around to find a teacher, but I am quite satisfied with my first lesson, and this seems like it will be a good fit for my needs. We spent an hour playing through some material and talking about my objectives. ...

Preons Practice 6/21

Last night we had a fairly productive band practice, even though one of our members is currently in Uganda (!). Three of us worked through our current set of live material, focusing on timing and a few tricky rhythmic passages, then we had a go at some new stuff as well. I continue to be ...

The Great Bass Teacher Hunt 2

The search for an instrument teacher can be time-consuming. I suppose if I was a beginning student it would be a lot easier. As a reasonably experienced guitarist who is learning to play bass, the challenge is finding a teacher who (1) doesn’t regard this as a strange move and (2) can deliver some guidance in the right ...

My Journey To The Dark Side 1

Well, today I received the first issue of my new Bass Player magazine subscription. After years of subscribing to Guitar Player, I didn’t renew, instead opting for the low-note sibling magazing. As quipped by a good friend of mine (in a decent Darth Vader impression) “Your journey to the Dark Side is now complete…”. I still don’t consider myself ...

Disney World

Disney World
As part of the Florida trip, we spent a little time visiting two of the Disney World parks: The Magic Kingdom and Disney-MGM Studios. They both have charm and plenty of fun. The Magic Kingdom is a pretty large park and was very crowded. We arrived early enough to get a few rides in before ...

Gatorland 1

Gatorland
Last weekend we undertook a little vacation to Florida to attend a wedding, but we also did some tourist activities including a visit to Gatorland. It’s a 110 acre park with innumerable birds, thousands of crocodiles and alligators, a few snakes, scorpions, turtles and a bear. I found it to be a satisfying and interesting ...

The Police in Concert 6/7/07 1

The Police in Concert 6/7/07
The Police arrived at a perfect time in my musical education. I was interested in punk, new wave, and reggae. Somehow they gracefully balanced these musical styles and found commercial success in the process. Unquestionably, the band did groundbreaking work in the late 70s and early 80s with their defining albums “Outlandos D’Amour” (1978),  “Regatta ...

The Best Camera Bag I've Ever Owned 1

The Best Camera Bag I've Ever Owned
“Hey what’s that?” was how it began. My friend (and fellow Preon) Brad was sporting a cool new backpack today. It turned out to be a very interesting and well-designed LowePro camera bag. It hangs like an ergonomic messenger bag across the body, and with a quick movement, slides around the front to sit horizontally. This ...