80s Invasion – Thoughts on the Gig 9/21/07

It’s a strange thing to be on stage, wearing a suit and tie, before dawn. This morning 80s Invasion played a show at Seattle Center with a 7:00 AM downbeat (!). The show was a kickoff for the United Way’s “Day of Caring” program, hosted by Lori Matsukawa of King 5 News in Seattle. For ...

The "Tony Levin" Model Bass

The "Tony Levin" Model Bass
A few years ago, OLP introduced the Tony Levin model bass. I was intrigued by Tony’s comments about the planning and design of this instrument, and was in the market for an affordable fretted 5 string so I ordered one from a local dealer. In the two years I’ve owned it, I’m happy to report I’ve ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 9/16

Our show at The Comet Tavern last night was interesting and enjoyable. The Comet is a justifiably celebrated venue in Seattle’s punk / DIY music scene, and many great local bands played there on their way to either stardom or obscurity. It’s one of the those places where great energy still fuels the creative output ...

Stick Man

I have always gravitated toward interesting musicians who deliver a compelling, well-crafted groove. One of my favorite musicians is Tony Levin, and he always seems to be at the center of music I’m listening to. It’s largely due to Tony’s playing that I bought a Chapman Stick. My first attempts at transcribing bass parts were a ...

Timeboxing

I’m experimenting this week is using a new desktop application that helps manage my work day by breaking up each hour into 5 units consisting of 10 minutes of uninterrupted work 2 minutes of break In the project management community, this is known as the “(10 + 2) * 5” rule. The concept behind it ...

New Monitors. And Strangeness.

Teri and I replaced our ancient CRT computer monitors this weekend, opting for identical LCD units. Both of our office computers were in need of upgrades, so this was a welcome change from our old units. The new monitors are much thinner and lighter than our old tube-based units, and look very nice. Teri’s upgrade ...

A Day At The Fair

A Day At The Fair
This summer that I made my first visit to the Evergreen State Fair. I’ve lived in Washington state for thirty years but just hadn’t managed to get to it. Fortunately, my wise friend David suggested that this might be a fun expedition for our families. It turned out to be a wonderful day full of animals, small donuts, ...