The Preons Get Crazy

The Preons Get Crazy
Last night’s Preons practice was something of an avant-garde extravaganza. It was the debut of the Warr Guitar, the MIDI trigger pedals, the digitech Whammy pedal, and the Boss Slicer. I busied myself all night trying to consistently find the right strings and frets on the Warr Guitar, switching back to bass for a bit. ...

Wirefest

Wirefest
I’m not a professional network technician, but over the last decade I seem to have acquired a lot of the necessary skills and tools associated with that trade. Yesterday I spent the better part of 2 hours trying to diagnose an intermittent telephone signal, only to discover the source of the problem was the initial ...

MRI : A Cruel Meeting Of Medicine And Muzak 2

This morning I had an MRI, which is a fairly claustrophobic experience under the best of circumstances. The technician asked me if I was comfortable with being in a confined space for 40 minutes or so, and I told him there would be no problems with that. He said the machine is quite loud and ...

Barack Me, Obamadeus!

Barack Me, Obamadeus!
What can I say that hasn’t already been said today? It’s a beautiful day. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of love and respect for a President. I’m surrounded by people who participated in, or reported on, the last four or five Presidential elections. Emotions are running high and there is a lot of sniffling ...

Check Out The Brand New Bag, Dad

Today I bought a new gig bag for my Warr Guitar. I went to a couple of music stores looking for a padded gig bag for a six string bass, which also happens to nicely fit a Warr Guitar. It’s a really nice case for my instrument and I’m mighty pleased with it. I’ll put ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 1/15

Last night’s gig was our best yet. We’re locking in on some great elements within our music and the internal focus is really improving. There are lots of external factors that influence the quality of a show, and among them are the other bands on the bill. Last night The Preons were the final performer ...

Some Kind Of Day

So far today I have had: 2 car rides 1 bus ride 1 cab ride 1 blood pressure test 4 X-Rays 3¬†changes of clothes 6 meetings at work 1 meal And it’s only 5:15 PM. I still have a few things left to do today: 2 hours of band practice (playing guitar with the 1 ...

Random Encounter. Deliberate Interaction. Philosophical Stir-Fry.

Last Saturday night I played a very satisfying gig in Seattle, at a club on Capital Hill. Late at night it can be a little sketchy in that area and I try to be aware of my surroundings when leaving. After the gig, at about 2:30 AM, I was loading the last of my gear ...

Brilliant Random Beauty

Today I received an email from someone who mentioned this event and it made me recall hearing about it when it happened. The event occurred about a  year ago in SW Washington DC, in a subway station underneath a busy shopping mall. A youngish man in jeans, T-Shirt and baseball cap got off the 8:00 ...

The Dark Tower : The Waste Lands

The Dark Tower : The Waste Lands
Over the weekend I started reading the third book of the Dark Tower series. My daily bus ride allows for great reading time, and it’s easy for me to drop right into my seat and begin. For a moment this morning I glanced out the window as the bus was on the viaduct, noticing how ...