|Good People, so this idea of being able to magically push a button and fix things that aren’t right, it’s downright appealing. I’ve been working on the railroad (studio) a lot lately and we have this thing, the song is cooking along, all is happy, getting near the end of the tune and some crash and burn takes place. The bass player hit a funky note, the drummer rushed a little, the coda on the song isn’t pristine and the music suffers. Do we do a whole new take? If so, there’s a good chance that the new one would develop problems as well. So what we do is a band punch — the transport starts 20 seconds before the troubled area in the song, we play along and at the magic spot, the computer starts recording and we play it out to the end. Marred music fixed!
Band punch —sometimes we need this for living as well. My life is great, but mix in the hurricane that is my Mom and the ongoing predicament of her dog, I’d like to push the button and get the alignment factor back on track. Anyone know where I can procure this unique piece of gear?
Good Palomar concert last week with Mack and Duncan! Here’s some imagery…
Beth, Gunnar, Fred, Duncan, and I are in the throes of rehearsing my new music for the upcoming Sanctuary Suite concerts and it’s sounding good! What a nice day in Leucadia having these first rate musos bring the music to life, released from the mechanical facsimiles of the computer demos. Real musicians rule!
Last Thursday night was the final curtain call for the Roxy Revolution. Solo guitar, gigs since the 80’s, the magical ice creme and booze mix, middle eastern food imposed on Italian lasagna with portions the size of Texas, kids coming really close, not to look at me but instead the fish tank, and best of all, good folks and creative music. All of it, unique and great! The new owners are going dark for 2 months to remodel and will call the new place Roxy Encinitas. They plan to have live music so we’ll give it a try. That special mix of funk and cool owners tolerant of most anything, mostly tolerant of weird harmonic music, that’ll be hard to replace. But fingers crossed, the Roxy revolution may continue on…
Up for this week in live music, tomorrow (Wednesday), Beth and I are playing a noontime show at the cool Encinitas Library. The great algorithm of the sky holds the fine print but know that it’ll be an afternoon of Na Pali Coast, Mundaka, Salt Water, Uluwatu, Would You Like to Dance, and other polished ditties. Hope to see you there!
Vocalist Lisa Hightower is in the loop with us on Friday night at Ki’s. She’s one of our favorites and it’ll be nice to hear her illuminate the sound waves in realtime…
Rounding out the week, on Saturday night, bassist Bob Magnusson leads a trio that includes Jim Plank on drums and me on guitar. We’re live at Dizzy’s. Bob’s been taking it slow on his hands lately and he’s emerging with some gentle jazz and overall good times! I’m thrilled to be included and it’ll be a great night of music.
That’s the word for the week and you too could possibly band punch your way into the next chapter. I think…
|Hi Friends, I’m back from Japan! It was a wonderful trip with fantastic music, a killer venue, creative and funny friends, and mysterious food items with labels in cryptic Japanese that left this vegetarian connoisseur in near total confusion. Needless to say I lost a few pounds on this trip. Starvation Tokyo!
But fun for sure! Check the imagery…
On the plane back I came across a great article in Time magazine about artificial intelligence. Scientist are making new discoveries and some predict that within 10 years things on earth might be enhanced with some pretty sophisticated robots. And some of the researchers think quite the opposite, that this level of AI is much further away from being real. I LOVE this one guys angle on it:
“We can’t have artificial intelligence until a computer can hallucinate”.
And why he says this is that computers can work well in many ways that us humans operate but we do this thing when we lay our heads down on the pillow at night where everything goes haywire, we dream, we hallucinate, we go off the grid. And because of this, wild discoveries, new songs (a few of mine were born this way), conflicts resolved, etc. take place and this he says, computers can’t duplicate.
LSD meets the computer OS!
Up for this week, we’re playing a midday concert at Palomar College tomorrow. It’s free and should be loads of fun. Mack on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on the guitar. Maybe see you there!
Also, tomorrow night (Thursday) I’ll be rounding up the bohemians for a solo guitar moment. Complete with great food and the warmth of downtown Encinitas filtering in. Can’t wait!
There it is, the Tokyo and AI stories complete, onwards and upwards!
|Greetings, stuffed up and blowing my nose — the common cold that continues to hang on. Yep, it’s my turn and it takes a little sparkle out of life. Going through it and hoping to be out of the woods before Japan. That’s a long flight with cabin pressure dancing through your ears. Listen up! Urgghh…
I’m off to the desert tomorrow to join pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot for a night of jazz at Peter Carlson’s Golf and Tennis Club. An unlikely venue but were told it’s one of the cool spots out there for live music. If you happen to be in the area come on by for some sounds…
I’m darting back to SD on Saturday and that night I’m joining the amazing vocal group True North for a hit at the Pt. Loma Nazarene University. These 4 vocalist sing in tight harmony and have a unique song list that they work from. On my Ocean In Your Eyes recording these folks sang on 3 songs. Super cool!
I’m playing a solo guitar concert at 3pm on Sunday at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center. You might not know it but they have a wonderful theater with great sound that the event will take place in. I’ve done it a bunch of times prior and it’s a good scene with full on listening and good acoustics. See you there!
That’s it folks. On Tuesday I’m off to Japan to play concerts with Billy Child’s group. Big fun!