I was jus chillen in the hatch of my Outback, playing bass before band practice, when Barn Cat hopped in with me for some pettin’ and lovin’.
I don’t know its real name, but it’s always hanging around the barn where we practice. One day it attacked and killed a bird right in front of me and then looked me straight in the eyes as if to say “You see that? I’m a badass motherfucker.” Yes you are, Barn Cat. Yes you are.
A rare Wednesday night band practice. We practice in a converted barn. It’s 9º outside. I think it was about 30º inside. Maybe 50º. I don’t know, whatever… it was cold.
Apparently the venue has a live video/audio stream… check it out!
A light rain began to fall at 1:45. We finished playing at 2. Then the real show began as all hell broke loose and the sky opened up dumping a reported 3” of rain in under an hour. During that hour we moved all of our equipment through the storm - about 100’ from the tent under which we played to the van parked in the lot next door. Anyway. Hello. I’m super wet. (Taken with Instagram)
First recording session for The Ripper. Great direct tone from this thing.
I wasn’t actually on a stage, so I guess I didn’t break my “no shorts on stage” rule.
On the road. (Taken with Instagram at Rochester, NY)
Oops. I forgot it’s Wednesday.
Here’s a shot of me from 8/7/10. Yes, I’m a unicorn and my horn is a microphone. I’m a unimic? Microcorn? Whatever; I’m going to bed.
I’ve played in two bands for the last decade (one since ‘95). There are times when activity is low and not much is happening; those are the times when I feel as though I’m wasting away as a musician and as a person. Making music is a core part of what makes me who I am. And then there are times like now, where the activity is so frequent that I hardly have time to do anything else… and it feels great.
My evening schedule since last Wednesday and continuing through this weekend:
- Wednesday (7/28): FMGreen practice
- Satudray (31): FMGreen practice
- Sunday (8/1): FMGreen practice
- Monday (2): Burning Snella practice
- Wednesday (4): FMGreen practice
- Thursday (5): Burning Snella practice
- Friday (6): Pack and move equipment
- Saturday (7): Burning Snella gig
I like this. This is good. It’s a lot of work, but it’s good. More live performance is on the horizon (which is what I love more than anything), and there will be a lot of recording before the year is through. I hope this furious schedule can continue. It’s very rewarding.