Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Sometimes I just feel off, musically. We played a show in Killeen last Friday and I was really just not right at times - like I was sort of learning how to do things that I already knew how to do and had done tons of times.

It doesn't exactly create self-confidence to not really know what your limbs or voice are going to do when you give them the same message you've given them hundreds of times. It was weird.

I feel better now, but I still don't get it. Maybe I'm just overly stressed and my neurons aren't firing as cleanly as before. Either way, we have a weekend off to collect our thoughts, and then we're going to be doing our first "two night stand" in as long as I can remember with this band up in Marble Falls. I'm going to figure out a way to record the show this time. I just bought an 8GB SD card for my Zoom Q3 video camera, and I'm going to figure out a way to rig it so it captures the stage and you can really see our show.

Once those videos are done, I'll edit them in Vegas and post them here. Hooray!

For now, I might just record an acoustic song and post it. Hmmm...perhaps the next post will be a link to a YouTube video. We shall see...

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve - 2010 musings...

Last night had a great show for the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce's New Year's Eve party. It was so much fun playing in a big hall like that. Broke my headset mic, but it happens.

Now for 2010, musically. Ten things. For this year, I plan to:
1. Start using my Zoom Q3 to record videos of me playing my songs solo and acoustic.
2. Start using the same Zoom Q3 to record videos of me playing cover songs solo and acoustic.
3. Start using the now oft-mentioned Zoom Q3 to record videos of the band so we can truly know what sucks and needs to improve in our live show.
4. Write more songs. One a month at the very least.
5. Master MIDI and using virtual instruments in ACID.
6. Start another fun project - one that exists without a profit motive that will just play whatever the fuck it wants to. It will be good because I will be in it.
7. Realize that #6 sounds egotistical, but like Dizzy Dean said, "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up."
8. Realize that even with #7 as justification, I'm not comfortable with that sort of arrogant confidence, and I will retreat from that statement and re-state my intent with the last line of #6: It won't completely suck because I'm in it.
9. I will take a more active role in getting the main band marketed effectively.
10. I will learn all the words to all the songs we play and be so good at them I won't even bring my book to shows anymore.

Happy New Year from me, your humble Musical Schizo!