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Sunday May 1, 2005

 

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEFREESE!

Yep. It's Frank's day. Instead of rehearsing (as we needed to), we freed him to visit his old cronies in S.C. Hopefully, it's a good rejuvenator for him. 'Cause works a-coming.

I spent my morning talking to my Grandmother and putting together some Billy Idol compilation CD's. By the way, if anyone knows where I can get a hold of Generation X's final album (Kiss Me Deadly) on CD, by all means let me know. I can't find it anywhere short of $99.99...and I ain't paying that.

Tom came over for a meeting in the late afternoon. It was just a general getting on the same page kind of a deal and him filling me in on what the lawyer had to say to him. I've got to meet with her too so we can draft some legal documents to protect us all. It's a drag but it's needed.

I can't believe I had another relatively relaxing evening. I'm going to appreciate it while I can. Amanda and I just kicked back watching the Sunday Fox lineup. One good Simpsons and one mediocre Simpsons followed by a slightly above mediocre Family Guy and a thoroughly mediocre American Dad. You can't win 'em all...but it was still nice to "fritter away" a little time.


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Saturday April 30, 2005

 

 

 


I edited for an hour or so in the a.m., then I went down stairs and (egad!) listened to music for pleasure for awhile. It was very rainy and relaxing.

In the afternoon, Amanda and I went to the matinee showing of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Wow! We haven't seen any movies all year and now we hit two in two days. I'm thrilled to tell you that this one was much more to my liking. I highly recommend it to anyone with as warped and arbitrary a sense of humor as mine. It's like Python-lite with more absurd philosophy. I was a fan of the books as a teen so I'll provide this brief review with a slight disclaimer. If you can't stand the idea that someone would change anything, don't go. There are some major revisions. But it works amazingly well. I just hope enough Americans enjoy it to warrant the sequels.

Go see this movie.

The song "So Long & Thanks For All The Fish" is still jammed into my brain.

I had another incredibly unhealthy craving in the evening and coerced Amanda into going to Ryan's. Yeah, I know. Sometimes the Southern boy in me wins. I enjoyed it. I was a little wiser about my choices than usual but not too wise to drain the enjoyment. I needed this.

Then Amanda and I went home and I shared some music with her. Listening to the new Moby album with her only made me like it more.

This was a rejuvenation day. A little time for entertainment, a bit of depression reduction via wallowing and some aimlessness.

Not nearly perfect but totally satisfactory.

See - I'm a "Satisfactionist."


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Friday April 29, 2005
 

 

 

 


Today was your typical day. Nothing special. Yep, uploading and editing again.

For some reason, I felt kind of rough. After a walk, I convinced Amanda to go to CiCi's Pizza. Usually I hate that place. For some reason, I craved it tonight. After I was finished there, I felt much better.

For her revenge, Amanda took me to see National Treasure at the "dollar" theater. While it didn't suck quite as much as I thought it would, I couldn't help but laugh hysterically at a couple of inappropriate moments. To think, I could've lived my whole life without seeing this. It wasn't horrible. It just wasn't worth the effort. Despite that, it was a fairly nice evening out. We deserve one that's not work.


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Thursday April 28, 2005

 


 


And it's back in the studio again.

We were cooking today. From noon to 3 we blazed through a mix of "Into My View" that may go too far. I like that. There's all kind of icing on it. The end is especially odd in my opinion.

Of course, progress can't be that easy so to mark the 3 o'clock hour, the computer decided to bring us back down. For a full hour, I had to wait for things to get back to workable.

That just about drained me. Then it took a while to get back into the swing of it. But we finished it...and I think it's a good mix. Maybe some extremely slight changes in level but overall, I'm happy out the gate. This is the first one of the ones that we've done that I actually like the bass sound.

Tom didn't seem to share my enthusiasm for the mix. When he came in around 5:30, we played it for him. When it finished, he turned around and said..."Please tell me what drugs you were on when you did this because I don't want any." I think it was due mostly do to a touch that Asa and I created at the end that just delights me to no end. It's a little silly but it makes me smile everytime. That's worth something.

He also wasn't convinced that some of the things that were removed should've been. I stand by the decisions on this mix. It sounds big without being bloated. It sounds like "Most Likely To Succeed On Radio" so far. Of course, 7/10 of the album is still to be mixed so it could be usurped fairly soon.

 


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Wednesday April 27, 2005

Elvis Costello finally makes it to Athens, GA!

 

 

Yeah, yeah - it's all the same. Today was more catching up. I've got all the Concert Shots pics updated but I really want to have a little text to go along with it. That's what I'm waiting for.

Tonight, Amanda and I decided to make an evening of work into a date. It didn't work out badly but it certainly wasn't great. We went to try out Carraba's for dinner. It pretty much sucked. The food was mediocre and incredibly expensive. To top it off, when Amanda lifted a glass (I'm not kidding), it exploded. Luckily, no one was hurt. The manager came over and acted like this was something that happens fairly regularly there. He apologized...he didn't offer us a discount.

Screw Carraba's. I never have a need to ever set foot in one of 'em again. I'll stick with Johnny Carrino's and (when applicable) Provino's when I need my Italian fix.

Then it was on to the Classic Center for tonight's show which happened to be Elvis Costello & The Pickups. It was one of 3 shows of its kind. Keyboardist Steve Nieve had a scheduling conflict so Elvis called Dave Hidalgo from Los Lobos to fill in for these three dates. It was actually pretty cool. I got to hear some obscurities like "Pads, Paws & Claws" and "Running Out Of Fools." Of course, the hits were what people came to hear. I did enjoy "Pump It Up," "Radio Radio" and "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding" but I preferred a lot of the less well known songs. "Uncomplicated" was particularly potent with an extra guitar and no keys. I just wish for once that I could hear "So Like Candy." He always plays it AROUND when I see him but never when I do. One of the personal highlights was a version of "Alison" that segued into "Suspicious Minds." So at least I can say I've heard Elvis sing "Suspicious Minds" live now.

I was especially surprised at how well Hidalgo stood strong on Costello's stage. "Mas Y Mas" really smoked. The most moving song was saved for last. "The Scarlet Tide" was as timeless as a Civil War ballad. At one point, Elvis came from behind the mic and sang the chorus with no accompaniment as strongly as he could. It was incredibly moving to hear it with no amplification.

Great show. One of the best of the year so far. I'm glad I'm finally getting some really good ones under my metaphorical belt.

Oh - and don't let me forget to mention Sondre Lerche. I enjoyed his opening set tremendously. What an amazing voice and tasteful guitar playing. I liked the originals and appreciated his a capella take on "Moonlight Becomes You."

'Twas a fine evening at the Classic Center.

Thanks, Josh.


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Tuesday April 26, 2005

 

 

 


It's back to D.A.R.C. today. Work on our upcoming album continues. I wish I was moving on today but instead I'm going back. I wound up completely redoing the mixes of "Towel Cape Song" and "I Know Too Much." The "Towel Cape" mix is way different. We added some more keyboards, changed the guitar sound to a smaller one (maybe not as good on its own but better for the overall mix), re-e.q.'d everything and generally did a real mix on it. We've spent way too much time on this song but I'll keep spending time on it until its acceptable.

I keep hearing people say that I'm a perfectionist. That's simply not true. I don't even want stuff perfect. Otherwise, you'd never hear the demos you hear on this site in the MUSIC section. I just know what we're capable of. That's all I want. I don't need perfection. I need satisfaction. So call me a "satisfactionist" if you must call me something. I'll cop to that.

I was home by dark. That was nice.

Today is the anniversary of my very first live performance. It happened 619 years ago at the Lugoff-Elgin High School talent show. We won. And then we ate our earnings at the local Pizza Hut.

Rock and roll!

"Scream For No Reason" indeed.

 

 


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Monday April 25, 2005

 

 


So how do you use a day "off"? I use mine by working for the better part of the day and night. I began working on editing at about 9 a.m. After I finished I left the computer uploading. It finished at 5:42 a.m. on Tuesday morning as I slept.

In other words, my day off was crazy, too. But I got a lot done.

I'm knocking it out a little at a time.

 

Click here for last week with Buddy Guy, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Usher, Nelly, Critical Darlings, Billy Idol and Diana DeGarmo...plus Atlanta Heroes Awards and the 3 Rivers Music Festival...whew!


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