Sunday February 15, 2004

 

 


Ugh. Do I feel terrible today. My throat started getting scratchy yesterday (yeah...happy Valentine's Day) and by the time I got out to the Super Furry Animals show, I was pretty miserable. The show was packed out and S.F.A. was really good but I only lasted for about half of the show before I had to leave. Too much cigarette smoke to go with my throat. Not to mention the exhaustion. Add that all up with really narcotic sounding music (even if it was really good) and you'll understand why I had to bail. I need to collapse now. I can't do that, though. I've got to go out again and shoot Willie Nelson. Tomorrow sleep may find me.
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Saturday February 14, 2004

 

 


Happy Valentine's Day! I'm not going to have much time for celebrating, though. Amanda and I will be going to The Tab in Atlanta to shoot MxPx, From Autumn To Ashes, Billy Talent and Sugarcult before speeding back to get Super Furry Animals at the 40 Watt here in Athens. Maybe we'll schedule our Valentine's Day for sometime in October or so.
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Friday February 13, 2004

Here I am last night with Colin Hay (you may remember him from Men At Work). He was playing at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center and I went out to take some pictures of him. After the show, we got the chance to chat a bit and Amanda snapped this pic.

 


I gotta tell you. I'm exhausted today. After 2 late nights in a row (Greenville with Rod Stewart on Wednesday and Thursday in Gwinnet with Colin Hay and Pat DiNizio), I'm beat.

Still...I got a new song recorded. It's called "Normal." It's the only complete song I've written since my Dad died last September. It's about how I feel now. "I don't know if I can ever be normal again."

I think the music's a bit choppy as far as the arrangement goes. It feels like it keeps starting and stopping. I like the song alot with just an acoustic and vocals but it doesn't flow like it should with a full band. Maybe DeFreese and Bavis can help me smooth it out and get it shaped up.

No doubt, I'll upload it here soon for you to check out.

Seriously...I'm glad I have a day off today but I know that tomorrow...it all starts again!


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Thursday February 12, 2004

 


Edited photos all morning from last night's Rod Stewart concert. It was a shoot from about 100 ft. back and I still don't have a pod for the new camera so I experienced a lot of camera shake. Of the 150 shots I took in 10 minutes, only a few handfuls are usable. Oh well, one of my mantras is "all you need is one." That applies here. Just wait 'til I get the pod and a better lens. I'll give them all a run for their money.

Oh...today is the date the latest Rolling Stone with my work in it is to hit the stands. It's the one with Beyonce on the cover. Somewhere in the mag there's supposed to be a tribute to Cornelius Bumpus. He was the sax player for Steely Dan and he just died at the top of this month. I photo'd him last September and happened to get one okay shot of him (it's certainly nothing special), but it got me back in the Stone. I haven't seen the issue yet. I hope it's in there!

Tonight, I'm going to shoot Colin Hay (Men At Work) and Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens) in Gwinnett. They're doing a stripped down Storytellers type show. I've always loved Colin's voice. He's such an underrated songwriter. Forget "Down Under." Listen to "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin."


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Wednesday February 11, 2004

 


I put together a compilation of a live rehearsal CD from January 2002 (from the trio that almost was - me, Frank DeFreese and Mike Rietveld) for the new drummer, Tom Bavis. I was quite impressed at how tight the old band was considering we were only really together for a couple of months. I'm thinking I might post some of the tracks here. What do you think? Ahhhh....it's too bad. That project really shoulda worked. Maybe this time, eh?

In the evening I went to cover the Rod Stewart show in Greenville, SC...extremely hit or miss...mostly miss. He's still got that amazing stage presence and voice, though, so it was certainly worth seeing.


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Tuesday February 10, 2004

 


Spent the day working on this web site (or at least trying to figure out how to work on this web site). Jeez, how I hate learning software.
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Monday February 9, 2004  
So this is how the journal begins, eh. Wow! This is exciting. I hope it gets better than this. Anyway...I'm going to just join my life "already in progress." I'm not going to explain who the people are that I'm talking about and I have no intentions of filling in the gaps. You're on your own! So just jump on or off at your leisure. I'm sure I will.

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