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What kind of music-related (Or non-music-related, if you like) stuff did you guys get for Christmas '09?

 

I got Buddy Guy Live: The Real Deal (With G.E. Smith and the SNL Band). Incredible album! I find it particularly amazing that horns, piano, and organ are all coexisting at the same time without sounding muddy.

 

I also got a Hendrix T-Shirt, some bite guards for my sax mouthpiece, and a top hat from my parents (For gigging, of course :thu: ). That was it for musical stuff, but we did get an Xbox 360 too. :D

 

How 'bout you guys?

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iPod Classic - 160 gigs

The promise of custom-fit ear plugs!

Some great mittens, two books, a toothbrush and some chocolate.

 

Although, at the risk of sounding all too much like my father, I find the best part of this time of year is hanging out with my family. Good food, good card games, good times. Oh, and no school. That's always a bonus!

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All the music related stuff I want is too expensive to ask for for Christmas. Plus, if it's a gift, I can't take the tax deduction.

 

So I got a coffee maker, a couple shirts, PS3 Games (for when the nieces and nephews are over - I use the PS3 as a DVD/BluRay Player), Beer, and a gift certificate to my favorite Thai restaurant.

 

Although, I think this week (before end of the tax year) I'm going to buy myself the Edirol P-10 Video Sampler so I can add realtime video to our show in 2010.

Dan

 

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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My wife is great for music gifts! Our wedding anniversary is Christmas Eve and for my anniversary gift she gave me a Suzuki Melodion (Suzuki-speak for melodica)! I'm having a blast with it! Oddly enough it's tuned at least 5 - 18 cents sharp. :freak:

 

For Xmas I got a couple of Monk books including the new Kelley bio. I SO married the right woman :D

Instrumentation is meaningless - a song either stands on its own merit, or it requires bells and whistles to cover its lack of adequacy, much less quality. - kanker
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Inspired by a thread on KC, I asked for and received this:

 

http://aebersold.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/emd.jpg

 

 

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I got (er ordered) a custom ATA Case for my Yamaha mixer. And I got an early Christmas gift ... my beautiful wife.

Jimmy

 

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Inspired by a thread on KC, I asked for and received this:

http://aebersold.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/emd.jpg

A big +1. My daughter found the book a valuable read as she prepared for college auditions last year. BTW, Kenny Werner's "Lawn Chair Society" is a terrific CD.

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My wife gave me a fantastic gift--a list of the Alexander Technique teachers in the area and enough $$ for a number of sessions. As I have lots of neck and shoulder pain (and consequent headaches) from all day at the computer plus piano and or vibes, I'm really excited to see if learning how to have proper alignment will help.
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Inspired by a thread on KC, I asked for and received this:

 

http://aebersold.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/emd.jpg

 

 

 

Awesome, Aidan. That intrigues me... Always more to learn. Will check it out right away.

 

What'd I get for Christmas ? Books, a definite favorite (new Stephen King, among others); the latest Bruce Hornsby CD; a great, heavyweight XL/XT shirt, great for 'layering' in this climate. From my mom, and family back east, we received gift checks and assorted edible goodies.

I'd been checking out Mark Levine's 'Jazz Piano Book'; the shop at which I teach let me borrow their copy for a few days. Lots o' stuff there: Some new ways to approach the basic jazz concepts I teach, and certainly a lot of new things for me to assimilate. Looks like I'll be buying it, as the the store gave me a nice gift certificate for the holidays. I work for some great folks there. Plus, some of my outside private students were very kind, gift-wise, this year. Tips are a good thing...

 

'Someday, we'll look back on these days and laugh; likely a maniacal laugh from our padded cells, but a laugh nonetheless' - Mr. Boffo.

 

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Although, at the risk of sounding all too much like my father, I find the best part of this time of year is hanging out with my family.

 

I couldn't agree with you more. I've hit that point in life that I can honestly say there's nothing that I really need - and those things that I want are not anything that somebody else could reasonably be expected to by as a present (either because of cost or because it's something you just gotta shop for yourself). I've come to really hate the "gift" focus of the season and am truly happiest to simply enjoy the time with friends and family.

The SpaceNorman :freak:
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No music-related gifts. I'm also in the camp of enjoying the time spent with family more than anything else. I've already got most items I could suggest as 'gift' ideas.

 

I certainly feel the holiday has become overly commercialized. Yet, it doesn't stop me from spending a small fortune. Every year I 'plan' to stop. :laugh::cool:

PD

 

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."--E. Ahbez "Nature Boy"

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Trilian

Rush - Snakes & Arrows Live on Blu-ray

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same on Blu-ray (what can I say, I'd never seen it!)

Beatles - Abbey Road & Let It Be remasters (still haven't bought the mono set)

Socks

 

Oh yeah, the family gift was a 50" plasma for the home theater. I may never leave the basement.

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.

 

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Nothing music related this year.

 

My favorite gift from my fiance was a Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF radio controlled airplane. 48" wing span, pretty zippy motor, anti crash technology and mostly all assembled. Everything needed to fly comes in the box!!

 

It's great to get a big toy that is actually a TOY!!!

 

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m278/raycooke/Stuff/450-450-629C136FB84C8D04532446A903C.jpg

 

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m278/raycooke/Stuff/450-450-23A17F0D2CA4281ED59EB47AA2B.jpg

 

Here's some video of this plane in action (not mine, but you'll get the idea).

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Dam4_E6Co&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

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Mrs. Santa Claus brought me a custom Star utility case for my music, wires, power supplies, small pedals, microphone, hand cuffs, etc. Built to the exact specifications of the previous one I've been using for the past 25 years, with the exception of handle falling off, dents in fiberglass, and rivets missing. Only so much of being tossed into trucks, loading docks, etc., a case can take!

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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Had the whole family home for a few days, and held my kids hostage while we watched movies Thurs/Fri. My poor wife had to endure the Unrated HANGOVER with 3 boys (my 2 sons and I), as well as Gran Torino, Cadillac Records, and few others. My wife bought me tickets (after I ordered em!) for ourselves and another couple to see Gov't Mule in February. And I treated myself to the new Transatlantic cd....awesome!
Hitting "Play" does NOT constitute live performance. -Me.
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I got a Dave Smith Tetra.....very cool all analog 4 voice synth. It also has a nice software package for editing and for $39 you get upgraded to the Pro version which has librarian and other functions.

 

It wasn't just a gift though, I had to pitch in. I used to work in a pawn shop back in the 90's and collected a load of gawdy gold chains & bracelets cheap from the owner. So I took some of it to a local gold broker...I was amazed at what he paid me for it. Almost $16 a gram for 14k gold...nearly $2000 for stuff I only paid $200 maybe $300 for.

 

Oh, I also crumbled under the peer pressure here and ordered a Z stand with 2nd tier (Z-71)....Still keeping my X though! Its nice to have 2 stands.

 

Happy New Year All! :thu:

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Fresh pictures of my brother's grandchildren, gloves, shirts, beer, a tank of gas, a Samsung HDTV, food, leftovers, and a case of Guinness draft cans. Plus a text message from PD and a phone call from jpscoey. :thu:
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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Had7RRU-L._SL500_AA280_.jpg

 

My wife gave me a Greyhound bus for Christmas.

 

It's for my HO train set... something I got into last year. I was looking for a hobby other than music and I found a vintage 1950 train set/village mounted on a wood base on Craigslist that a family was selling after the father who built it passed away. It was in bad condition so they sold it to me for $50. I cleaned and restored it and now it's in working condition. It's fully decked out with vintage railcars, autos, houses etc. I've roughly valued the restored train set as worth around $700 or so based on replacement cost of the pieces but not counting labor. The Greyhound bus is 1940's era so it fits perfectly.

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Christmas was all about memories this year. The family got together, and because there were no expectations of a multitude of gifts, it was very relaxed. The only drama came with a 5-year-old's meltdown, but that's to be expected.

 

As far as gifts, there weren't many, but they were perfect. My wife got me a really nice terry cloth robe. I got her a custom made Giclee print of a photo I'd taken. The big gift comes today, when I have the tonneau cover installed on the truck I inherited from my dad. We got my sister-in-law, her 2 kids, the 5-year-old's dad, and the 17-year-old's girlfriend season passes to Sea World.

 

The 17-year-old comes by our house to take care of our dogs every weekday, and he always sits down at the piano and picks out some melodies. So we got him a book/dvd set on playing the piano. Once he's through that, I'll help him learn more.

 

Perhaps the coolest gift was from my sister-in-law, who thought she had gotten the wrong thing. She thought I didn't like Jazz, so when she got me this, she thought she had made a mistake, but it's extremely cool.

 

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2644/4221654807_bef414ce42_o.jpg

 

 

"In the beginning, Adam had the blues, 'cause he was lonesome.

So God helped him and created woman.

 

Now everybody's got the blues."

 

Willie Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

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A few things I got that would be of interest to fellow forum members:

 

http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/12160000/12165093.jpg

 

I actually asked for this based on a recommendation by another forumite in some other thread (I think it was MonksDream?). I'm about 2/3rds of the way through it, and it really is a good read. Lots of interesting facts and tidbits about the recording sessions. Highly recommended for any Miles Davis fan!

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3096/2825556279_ac68c181fa.jpg

 

We're hard on drummers here some times, but man, does Mike Clark deliver. And then some.

 

http://www.bassettsmarket.com/Beer%20Specials/CIMG0485.JPG

 

Only had one bottle so far. So far, so good!

 

And of course, I have to buy myself a gift for Christmas. I'm getting one of these bad boys:

http://www.tactical-life.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/kitanica.jpg

Kitanica MARK I

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Man, I didn't get anything music related at all really. I did get some cool, smaller things.

 

I got the Agassi autobiography and couldn't put it down. In fact I finished it last night at 2AM!

 

http://blogs.perfil.com/tenis/files/2009/10/agassi-open.jpg

 

I also got a book about the Jazz Loft Project, which I've barely cracked at this point:

 

http://knopfdoubleday.com/marketing/authorpages/jazz_cover.jpg

 

 

Kawai C-60 Grand Piano : Hammond A-100 : Hammond SK2 : Yamaha CP4 : Yamaha Montage 7 : Moog Sub 37

 

My latest album: Funky organ, huge horn section

https://bobbycressey.bandcamp.com/album/cali-native

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I got this...

 

http://media.nj.com/entertainment_impact_arts/photo/51gyd-vwl8l--sl500-aa240-jpg-c690b6405e0c321f_medium.jpg

 

It's a collection of short fiction pieces by Vonnegut, previously unpublished and released posthumously. So nice, reading some "new" words from this master of writing. :)

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