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All things being equal, it was an awesome weekend.

 

I played three gigs in two days, despite a minor flair of tendonitis in my right arm (damn old age), and one of them was a straight ahead piano trio gig on a beautifully maintained Yamaha C6. It just sung and made me feel like I was playing at home and the 21 year old upright bassist was a freakin' monster (and plays in a mature fashion, WAY beyond his years). It killed me to go from that C6 to my CP33 later that night!! Ugggh!!

 

Spent the rest of the weekend finishing the Steve Jobs bio and cooked!! Ahhhh, it was a great one!!

Yamaha C7 Grand, My Hammonds: '57 B3, '54 C2, '42 BC, '40 D, '05 XK3 Pro System, Kawai MP9000, Fender Rhodes Mk I 73, Yamaha CP33, Motif ES6, Nord Electro 2, Minimoog Voyager & Model D, Korg MS10
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Pretty good. Drank beer, had a gig, locally well-known classic rock DJ came to hear and see us play. Loved us. He mentions our name on the radio now, promotes us on his Facebook page.

 

Started learning five new songs last night. Songs by Shinedown, Pink, 10000 Maniacs, Gaga, and Matchbox Twenty.

Stuff and things.
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Gig free here as well (sigh). Took the wife out for Chinese food yesterday after church, then came home to watch the Giants beat the Brady Bunch.

 

Got some family activities coming up next weekend though... in-laws and outlaws.

 

:D

When an eel hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a Moray.
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I saw Yngwe Malmsteen on Saturday.

 

Arpeggios...

 

He had a decent KB player in his band, it's too bad you couldn't hear (or see) the guy during the show...

 

I found it amusing: a guitar player witha wall of empty Marshall Stacks (one half-stack was mic'd) dominated the stage, while the rest of his band was crammed off to stage-left... haha

 

 

 

 

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I played with a Salsa band that is forming but they had a keyboardist that did not have good timing?? I don't know if I want to be clashing with a second keyboard that is there. Anyway it was a good weekend. Me and my girl ate dinner with tucktronix and his wife!

"Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"

 

 

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DJ'ed on Friday to a packed house (I know - blasphemy on this forum but it is a lot of fun), went to the birthday party of a beautiful lady on Saturday, played Sunday's service, and watched the Seahawks lose once again.

 

I discovered theRTV website a few weeks ago and now can watch any NFL game I want to for free! :) I spent the afternoon toggling between several games. It was tough to choose yesterday because there were so many close ones.

 

Right now I'm awaiting the arrival of the UPS guy who should be dropping off a Samsung Galaxy Player 5. That should keep me busy for awhile.

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I got together with some of my bandmates from the band I was with in college and played a short "reunion" set at our then vocalist's 50th birthday celebration. It was the second time we've been on stage together in 30 years.

 

It was a private affair at a local nightclub (complete with a large stage, nice house system and lights). The band that was hired for the event was excellent - and understood that playing host to lots of "special guests" was a big part of this job. They were wonderful hosts - gracious about sharing their gear and going out of their way to make everybody who played that evening look good. The setting was perfect.

 

The birthday girl simply OWNED the crowd - and had her friends and family on their feet dancing and cheering all night long. It was one of those nights where the energy in the room was clearly greater than the sum of it's parts. It was a great night and a wonder trip down memory lane!

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Fantastic weekend. Extremely fun bar gig on Friday night to a huge and boisterous crowd with a bunch of new songs in the rotation. Ran a neighborhood 5k with the family on Saturday and did some other family things, hosted a couple of teen sleepovers and caught up on yard work. Watched some great football and returned to work today feeling recharged.
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Played a quintet gig to a pretty full house. Decided to use the PX3 rather than Kronos 73 and the Casio acquitted itself really well as acoustic piano only. Generally played more right notes than wrong ones. Good times.

 

Lots of study, research, homework. Grad school woo hoo.

 

Also took a break to roast three coffees - a nice bright Kenyan, a rich Ethiopian, and a surprisingly good Mexican WP decaf.

 

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Saturday started as it has for the past couple of months, taking two "Jazz Master Classes" that my piano teacher has been giving. The first is Ear Training, the second is "Bach and Biscuits" where we're analyzing Bach chorales for the purpose of understanding harmony and being able to quickly understand a jazz chart.

 

That was followed by ribs at my favorite BBQ joint. McRib my azz.

 

Sunday I went to a boogie woogie master class by Ezra Charles. That was fun, and we learned some history of the style. The other interesting thing is, his real last name is Helpinstill. Yes, he's that Helpinstill. He bought back the patent rights and is building and selling the pickups again. He says he sells about one per day to a church.

 

I can't recall what I did after that.

 

Oh yeah, I got a Wurly! :D

"I'm so crazy, I don't know this is impossible! Hoo hoo!" - Daffy Duck

 

"The good news is that once you start piano you never have to worry about getting laid again. More time to practice!" - MOI

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Friday nite, I went with RedKey and a couple pals to see Musical Box perform LambLies Down; they were good, but I got bored halfway through, and we went to see Medeski Martin & Wood (now THAT was fiery!).

 

Saturday got a nice motorcycle ride in with my lovely bride, and then celebrated with a nice dinner at a new local establishment courtesy of a Groupon-like Amazon deal and enjoyed two glasses of a micro-brew cider. Then gigged Saturday nite (although was quite exhausted by this time) and listened to a Live Download of last Saturdays Widespread Panic show (the only night of the 3 I didnt attend) en route back and forth (and yeah, they killed!).

 

Sunday, set up new gas grill, chopped firewood, did some yard cleanup, did some garage cleanup and rearranging so that we could fit our new motorcycles in with our cars; my wife made a nice long fire and some great wild rice soup, we watched some tv, I spent a couple hours rearranging and cleaning my studio, went back to bond with my bride and couch, and after she went to bed, I went and saw the Harold & Kumar Christmas movie.and realized I would have enjoyed it more had I been baked.

 

And now, Im here. At work. Wishing. I was home in bed. Or jamming on my keyboards. Or watching TV. Or riding my cycle. Or watching porn. Or making a sandwich. Just about anything else.

 

Hitting "Play" does NOT constitute live performance. -Me.
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Friday nite, I went with RedKey and a couple pals to see Musical Box perform LambLies Down; they were good, but I got bored halfway through, and we went to see Medeski Martin & Wood (now THAT was fiery!).

 

Good choice. I love classic Genesis and I think it's cool a band is out there re-creating that stuff. I was a bit bummed when I found out they were in Grand Rapids, close to my home, and I was in Arizona. Then I saw they were coming to Detroit but the tickets were $125!!!

 

I'd pay $125 to see the real Peter Gabriel but not some French Canadian dude that doesn't even sound like him pretending to be him circa 1974. That's just weird.

 

So... yeah... MMW is a much better call. :)

 

 

This week / weekend I had three organ trio gigs. Getting my chops back after not kickin' bass for 7 to 8 months is tough. I'm already feeling better, though.

 

Sunday forceman and I had our little CS50 adventure. After I returned home, I took my two eldest daughters to see Puss 'n Boots. They loved it! It was fun to see them laughing and getting into the movie.

 

 

And now I'm just taking a quick break from refurbishing that butterfly Wurlitzer electric piano, which has to be done on Thursday. After that is done I'll start working on a 1910 upright piano refinishing / refurbishing job and Friday and Saturday organissimo is tracking here at my home studio to finish up our next CD. Oh, and I have some local Detroit TV show taping tomorrow with this guitar player and drummer I worked with Friday night. Busy week.

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Saturday - walked a local flea market with the Mrs. which we always enjoy, and somehow managed to walk away without underpaying for a bunch of neat stuff we don't really need (in other words, for once we didn't buy anything, LOL) :thu:. Played a fun bar gig Saturday night at one of our "old faithful" venues. This one was great - big, energetic crowd that stayed late into the second set, which doesn't usually happen here given that it's by and large an older crowd...

 

Second gig with the Kurz PC3 as my top board (first one after an OS update). Wow. This board just continues to impress - I'm only dissatisfied with one of my setups, but other players and some of the audience tell me it was just fine from their POV. Our former guitarist subbed for us and said absolutely everything sounded far better. We generally had a blast, and got a line on a couple of candidates to permanently replace our departed female vocalist. 'Twas all good :)

 

Sunday - post-gig recovery day. Slept in a bit. Not as much excitement as the last - minute invite we got to the Evanescence show the previous weekend. But I welcomed the boredom for a change.

-Mike
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I played hooky from work Friday and drove two hours to Sweetwater to play a Kronos 88 and Jupiter 80. Played the K88 for two hours and the J80 for one hour.....seemed like I was there for ten minutes.

 

Saturday I prepared some new lecture material for my classes at Purdue. I then went to the local butcher shop and got some fillets which I grilled while my wife made some killer sautéed sea scallops....of course, accompanied by a nice bottle of wine.

 

Sunday I took my daughter to her tennis lessons, and while she was there, snuck across the border into Michigan and bought five bottles of wine from a local winery (no liquor sales in Indiana on Sunday). While we were gone my wife made her famous baked chicken, representing my favorite dish of hers. She obtained the recipe from her grandma, but won't share! She says after she is gone she doesn't want my next wife making it for me (we've been married for 18 years)! Ive told her countless times this recipe represents our ticket to millions ($$$)!

 

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

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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I love classic Genesis and I think it's cool a band is out there re-creating that stuff. I was a bit bummed when I found out they were in Grand Rapids, close to my home, and I was in Arizona. Then I saw they were coming to Detroit but the tickets were $125!!!

 

I'd pay $125 to see the real Peter Gabriel but not some French Canadian dude that doesn't even sound like him pretending to be him circa 1974.

 

Wow, that's a LOT of $$$ for a cover band!

 

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Good casino gigs Friday and Saturday night.

 

During the day Saturday was Slovakfest at my church...good Slovak food and beer, and a couple bands that were really kind of more German polka, but they threw in a little Slovak. The BL in the second band had one of those Kenton MIDI retrofits for his accordian. I went up and asked about it. He just said in a very thick accent "Mee-Deee, ten thousand". If he means he paid $10,000 for it, he got ripped off IMO. I doubt the polka gigs are gonna give him much return on investment. The rest of the band consisted of his wife on backups and tambourine, drums, an awesome bass player, and a guy on keys (Korg x50), trumpet, and backup vox.

 

Sunday I slept....all day and all night...got up a couple of times to eat and go to the bathroom.

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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Things are running a bit slow today. How was everyone's weekend?

 

Fun weekend for me.

 

1) Finally entered the modern era with a television of the right shape (rectangular vs. just about square). 42" HDTV which my wife and I had bundled two birthdays and last Christmas for.

 

2) Got a new vacuum cleaner as our 15-year-old one died on Saturday, and man is it AWESOME! I never thought I'd feel that way about a vacuum cleaner, but man is it great. We have a black lab, and she sheds a LOT! The old vacuum never did a good job, but this one picks up everything with one pass...unbelievable! I had no idea a vacuum cleaner could work so well. Our carpets look brand new...TONS of dirt came up too that the other vacuum couldn't pick up. AND, not a $600 Dyson either...$89 for a Eureka, the second cheapest upright one available at Lowes (the cheapest one was another Eureka).

 

3) Finally, on Sunday evening went to the Cross Country Banquet where my freshman daughter earned a varsity letter (only three freshmen did so, and only 12 total out of 36 runners). The team is really good too, so this was quite an accomplishment for her. That was fun for me. The meal was a buffet and at $15 a head, not worth it in my opinion. But, I wasn't there for the food.

Steve (Stevie Ray)

"Do the chickens have large talons?"

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AND, not a $600 Dyson either...$89 for a Eureka, the second cheapest upright one available at Lowes (the cheapest one was another Eureka).
What made you pick the one you did? Did you know it would work so well?

"I'm so crazy, I don't know this is impossible! Hoo hoo!" - Daffy Duck

 

"The good news is that once you start piano you never have to worry about getting laid again. More time to practice!" - MOI

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AND, not a $600 Dyson either...$89 for a Eureka, the second cheapest upright one available at Lowes (the cheapest one was another Eureka).
What made you pick the one you did? Did you know it would work so well?

 

I'm curious as well. We have an old vacuum that's on the way out.

 

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Great weekend here!

 

Friday was my first show with the Bob Marley tribute band I mentioned in an earlier thread. It was at a club in Portland, decent crowd. not huge, but very appreciative. Interesting note, I hadn't been to this club for a few years, and it's now about 1/2 the size it used to be. It's been one of Portland's better venues for a long time. A few years ago, a 24-hour hipster donut shop opened in a tiny storefront that was completely surrounded by this venue. The hipster donut place kinda took off, and now, it occupies about 1/2 of the building, and the venue is much smaller. It's a kind of weird room now, you have this big rock-n-roll stage, with a great PA system and everything, and the room is now about 20 feet deep from the front of the stage. I guess this says something about the status of live music (and donuts) in our culture today.

 

Played OK considering how little time I've had to learn the material. The worst mistake I made all night was mis-reading the set list, and starting the intro to "War" while the rest of the band started "So Much Trouble in The World". "Trouble" starts with a synth melody on a patch several banks away from the Clav patch I was on for War. Oops. Rest of the band sounded great, though.

 

Saturday, the same band played a club here in Corvallis, much smaller stage (it's a 10-piece band), but the place was packed to the rafters. Fun, fun night.

Turn up the speaker

Hop, flop, squawk

It's a keeper

-Captain Beefheart, Ice Cream for Crow

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Everybody had a bitchin weekend! I had a pretty awesome weekend as well: lots of work and the best possible kind.

 

Friday I had a session recording at Westlake in Los Angeles. This studio was Michael Jackson's baby and he cut 'Bad' and 'Dangerous' there. I was recording piano on a song for this young kid who they are trying to make the next big thing. You know how that goes. But I took some awesome pictures:

 

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6219/6323853921_22ab696f86.jpg

 

Saturday I had a corporate gig in Palm Desert at this ridiculous country club for a wedding. There was a band playing covers and when they took their breaks, I got up to play the 'continuous music' part, where me and a bass player basically played to backing tracks. I got extra jack for playing a solo piano set for the cocktail hour.

 

Sunday I subbed on a church gig where all the players are super pro, the music isn't too challenging, the charts are crisp, and I get to play a real Hammond. Then I went and taught a lesson.

 

Then I came home and watched Star Trek Deep Space 9 with my wife.

 

The only downside was I only saw a little of the Charger game, but considering the outcome I'm not too bummed.

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A few years ago, a 24-hour hipster donut shop opened in a tiny storefront that was completely surrounded by this venue. The hipster donut place kinda took off, and now, it occupies about 1/2 of the building, and the venue is much smaller.

 

Do you mean Voodoo Doughnut?

 

Man, that place had some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen on a donut! I'm not a donut fan, but I gotta give those duds an A for imagination! I think they put bacon on a maple donut before anyone else! Now it's all the rage!!

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I saw several friends play a singer-songwriter gig on Friday. It was good, if a bit tardy and unprofessional. Hung out with two of them and some other folk after. Came home and watched Jimmy Fallon.

 

Saturday, practiced and did some post-Moogfest cleaning. Then had a quick rehearsal and soundcheck before having a good poutine with the band. Then came home, KC'ed, watched a bit of LSU-Bama and rolled two. Played the show, a fundraiser for Congo (Won't go into the gory details of the crowd size and the suspect AC) and enjoyed the free drinks. The other band was a good ska outfit with great players from the local uni. Later, enjoyed a drunken falafel, fries and Dr. Pepper.

 

Sunday, watched some football, walked my dog, applied for university, practiced. Went to my brother's new place with my family for dinner. My brother's a chef and a vegan, and therefore very passionate about his cooking. I forget what the soup was, it was good though. Signature smoked tempeh with a red pepper miso sauce. Beet fritters with sprouts inside. Sweet potato whip. Sautéed bananas and ice cream for dessert. Yum.

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I was asked to compose and record an electric violin part for a new song by my friends' band. I decided to use Ableton Live instead of Logic Studio and struggled for an hour or so with the audio. Then I figured out that my Mackie Onyx was busted - as a Firewire audio interface, incoming audio sounded like it was run through bitcrusher distortion and delay and as a mixer, I got no output at all on the main out. I finally got the recording done by switching to my MOTU 828MkII audio interface.

 

I also attended various concerts (free improv, contemporary composed music, punk, etc.).

 

I received my copies of Metaphors For The Musician, Preludes for Piano by Bill Dobbins, and Harmonic Exercises by Clare Fischer. Because of the violin/recording activity I didn't get much done on piano, but did have some time to glance through the books and think a little about how I'm going to integrate these books into my piano routine.

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A few years ago, a 24-hour hipster donut shop opened in a tiny storefront that was completely surrounded by this venue. The hipster donut place kinda took off, and now, it occupies about 1/2 of the building, and the venue is much smaller.

 

Do you mean Voodoo Doughnut?

 

Man, that place had some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen on a donut! I'm not a donut fan, but I gotta give those duds an A for imagination! I think they put bacon on a maple donut before anyone else! Now it's all the rage!!

 

Yeah, it's Voodoo Doughnuts, and they are great. I got a serious sugar fix after the gig that got me through the 90 mile drive home, so I shouldn't complain. But it's just kinda sad to to see a once great venue cede floorspace to a doughnut shop.

Turn up the speaker

Hop, flop, squawk

It's a keeper

-Captain Beefheart, Ice Cream for Crow

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