Diss Rants

This is the news/ranting forum for Diss (a.k.a. Tom Kercheval), an independent musician. Check here for new music, updates on new music and just random rantings on a variety of subjects. Feel free to leave a comment or four. For Diss' main web site, go to www.dissmusic.com.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Making a move to MySpace ... Come on Along, Ya'll

Well, I finally made the move to MySpace. I think I'm going to be using that site as my blogging and music-posting area for the foreseeable future, as the interface is better, it allows me to feature streaming media, get a little more exposure, etc., etc.

So, if you've been subscribed to this blog or following along, head on over to:

http://www.myspace.com/dissonline

There you'll find my most recent blog, some tunes, etc. More to come.

Thanks, everyone! See you at the new place...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New tune, mofos. And other junk.

I know, you all thought it would never happen. What can I say, I work hard, but I work slow. I'm not a ... strong ..............swimmer. (apologies if you don't get that).

Anyway, I finally finished the full version of my new song, "Stare You Down." Just click the link, and listen away.

As mentioned in the last missive, this is a reworking of the demo that appeared here earlier. A total key change, which necessitated total reworking of most all the parts. One thing that's especially different is the slide solos, which replace the E-bow on the demo. The E-bow just wasn't working for me, and I've been really enjoying fooling around with the slide lately, so I thought I'd take a stab at it. I'm pretty pleased with the results. It really helped to have my new "weapon of minor annoyance" (as opposed to those Weapons of Mass...well, you know).

This thing is amazing. Just check out the link of such things interest you. It's a digital acoustic guitar modeler, to be brief, and one of the guitars it models is a round neck slide, which is the setting I used here for the slide parts, plugged into my Line 6 pod for some distortion. I like the sound of it a lot.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song. Lyrics are as follows:

I will stare you down
I will claim this ground
In the name of all your dreams
For the ones you lost
For the ones you double-crossed
For the ones not meant to be

Put your little hand to my heart
And lead me back to where it began
Put your little hand to my heart
And wait for the sky to fall

Though your eyes burn blue
I can see clear through
To the fear that drives you on
So I will stare you down
I won't let you leave now
For your lonely days of running away are gone

(Repeat chorus, scream a little at end).

I'm also nearly finished another reworking, this time of the song "Lost Lamb." That's another song that I truly love but just wasn't totally happy with on the Greenhorn CD. I've stripped it down, lowered the key again, and made it much more haunting and raw, I think. It'll be up soon...

Now, as to "doing things differently," which I alluded to last time, I think what I'm going to do for now is just release individual songs. Here, for now, but probably migrating to a site like Rhapsody or something in the near future. I still plan to release another CD, but instead of taking on that whole project, which for me, alone, is pretty daunting at times, I'm just going to concentrate on one song at a time. I tend to get overwhelmed by things when I've got too much going on in my life, and this will help me to keep that from happening. Then, at some point, I'll look up and have enough songs ready for a CD release and we'll go from there. (I know, I know, if I release them all individually, what's the point in someone buying a CD? Well ... I don't know, alright, I'll cross that chasm when I come to it.)

So, look for "Lost Lamb" soon, followed by some more brand new stuff, probably one of the demos I posted awhile back finally fleshed out.

I honestly wish I could work faster, but it's just not meant to be with me, for some reason. My wife told me of an interview with Jack White of the White Stripes recently, and he said fans shouldn't worry about the band splitting up (he has a new band called The Raconteurs), and that when it's time to record a new White Stripes album, he'll do it "in a fortnight."

Bastard.

It takes me "a fortnight" just to come up with one guitar part. Anyway, some artists simply have that gift to be raw and immediate, and I seem to be one of those guys that just agonizes over every little note and line. Plus, I love overdubs. Love 'em. Love lots of guitar layers, lots of vocal layers, etc., etc., and there are just SO MANY possibilities when you are recording if you have good software. So many possible effects to use ... at some point, you just have to discipline yourself and say, "enough, it's done, for better or worse."

That's what I'm doing with "Stare You Down." I'm still not in love with my vocals on it, but I'm pretty happy with everything else, and I think it's a strong song. I especially like the end segment where everything sort of degenerates. I also like the acoustic part, which is my new instrument again, set to the "Mandola" setting. A very cool sounding instrument, this is. I really like the sound of it, even this digitally modeled version.

Well, lots of other things to talk about, but I'll save some of them till next time.

Joanie and I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last night at the 9:30 Club. I really, really love this band. They are my favorite new band to come along in a long time. I was totally captivated by their single "Maps" from their last album. It was haunting, sonically and visually, and the guitarist reminded me a bit of Skids-era Stuart Adamson, which always helps to make me a fan. The last album, Fever to Tell was good, but spotty in places. The new one, however, Show Your Bones, is just amazine. One of the best albums I've heard in years, and one of those rare albums that brightens your day as soon as you wake up, because you look forward to listening to it on your way to and home from work.

Anyway, the show last night was excellent. Great, energetic band. In fact, I believe you can download the show from NPR.org, as they webcast it. If you're a fan of the band, I'd highly recommend it. If you aren't yet, I'd recommend getting a CD first, or downloading a track or two from the new album, as that'll give you a better first impression than the much rougher live sound. The song "Phenomena" is especially amazing. One of the coolest pieces of music I've heard in a long time...

Okay, well, thanks for listening, and please feel free to post any reactions to my new tune. More to come....

Stay safe, happy, and tuned...

Diss

Friday, March 10, 2006

As promised (sorta), new music (kinda).

Okay, I know I said I'd have a new song up last week. Well, as usual, it took me a little longer than I thought it would to finish this new song I've been working on called "Stare You Down."

But, I do have something for ya'll to listen to. Once again, it's just music this time. In fact, it's music that I've since abandoned, and I'm presently finishing up a re-recording of the whole song? Why? My friggin' voice, that's why.

I've never been the greatest when it comes to writing songs that are comfortably within my vocal range. Often, when I'm thinking of lyrics or melodies, they seem like they'll be easy to sing, but when I actually attempt it, I run into problems. That happened here. Unfortunately, it happened AFTER I'd recorded ALL of the music.

Basically what happened was, I spent two days trying to sing a pretty simple song and just kept struggling with it. Finally, it hit me (I'm a tad slow sometimes): This song is in the wrong key for my voice. It was in the key of "A", so I did a quick, rough recording of the acoustic part in the key of "G", and, viola, singing was infinitely easier.

So, I set about to re-record the whole darn song in the key of G. That's not as easy a task as it might seem because of the way I play the guitar. I use a lot of open strings, droning strings, etc., and switching keys throws that all out of whack. So, I had to try to cop the original guitar parts when I switched keys, and in some cases, come up with new ones. Same goes for the bass parts, too. Had to rethink everything.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how the new one's come out. I think it sounds better in most respects, and it CERTAINLY fits my voice much better.

But, I don't want to debut that until I totally finish the vocals, which is the last thing I have left to do. So, in the meantime, I thought it'd be interesting to present the soon-to-be-scrapped version. (Link is at the end of this post.)

It's a rough mix of everything, so don't judge too harshly, but it'll give you a good idea of the song to come. I even broke out the old e-bow for the solo here, but in the new version, I'm replacing it with some slide guitar, which I think works better.

Anyway, next time I post (hopefully next week), I'll have a finished version of the song, and I'll include lyrics and a little statement about how I plan to do things musically from here on out. In short, I think I'm abandoning the "new CD" idea for awhile and will just be releasing songs here as I record them. I actually think I'll get more done that way. But more on that next time....

Anyway, here's the link to "Stare You Down" v. 1.0.


Talk to you all soon.....

Diss

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

"What's Shakin'" and the Decline of Western Civilization

How's everybody doing out there? It's been a bit of a hiatus for me here, with the Holidays and all. Plus, a personal crisis a couple months ago sort of threw a wrench into my blogging activity. Not to worry, everything's fine now, and maybe sometime I'll write about what actually happened, but I'm just not feeling up to it today.

Overall, Christmas was nice this year, especially since my beloved Washington Redskins made it into the playoffs for the first time in years, even knocking my most hated rival (The Dallas Cowboys, who else?) out of the playoffs (Sorry, Rob, but the last few years have been pretty miserable, so I'm going to enjoy this one a few months more.). Yeah, I'm a huge football fan, and have been since I was a young'un. It's odd, because no one else in my family is nearly as intense about it as me, and I've been that way as long as I can remember. In fact, I remember throwing one of my mom's pillows once after the Skins lost a close game when I was 11 years old. Of course, it knocked over one of her flower pots and broke it. I've also smashed a few remote controls in my time. Nothing I'm proud of, but hey, this forum makes me feel all honest and stuff.

But I'll deal more with football at a later time. For now, let's talk about something light...like...oh, I don't know...the decline of Western culture?

Warning: the rest of this blog will be of a more rambling nature than usual. Read at your own risk.

As I get older (I'm in my thirties), I start to see myself drifting more towards "grumpy old man" status. Things annoy me. Lots of things. Little things, big things, people especially. They just annoy me. And since I live in America, I can only use Americans as my reference point, so I'll try to give some examples of what I'm talking about.

One thing really hit me more than usual during the holiday season: how America is so consumed with entertainment. I mean, utterly and completely consumed, almost to the point of obscenity at times. And it's like selfish entertainment, too. The motto for Best Buy, for example, is "Get yours." You have to get the biggest TV (heck, I'd love to have a plasma myself, but $5,000 for a TV? Are you kidding me?), you have to get this, you have to get that, and it's all about instant self-gratification.

I mean, even our phones now can play video clips, songs and games. Plus, if the XBox and PS2 weren't enough (I prefer PC games, myself), now you can also pick up a PSP Portable to take with you so you can play a game anywhere you go.

Now look, I LOVE to be entertained as much as the next guy, and sometimes my idea of the perfect day is to go eat, see a movie and play video games on my computer. But, I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I've just become more sensitive to the gluttonous aspects of it in our culture, when it's taken too far.

I mean, America is one of the fattest nations on the planet, and it's no surprise. Where else can you super-size every bit of crap you buy at a fast food joint? As if the small portion wasn't bad enough for your arteries. Our portions are huge, and we've become used to them, so we demand them that way. It's like these Taco Bell commercials where people stuff their faces and then proudly shout out, "I'm FULL!!!" I saw a Dominos commercial recently where you can order a big thick crust pizza and then get a huge order of thick, doughy cinnamon breadsticks with icing as a free side order. It was friggin' sickening. I mean, I love pizza, and I love cinammon and icing, but....all that together, for one meal??? Or these bacon, double-beef, extra ham cheesburger thingies....

And, with all the options to sit your big butt down after consuming all this junk, exercise is pretty much out of the question.

But something else really bothers me these days (and now I'm really going to start sounding like a grumpy old man). And that is the general nastiness of so many people, the selfishness, the complete and utter disregard for others. And I'm not talking on a grand scale here, I'm talking about simple things like not holding a door open for someone, or (one of the worst for me) talking in a movie theatre, or not saying thank you or please or whatever. I absolutely hate paying for something and having a cashier not say thank-you, barely even acknowledging your existence.

And it's not just young kids, it's older adults as well. Another thing that bugs me - when I go to the grocery store, every time I load up the car and go to return my cart, without fail, there are tons of stray carts just left in parking spaces. People are simply too lazy to walk an extra ten feet to put the cart back in its area. Who cares that someone else has to do it, or that it blocks a parking space? As long as "I got my stuff done, what do I care?" It's really an "every man for himself" mentality these days. And for sensitive types like myself, it can be trying at times. :-)

Finally, there are commercials, the utter deluge of commerciality. I remember years ago making fun of an older guy who used to mute the tv every time a commercial came on. Now, I'm that guy. They drive me bonkers. Even the clever, funny ones do after awhile, as they're shown so many times and so often.

I like to listen to morning radio on my drive to work at times. I have about a 20 minute drive to work, and I'll be lucky most of the time if I hear 5 - 10 minutes of actual content and then the same 5 commercials over and over. And speaking of football, if you've watched a game recently, you'll be familiar with the pattern:

1. Team mounts a drive and scores
2. Commercials
3. Kickoff to other team
4. Commercials

I collect a lot of old Redskins games as a little hobby of mine, and recently I was watching their Super Bowl appearance in 1972. There were BARELY any commercial breaks, and when there were, there were usually just two commercials shown, at the most three, and then back to the game.

And remember when you could watch a game on TV, or even a show, and just SEE THE SHOW? I like the score up in the corner, and I like the occasional graphic update of scores of other games, but now they have graphics over the field showing red zone stats, they have crawls running along the top, along the bottom, and even after a score, it's not enough to just change the score - it has to be done with an animated graphical flourish and a sound effect!!

Again, gluttony. Gluttony of the senses. That's what I object to.

Now look, as I said earlier, I'm just as guilty as anyone else at times about these things. And there's actually a lot to be said for recreation and entertainment and enjoyment. I couldn't live without movies. I go to one a week, at least. And I love football, I love games, I love a couple shows, and I love good food. But whatever happened to moderation? Whatever happened to a balanced life, whatever happened to just good old-fashioned (did I just say that?) basic concern for the "other guy" to go along with a healthy concern for yourself? What happened to manners, just basic common sense, i.e. if our cell phone rings in the middle of a movie, you don't answer it in a full speaking voice, but instead either embarrassedly shut the phone off or get out of the theatre and talk in the lobby?

Anyway, I warned you, this would be a rambling diatribe. And I guess every generation seems to feel this way at the "next" generation coming up behind them. But, as I said, I don't just see these problems in kids, I tend to see them across the board, and it makes me cynical about the future.

It also makes me feel like a rambling old geezer. So I think it's time to shut up now.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"

I saw the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" recently. It was okay, but I didn't think it lived up to the hype and raves it's been getting. My main problem is in the casting. I think both the leads are great actors, but I thought they were both wrong for the parts.

Joaquin Phoenix just seems too crazy, too wild-eyed, for even Johnny Cash, and Reese Witherspoon seems too "upper-crusty" to me to be June Carter Cash, whom I always envisioned as a pretty rough-hewn, tough woman.

It's certainly not a bad film by any stretch, but I just left feeling a bit let down. I loved Johnny Cash. Always have. There was just something about the man that always drew me to him growing up. And it's odd, because I really don't have many of his records at all, it was more about HIM, the man. I liked that he always wore black as a statement of standing up for the underdog and the downtrodden. Sort of reminds me of the Biblical stories of Jesus going to the whores, the tax collectors, the outcasts of society, much to the chagrin of the "holy" people. I'm always so moved by that type of thing for some reason.

But back to the film - they also took the typical Hollywood liberties that I guess make the story a bit more engaging, but always tend to annoy me. Por ejemplo, the scene where Cash and his band get signed to Sun Records isn't really true to reality. Cash is told by Sun Records icon Sam Phillips that he can't sell gospel music (which is what Cash was performing at the time) and that he didn't believe Cash when he sang those lyrics. He wanted to hear what was in his SOUL. In the movie, Cash then launches into this impassioned version of "Folsom Prison Blues" that gets more and more intense as it progresses, and of course they're signed on the spot.

Well, it made for a great movie moment, but in reality, the song they did was called "Hey, Porter," and it didn't really happen that way. The boys brought Sam their original song and were planning to make it a B-side to their gospel tune, but Sam wanted more originals (the part about not being able to sell gospel music was true). Anyway, they went back and wrote another song called "Cry, Cry, Cry" and went from there. "Folsom Prison Blues" wasn't released until later. But I guess they caught the essence of Cash's struggle there in the film.

Speaking of his struggle, I had to go back and rewatch his final video recently. I can't even put into words how powerful this video and song are to me. This will sound like a complete exaggeration, but it's not: it's probably the most single-handedly powerful 4 minutes of video I've ever witnessed. It's just beyond description, and it is so very, very brutal and real.

It's Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt." Now, Cash was a drug addict through much of his adult life, something he always battled with, and it really took its toll on him physically. He had been ill for the last few years of his life, but he still managed to put out incredible albums. But he hadn't really been seen much in public, so the image of him as the big, burly, black-haired titan of a man was still very much in my head before I saw this video for the first time.

And then, there he is in the video - old, grey everywhere, shaking, unable to keep his hands steady, looking so very, very weary and worn. And he sings the lines, "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel" and "You can have it all, my empire of dirt," all while sitting around his mausoleum of a mansion, full of old memorabilia, old pictures of his youth, of his family, interspersed with quick edits of clips from his younger years when he was strong, powerful. But the hardest part for me to watch is when you see June Carter, his wife, in the background, looking at him with the saddest look I've ever seen...you can see how much she loves this man, and you can see how she looks at him in agreement when he sings the words, "What have I become?"

This brave, real image of Cash, just a year or so before his death, contrasts so sharply with your image of him, or at least MY image of him. I think it's the bravest thing he ever did, to be honest. Because you can see his pride still trying to fight through in that video, despite the shaking hands, despite the despondency that the song seems to project. It's just the most real and powerful thing I might have ever seen on video.

Sounds like a real uplifter, huh? :-)

Anyway, I highly suggest purchasing it if it's still being sold. It's on DVD and is just the one song, but it's so worth it.

Hope all is well, and more music to come...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

At Last - NEW TUNES!

Okay, I've finally completed a couple new tunes for your enjoyment (hopefully). Here are the links, and below is a description of what in blazes you'll be listening to. And if you navigated straight to this page from another link, Click here to go to the main Diss page.

Feather In My Hands

Winter Sky (A Big Country cover)

Feather In My Hands
Okay, some of you who are familiar with the old "back catalogue" will remember the song "Feather In My Hands" from the Gunnysack CD under the name The Dissidents. Yes, this is that very same tune, but it's been redone, given a new finish, etc.

Actually, there are a number of songs from those first two Dissidents CDs (Valiant and Gunnysack) that I really thought were good songs, but I was simply disappointed in how they came out. This is an example. I always really loved this song, but, for some reason, the CD version on Gunnysack just didn't do it for me. For one thing, it was in the wrong key for my voice. For another, it simply had too much going on instrument-wise. It was just too "noisy," and the final sound just didn't live up to what I'd been hearing in my head.

So...I've redone it, and I will probably be redoing a few other oldies but goodies, along with the new stuff I have in the cooker. This one was slowed down (just a bit), and the key was switched from "E" to "A" to better accomodate the old vocal chords. This is also the first use of my new instrument, the MandoGuitar, which I bought recently. Really love this thing, and I plan to use it a lot more in the future.

I also fooled with the arrangement a bit here, changed the solo, etc. I don't usually like to go back to the past and change things, as you can always tweak songs forever if you really wanted to. But I just wanted to do this song justice, and, overall, I feel like I finally have. It needs a little mixing work yet, but, for now, I'm leaving it and moving on.

Winter Sky
This is a cover of one of my favorite B-sides from the band Big Country. I've always loved this song, and sometimes just love to put my own stamp on one of this band's tunes. I've recorded a lot of Big Country songs in the past, actually.

The original version of this is a soft, folky, melancholic tune. It's just beautiful. But I was fooling around on the guitar one day and thought that this could sound great as a real full-on rocker. It may not be the right treatment of the tune considering the lyrics and subject matter (my take sounds a little bit joyous and anthemic in places, and I'm not sure that's what Stuart Adamson was going for, but...), but I do think it rocks, if I may say so.

For this one, I basically just reworked the key guitar parts into some nasty, snarling electric parts. There are two guitars here, one on the right, one on the left, both playing complimentary parts. I never like to double the same part if I'm recording two guitar parts. I like to play something slightly (sometimes extremely) different to give a bigger, more interesting feel. I like the guitars in this version, in that they sound very full and BIG to me. The one on the right is a Strat, the one on the left is my bizarre Ibanez model, the like of which I've never seen anywhere. (I'll have to post a picture sometime.) They're both going through a Line 6 Pod.

I was going to do a solo on this, but it just didn't seem to fit. One thing I did do, however, was add to the arrangement a bit, making a more definable bridge section where things slow down a little and then build to a big crescendo. Just having a bit of fun here, really.

Anyway, so that's it for now. Still a lot of music to come, I promise you that. It just takes me a little time to do these things, as I'm doing everything on my own here - drums, bass, guitars, vocals, etc. So it's quite a production. But I am chipping away at it!

Thanks for listening, and please let me know what you think! The comments make it all worthwhile, honestly!!

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! Stay tuned for more....got lots to talk about, but just a bit "knackered" at the moment, as they say across the pond....

Take care,

Diss

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Three Shows in Two Weeks - The Highlights

As I get older, the urge to "go out" seems to deteriorate. In fact, I've always been somewhat of a "homebody" type, so I don't know if I would've ever been good with the touring lifestyle of a full-time musician. I'd miss my wife, my cats, my computer too much...

BUT...my wife and I did have a pretty active couple weeks, seeing three interesting shows in the span of about 10 days: The White Stripes, Coldplay and Bob Mould.

1. The White Stripes - What an amazing show. I have become a huge fan of this band, thanks to my wife, who was on the bandwagon first. At first glance, I didn't think much of them - no bass, a female drummer who can barely keep time, etc. How wrong I was. They rock like no other band to come along in decades. And it's a joyful sort of big sound they make. It's not all dire and doom and gloom stuff that so many newer bands are doing these days. Their sound is rooted in traditional blues, but it sounds fresh and new and exciting. Jack White's guitar playing is absolutely magical and exhilirating to see. Live, they were fantastic - they don't do much talking, but come out and just smash and bash their way through great song after great song. Just seeing two people make such a huge noise - without the aid of any sort of backing tracks whatsoever - was so refreshing. The only two colors on their stage are red and white ... oh, and sometimes black. And Jack adopts some odd but charming persona onstage, as if he's channeling some long lost old blues man. They both (Jack and Meg) give absolutely everything to their performance, and it's hard, if not impossible, not to be taken in by it. It was a beautiful thing.

2. Coldplay - Okay, I'm not a big fan of these guys, but I don't dislike them. My wife is the fan here, and since I dragged her to see KISS a few years ago, this was my payback. It wasn't such a high price to pay, though. I sometimes refer to this band as "U3," because I think they've adopted so many elements of U2's sound. After seeing them live, it's also obvious that they've adopted many of U2's visuals. They came out silhouetted against a big video screen, with lead singer Chris Martin dancing around bizarrely ala Bono on the Achtung Baby tour. But I have to admit, they sounded quite good, and they were true professionals, but it was quite the opposite vibe of the White Stripes show, in that everything seemed choreographed and polished. But soundwise, it was quite possibly the best SOUNDING live show in a big place I've ever been to. Every instrument came through perfectly, and there was none of that "mud" you often hear with big show sound. And it WAS a big show. It was at Nissan Pavilion, and it was as packed a venue as I've ever seen. Many, many frat boy types in attendance, though, which detracted from the show for me, especially the moron in front of us that spent the night holding up a beer bottle in salute to the band while groping his girlfriend and screaming every lyric into her ear. The show was relatively enjoyable, if not forgettable (for me), but the drive home was horrendous. In fact, there WAS no driving for about two hours afterwards. We literally sat in the parking lot, not even budging, for two full hours before our section finally was able to leave. Nissan is just notorious for that, as there's only one way in and out of the venue, which is insane.

3. Bob Mould - I loved the White Stripes show, but this show probably meant more to me emotionally, because my good friend Jason Narducy, a guy I've known since college, is playing bass in Bob's band. It's amazing because when Jason and I met, we were both into similar artists, and Bob Mould was one of them. In fact, Jason was jealous of me at the time for having seen Bob live a few times. Now, Jason is playing bass in his band! (He's known Bob for quite some time actually. Bob produced his band Verbow's debut album.) Jason is an incredibly talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, and now we have to add bass to that repertoire. For those unfamiliar with Bob, he was the guitarist for punk band Husker Du, a band known for incredibly loud yet melodic guitar assaults. Bob went solo around 1990 and has been producing great music on his own ever since (although I have to admit I've sort of fallen out of favor with much of his stuff over the last few years, especially as he's delved into electronica stuff). Bob hadn't done a full band tour in years, so this was a welcome return, and it was a fantastic representation of his body of work, from Husker Du to the present, and it was, BY FAR, the loudest friggin' show I've ever seen in my life!! It was at the 9:30 Club in D.C., and thank God I had earplugs (which I took out on occasion to get the full effect). Bob's always been loud, but this was just insane. But his guitar playing was amazing, his vocals were great, and my buddy Jason was, without a doubt, the best bassist/background singer ever to be associated with Mr. Mould. I was so proud of him up there. It was really special for him, I'm sure, and it was special for me to watch. Probably the equivalent for me would've been having the opportunity to play with Stuart Adamson. Very cool stuff. Oh, and the show was filmed for a future DVD, so if you're into Bob, check it out and look for me and Joanie somewhere in the crowd (actually, Jason hooked us up with VIP seats, so we're in a primo spot up in the balcony - we felt so important). It was a horrible night weatherwise, with torrential downpours, so the hour or so drive was no fun. Add to that an 11:30 stage time for Mould, and it was tough on us aging hipsters. But it was a Friday night, so at least we got to sleep in on Saturday...

Anyway, a fun few shows. Nice to see so much live music again!

Next update will have a new demo, promise! I recently purchased an amazing new instrument that I'm totally nuts about. Will be featured HEAVILY on future music. More next time....

Take care!!