Archive for August, 2013

Among my friends, it’s no mystery that my friend Dave and I did a “video karaoke” kinda thing at King’s Dominion (Virginia) back in 1994. This was prior to my being in any band at all (I barely knew how to play guitar at that point). Instead of karaoke, where one sings to the background music, we acted out the visual portion of the performance while the song played. I remember that the guy running the booth was so impressed with the results (or laughed his ass off at our antics) that he decided to showcase our video outside the booth, on the monitors that are supposed to entice you to come in and try it yourself. Dave never seemed too thrilled about the video, but I happen to be a big fan. If you like mullets and invisible shorts, come along for a ride.

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A selection of pictures along my musical journey that I think came out the best for one reason or another. Yeah, they’re pictures of me, but before you go calling me a narcissist, remember that I posted band photos first 😛
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It sounds so simple – get the band together, look cohesive, find an interesting location, and get a photographer to take some pictures. But somehow a band photo shoot is never so easy. Just about every band I was in attemped a photo shoot at some point, either to promote the band itself or a CD release. Sometimes it just went well … sometimes, well, it just went.

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I’ve published a handful of entries about my last band 49 Fingers. You can expect many if you’re a regular reader of this blog, and this time I am telling you about the specific creation of a bass “solo” and how it went up against a very nice saxophone intro, plus the ensuing deliberations leading to which version appeared on the album. The song in question is Firehose.

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If this won’t get you to see 49 Fingers play live, nothing will …

I posted earlier about the journey from demo to finished product for the 49 Fingers song called Sea Monkeys. You can hear the official recorded version on the CD Quo Vadimus, but did you know that there is something special in store if you hear us play the song live in a venue with a rockin’ sound system?

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I remember the very first time I used a paper cup. We had a Dixie Cup dispenser in the house we lived in when I was a small child. One day I wanted a drink, so … next logical step was to get a cup and fill it with water from the sink. I was just old enough to not have to ask my mother to do it, so I was probably about 4.

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So many bands have come and gone, and one of the best bands I’ve been in was the last one I was part of, a rock band I started with my brother Kevin and sister in-law Melody … called 49 Fingers. When I moved to Oregon in 2004, it was a natural thing for my brother and I to want to play together – he’s a drummer, and I’m a bass player. Melody sang, so we had everything but a guitarist.

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