Archive for October, 2013

As my last band 49 Fingers was building up toward recording its first album, we had a smattering of songs that we did record but chose not to include for one reason or another. One of those is a song called Nothing You Can Do About Happy, or just Happy, for short. It was actually recorded in a couple hours on a whim as an attempt to place one of our songs in a movie. It didn’t make it, but I always think it would be a pleasant song to hear as ending credits roll.

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There is a song by Seals & Crofts called Hummingbird. It’s a 70s tune, and I have strong memories of hearing it as a kid. And then there was a big span of time when I didn’t hear it. In 2008, I bought the song and was able to revisit it. The bridge … oh the bridge.

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You know them – they’re the band that opens for the band you’re going to see, or the band you’re going to see is opening for them. If you’re really lucky, there are many bands in one night, so your $5 cover charge gets you oodles of great music to last all night. If you’re like most people I know, you like Band X, and you try to arrive exactly when Band X starts and leave right after they’re done. Why? Because most other bands suck!

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In 1987, I was 16 and took a job at a potato chip factory in Salem, NH called Granite State Potato Chips. It was a pretty cool job – I was making minimum wage ($4/hr) but I was able to eat all the potato chips I wanted for free. What more could a 16 year old want? And you haven’t had potato chips until you’ve had them straight out of the oil. Nothing like it!

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In the 80s, I was a top 40 fanatic. Not just a listener, mind you, but a fanatic. Not only would I read Billboard’s Hot 100 religiously every week, but I would actually sit down and *type out* the top 40, song by song, and memorize each song’s statistics (chart position this week, chart position last week, number of weeks on chart, etc). Yes, I know … nerd alert. Like, neon sign nerd alert. But hey, at least I had a passion!

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In 1996, I went on a west coast road trip with my friend Dave. While we were enjoying a morning movie in the form of The Next Karate Kid on the Motel 6 TV, I decided to peruse the job openings in the local paper. I lived in Massachusetts at the time and had been contemplating a move to the Bay Area. One of the positions was for quality assurance of a new technology that would help you track your geographical location based on wireless satellite communications. My reaction was “Pfbllt! It’ll never work.”

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Just today, a coworker asked me when my next album was coming out. He was happy to hear that I am currently working on it, and *I* am happy to say that one song is 95% complete. The “album” is an EP, actually, the sibling to Lighter Side of The Dark, which I released earlier this year. This one, probably obviously, will have faster, heavier, more thumping tunes. After Sansbeat, I was dying to write a song with drums in it, so you can be sure that there will be no shortage of rhythm on this EP.

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