Posts Tagged ‘rock’

I’m almost finished with Heavier Side, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of the tunes – I’m really excited about how 3rd Person came out – I can listen to it on repeat and just groove all day. This is a pre-mastered copy, so it’s not downloadable yet, but you can play it all you like in the nifty player below, or just click here.

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Sometime around 2000, my friend Rich asked me if I wanted to go check out a performer named Dan Hicks. He was apparently legendary, and his latest album featured a number of well known musicians, including a few artists I liked, so it seemed like a safe gamble to go see him play. He was scheduled at the Cambridge, MA House of Blues, headlining the show for an act that I don’t recall – a guitar-playing singer-songwriter. I convinced my roommate Jeff to go with us – we dropped $20 per ticket and went inside. After grabbing a beer and finding a decent spot to stand for the show, we waited for the opening act to start.

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When I worked at Rational Software in the late 90s, they hired a new VP of Human Resources named Michael. My first impression of him was at our holiday party, where he shushed a few people who were talking during executive presentations, and then proceeded to look on and listen with an interest level I only wish I could ever have for executives giving speeches (yawn). The way he shushed the others kinda bugged me, but I thought “OK, the man got to be a VP – he must be doing *something* right.” My girlfriend at the time, who also worked for Rational, actually knew him from a previous job and said he was a really nice guy. But I hadn’t met him – I’d just made a snap judgment of him from his one action in front of me. I was just a lowly engineer, and he was at the top of the HR department – it was unlikely we’d ever meet on level ground.

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In my sophomore year of college, I took a philosophy class, probably to fulfill a gen-ed requirement. The class was full of all kinds of characters, but one guy in particular always chimed in – you know, the kind of guy you love to hate. His name was Graham Smith, and for the longest time, I just loved to hate him … until one day he showed up to class with a small box that said on the side “Thanks to Gravity – CDs $7.” Truly, what went through my head was that he was selling CDs of various national bands, and thanks to gravity, their price had come down to $7 instead of the sky high $15 that they cost at the mall. I really thought that. Turns out that he was in a campus band by that name. I gambled and parted with a five and two ones to see what his gig was all about. I didn’t know I was in for a ride.

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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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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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I have been labeling my music as electronic from the beginning, mostly because I usually use some form of electronic instruments in it. But when I go off into the world and seek out electronic music by label, I am presented with a variety of stuff that seems synthetic, repetitive, unnatural, and largely unappealing to me, and (not oddly) I don’t feel that way about most of what I write. Because of that, I hesitate to label my music as electronic because I don’t want potential fans who might share my experience with the electronic category, and I also don’t want to falsely advertise my music to the crowd seeking the very sound I’m not creating.

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