It’s has been way too long in between posts, but I am back now and ready to roll. I have been playing gigs, recording, and touring overseas. It has been lovely. But, as before, I always like to return with a little gem of music that has been inspiring me. This is something a little different.
In the pursuit of finding a near-indestructable, non-skipping piece of gear that could be used for playing backing tracks in a live show, I have used MiniDisc, iPod, and 8-track digital recorders to get the job done. Each one of them have their pros and cons. But, I have had troubles with all of them at some point, usually in the middle of a show.
After having to learn nearly 60 new songs in the past few months, I decided to try to simplify the process by using my MacBook to help organize and learn the material. By playing around with iTunes and Adobe Illustrator, I came up with a helpful PDF file and some iTunes tips for the working musician. I hope this helps you in your quest for music. It has worked well for me so far.
I landed in the UK yesterday. Took the train from Paris which travels at about 200-250kph. It’s a great way to travel. It was great to check out the country side of France and England. I met up with the band in London and traveled to the first Waiting Room show which was in Essex. Amazing. The crowds go off here.
I have the day off, so I am planning to write some blogs to fill in the gaps. Big gaps. It’s the musician’s creed of “hurry up… and wait!” There is A LOT of waiting around when you are on tour.
Look forward to the rest of the shows. 16 more to go!
OK… back to writing again. Been crazy filling in for the Reverend in the Melbourne funk band Cold Sweat, and then preparing for a UK Waiting Room tour. I haven’t had a chance to add anything to the drummer blog lately. But, I am back in the saddle and I thought this video would be a good one to kick it off again.
This video is one of the most original pieces I have seen, although it reminds me of an old Art of Noise video from the 80’s. The groove is great and the fills are funky. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken to put together. Have a look see…