There are times when I come across ideas, movements, groups, concepts, whatever...and I just think...man I want to be a part of that. It is something I want to share in or create something in the same arena. It has so many or all of the elements of what gets me excited to pursue ideas. I came across the website Shaking Through and pretty much became immersed in the mini documentaries, the songs, the photos, and the stories this place has to offer. Not only do I get to nerd out on all of the studio stuff, but the creative discussions about songwriting, the producing process, and the whole vibe of the site and the idea is fantastic. The videos and photos are really well done. You can see creativity and art and the blend of technology and technical expertise all in the context of music and film. Check out what is going on at this place, support them if you like via their kickstarter campaign, and who knows, perhaps someday our studio out here will develop/support something similar!
Hello Everyone! First of all, a late Happy New Year to you all! After a wonderful time spend back on the east coast for Christmas, I returned to southern california just before the new year. It was a great time at home seeing friends and family and was great to return to friends out on the west coast too!
Surfing and climbing helped me ease back into my lifestyle out here and we were blessed with some pretty awesome weather to enjoy so far this January. Included in the fun was heading to the Belly Up to see Dick Dale, king of the surf guitar and Hargo. The boys from Hargo put on a great show, I'm really enjoying their sound and tightness of the live shows I've seen. Check them out if you haven't already http://hargomusic.com/.
Dick Dale put on a great show of surf rock classics packed with energy. We had a great spot right up front where the band was rocking out.
We've finished the drywall for the studio! I'll post some more pictures soon.
I've gotten my first international show experience in the Dominican Republic at the Aloha Surf Cafe...thanks to Juan Carlos and the Aloha Cafe for a rocking time.
More updates coming soon. I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2012!
Well, the past two weeks provided me with some pretty awesome shows. I haven't been seeing as much live music as I would like to on a regular basis and I definitely was able to satisfy my appetite with these recent performances. It all started the weekend after Thanksgiving, checking out a jazz guitar duo in Del Mar, CA to warm me up for BB King at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. What a great show that was. BB and his band were able to give a stellar performance, complete with Lucille singing her blues in true form. He had a fantastic band behind him, complete with horns, guitars, drums, keys, the whole bit. Epic.
Then, this past Saturday evening, I headed down towards San Diego to see the 91X Wrex the Halls Night 1 show. Lineup was solid. Naked and Famous, Airborne Toxic Event, Cage the Elephant, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Death Cab for Cutie, and Florence and the Machine. It was a long night of music, but being up front on the floor was a great experience. All of the bands were pretty solid with the highlights being Death Cab and Florence for me. Awesome weeks of live music! Thanks to Kei for some of the pictures from the show! Hope to be playing live myself in the coming weeks after Christmas.
So I would like to start sharing some of the songs that I have been into recently. I'd like to do 5 songs every week or so that I've been really into/listening to regularly. Hopefully I can help spread some tunes. So here it goes for this week:
The Temper Trap: Sweet Disposition
Friendly Fires: Skeleton Boy
Broken Bells: The High Road
The Joy Formidable: Whirring
Eddie Vedder: Hard Sun
So check them out..hope you like them! Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend. Got some fun surfing in over the past two weeks, lots of hiking, some microbrew tasting, etc...Been working to finish the Acoustic EP artwork as well. Stay tuned.
Pursuing passions and appreciating the joys and blessings of life. I have been given so much, I'd like to use music as an avenue to give back.