Happy Father's Day!
Though I am not a father myself, I hope to be someday. The whole thought of fatherhood would be much scarier to me if I hadn't had the greatest example of a father anyone could ever hope for. I really mean that. Being a dad should be much easier with such a perfect model to follow. Happy Father's Day Dad! Mom, if you're reading this, please email me an older picture of Dad to post. Thanks!
Thank you Katrina…
And a special
happy Father's Day to both of my
brothers; another two amazing examples of
what it means to be a good dad.
Elsie and I went to KC yesterday for my
friends' wedding. Here is a
picture of the beautiful couple:
Pretty adorable. Ryan is
one of my most talented friends; I can prove it
here, here, here, and here. Plus, he must be pretty
amazing to find such a beautiful person like
Rachel. Congrats to both of
you! While I'm waiting for Elsie
to send me some photos,
I'll backtrack a little.
So, last Thursday (around 5 in the morning) I finished up my last session with Daniel Renstrom. Those were some of the kindest people I've had the privilege of working with in a long time. Here are some photos from our sessions:
(These are stolen from Daniel's blog by the way)
I think the album turned out great, and I'm sure the release date will be sometime this winter.
Ok, here are the pictures from KC:
My schedule has opened up quite a bit now. I'm pretty anxious to get back into writing this week. I haven't forgotten that I promised a preview of a new song. I guess that was several months ago… Sorry about that. Soon! Thanks for reading.
Today is day three working with Daniel Renstrom. You can listen to his music here. Things have been moving along nicely. We have finished all of the drum and bass parts, and have moved on to guitar. I will pause for a moment to check and see if I can steal any pictures from his blog…
Oh, even better. He has video:
I will also have Elsie take some pictures tonight.
I'm sorry that this is brief, I have to get back to our session. I just wanted to give you a little update and say thank you for all of the lovely suggestions about my yard. There are some pretty amazing benefits to having a majority female audience… (if you are new here, this audience comes over from my girlfriend's blog. I'm not a "dude" or anything…)
is the time that I am starting this blog. It seems the less sleep I get, the harder time I have sleeping. Strange. I didn't sleep much last night, and I'm completely wired tonight/this morning/whatever. I thought for sure I'd be tired since I actually worked outside most of the afternoon.
I own a small house here in Springfield, and have my brother and niece for roommates. Here is a picture of Elsie and Bella, my niece:
I bought this house three or four years ago with the intention of flipping it shortly after. I spent months working with my dad fixing it up and getting it ready to sell. We tried to go neutral with all of the colors, keeping most of the walls white, I mean, white-white. After all the work we put into it, I was too exhausted to think about selling it, and starting another project, so I stayed. I've lived with those same bland colors and decor for this entire time. So, today I started my summer project. Elsie and I went to Lowe's so she could pick out a color scheme, and I looked at some doors. But like I said, I spent most of the afternoon outside. I completely gutted the flowerbeds in the front yard (they were just weeds at this point) and put down some new paper and red cedar chips. I'm still not sure what to plant there. I'll gladly take suggestions though; I need something that needs very little attention… Or something that can handle being watered religiously for a week and then forgotten about. Let me know if you know of any flowers that match that description. We will soon be starting the work on the inside. Fortunately, I happen to be very close with someone who is an extremely gifted artist, and is open to the idea of doing some custom paintings to hang. Yep. Here is some of the newer stuff she's been working on:
Also, I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this or not, but I'm also a big fan of Mark Rothko. I dear friend of mine introduced me to his artwork several years ago, and it's always kept my attention:
I'm not an artist at all, so my taste is allowed to be all over the map. I've also been growing very fond of Mark Ryden.
I may be on here a little less this week. Tomorrow I'm starting another project with an artist named Daniel Renstrom. We're going to try to finish an entire album in a week. Wish us luck. I will post pictures.
Other thoughts for tonight since I don't have a Twitter:
Looking forward to ending my fast tomorrow
There seems to be a potential for some collaboration with Chris Merritt…
More people need to hear the new Animal Collective
Still have never seen that Benjamin Button movie
In the last week, I managed to watch the entire second season of "Extras".
It's starting to get a little bit silly now. I mean seriously.
When I first started recording music, I thought it would be a great learning experience for me to write and perform all of the parts myself. In a lot of ways, it's been extremely helpful and gratifying. But this year, I decided to take on some songs with real orchestral parts. On my last album, I did a lot of MIDI (keyboard) strings with a couple of real violins or cellos layer in there with it. Somehow over time, I've gradually started to loathe the sound of anything but real honest to goodness stringed instruments. So, this means that for each particular song I have to get at least 15 good takes of the first violins part (to make up for the other 14 absent violinists), maybe 10 or so of the 2nd violins, and so on… This is especially difficult since I am still very much a beginner on these instruments, and at times I feel very lucky to get even 1 pass with minimal errors.
I suppose there is some good and bad news in all of this. The good, is that for each song I record, I'm getting somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 hours of practice in. The bad, is that I'm getting 30 hours/song of incorrect practice. This means that if I ever decide to properly learn any of these instruments, I will have thousands of hours of habits to unlearn. As of now, I am still holding the violin and viola much like a cello; sitting upright in my lap. I will have Elsie take some pictures of this process, it's very strange. Back to work.