Revolution: Spaceship Earth

I’m reading a great book about the American Revolution by Rick Atkinson called “The British Are Coming”. I’m interested because using Ancestry, I found out that I have some British and German relatives who were in America before, during and after the Revolution. As we approach August, Summer is already 1/3rd done. Back to School sales start and swim meets go through their final…

Haunted Camera

I received a new Golden Age R1 Active MKIII Ribbon microphone today and wanted to test it against my trusty AKG microphone, the first test was with a mandolin. Turns out, the two mics complement each other very nicely. The song was just a jam, at first it didn’t sound like a blues song, but the bass line just had to go bluesy –…

The Coffin

Surprise! While the title suggests this might be a spooky story, its not. Its a bit macabre, but more funny than macabre. After my Mom passed away, I took care of my Dad. One thing we had to do was go “shopping for caskets”. When the lady selling the casket asked my father what he was thinking, he said ” Make mine with wheels…

Psychobilly Butch

Butch is a bad assed Psychobilly Goth guitarist. He sings in a coffin microphone And plays a Flying V that he carries in a coffin guitar case

Devolution and Magical Thinking

While the name of this song is revolt, its actually the lack of people protesting where their very survival depends on it. Instead they protest that which saves them. I’ve never seen such a mass suicide, but Jim Jones and Jonestown was a minor precursor. Witness the Red States who are on a dangerous bender to NOT have people vaccinated. See the GQP rally…

Ascension

Yesterday I listened back through my last year of “best” songs, and I’m very happy about the song ideas. The musicianship is better than I had expected, but I do know that I’m quite a step up from that time, and on several instruments. While I’ll never win any awards, I do think I’d be great giving a band who needs song material some…

Camera Eye Puppet Theatre

As you know, this series of Puppet Theatre is NOT to do puppet shows but a cover for doing still life photography. In fact, the 10 years I did Assemblage art were also to give me something to photograph. I’m now working on a puppet stage set that includes cameras as the backdrop – so it should be fun. Building miniature sets with all…

Gold Train

Today was another fun day with the lap steel. I’ve noticed that I cycle through different instruments as far as where I get my inspiration from. Like a gold mine, I follow a vein and then move onto the next instrument.

Arrival (Lap Steel)

What sounds like a lead guitar is actually a lap steel – but played more like a regular guitar – and with a distortion pedal. I’ve been having “little epiphanies” lately about playing the Lap Steel NOT like country players do. I’ll keep experimenting and trying to play the Mandolin, Violin and Lap Steel more as rock instruments than say country, bluegrass or folk…

A Year Learning 7 Musical Instruments

While I had played guitar and keyboards in a couple of bands in the 80’s, at that time I was seriously limited as a beginner. I developed writers block because I only tried a little to learn more than just the handful of guitar chords and also did a little site reading at the piano. I took 2 or 3 music classes at Chabot…