Playing Music is About Having Fearless Style

There are two things holding back most musicians: lack of practice and fear. Most good musicians are acutely aware of their weaknesses when it comes to their particular instrument (your voice counts as an instrument). It could be a lack of dexterity or strength, weak lung capacity, weak knowledge of musical theory and how it... Continue Reading →

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Albums You Should Listen To This Week

There's some great new stuff that's come out lately. Here's a taste of some songs from those albums: "Solved" by MC Frontalot off of his album "Solved" "Brendan's Death Song" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers off the album "I'm With You" "Yellow Belly" by Thrice off of the album "Major/Minor" "Dimitri Mendeleev" by Astronautalis... Continue Reading →

Things I Learned Today

At work: The mail server we use as part of our server environment is, in fact, scriptable, but only exposes a COM interface. I now get to figure out how to hook in to it from C#, and pray that I can write managed code to talk to it in a sane way. Energy Option Swaps are... Continue Reading →

Couch Guitar Straps

Part of the fun of having a blog is being able to pimp awesome things or companies that I find. This is not an endorsed advertisement. I will always tell you if I sell ad space to a company here. This is stuff I use and love enough to share. This week I want to share... Continue Reading →

Ira Glass – The Gap

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Every time I create something I think about this. I think it's because, even though I've done a lot of creative work, I still feel like I'm working my way across the gap. I feel a bit like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade when he has... Continue Reading →

On Writing

So I'm a writer. I write. I write here. I write novels every November. I like that kind of writing, but I don't love that kind of writing. It's not me. I am never fully myself when writing here or elsewhere. I am creating a caricature of either myself, or the world I see, or the worlds I... Continue Reading →

Love Songs

Is anyone else deathly tired of love songs? I don't mean songs that inspire love, I mean those sickeningly sweet songs written about how much someone loves someone else, that are meant to pull at those particular heartstrings. I love Eric Clapton, that should come as no surprise to most of you, but if I... Continue Reading →

Chasing Tone

If you talk to people who produce music, there's this whole culture obsessed with tone. As a guitarist, and as someone interested in the recording and production process, I seem to sit in the midst of two of the most heavily tone obsessed groups out there. These are the people who cling to, admittedly, archaic... Continue Reading →

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