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Saturday, August 21, 2004
... I will marry Gabrielle Middaugh. I'm thrilled and excited and stressed. Wish me luck and happiness. I'll report back next week.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Well, actually it's just about a week away. Tonight I head out to the bachelor party.
While I'm out causing trouble, here's the "song" I promised. It's actually just a bit of messing around on the Moog. Not much structure. Two tracks. One take each. It is what it is.
Listen to it here!
Friday, August 13, 2004
As Gabrielle put it: you are not bring another keyboard into this house, are you? Only for a short time, I said!
My kind and generous friend Alex has graciously asked me to housesit his brand-new Minimoog Voyager for a week while he's kayaking the Canadian waters outside the 'couve.
It's inexplicable how unbelievably happy this synthesizer makes me. It's the ultimate stress releif. Especially now that the medicine bottle is empty.
Of course, this is not the week that I have a hell of a lot of time to Moog. But I have it set up right next to the computer ... so it's a little work, a little Moog.
We'll see what we can't record with this bad boy to share with y'all. No promises.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
This past Saturday I took a much-needed break from non-stop UglyTown production design mixed with wedding planning. Gab and I went over to our friend Alex's pad. After we'd all done much munching and drinking, Alex leads me into his new music studio he's constructing in his garage. He stuffed his old upright piano in here, in addition to the two computers, four flat screens, and complete ProTools set-up. But the thing that really caught my eye was the small keyboard encased in warm wood.
A Minimoog Voyager.
I've long been a fan of the Moog -- the original analog synthesizer, but I really never thought I'd play one.
It was fantastic. It even had a Touch Surface Controller that allows you to alter the soundwaves with the wave of your fingers, sorta like a Theremin. Alex started to lay down some beats with the computer and then moved over to the piano while I played away.
All in all, a great stress-free night.
Less than two weeks to go!
Thursday, August 05, 2004
It seems like a great idea, doesn't it? Gabrielle has wanted one ever since I've known her. A programmable coffee maker. Fill it up the night before and -- voila -- fresh coffee in the morning.
Unless you forget to put the coffee pot in the machine. Then you get fresh coffee all over your kitchen.
Where's that medicine bottle?
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
My good friend Chris, editor-in-chief of the way cool food and wine mag DINE, hooked me up with a medicine bottle filled with a sample of the brand new vodka Graffiti. This nice stuff is distilled from barley malt.
It's somehow appropriate that it came in a medicine bottle, because I'm going to need it -- my wedding is less than 20 days away. I wouldn't say that I'm stressed, but I'd feel a lot better if all the little details were completely taken care of.
And I'd feel a lot better if I didn't have to get two books to press and finish writing another kids book before then.
Where's that medicine bottle?
Sunday, August 01, 2004
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