Oh, Taxi!

You know, Tijuana Taxicab Drivers may have been mischaracterized as being aggressive, reckless, and notorious speedy drivers.  The police had to urge this bunch on…

But one thing is for certain…They sure are a noisy bunch!

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Play for me.  Play with me.  Just don’t play at me…

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Happy Columbus Day


I know it’s been a long time but hey, there is just so many hours in a day. I have been very busy. I recently returned from a tour of 21 states, with a few Music Conferences sprinkled in, during the past few months. I have also been very busy maintaining the studio, the gear, the computers and what not. All necessary and all a part of my job description. I have been recently busy preparing for a hardware upgrade.

Being a Keyboardist, I am used to having a lot of gear and now with the help of several manufactures, which I will name shortly, I have adopted as official and unofficial sponsors, I am committed to become more mobile. It is the way of the future.  Now there you go, ready to jump all over me… I am not saying having a master-class, studio is a thing of the past.  What I am saying is, for this Producer, mobility is essential and the equipment I have acquired over the years is just not practical, nor mobile enough for the task.  Were I to have the facilities to house a more permanent type studio, I would love to hook up the rack gear and loudspeakers.  Someone asked why do you need such big speakers?  Well, really the only answer I have is, “It’s all about dat bass!”  It is just another perspective of how a particular track is going to sound…  Don’t forget, once published, your track may be played on:  Home speakers, car speakers, cheap earbuds and headphones, expensive earbuds and headphones, elevator speakers, outdoors, indoors, soft, loud, and anything that may crop up in the future that doesn’t yet exist…

How so, you say? Well for one thing, software available these days has just improved so vastly, I can finally rely much less on hardware; Keyboards, Speakers, Stands, Racks, Mixing Consoles, and about a mile-and-a-half of assorted cables. It may work for Sony or Capital Records but I don’t have a quarter of a million dollars to work with. That is not to say hardware is no longer necessary, it’s just that it has changed to a much smaller and much more capable footprint.

Not only has the Music Software vastly improved but so has the myriad of Computer Software in General, making composing and producing music much more pleasurable. Thank you, Microsoft, Apple, and you too Google for making me more of a Musicologist and less of a Computer Technologist. We still have a lot to talk about but I appreciate that after 40 years of bugs, viruses, and what-not, things can work, if you have the right combination of tools…

So, with mobilization in mind, I will shortly be moving. It isn’t easy finding a place that is affordable and still has an atmosphere I can feel creative and inspired to work in. The latter being imperative. I am excited with some of the more recent investments I have made. Among those I am pleased the most with are:


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Fed Up being Fed On

What makes music so special? It is special because it is a work of art. Art is special because it is the work of an artist, that can be interpreted and enjoyed by other artists and also by those who are not artists.

That is what Baked Alaska, Sushi, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chile Colorado, and Pop Tarts is to food. That is what Dom Perignon, Chivas Regal, Fresh-squeezed lemonade, Coca Cola (The Original), and Yuban Coffee is to Drink.

So where am I taking you with this? Well, you probably won’t believe it until you get there, but much as the specific food and drinks mentioned above, is to the general idea of food and drinks, so is the music and rhythms of specific genres, is to the general idea of music and rhythms. Those specific brands of food and drinks are genres.  (Read More…)

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You’re Too Loud — And Rude!

That is all I have to say about that. I was out scouting for talent last week and ran across a quartet (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Percussion) playing Pink Floyd, Santana covers and a pretty bad attempt at a Zeppelin song. I didn’t stay for the next set.                (Read more…)

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