Thursday, January 7


Beth and I just finished a Christmas visit to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  Great trip.  It was amazing that we were able to go wherever we wanted without resorting to getting into a car except twice.  This was mainly for convenience, as at the beginning of the trip we were pretty heavily laden with baggage, which was fixed after that leg of our trip.  Other than the airport to hotel run at the beginning, and a quick trip to the train station, we utilized public transport for the entirety of our city transit.

This is a picture of the memorial marker for Mozart.  He isn't actually buried underneath the marker, as it was usual during his time for common people to be buried in mass graves, and several attempts to locate his body exactly were unsuccessful, even as soon as 10 years after his death.

more to come...

Tuesday, September 15

long time, no post.

Sorry for the long time between posts.  I guess I have been busy living life.  So, what's been going on?  Gigging mainly.  This year has been one of the busiest in recent memory in terms of sheer volume of work, which is good.  Since Beth is in school full time I need to accept as much work as possible to get us through the next couple of years.

I got some more gear.  I know, surprise, surprise.  I know, dear reader, that you find it hard to believe that I would get more stuff, but here's the short list off top of my head.

Antelope Audio Zen studio- this is an audio interface with 12 remote controlled mic preamps and 8 more converters to track a small session independently.  The preamps sound great, it's a big step up from my motu traveler, which was getting long in the tooth and is now doing duty as a midi interface.

Blue Kiwi microphone.  I traded my friend Mark some store credit at sweetwater sound for this mic. It's got multiple patterns (omni, cardioid, figure 8) and has really great detail.

RE-20, MD421, EV329, my friend Leon was looking to sell these so he gave me a great deal on a package.  The RE20 is a broadcast mic, good for voice over work, horns, bass cabs, all around nice general purpose mic.  The 421 is also in the same flavor category, warm, dynamic, multipurpose mic. The EV mics is a kick drum mic and I honestly haven't fooled with it much.

Anyway, I'll check back in soon.  Writing the blog is a bit cathartic.

Monday, February 9


I flew home late last friday and got to spend the majority of the day with Beth.  We rode our bikes around downtown Baton Rouge, went to a couple of bars, saw two parades and ran into our high school friend Donald Hodge.  It was glorious.  The weather was perfect, crisp, but not freezing, and the skies were a pale blue.  Sunday was spent lazing about on the couch, not doing much of anything, also glorious!

Recently, I ran into a problem where my external music drive would show up under Mac Os X in the disk utility and would mount properly there, but wouldn't be visible on the desktop.  My google-fu was weak and I searched unsuccessfully for a solution to the problem.  Finally, I found a thread on a forum that described this problem exactly, and was able to fix it

I went to :

Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal
chflags nohidden /Volumes/yourvolumenamehere/

It works perfectly!  

Friday, February 6

happy friday

I ran into this article on one of my favorite websites,
I think it is timely and true.  Today is the last day of my epic "corporate tour 2015"  and I am so ready to be home.  Just 15 hours left :)

Wednesday, January 21

All the News fit to print

This January it worked out that I ended up being booked for 5 weeks of corporate shows in a row.  I had already anticipated two shows, but a client ended up asking me to fill in on another two shows so I am having a very busy start to the year.

In addition, on three of these jobs I am using my own digital audio console.   As all three of my readers know, (hi Mom, Dad, and Aunt Ann!) last October I ordered a Midas Pro One Live Mixing Console, which is ideal for the types of industrial theatrical events that I staff.  40 inputs, remote stage boxes, and the sweet sound of Midas microphone preamplifiers.  Bringing my own console reduces load in time, requires less programming, and allows me to just do my job with consistent, repeatable results.    I have been really happy with the result, and I really like the desk.

New Years Goals in no particular order:

1.  Continue to not smoke.  I slipped up and smoked for a couple of weeks in December.  I have been successful this month not smoking, and just need to build on my successes last year not smoking.  Not a big deal, because I went all of last year without smoking regularly, but I would like to extend not smoking regularly into not smoking at all!

2.  Study more Spanish.  I subscribed to a learning website called Fluencia, which has been quite good at increasing my Spanish comprehension, but I haven't been studying with any regularity.

3.  Run another 5k.  On thanksgiving I ran the Calvary Turkey trot with my cousins Paul and Melissa.  I did have to stop and walk quite a few times.  I would like to be able to run a 5k without stopping this year.

Two of these goals require consistent practice which is tough for me, as my schedule is always irregular.  I need to find a better way to be consistent in managing time, even when I have 14-16 hour workdays.   I have had success waking up early to accomplish more, but when my day starts at 5:30 or 6 am for a work call, it's tough to wake up any earlier to fit in exercise and language practice.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them in the comments suggestion or via email.

I am still enjoying not using facebook.  I feel like I am a bit more engaged in my day to day life.