Yesterday was one of those days where ideas where coming. As I was out for a run in the morning listening to tunes I got to thinking. I was thinking it would be cool to get a dog. Mind you I’ve had dogs growing up. But since I’ve been out on my own, I haven’t actually had a pet. For some reason it struck me yesterday that it’s time to search out a dog. My preference is for either an Alaskan Malamute or a Siberian Husky.
When I got home from the run I put up a tweet on Twitter about wanting to look for a dog. Within minutes I had a bunch of friends on Twitter and Facebook sending me information and saying all kinds of nice things. I even went so far as to post a listing on Craigslist looking for a puppy of either sort – in the idea that someone would like to find a home for a puppy they can’t have. I’m looking to rescue shelters and the like before I decide to go to a breeder.
Another friend of mine instantly got excited. She wanted to pick out my dog for me. While I felt instantly flattered that she would want to take such an interest I felt it would be better if I had some say in the matter. 🙂 Either way, I put a lot of feelers out for puppies yesterday and got a lot of people involved in the search or rather my research to find a puppy. I think that once I can narrow it to looking at actual puppies or one I can rescue, then I’ll invite my friend to come view any choices I get. However, if you’re reading this, I encourage you to help me in my search – so contact me.
Yesterday also involved recording drums for a new song. A drummer friend of mine owed me a favor so I wanted to make good with his skills on a new tune. I had sent him a rough demo to listen to. Then I actually started making good use of things in logic that allow a writer to manipulate things. One thing that I constantly strive for is getting the tempo and the dynamics of the groove to work right for the song. With this one in particular I ended up trying a bunch of tempos and even a few versions where the tempo varied in different sections.
Erez Ginat, the drummer, was already testing some things out when I arrived. The cool thing was, he was already humming the melody over and over after literally one listen. That’s not bad. Very catchy. Very catchy indeed. When had some technical issues due to me not checking the files I brought – as we opted for a version where the tempo varied. Plus I’m coming from Logic and he’s in Pro-Tools (an older version even). So I had to log on to my computer from his network back to my studio to reoutput the files and bring them back over. Gotta love the ease of Apple’s Mobile Me and Back To My Mac. It has saved my butt several times.
We chatted about how the different sections should go, set the levels and off we went. Slick as can be. Loaded the resulting files up on my thumbdrive and then it was off to the Grammy Museum to check out a night with Al Schmitt with Steve Lukather, George Benson, and Natalie Cole. What an impressive array of people and what a hell of career Al has had.
I ran into yesterday’s Single of the Day Daniel Ho. We sat next to each other and chatted for a while. I told him that I plan to cover that song at one of my upcoming shows and he was really excited to hear me do it. Like I said yesterday, always a smile and happy.
To make a long day longer after the Grammy event it was off to Robert’s studio to talk about the next project we’re doing. More punk stuff for a loop CD. We should have an idea of the scope of things later today. But it seems simple enough. This time around we’re looking at making this more useful than other projects this company has done. We’ll see what they have to say.
I’ve been babbling enough here, I’ve got another blog to finish for an environmental thing, then I need to get to the grocery store to pick up food stuff. All while I’m getting the song I’m working on ready for the Bassist who is going to record his part next. 🙂
So I leave you with a tune called Summertime by Brother Love. I’m beginning to feel that need for Summer, it’s almost here. Somehow this song captures such a great feel for it. I dig the groove, I dig the production, I dig the vocals, I dig the vibe. It’s all in there. I really have to wonder what this song is like live. Can he capture this element of cool live? Or does he end up a victim of his own coolness? That’s what I want to know.
If you don’t have this song or his CD, you need to go get it now!