My photographer friend, Kevin, and I went out for a couple hours after getting some work done today to shoot some photos for the not-quite-ready trevdiesel(dot)com and for the album booklet. It's just funny how you take 80 pictures and end up with only 2 good ones and 4 possibly-usable-somewhere-sometime ones.
On a somewhat-related musical note, my friends Waltz for Venus were on the radio this afternoon doing a 3-part interview and live tracks on air. Congrats, dudes. Only wish I could've heard it - I tuned in, but only found out after the fact that I was on 93.5 instead of 95.7. Damn. Hope it was cool - let me know if you've got an audio file of the program.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Yesterday, while eating a granola bar, I walked by a woman who said to me:
And it just struck me as kind of odd. That's what food is! It's gas for the car! Sure it is enjoyable, but technically our level of activity should match the level of intake - it's fuel! (...and at that instant, I was eating a granola bar mainly because I was bored).
I know that's a silly thing to blog about, but it's just the little things in life that make things interesting.
at 12:47 PM
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
My boss just walked in my office and handed me a note and a paycheck envelope. The note said:
"Trev, This is a gift from individuals who wish to remain anonymous. It is to assist your CD project."
I then opened the envelope and found a check for $1,000. I am absolutely blown away. I don't even know what to say.
"Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before." [Joseph Campbell]
at 9:34 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.
at 10:50 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
So I've been an absentee-blogger for about a month now...
- Life is good. My music 'career' is picking up and I'm spending most of my free time working on the business side of things (promotion, booking, organizing, etc) or writing/practing/studio.
- My daughter can now moo, kiss, high five, dance like the woman in Flashdance, among other things.
- Not really reading anything right now, but just ordered B.K.S. Iyengar's "Light on Life." Iyengar, for those who don't know, was one of the first to bring Yoga to the United States many years ago and is still teaching and writing. This new book is supposedly about 'the art of living' as opposed to what he normally writes about: 'the art of yoga.' (Not that the two are all that different, in actuality). Will let you know how it is.
- I love this season: that time in Indiana when it's too hot for heating and too cold for air-conditioning. The windows can be open and there's a fresh breeze. You go outside in the morning and it's brisk and beautiful and it's just about the time to start wearing jackets. Campfire season!
- I go back into the studio on Sunday to record trumpet and finish guitar.
- Tasted "Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper" on Saturday. 3 of my favorite things in one can. I was majorly disappointed. It tasted like....... Dr. Pepper.
at 1:53 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
This weekend went better than I could've even hoped. Derek (drums) and Cale (bass) hit it out of the park and we were able to knock out all 5 songs on those two instruments in 8.5 hours. Much, much love to both of them and to the people that came out to visit us in the studio (Amy, Llama, Jay, Nico and David).
Recording a scratch track
Yes, there is a lot of "down" time
A view from above
Smooth as silk
The Llama, Empty Pizza Boxes and Beer Cans
Scott the Engineer
Derek England toying with the cymbal. How's THAT for a make-shift mallet? (Note: It did NOT work out)
Cale fixing a couple of bass lines in the main control room
Gazing into the visual drum monitor
the "When I Die" upright bass
I look more "sauced" than she does, but she was keeping up just fine... don't let the picture fool you.
Llama and Diesel livin' it up
Cale macking on everyone else's ladies
at 10:50 AM
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Recording for the new 5-song EP began yesterday! Everything went better than expected - in part because my buddies are such amazing players. I'm so proud of the drum and bass tracks that are being layed down by my good friends Derek and Cale. More details including studio pictures and post-studio-party pictures coming late tonight or sometime on Monday.
at 9:21 AM