Happy New Year

A good gig was had at the Tower of the America’s playing with Carl O’Laughlin, and two excellent musicians, Ron and Don (of whose last names I am unsure, though they apparently share a surname, being brothers and all). It is always a good time playing with professional and capable musicians. And getting people up and dancing? Fantastic!
And now I have to deal with a lovely day of allergies. What is it about an allergy attack that makes me want pizza and Coca-Cola?

New Years Show!

A friend of mine has a last-minute need for a drummer so off I will go to the Tower of the America’s for New Years! Apparently the usual drummer’s wife is having a child so he will be unavailable. And that’s good for me. Now to bone up on my classic rock. Strangely, Auld Lang Syne isn’t listed. Ah well.
In case you actually didn’t know here are the words to the classic NYE song:
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Confusion Only: yes. Thrashing Ashley: no.

I had to stop playing with thrashing Ashley a couple of weeks ago as Confusion Only is taking my time. Plus, Confusion Only is actually gigging and making money and Thrashing Ashley is looking for a new guitarist and not playing.

I must admit to feeling bad about stopping the Thrashing ashley saga as they are nice guys and it’s good music. Sadly, i lost too much money on a gig of which I wasn’t even supposed to be a permanent part: way too much money. Especially as i realized midway that the band as it stood wouldn’t be viable after the CD completion, due to members doing too many other things to make ends meet.

Very sad.

confusion Only has finished their CD (the recording part), and most of the artwork, and once the “thank yous” are written, we should be getting that printed. In the meantime, you can buy CD-R versions at our gigs.


Steve Bratland and I ran sound for the Juneteenth celebration downtown. it was quite the experience and a lot of fun. Very very hot, however. I think I sweated half my body weight. It started out “can you run sound?” and morphed into “can you provide a backline as well?” Backline means drum set, bass rig, guitar rig, and maybe a keyboard.

“Sure” says we.

And it was done. Initially we thought we would get away with Steve’s CB700 set that he Drumagogs in his studio, but his hardware isn’t very good so we opted to use my gig hardware. Then we (actually: I) decided that we might as well give a good showing and bring my gig kit. Which we (I) did. Plus speakers, mixer, cords, and etc.


That’s 3/4 of the Sexy Momless Mom Mobile filled. Then we filled the rest of the Now-Extremely-Sexy Sexy Momless Mom Mobile with the PA, more cords, more speakers, stands, stands, a keyboard, and two drum stools (I’d call them thrones but they weren’t going to be used by drummers).

And so we mixed. And sweated. And cursed an intermittent speaker fart that eventually turned out to be a combination of a jitzy line out from the bass rig and bad vocal technique from singers.

I’ll post pics when i can access my camera which is buried in the van at the moment.