I’m alive and well. And busy. Gosh. . .where to start. . .?
I’ve been doing lots of recording, with my friends from my first band ever.
I went on a random little day trip up the Columbia gorge with RockShowGirl, and we hiked to one of the many waterfalls and enjoyed the scenery along the curvy old highway. On the way back, we stopped in Cascade Locks, where we ate the best bacon burgers either of us had eaten in our entire lives. I suppose that means I’ll have to stop calling myself a ‘quasi-vegetarian epicure’ pretty soon, yeah?
I went to see an unbelievably amazing show; a double-headliner bill featuring Butterfly Boucher AND Emilie Simon. Both are supremely talented (not to mention beautiful), and I got the chance to meet both of them afterwards. I told Butterfly that I’d love to play cello with her the next time she’s in town, and she seemed like she was into the idea.
I did something I’ve never done before, and thought that I’d never do; I went to a minor-league basketball game. [I will now pause for your exclamations of shock and horror.] Ordinarily, I find most sporting events mind-numbingly boring, so I volunteered to take pictures (with someone else’s digital camera, which is much slower and less responsive than mine) of the game. I took about two hundred, and I would guess that about three actually came out. It was pretty funny.
I went to an amazing restaurant called Trébol with Jeannie-wa. It was stellar, and I can’t wait to go back again.
I went to an amazing restaurant called Indish with BoringFish. It was stellar, and I can’t wait to go back again.
I had a gig with IrishBand, which ended up being IrishDuo that night, because Violinist was in MileHighState. It was the first time we’ve ever done a duo show like that, and it was actually quite fun. I brought the accordion, and someone asked if we knew any Beatles songs. I couldn’t help myself, and blurted out, “Yeah, I know all of them.” This was their cue to throw obscure songs at me, to try and stump me, which didn’t happen. “I Don’t Want To Spoil the Party”, “Let It Be”, “Blue Jay Way”, “Real Love”, all were par for the course. It was super fun, and we may actually incorporate that sort of Beatles sing-along set into some of our future shows. If anybody got pictures of that, I haven’t seen them.
I’ll spare you the technical details, but I bought some equipment for my cello which makes it possible to plug it directly into a PA channel, instead of having to mic it when I’m on stage. It may have been a small step for mankind, but it was a giant leap for my cello career.
I went to a friend’s bachelor party, which lasted until six o’clock in the morning. At around quarter to five, a neighbor called the cops to complain about the noise in general, but ‘in specific’, I’m sure it had to do with our hilariously horrible drunken guitar playing. The cop couldn’t have been any nicer, actually. He was great, and totally cool about it. It was a super-fun party. I spent the next day in bed, and got up around three-thirty to take a shower and make the hour-long drive up to SeaBird’s family’s home in the middle of a cedar grove on the edge of a hill, to eat incredible food, marvel over the kids, watch the neighbors’ enormous fireworks display, and celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, and the founding of our country. They are my surrogate parents, and I always come away feeling rejuvenated after spending time with them. People like that are very rare and special.
Yesterday, I bought new heads for my drums, installed them, tuned them up, and then recorded drum tracks for three songs in our FirstBand project. I started working on a fourth song, but it was trickier than the other three, and I didn’t get a take that I was satisfied with, so I’m going to give it its due today.
So yeah. Been all busy all the time lately, but I haven’t forgotten about you. It’s nice to finally have spare minutes to let you know what’s been happening. This is just an overview, too. There’s been plenty more, such as going to movies and sushi with LJ and SeaBird, for example.
Today I woke up at nine and edited audio tracks, even before I’d had coffee, in order to get ready for today’s recording session. It promises to be another good, productive day. There’s certainly been a lack of ennui around here lately.
Okay. Deep breath, diving back in now. . .