Not updating this page very often – I’ll have to get into practice this, even if it’s only for me to take time to reflect on what I’ve been doing (or not doing).
Here goes –
Writing and Recording
Been focusing on a few songs, but am not getting a lot of traction on them. Allen Marshall (guitarist and co-conspirator) and I are trying to renew our musical working relationship. Hopefully we’ll get some traction this summer on this.
Last August I went looking for a Hammond Console (as opposed to a spinet, of which the M3 is one). I found an RT3, which is basically the BIG brother of the Hammond B3. While I don’t use the additional feature of the RT3, someday I just may. the RT3 has a larger set of bass pedals as well as additional pedal voices. It is also wider to accommodate them, by about 8 inches and outweighs the B3 by enough that you need an additional person to lift it. This makes the RT3 more of a permanent installation candidate, which suits me fine (don’t want to haul around 450 pounds of organ to gigs). It and the Leslie speaker fill about 20-25% of my studio space, so it’s getting crowded in there.
This past week I had a local Hammond tech out to look at it, and he proclaimed it in very good shape. However, the drawbars (the sliders that allow you to customize the Hammond sound ) need to be cleaned, which requires they be removed. The goal is to have them back by the end of July and have a very happy RT3.
Joined a local, new band called “Freefall” in December. I played with two of the members previously (guitarist Craig and vocalist Keely), I didn’t know the rest of the players. Turns out Greg (bass), Jerry (drums ) and Nikki (vocals) are excellent. We tried to pick songs that were popular, but off the beaten track of every other middle-aged-classic-rock-band. The challenging tunes include Kansas, Toto, Genesis, Heart, a bit of Styx, Peter Gabriel and others. If I had my druthers we’d “play songs you won’t hear other classic rock bands play” and fill out our sets accordingly. For me, it’s about the song and doing a good job playing the song as a band. Some songs will take time to work out, some songs are not playable live , but there are enough songs out there that fit in the wheelhouse that I think we could have fun, be challenged, and make it a great time for the audience.
Don’t talk much about the family on this site, but considering the lack of progress on the current album I think making mention – however brief – will give people an idea of the challenges.
Stay tuned – Will be adding photos of the studio and the keyboard station build soon –