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IOTA Turns 10

Arlington, VA

The month of March is IOTA Club and Cafe ‘s 10th anniversary, they’ll be having special events and showcases all month long. Friday, March 5th will be the local IOTA Showcase, where I will join twenty or so other featured performers in playing 3 or 4 songs each for what is sure to be a unique evening at our favorite local club. Watch this space for more info…

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10 Worst Album Covers

10 Worst Album Covers
It looks like there’s a consensus…
I don’t know, I kind of like “12 Top Hits”

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Los Angeles, Las Vegas, The Grammys, Elton John

IMAGE: The 46th Annual Grammy Awards …oh yeah, and Palm Springs (Rancho Mirage, to be exact).  Have just returned from an eleven-day sojourn out west, part vacation, part work (for Kelly), and nothin’ but sun the entire time.  Covered a lot of ground, including a first-time Vegas-to-L.A. drive (which we did twice); further than I thought at 270 miles, but you’re doing 80-90 mph the whole way, it’s not too bad.  Counting one hotel change in L.A., we totaled five locales in all…

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Musings…

Music is 4-dimensional sculpture… shaping sound in space-time. And just as the sculpture already exists inside the stone, so does the music already exist in time…

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Luna Park Grille

Live at Luna Park Grille<RANT>Forgot the camera!  Forgot to hire a soundman! (well, not really; chose not to)  It was 3°F outside!</RANT>  Played neighborhood bar Luna Park Grille this past Friday night, three sets, from (approximately) 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  We had pieced together a P.A. system from (mostly) our own gear, and after some quick reconnaissance at the venue, actually situated ourselves and our gear fairly comfortably on the very small stage.  I ran sound for acoustic openers Lee Wilhoit and Tim Bracken, and after twenty five minutes or so of troubleshooting what must have been either a bad direct box or bad cable (never did quite add up) eventually got a serviceable sound, with Tim going direct and Lee actually running his acoustic through my Marshall JCM 800 rig, plugging into the rarely used “Low Sensitivity” input to avoid the preamp gain as much as possible.  Then, upon taking the stage ourselves, we encountered the dreaded “shocking microphone” syndrome—you get an electric shock if your lips actually touch, or come too close to the microphone.  Kudos to Chuck for isolating the problem during our break before beginning the second set (instrument amps plugged in to the same circuit as the lights and different from the PA)—my deductive powers by that time being spent.  Or maybe it was just too much shocking…

A decent crowd was on hand, considering it was 3° outside.  Granted that was with wind chill, but… did I mention it was 3° outside?!?!  We are ready for Minneapolis now, I guess… We were able to pull liberally from all three CDs, having really beefed up the repertoire in recent rehearsals… amazing progress for our new lineup in such short time.  We settled nicely into the second set, catching a pretty good groove, and sounding okay at least up on stage.  Even played a few covers, mostly in the third set, to help round out the night.  Lee has promised to e-mail some photos he took (and thanks for getting us started with sound, for our first couple tunes), hopefully I can post those soon.  Quite a friendly bar, we even got a little help from the clientele with load-out… in the 3° weather!  Chris and I hit the IHOP on the way home (IHOP!)… haven’t done that in a long time… then back at the house, we were literally unable to unload the van, due to the ice, and incline… grabbed guitars, snare drum, etc… but after each hitting the ground at least once, reason finally prevailed.  Did I mention it was—