I'm guest blogging over at Today's Letters. Click here.
I'm guest blogging over at Today's Letters. Click here.
There are three good reasons for me posting this video.
1. It showcases a great band from Springfield called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
2. It was filmed by the gentleman that filmed my live DVD (the new, unreleased one), Brook Linder.
3. You get a little tour of Springfield, including cameo's by a few good friends of mine.
Check it out.
Thanks for reading.
I've been having lots of trouble with my control room ever since I moved into the new building last fall. I'm getting lots of noise from the street, and I finally decided to do something about it yesterday. First of all, here's a picture of how the control room was before (sorry, these are just iPhone pics):
I had put some foam up into the window, but it wasn't really doing much. While I was cleaning out the third floor of the building, I came across a huge pile of old trim. It was covered in dust and dirt, but I could see some potential use there.
A few hours later, I had beautiful pile of (soon to be) re-purposed trim:
Putting the trim aside for a second, the windows needed to be sealed much better than they were. I found two old mattresses that actually fit perfectly into the windows.
There you have it. Didn't cost me a penny. Plus, I hated to see that old trim going to waste just sitting in a pile. It was kind of a miracle that it didn't even have to be cut, it was perfect as is. Thanks for reading.
listen/buy my new album here.
You covered the windows and locked up the door
'cause fictional visitors are hard to ignore
Some would say this is humanity left on it's own,
a masochist cannibal dining alone.
These things stay with me when I'm falling asleep
I dream we're all invisible, living separate lives
The lonely live by ritual, a sequent suicide
Yeah, I know, this cadence is our fate
Awaken and sedate, suppress and medicate
But now I've seen this day residue sleep through the night
and they're looking for ways to invade waking life
Though I've covered the windows and locked up the door
they've been scratching and clawing their way through the floor
Dreams do come true, I'll share one with you
When they find you, they don't leave you alone
and I know that they know your name.
Our little fundraiser will be over in about 15 minutes, and I'm excited so many of you chipped in! You all have allowed me to give a much better donation than I could make on my own, and I'm so thankful for that. It seems that there may be a slight delay between when you actually purchase the album, and when I am notified, so I'm going to wait a few more hours before sending your contributions to the Red Cross. As far as I can tell, I have sent everyone their free download code that needed one. If you have NOT gotten an email from me, please let me know. You'll just need to give me the email address you purchased with so I can look it up. I hope that you all can now listen to my new album in a whole new light, knowing that the money you paid for it went to helping someone who was truly in need.
Brook and I are making big strides on the DVD. We may possibly have a trailer completed this weekend! Keep your fingers crossed. Thanks for reading.
We are now halfway through our 48 hour fundraiser for Japan (details on the entry below). I thought I'd sweeten the deal a bit with something FREE! For the next 24 hours, not only will 100% of the profits from "They Reappear" album sales go to the Red Cross relief effort in Japan, but you will also get a free copy of my last album "Salvation Club". Or another way to think of it, is by donating $12 to the Red Cross, you'll get 2 free albums! Here's how it will work, when you purchase a copy of They Reappear, I will send you a promo code and a link. I check my email pretty often, but since this has to be done manually, you won't get the code "instantly". But it will be within a few hours for sure. (So, please don't email me asking when you will get the code, I will send it ASAP!) By the way, if you ordered a copy yesterday, I will be sending you your download code shortly. Thank you so much for your help in this! I'm so thankful for all of you. You can buy the album here:
Last night I attended the "Healing For Japan" benefit concert at MSU. The concert included performances by many of the faculty at MSU, including a few people from the piano deparment that I used to study with. It was an incredibly moving experience, but not just because of the music. The entire event was put on by two people that were probably much younger than me. It occurred to me that I have not done my part as a human being to try to help with the relief effort in Japan. So for the next 48 hours, everyone that buys a copy of "They Reappear" will be donating towards the Red Cross. 100% of the money that comes in will go straight to the relief effort. I'm sure many of you reading this have already purchased a copy, so now would be a good time to get the word to your friends. If you like, you can think of it as making a $12 donation to the Red Cross and getting free music in return!
I realize that living so far from Japan, we are a bit removed from the situation. As the months go by, the earthquake becomes something we think about less and less. By now, there's a good chance that entire days go by without us thinking about it. But we have to remember that they are still very much in the middle of this tragedy. Right now, today, they need your help. We have 48 hours. Here's the link:
Last night I watched "Genius Within", the Glenn Gould documentary. It was wonderful, and I would highly recommend it. One of the final pieces of music they use in the movie is Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll". It's a beautiful piece of music, and I was able to find two recordings of it involving Glenn Gould. In the first, he is conducting; in the second he is playing his own piano transcription of the piece.
You may remember that this piece was also used in a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode...
I love this piece, though your ears may have become too accustom to it's beauty over the years. Certain pieces sadly, are so universally appreciated and performed, that they become nothing more that cliche classical music for ring tones in the end. I hope you have a chance to listen to both of these in their entirety. Thanks for reading.