Sunday, February 27, 2011


One of my greatest thrills in life is playing music. The difficult part about it is that so much time goes into every aspect. For example, writing a song takes several hours of trial and error, followed by hours and hours of practice time to get it right. Finally, when enough songs are written and perfected, a performance is scheduled. Hours are spent on promoting online and taking fliers to every record store and coffee shop in town. Each band sits and waits for a turn only to play 25-35 min. Where is the value for me? That is the best 25-35 min I've had since the last time I played.

Recording is the exception. It takes even more time; in fact, it probably averages out to about 10 hours of effort per song as each instrument and vocal piece is recorded separately along with  the editing/mixing/mastering, not to mention the time spent adjusting the gear and tone that sound best recorded (there is no 'magic' formula). But the big difference in recording is significant; the final product will last forever. When I'm an old man and can hardly remember the performances that I pushed through, I will always be able to hit play and hear exactly what I have done. Recording is timeless, and even if the style is eventually outdated, it is a piece of me that will always live on. It is my art and my creation.

This one is Bird Eater.




Sunday, February 20, 2011

Harmony Homes

I try my hand at many different things. Recently I have been helping Harmony Homes of Utah get a bit more attention online. When remodeling your home, it is important to make sure you are getting the best value and experience out of your contractor. Harmony Homes serves Northern Utah with over 15 years of experience. The majority of its large list of clients consists of referrals by people who were very impressed with the work that Brad did. He can do anything and is able to make very creative suggestions when a customer is not sure what to do. I suggest you give Harmony Homes a try; at least meet with Brad and get a free estimate and conceptual drawing of the project. You can also see some other valuable offers. Find out more about Harmony Homes at Harmony Homes Utah and see what I mean, or call Brad directly at 801-628-2190.

Music Is Important.

It's simple, really. I mean, not that anybody else will, but I do care. I have a bunch of awesome crap that I care about, and it could be something that you care about. Probably not; but just in case you do, I'll go ahead and share it.

For starters, I care about music a great deal. I'd say 80% of the music I really care about will not line up with the general public. I try not to go all elitist about it, but it might come across that way because of the indie/underground/local nature of the bands and the strange genres and severe lack of radio play. Long story short, I just think some of the greatest musical talent comes from artistic individuals with complete control over their creations, rather than artistic individuals who are paid large sums of money by somebody else to make music that some d-bag decided everybody should like. Granted, some great tunes can even come out of the scenario, but you have to admit, some sounds are really overdone and commonplace. I'd like to think that independent artists can bring something new to the world and receive some substantial recognition for it.

This is not to say that I don't appreciate some very big artists. I am crazy about some of the most popular musicians in the world. There is no denying that some things are just really good. To me, it's all about the integrity of the project and, really, whether it moves me.

Finally, I will admit, I have been in several bands, am currently in a couple, and plan to be in more. I, of course, would like to think that someday my own efforts are recognized. I just don't have the financial support that the big shots do. So, with a very small audience at my disposal, all I can do is love what I create and hope others care enough to find it.