I-95, The Corridor of Life

I-95, The Corridor of Life

My wife and I took a trip to Florida.  We decided to see what it was like to make the drive.  It was a last minute decision right before the Thanksgiving holiday and airfares were so high.

The drive is around twelve to thirteen hours.  It can be a little longer depending on the weather.

So in the 96 hours of our four day trip we spent around 27 hours or close to one third of our time on the road traveling.  Most of the twenty seven hours was spent driving on the main east coast artery Interstate 95. Continue reading

OH BOO HOOO,OOO,OOO CAM NEWTON

OH BOO HOOO,OOO,OOO CAM NEWTON

I saw this headline the other day and it was just another nail in the coffin for my NFL viewership.

RON RIVERA: PLAYERS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO DO INTERVIEWS AFTER SUPER BOWL LOSS

What?

“Rivera said he thought it was tremendously unfair that players are put in the position of showing their raw emotions as Newton did after the Carolina 24-10 loss to Denver.”

Excuse me?

Cam Newton acts like a spoiled twelve year old instead of a “professional” and now we want him or any of these mega rich athletes to be protected from the harsh realities of life? Continue reading

Don’t “Reach Out”, Just Give Them A Call

Don’t “Reach Out”, Just Give Them A Call

I wrote a piece about some of the most over used and misused words on the internet. (Click here to read.)

Today I want to write about one of the most over used terms in the business world and how we have minimized the meaning of this term with its misuse.

Sometimes I think if I hear one more person say “reach out” to someone I am going to puke. Continue reading

Maintaining My Habits

Maintaining My Habits

This may be a short post today but at least I am writing.  I am maintaining my habit.

As I was driving to work I thought about how many weeks it has been since I’ve written some poetry.

I have been keeping myself in the habit of writing these posts on a daily basis after I had stepped away from doing it for a few weeks. I have my daily drum practice habit and I have developed a song writing habit. Continue reading

I Practice, Practice, Practice

I Practice, Practice, Practice

It’s been a while since I wrote a piece about my endeavors in home recording.

I’ve been turning out a new song idea about every two weeks, sometimes a little more frequently.

I’d could turn out more songs but I am limited by the constraints of time and other responsibilities.

I work eight hours a day, five days a week.  I have a family and a house to take care of and I am practicing every day.

Over the past 10 months of exploring, learning and doing home recording I have established my days to work on song writing and recording.

Usually I write on Saturday nights between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM.  That’s when I have a long enough stretch of uninterrupted time to work with all the ideas I have made notes about during the week.

If I am lucky I get the song’s basic tracks and arrangement laid down. Continue reading

Band Back-Burnered

Band Back-Burnered

The thought of looking for a band has really been put on the back burner.  Right now I’m spending a lot of time working with and learning about recording.

The other day I was contacted by a local band with booked gigs and they were looking for a drummer.

At first that old instinct kicked in, that instinct to just say yes because it’s a band with some gigs, a working band. Continue reading

Frustrated Musician

Frustrated Musician

I am not a frustrated musician.

When I first decided to return to music I went to my friend in Pittsburgh who I had worked with and played with at his studio.  He put together a little reunion of our band from back in the seventies.  We rented a studio for the weekend and went in and just played some of the songs from the band days.

It was a really cool way to welcome myself back to music.

Now some people that we knew when we were a band and some people that had worked at the studio came to watch and enjoy this little two day get together. Continue reading