2008 in review
It's time for a review of my musical goals for the year 2008. My goals for the year were
- to record,
- to make some of my recorded output available to the public,
- to focus more on music than gear,
- to perform in public, and
- to shift my performance focus toward solo gigs.
This past spring I started collaborating with my friend and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Caird. Stephen plays his Steinberger bass cello. In July we added another mutual friend, drummer Joe Williams. This has been a very enjoyable collaboration with excellent musicians. We've recorded every session. These are room recordings which capture every dynamic, every nuance and every mistake. It's my favorite mode of recording; I'm far more interested in making music than in enginering a musical product. All of these recordings are enjoyable; some are worth sharing beyond the group.
I've created a site on ReverbNation for purposes of connecting with fans. My ReverbNation presence supplements this web site, providing a presentation focussed exclusively upon music and giving me a way to reach out to present and new fans.
I'm pretty much set for gear. I've been flipping less gear as I become increasingly focussed on what I really need and will use. This has been an ongoing process for the past four or five years. My buying and selling of gear will probably never completely settle down, but it has definitely been slowing. My "gear theme", if you will, has evolved to become "quality, compact, clean, lightweight, reliable and simple." I have a pair of custom-built Koll guitars that have completely killed my interest in checking out anything else. Whenever I can get away with it, my "amp" is a DI. I have a few pedals that come out for specific occasions. That's it...
Musically I'm always trying to learn something new. I finished my first semester of a jazz improv class at the local community college. I believe there are two more semesters ahead; that should keep me busy until the summer.
I made four public performances in 2008, all of them at open mics. Three of these were solo improv performances; one was a trio performance with Stephen and Joe.
Thanks to Nancy Stovall, excerpts from one of my solo recordings are used for incidental music in a guided audio tour of Portland's Old Town Chinatown. The recording is the only solo recording I made in 2008. That same recording was played in part on The Portland Radio Authority, a streaming audio broadcast, thanks to Gabriel Darling.