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i have no desire to listen to music i have to pay for 2010-02-03 14:43 UTC
There, I said it - I haven't bought a CD (other than from an artist directly at a show) for ages and I've never bought a song on iTunes, but I haven't been making/downloading/listening to unlawful mp3s either - I simply don't have the urge to listen to music that is managed by record companies. Why?

1) I'm too busy making my own crappy music. I get a bigger thrill listening to a song that I just made (at least for a day or two) than I ever got from an album or CD, even if the song/performance/recording sucks, and it usually does. I'm also busy recording my friends and relatives, and occasionally, mixing stuff.

2) I'm too busy listening to *your* music - admittedly, when your music sucks as bad as mine usually does, I don't listen to it more than once (and for those tunes of mine which you are unlucky enough for me to post, I expect the same thing is going on), but some of them are really good, and I listen to them frequently, and you all say that's OK for me to do.

3) Somewhere along the line the identity factor of the musician (and the fans) broke down some for me - when I was a kid, Led Zeppelin could have released the sound of a turd hitting the ground and I would have loved it because it was from them, and somebody I or my friends had never heard of could have released *the best song ever*, and I wouldn't have liked it very much, because I hadn't heard of him/her (and neither had my friends) - this effect is still present a little for me, but not nearly as much. I dunno if that's age/experience, or a number of factors, including the complete distrust of the music industry (and acute disrespect for major labels, and, by extension, those who sign with them, at least a little). I'm not seeing it in my 15 year old son, at all, btw.

4) I spend all my money on recording equipment and instruments (even though I should be spending it on lessons) - much more than I ever dreamed of spending on licensing music, btw.

5) In summary, I spend all my music energy making/listening/discussing home grown music. I don't have time or energy left over to see what Universal/Sony/EMI/Warner have for me to buy from them - truly, they can stick it up their #*(*@. Do they have better musicians/producers/studios/engineers/etc. than me? You bet, and I'll never catch up! Do I care? Not really. (disclosure: my wife listens to Pandora and youtube videos, and I often hear what's playing)

I just had to say it. I think it was the Emmy (oops.. Grammy) awards the other night.
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G-100 2010-01-09 23:30 UTC

Josiah's gigging more and more, and he needed a beefy clean amp (to run a Vox modeler through). We found this old Yamaha G-100 for real cheap, and just got it back from the tech. We run it through a Randall 4x12. Loud!
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o come, o come, emmanuel - remix 2009-12-21 04:04 UTC
Kind of lame, but here's a remix of last year's "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" - spent some time on it with new plugins, overhauled the pitch correction on Bethany's voice, added a little synth in one place to cover up a timing issue, and Sophie and I added a jingle bell track. Amanda's voice isn't in this version.
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ok... after some online feedback that the pitch correction sounded too much like Satan, Bethany retracked:
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hamilton's hornpipe 2009-10-31 22:30 UTC
Here's Josiah playing bagpipes - a song he wrote called "Hamilton's Hornpipe":
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He stood in our living room, which is very "live" - you practically get echos. We threw down a couple of carpets to try and block that a little. We used two C414s in "mid side" configuration, and on SM7b on the other side to try and catch the drones - all mics were over 10' from the pipes. I think next time we'll have some be closer. We used an API 3124+ preamp.
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texans 2009-09-27 16:10 UTC

I'm in line for tacos at Laredo again. They seem to be big Texans fans here (and optimists) - we just dropped Josiah off at Relant Stadium. His school pipe and drum band are playing the half time show for today's Texans vs. Jaguars game.
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