Oh boy, Oldboy.

Eleya and I watched Chanwook Park’s fabulously twisted and sumptuously shot revenge epic Oldboy last night. It’s not hard to see why this film garnered the Grand Prix at Cannes, since it is gripping from start to finish and features incredible acting, some tense action scenes, and a story with …

More gig news.

In case you weren’t on my email spam-o-rama last week, I have a gig with Leah and my other customary partners in crime at The Loft at Frederick’s in downtown Fredericksburg (VA) next Thursday, October 6. Please make plans to come by and enjoy the music in this premiere non-smoking …

New gun in town.

I had a good rehearsal last night with the Lianna band. It’s nice being the hired gun, because you don’t have to take the performance so personally. And, as I discovered, when the singer wants to hang out and jam for a few bars, the hired gun is at an …

Shock to the system.

I had a rehearsal recently with members of another band, with whom I will be doing a few performances later this year. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, because I have been playing for so long with my drummer and musical partner in crime, Rich, that it’s always weird …

Mixed bag.

The last week has brought both good tidings and bad… Our van broke down, and we thought it might be the alternator. But we found out our extended warranty would cover that, so it would cost us very little out of pocket. Unfortunately it turned out to be the battery… …

Catching up.

Studio madness, part 1.5. My next date at the studio is on Thursday, to help Leah complete vocals. We have all the rhythm tracks in the can, and this week Tom is finishing the guitars, banjo, and lap steel, while Okorie lays down the cello madness. (By the way, never …

Buried alive.

It’s been a very hectic week between work, finishing preparations for a teaching gig in D.C. last week, and trying to complete rough mixes for the band’s preproduction demo that wouldn’t embarrass me in front of our producer. Thankfully, I got to see a lot of the kids this weekend …