Friday, January 15, 2010

Tracks Of My Tears

About a week ago, my friend Pete showed me a song that I instantly fell in love with. The song is called 'Tracks Of My Tears' by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. I have probably listened to this song close to 50 times in the past week. This is rare that this happens to me. So, when it does, I feel like I need to share it. I hope you enjoy it.

Go to the YouTube link below.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Got A Haircut

I made an attempt to grow my hair long. There were times that it looked fun, and others where it looked like a collection of rats in their respective nests. It was fun while it lasted, but you know me, I get bored easily. So, I decided to give myself a fresh start. I got a haircut today. Here's a brand new me, for a brand new year. I hope it pleases you.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ditch Digger

I am such a lazy human being. I have very little motivation to blog, (which is probably a good thing). However, by some strange occurence, I feel like I want to write a little bit about what's been going on. I need to update my life's diary. So, here it goes...

- I have been writing songs under the name Moon Visionaries with an Italian named Marco. I met Marco last March.

- We recorded 8 songs under that name, then Marco left the country, putting our project on hiatus.

- In September/October we (Moon Visionaries) had two tracks signed to a publishing company based in Amsterdam that works on 'syncing' music with motion picture, ie: advertising, film, home videoz, etc...

- After I realized that I had no idea when Marco was coming back, I joined another band. That band was called Innercity Pirates.

- I became Innercity Pirates' new guitarist/backing vocalist.

- We played a couple gigs over the last few months, one being in Wales.

- I became a legal resident of the United Kingdom, able to travel as I see fit.

- I spent another Christmas and New Year's in Berlin with Jessi, which I enjoyed.

These are the main bullet points, I suppose. I am going to be touring the UK with the Innercity Pirates come February. I will keep this blog up-to-date when I get the updates.

I hope that 2010 and I can form a lasting friendship that will endure through the ages. I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family this year.

This is the best I can do right now.



Saturday, August 22, 2009

Back To Blogging

Well, it's been a very long time since I have posted a blog. I have been so lazy lately, I guess. However, I figured that now was the time to break my silence. What have I been up to? I haven't been up to a lot, is the answer. I haven't blogged since January. A lot has happened since then. But, I am not gonna try to go back in my mind, and bore you with all the details. I decided that I was just gonna give a quick update of what I have been doing recently.

I have my new band Moon Visionaries to talk about. We had three of our songs played on American radio in Richmond, VA. The band consists of two people, Marco and I. Marco is Italian, but has been living in Australia for the past few years. His parents purchased a house there, and so that is where his family is based. Back in June he flew back to Australia, putting the band on hiatus. He had non-refundable tickets that he had to used. So, he is there, and I am here. He should be back sometime in October.

I have a lot of hope for this new band. In the 3 months that he was here after we had met, we recorded 8 songs. We have had a lot of interest, and there looks to be some great opportunity on the horizon. I am really excited for this band to get going.

I guess that is all I want to say now. I am sure that I will say more soon.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don't Be Modest

Heya, Sports Fans!!!

Happy New Year! I can't believe that we're already in 2009. I graduate nearly 7 years ago. That is a long time, if you ask me. So, what's new with me you ask? Let me think...

So, I spent the holidays in Berlin Germany, and it was a really good time. We left on the 15th of December and came back on the 6th of January. While we were there, we spent a lot of time wandering around the shops in the city. Berlin was so much colder than London. We went with Jessi's brother to the nicest cocktail bar in Berlin where I had two, count em', two Absinthe cocktails that cost 9€ each. Quite expensive, but well worth it.

Christmas was good. I got some really nice clothingz. I got a nice sport coat, a vest, a fancy hat, a really nice European wallet, a CD of The Band, and the Woodstock DVD. I was shocked to get so much, and felt really happy to be around such generosity.

The New Year was a fun time. We went to the usual gathering at the house of a friend of Jessi's. We enjoyed each other's company, and then went berserk with fireworks after midnight. It was a good time.

On the 6th, we flew back to London. I had no trouble getting back in, which was a huge relief from last year. So, I am back in London. I saw James for a day, which was nice, but the time we spent together was far too less. He flew back the day after I got to see him. It really made me miss everyone back home so much.

As far as my band goes, I talked with Pete, and he had spent time looking for musicians and a producer to help him record a solo album. He says it won't interfere with what we are doing, but I am still sceptical. I haven't met with him yet, but I'm already feeling slightly estranged. I'll keep with it for the moment, but I am definitely not afraid to seek out other things. London is full of great opportunities.

So yeah, that is where I'm at, at the moment. I have been working on getting more songs recorded to keep busy. I recorded a really lo-fi version of a song I wrote called ‘Manic Says’ and it's on my Myspace music page. Here.

Hopefully this year is a good one. I have high hopes for 2009.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Bass Player

This past week has been a frustrating one. Mitch, (the bass player that we had playing with us), has decided that playing in a band and striving for success isn't something that he wants to do. It all started about a week ago when Mitch stopped answering my phone calls and started voluntarily spending more time at his job. 

I finally got a hold of him after much effort, and he sheepishly told me that he just wasn't that dedicated, and that we should find someone else who is more committed. I guess a good way to describe Mitch is someone who has absolutely no drive towards anything in life. He played well with us, but, to him, it was nothing more than a convenient hobby. It's a shame, but at least this shit comes out now instead of later.

So now, I am on the lookout for both a new bass player and drummer. I have been inserting ads on Gumtree. I have received a couple of replies. So, that's good. Let's hope for the best.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Snap Shots

During my time here in London, I have taken part in the enjoyable and humbling experience of busking. When I would play, people would walk by and take photographs. On a couple of separate occasions I had some self-proclaimed "photographers" take my picture. The first one I am going to show you is when I first came to London, and it was taken while I was busking under a bridge near the River Thames. 

His website is here.

The next website is of a guy who took my photo, but never posted it. Oh well, he has some interesting photography anyway. Click here.

The last one is when I was walking down a very trendy part of London with Jessi called Brick Lane, and out of the clear blue some guy asked me if he could photography me for his portfolio. I agreed, and then he made me stand in front of a white backdrop, in the middle of the street, with loads of passers-by staring at me. I didn't think that he'd post them, but he finally did post one. Needless to say, he photoshopped the hell out of me. However, I'll show it anyway. By the way, this was about 3 months ago. 

His website is here. This guy loves to photoshop things.

So, anyway, I just thought this would be fun to do. So, there you have it.