Didn't have any gigs this month yet the month went by super fast. I sent out about 50 kits to various festivals for 2004. Sheila and I are filling up our calendar. We plan to have a killer 2004 touring as much as possible. She came to Jersey in the middle of the month to rehearse the rest of our stuff with Amy, but we got booked for Dec. 4th and spent the rehearsal learning holiday tunes for that gig. That night, Sheila took Jack & I to the Bowery Ballroom to see a group called Donna the Buffalo. It was cool! They were good. We had a great time. As for the holiday tunes, we're doing "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bells" and "Let It Snow". That's all we learned. Then, I got the contract for the gig and it says we're doing ALL holiday shows. Haven't broke it to the band yet and the gig is this week... the 4th. I guess we'll be playing the same 3 songs over and over. Oh well...
Tomorrow is Monday and it's back to work. Thanksgiving was fun. I cooked tons and we're still eating leftovers in my house. I'm pretty tired of turkey.
Really - not much to say. I started writing a new song while on the phone with a friend of mine earlier this week... but I abandoned it. Other things musical this month - the new computer/recording studio is functioning now. There were some serious glitches at first, but Jack, Marco and I have done some recording already... silly stuff, nothing we'll be pressing, but more for me to practice. Several of my friends want me to produce their next album or their demo so I really have to get my act together. As you may or may not know, our CD "on a shoestring" was recorded by me. I also mixed and engineered and Marco mastered. It was done on my old computer using Cakewalk 9.0. Now I have Cakewalk's SONAR software and it is way more powerful so I have a lot to learn.
I wanted to post an MP3 for you here and planned to, but I need to figure out how to convert MIDI to WAV... The manual makes it seem easy. It is not. So I have some more work to do before the studio is ready to put on display. Sorry about that!
And speaking of Concussion Studios, the control room is almost finished! Thanks so much to MICHAEL for helping us with the electric work. We're all excited to record the rest of our tunes.
On another note, my niece Chase wants a drum kit for Christmas. I'm in a quandary over this because my sister has FOUR kids and if I drop a load of cash on a drum kit, then I have to spend on the other kids, too. I hate Christmas, bah, humbug. Anyway, I'm not sure if I should get her a kit because drums are hard and I don't know if she'll practice. But I don't want to discourage her. I'm thinking of getting her a super cheap-o kid kit and if she continues, get her a better one later. What do you think?
Marco and I went to the Bumpskey birthday bash on the 29th at George's in Bayonne. Pretty cool venue, but apparently, they normally only book cover bands. It's a shame, because the place was only 20 minutes away and even easier to get to for Jack since he lives in Bayonne. Saw FINESPUN from Long Island and caught one song by GATE 18. It was nice to see the Bumpskey folks and also John Taglieri and Josh Van Ness. Bumpskey are some cool people (check out their website: www.bumpskey.com). They love and support the original music scene. They had free food at the party for VIP's and independent bands playing on the PA while the performers broke down and set up. I was told they played a bn9 song ("Who Are The Free") before we got there! People were complimenting me on it, which I thought was really cool. That song is #25 on their Top 50 chart.
Finally, a venue manager read last month's DEAR SURFER and offered us a gig! Don't know if you read it, but in the first line I say I give up on NYC, and then I proceed to complain about the injustice of it all. This venue manager offered us a gig to show that not all NYC venues provide an ingratiating experience for bands. I thought it was pretty cool to get this email! An last but not least, if you're in the Buffalo area, our Sheila Connors is working on her own stuff now! She found a partner and they will be gigging soon. She'll probably kill me for writing this, but if she did that, there would be no more bn9, so I'm safe!!
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Letters from the past:October, 2003
August, 2000 (from Marco)