November 2013 News
I’ve begun hosting a brand-spankin’ new (and who came up with THAT phrase, anyway?) open mic at a lovely restaurant in Livonia, G. Subu’s Leather bottle, on Farmington Road, just south of 8 Mile. This is a Songwriters’ Open Mic – we’re requesting that performers bring their original songs, poems, or other works to share. This is not only to encourage and promote creativity, but to keep the greedy, soul-sucking Evil F…olks In Suits from the PROS from extorting money from the venue. (Yes, I’m biased. When you fine a venue for someone playing a cover at an open mic, you are just that. End of rant.) The Leather Bottle has a terrific menu (great Italian food and some truly yummy burgers), and a nice selection of “adult” beverages, the latter of which will make all of our performances sound that much better. Stop by soon!
I would be remiss not to mention the passing of my previous open mic venue, the Mentobe Cafe, which closed its doors permanently on Sept. 26, 2013. Our last open mic on 9/23 had a huge turnout and a fine sendoff. Much love and endless thanks to Kim, Jackie, and the entire Mentobe staff for their hard work and a truly lovely venue. And deepest thanks to everyone who played at open mic over the years – hope to see you again soon. (Did I mention a new open mic I’m hosting?)
The gigs page was just updated with all of my confirmed shows over the next few months. This includes not only solo shows, but those with Sharon Tse, and with In Harmony’s Way (myself, Sharon, Amy Fong-Kretzmer and Paul Kretzmer). Gonna be busy playing out for a while! For all the gigs, click on the Calendar tab above.
In response to the oft-asked question: “Dude, where’s the new CD…?”….
I began recording CD #5 back in 2005, shortly after the release of “Land Of The Living”. I was on a good clip for a little while, but met with a series of setbacks – most significantly, the failure of the hard drive in my Fostex VS16 recorder. I had purchased that system just prior to the advent of USB and Firewire-based drives, and thus had no backup. In addition to the tracks of the new CD, the track masters for the last three CDs were lost. (The MIXED masters still reside on my computer and are properly backed up, mind you – but there will never be a “dance remix” of “Refrigerator Science Projects”, for example. This is probably a good thing, actually.) Lesson learned: Never invest in a recording system that cannot be backed up.
Since then, I’ve invested in Apple’s Logic Pro software, and (after a lengthy learning curve) have resumed recording. If all continues to go well, the new CD should be out sometime this year. Many of the songs that were recorded with the old system (along with – finally- “Suicide Squirrel”) will be included. A few songs will have to be started from scratch, but I have basic keyboard tracks from which to work. No title yet – stay tuned.