Monthly Archive for September, 2005

Chuppi = Chuppah = Awesome

Currently in the music playing device: Fela Kuti’s Fela w/ Ginger Baker, Golden’s Apollo Stars, Grateful Dead’s Anthem of the Sun, Marc Ribot’s The Prosthetic Cubans, Morcheeba’s Big Calm, Mouse On Mars’ Niun Niggung, Rufus and Chaka Khan’s Rags to Rufus and Sweet’s Greatest Hits.

this is an optical illusion as we are the same height

It’s a little funny to me sometimes who are friends are. Or rather how good they are at their trade.

Anyways. We asked our friends Billy and Annette, who happen to both be Architects, to design us a Chuppah structure for the Wedding. I mean, it only makes sense. Right? Our other Architect friends in San Francisco designed and made the dresses for the Wedding Party. So since we already outsourced them for that project and since Annette and Billy were close… well it just made sense to us. Anyways… Enough about Architects.

So shortly after asking Billy and Annette about the Chuppah they came down from New York to cut down bamboo in the ‘hood. Well they actually came down for Annette’s surprise baby shower, but we can all pretend what they were really here for. Then just this week we got the plans. It’s kind of funny how most of our projects involve floor plans, schematics and blue prints. It’s amazing. I love it. And I think a CAD drawing of the Chuppah is coming soon. Yay.

Enough about Architects.

The actual Chuppah was made from blank squares we gave to our close friends and family. We saw the first peek at what it should look like completed last night and it’s beautiful.

And Annette’s Mother rules. She’s from the Phillipines and can’t really pronounce certain words how we do. So Chuppah (which sounds like Huppah – with that raspy Jewish sounding “ch” sound in the begining…) sounds like “Choopie” (the ch sounding just like it’s spelled). Totally rules.

Pertinent Percussion Cha-Cha’s

Last night and the night before was spent using Eric’s laptop and his ProTools/M-Box configuration so I could transfer my Command Records records to my iPod. It was a pretty tedious task, but it’s going to be well worth it during the cocktail hour at our Wedding. Trust me. Frankly the music is insanely good and the audio quality & characteristics have yet to be surpassed 50+ years later.

If you care, the chain was: Grado Prestige Black Cartridge -> Techniques Direct Drive Turntable -> Music Fidelity A3 Integrated Amp -> Digidesign Mbox -> Dell Laptop -> CD-R -> Apple’s iTunes -> Apple’s iPod Photo. There you have it.

It was a pretty tedious task.

Mad props to Eric for the use of his porta-studio setup and to Lisa and her wonderful Mother for the donations to my record collection. I don’t think Lisa’s Mother fully comprehends the joy these records give me. So again I give her mad props.

And sometime last night Emily’s father came by to record a song he used to sing Emily to sleep with. It was great timing that we had Eric’s porta-studio at my house, so the quality is excellent. It was too bad my studio isn’t up and running, but Eric’s setup worked wonderfully. I love my Studio Projects mic. It makes everyone sound like James Earl Jones. The song took a few takes to get right. The voice sax was tricky. As it always is. However, it sounded great and it’s just so cute that they are going to dance to it at the Wedding.

Nicks Fix

There is something completely awesome about a Stevie Nicks airbrushed tambourine. I really really really wanna get it.