It was December 2001. I was still in the midst of recording my 3rd record in my old bedroom at my parents house. I was definitely in studio mode. In the meantime to distract myself, I took some of Daniel’s 4-track tapes he dubbed “thebobgreene” and mixed some of his tracks and added some instrumentation. More of his unfinished songs that needed something extra. I still think they are more remixes than anything. I think most of his tracks were recorded with a Casio SK-1, delay and wahwah pedal. It was this effortless mechanics of keeping his music simple that turned me on.
I am not sure what else should be said about it. Daniel could explain it better than me, but I was really proud of these mixes.
- One (Fires de Sant Narcis Mix)
The feedback patch you hear is the JP-8000 (the synth on the bottom – in the picture above). It’s one of my favorite patches on that Roland beast! It’s possible I use it too much. But I just can’t stop.
- Two (Icarus Dream Mix)
Fanfare to the max. I always felt this was too happy for thebobgreene, but there was something about laying down a lead in one take that is special. I am pretty sure I spent a weekend trying to get the right sound out of my recently acquired Jupiter 6 (the synth on the top). And in the end, all it needed was a Big Muff distortion box. Oh, and there’s theremin in there, but you need to really listen hard.
- Three (Mons Fuzz Mix)
Who doesn’t like white noise?
- Four (Thomas Mix)
I honestly have no recollection of this track at all.
in ten days…. i’ll be thirty. yes…. it’s just a number. but it’s still a big deal to me. i’m leaving my twenties. it was a strange time. i’ve gone through a lot in those ten years. i went in and out of colleges. i’ve lived in many different apartments and houses. i met new friends. i lost some friends. i’ve been in relationships that have taught me a lot. i’ve been in relationships i’ve regretted. i met the woman i want to spend the rest of my life with. it’s been quite memorable….
so i can’t help but to look ahead and ask myself if i’ve really learned enough in those ten years. can i take what i’ve learned and apply it to my life so i won’t make the same mistakes twice? can i be the person i really want to be? i don’t know. i hope so. but there are too many questions….and i don’t have many solid answers. many of my friends are starting to do things that i really want for myself…. but because of certain situations in my life….. i just can’t do. and that’s ok. it’s not that i really want my life to be different. it’s just that i want it to be easier. and i don’t know if it will be any time soon. i’ll just have to take it day by day….
but all things considered….. my life is pretty good. i have my own apartment. i have an ok job with complete job security and a rockin’ salary. i have a car. i have some good friends. i have a cool band. and i have the most wonderful woman in the world. i guess things can only get better…..
thursday i left work early and drove back to my apartment. jessica was getting ready when i walked in. we left and drove over to my folk’s place so i could pick up my drums….. then we drove down to plymouth meeting to run a few errands before we headed down to center city. after a few snags in the plans….. we were on our way down. jessica had already talked to john and we were to pick him up from class. when we got down to u penn, he called and said that his class let out early, and we drove over to his plce to pick him up. we then went to sugar moms for some pre-show drinks and food. the beer selection sucked. no hoegaarden??? PUH!! jessica even drew a picture on the menu in protest. i had to leave to go set up…. jessica and john stayed to hang out and have quality time.
i got to bill’s and we were the only ones there. todd and geoff were going to meet us there. so bill and i packed up my jeep and drove the equipment over to the khyber. we unloaded, then i drove bill back to his apartment. i went to park….. but after a lap around the neighborhood, i parked in the garage across the street…. again. i walked over to the khyber, and john was standing outside talking to tom from like moving insects. he needed a kit, and i told him he could use mine. thus making a new friend….. and guaranteeing that i would be at the show until it ended.
anyway….. so i went in and started on the water. no beer for me. so i hung out…. vanessa and mike showed up…. then jessica and john came in. the big sleep played…. and sounded a lot like trans am…. but not as good. the mendoza line played and were very silly and twangy. we played…. i think it went really well. people seemed to respond very well, too. then like moving insects played. they were AMAZING. good songs…. good vocals…. amazing drummer….. and my drums complimented their sound nicely, as well. it was great. they want to play a show with us again…. and i made some new friends. you should check them out. for real. go here. buy their album. send them an email.