Benefit shows. If you’ve been a musician for more than about 30 minutes, chances are you’ve been asked to play at least one. If you’ve been gigging regularly for over 35 years, like me, you’ve probably given up trying to count the number of requests you’ve received. Now, let me point out right up front that […]
Back in about 2007, when my son was in the Music Business program at Belmont University in Nashville, he met a trio of musicians that were relatively new to Music City and needed some demo recordings. He did a few sessions with them over a period of a couple years and shared some of those […]
Little Big Town – November 18, 2011 – Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN As you probably know by now, my son works in the music business in Nashville. He has toured as sound engineer for several country music acts including Chris Cagle and Joe Nichols. Currently, he is approaching his one-year anniversary with Little Big Town, […]
My apologies to those yearning for regular content updates, but the truth is I haven’t much interesting stuff happening in my life lately. So rather than bore you with what I had for dinner, or what color socks I wore on any given day, I opted for just laying low and not cluttering up the internets with useless drivel. (If only others would abide by that rule. But I digress… )
No riveting stories this week about brushes with greatness, or anything photographically related. Instead, a simple, short anecdote about how music saves the day.
This year, Father’s Day was extra-special for me. I received a gift no amount of money could ever buy. Of course, 4 years of tuition payments to Belmont University didn’t hurt.
As an emerging photographer, I thought posting many of my better images on Facebook would be a great way to market my skills and improve SEO. While that may be true, there is a dirty little ‘secret’ hidden in Facebook’s Terms of Service (ToS) that can exploit not only professionals, but anyone uploading intellectual property content […]
In a recent post, I talked about how a 10-year anniversary of an event would be a milestone for me and my son. (Check back in about a week for the conclusion to that story.) But another important anniversary is also on the horizon. A pretty big one, in fact.
It’s funny how certain events can impact your life on many different levels. A moment can be memorable for a specific reason at the time of occurrence, and later turn out to be a pivotal event in ways you never dreamed possible. Confused? I don’t blame you.
OK, I know that in the last post, I said that was the end of the story. And quite honestly, I thought it was. Last Thursday evening, I received an email from someone asking if they could use one of my Joe Nichols photos for a magazine. They had received a link to a small […]
So, before we continue with the final installment of the series, let’s go back to the beginning for a second. At the end of Part 1, I outlined the all the “baby steps” I had worked out to get me from home to Fremont, Fremont to Nashville, Nashville to Minnesota, and Minnesota to Detroit. But […]
If you’ve been following along with the previous five installments, then you’ve heard plenty of nuts and bolts facts about places, events, and experiences. But what I’ve failed to communicate thus far, is the intangible side of things – my thoughts and feelings. After reading my posts, several friends have commented about how much fun […]
Showtime had arrived at the Minnesota State Fair. The seats were filling up. The weather was perfect. Chris rolled the pre-recorded audio montage opener and the band members began taking the stage. At the conclusion of the short intro piece, guitarist Dan Agee seamlessly launched into the pick-up notes for one of Joe’s signature tunes, […]
After arriving in Nashville on Sunday morning, Chris and I headed to Panera to get fueled up for the moving activities of the day. Then, it was off to the U-Haul facility to pick up the rental truck, where I had to endure the unpleasantness of being told I would essentially be BUYING the truck, […]
So the tour bus heads for Nashville from Fremont, OH – about an 8 hour drive. I hang out in the front lounge area of the bus with some of the other guys for a bit, and then head for my bunk. And by bunk, I mean a coffin with a sliding curtain on the […]
Well, somehow the planets all lined up, or maybe it was the ducks in a row. Whatever. I got the green light to hang with the guys from Joe’s tour. So early on the morning of August 29th, I picked up Chris at Detroit Metro. He was flying in from Philly after doing sound for […]
My last blog entry acknowledged the beginning of summer, and here it is Labor Day already. It’s been an ‘interesting’ summer this year – very quiet on the career front, but a fair amount of activity in my musical world. A number of gigs with Time Peace, The Homewreckers, and Epworth’s praise band have kept […]
For all 3 of you who care (and maybe that’s an over-estimation), I’m still alive and kicking. It’s just that all things photographic and musical have been quite slow lately. Maybe it was the holidays, maybe it’s the economic cesspool we’re experiencing, I don’t know. Ironically, activity in my day gig has been quite steady since […]
Since my son has been doing sound this summer with Universal South recording artist Joe Nichols, we were looking forward to seeing the show at the nearest venue on the tour – the Fulton County Fair in Wauseon. As it turned out, we ended up hosting an informal barbeque for the band and crew at […]