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April 15th, 2014

Taxes Schmaxes

I got this very sweet note from the Internal Revenue Service. (Note: this letter was recreated to protect privacy)

You see, musicians are independent contractors and therefore responsible for deducting their own taxes through either quarterly payments or a lump sum. I don’t know if you know this, but musicians are stereotypically disorganized folk. (Shock! Dismay!) Therefore I seek professional help.

Yes, it costs a little money. But the alternative is a full month of just rocking back and forth in the fetal position and actually owing more money.

All that to say, I’m super-glad April 15th is almost gone.

April 10th, 2014

Rehearsin'

I have a cake job. I try to remember that every day when I wake up. But, no matter what you do or do for a living, it’s easy to get entangled in the day-to-day minutiae. Nothing quite snaps me out of it and reminds me why I love music like playing my own music with a band. I had a band practice the other day and it. was. good. I meant to have a recording for a little sneak peek, but it turns out I suck at mic placement.

I also suck at taking timely and appropriate photos while running a rehearsal and trying to remember my own parts. So, here are two photographs of the room in which we rehearsed. Enjoy!

That’s right. Take it alllllll in.

April 7th, 2014

My heart beat is a love meat

Special thanks to my uncle-in-law Neal for getting this chorus stuck in my head for the rest of my life. Pay special attention to the insanely out-of-place orchestral interlude around 1:48. Neal accurately referred to it as “Norman Bates shower scene music”. Ah, the 70s. Good thing we do weird videos like this anymore, eh?

March 28th, 2014

Chart It

Sometimes when I’m stuck on writing lyrics, I’ll just write out a chord chart for the song and record a demo to sing over. Such was the case last night and it worked!

Tentatively titled “Let’s Go” and I’ll be sharing soon!

March 27th, 2014

TMNT movie and the Groundhog Day reboot we all deserve

So, the first trailer for the new Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is out:

I don’t know. Could go either way. But… it… doesn’t look as bad as it could, I guess? I feel like trailers are a less viable than ever way to tell if a movie is going to be any good. But at least they’re not aliens.

Also, this Groundhog Day reboot is way grittier than I imagined it would be.

But if Mr. Cruise slips in at least one reference to Ned Ryerson and/or Nietzsche, I’m in.