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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Musician's Thanksgiving

Last year I had a lovely dinner with my band-mates at our drummer Brad's house. It's tradition in his family to go around the table and mention a few things you are thankful for. He mentioned it to us and we thought it was a good idea. I have to say that I have personally had a rough two years but I still have plenty to be thankful for. As I think about it now it really boils down to people. My various projects have either moved forward or not, sometimes in my control, sometimes not. I have grown as a person. I have made progress professionally. It seems a little silly to be thankful for my guitars (although I can be thankful none needed major repairs this year).

People are what I'm thankful for. Despite my best misanthropic tendencies, people make the rest of life worth fighting through, over, under or whatever you want to call it. I want to take a moment to thank some specific people. Thank you Chad and Brad for being great band-mates and understanding all the stress I was going through this year. Thank you Leah K. (Mrs Brad) for letting Brad come out and play :-) Thank you Kassy for the studio help and the coffee talk. Thank you Leah D. (and the cats) for the home. Thank you Kate for being open, honest and accepting my openness and the situation I am in, and thanks for burning away the hours over conversation. Thank you to the Progulus tag-board regulars and those of you I have also connected to on facebook. Who knew I would find to many good, like-minded virtual friends all over the world.

I would still probably do all the things I do without these people. But I am sure without them my stress level would be greater and my enjoyment would be less. Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blockhead Radio

Rod from Blockhead Radio has been playing some of my music for a while now and he invited me to be on his new indie musician show. We covered a lot of territory. He played some of my solo tunes and some new Strange Land songs from the upcoming Catharsis cd. I also got plugs in for Progrockin' and Progulus. Thanks to Rod for having me on and for being a supporter of independent artists of all kinds. The show runs 90 minutes.