The best advice that I received in 4.5 years of college:
“Learn to dance.”
– Terry Harvey, the same professor that asked me very vehemently, “Do you have a learning disability?”
I was introduced to some local musicians that I hadn’t met previously. We got to meet a few producers and ask them about their studios and equipment and setups and other things that we hadn’t really considered beforehand but probably should have. It was very good. Trying to plan out The Honey Badgers‘ next move. Exciting stuff.
FREE RITA’S TODAY!!!!!!!!!!
My garden is growing!
In 2011: I played 52 shows, not counting twenty or so open mic nights that I attended/played. Battleshy Youths’ bandcamp account had over 2200 streaming plays, we had a couple hundred physical CD sales at shows, around fifty online sales, and our Youtube account received close to 2000 total views as well. I’m really happy with that and so grateful that people and friends and fans come out to shows and buy our music and support us and like us on facebook and tweet at us and are, in general, pretty awesome ^_^ I wouldn’t want things any other way. Thank you for an amazing year; I hope the next is even better.
My car’s engine decided to explode the other day, so I am currently carless, but this New Years’ Eve/Day weekend was wonderful anyway. We played Friday night as The Honey Badgers at the first ever Mayan Pub house show. Lots of fun. Ricecracker Riley joined us on Irish Accordion for our song, “Over My Head.” It was a very unique and wonderful experience.
New Years’ Eve was marked by an awesome afternoon acoustic show/Shane Palko CD release. Harmony the Harpist played and I ran sound and The Honey Badgers did a set as well as Soriya and Ian and then of course Shane played stuff from the new CD, “Songs From Pretoria,” and also some newer songs (it’s weird that by the time a CD is out, you already have new material written).
Ricecracker Riley with the Honey Badgers:
Harmony Mooney playing “Lamentation” on her harp, Minnie.
2011 had some lows but also a lot of high points. I was live on the radio a half dozen times, in the state newspaper and the UD newspaper multiple times, and most importantly I met lots of incredible people in bands and at venues and through mutual friends…things are great. The community we’re building here is such a great experience/experiment. I am joyful.
My new years’ resolution (lame) is mainly to get back on top of the things in my life – to keep up with deadlines and meetings and being on time and being prepared and knowing what is happening. I’ve been in an overwhelmed, sleep-deprived, downward spiral for the past few years, and things are starting to look up. Thanks for reading friends; you make all of the things that I do so worth it.
I saw Brand New Saturday night 11/26/11 in Atlantic City with Andrew. It was officially the 184th concert that I have attended. It brought me up to a count of 314 unique performers and 481 unique performances (I’ve seen some bands multiple times, but each concert still counts). Mewithoutyou opened and they were great. Brand New’s set was incredible. They did a lot of stuff they don’t normally play live.
This is just shows that I’ve written down. It doesn’t count the dozens of open mics that I’ve played at and been to over the past few years, where I’ve seen many more performers. The quality of these open mic sets are sometimes better than shows that I pay to attend (support local music).
This is a lot of shows and a lot of music. One time earlier this year Andrew looked at my Google calendar and said that I play music or see a show every night, and that’s almost true. This life I lead has become all about music. I’ve played over 50 shows so far in 2011. It’s awkward to walk into classes in the morning and realize that nothing I learn is practical or useful or even what I want to be learning.
Anyway, I was gonna post about the number of shows I’ve seen when I hit 200 shows or 500 sets, but this works too. It’s just…music is cool. But it’s a challenge, because anyone can be mediocre these days and put out music online. I don’t want to be that but don’t know where to go from here.
The ship of fools I’m on will sink
A Milestone around my neck
Be my breath, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give
Update: Youtube playlist I just made of the New Years’ Eve show Brand New played at the same venue, the Atlantic City House of Blues. They played so many old/good/rare/awesome songs: