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Tricked Out Tuesdays

Tricked Out Tuesdays has moved!  First, I apologize for not getting a loop up last week - I caught the nasty flu bug that's been going around.  Second, I apologize for not having a loop up this week, but I've been busy doing site maintenance and moving the drum loops to their own dedicated "micro-blog" type site - compleat with the ability to subscribe, if you so wish.

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I found myself at an event last night, that was very "Forest Gump" for me.  Originally when my wife told me we had been invited by a friend of hers (her "fiscal sponsor" for her next exhibit - donate toward the project if you can - she is in need of funding it!) I was scheduled to play a show that night.  But early yesterday morning that show was cancelled, and I found myself able to attend.  I was excited to get a night out with my wife, but I was also excited to get to spend a night experiencing architecture, design and photography.

I had heard about Frank and Ellen's wonderful house and I am a fan of great design and architecture so I knew I was in for a treat, but little did I know how inspiring the night was to be.

First off, the house was a visual treat and inspiration and a joy in and of itself - the design, architecture and placement of the house was a work of art, and a wonder to behold.  I took a moment before heading upstairs to the gallery space to walk on the deck and take in the wonderful view and peacefulness of their surroundings.  As I headed upstairs I found myself following the photos away from the gallery and back around into the bedroom, eventually finding myself in the gallery space.  Before viewing the photos, I found myself sitting in an Ikea chair and reading an interview with the night's artist, MJ Sharp.  Finally after settling in and relaxing a bit, and now with a better knowledge of the artist - I made my way around to view her photographs and to tour the rest of the home. 

Later, MJ spoke and told stories about her travels and her night-time photos.  Hearing her talk brought back to my mind how much I love photography and how much I've enjoyed my times shooting film back when I was in Nashville.  A highlight of the night was getting to personally meet and chat a bit with MJ and talk about photography.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy the process of photography! 

Plus, seeing all the other wonderful photos that were also displayed throughout the house and speaking with Frank about a photo by Marie Navarre - a Buddhist Nun who assembled the one photo I saw in a continuous 22 hour period (small photos of birds flying - all arranged in the shape of an eye, sewn onto rice paper) was inspiring as well. 

So as I contemplate pulling out my old Pentax and buying some film, I thought I'd post some photos of mine from the past few years...

This first one, is a photo I printed out and "framed" ...I'm not sure how it will look on the web, so I'll put the original one below it...

DC at Night

This was taken outside Carole's and mines old apartment in Nashville - I might have taken this with my Holga - and it is most definitely doubled exposed...the frame was dropped a few years ago, and I've never gotten around to replacing it - so I just scanned the whole thing...I think it looks pretty cool that way...

Mike and Erin_0001 

Here is an old Pottery Barn frame (it's so old and funky - I can't believe that I bought this there - it was back before they became so big! - I knew you "when" Pottery Barn!) and inside of this frame is one of the first photos I ever took, which I've posted below the frame...so you can get a better look of it...I thought the juxtapostion of the "gate" or "fence" with a church was an interesting way to crop this shot...and then to surround it with a picture frame that is so "wooden"...I don't know...I just like how it all fits together...

Cool Frame 

Sacre Coeur 

And here is my last one...(for tonight), this was taken with a Holga from the balcony of a hotel I stayed in overnight when Sixpence was passing through Paris.  I remember sharing a room with Justin (Sixpence's bassist) and being completely exhausted.  The weather was rainy and cold and yet I felt the need to try and at least capture a shot before heading off to bed...or where-ever it was I was going...I think we were having to leave early the next morning, and so that is why our hotel was right across the street from the Gare Du Nord.  I love how this shot turned out...(oh, but my scanner isn't big enough! - this was the best I could do - but the full image is much better...still this (unintentional) crop will have to do for now:

Gare Du Nord 2 

What I'm Doing

Today I did some percussion overdubs while hanging out with Wade Baynham over at his studio, The Second Story.  Later tonight I have a rehearsal with Christa Wells down in Raleigh for some Christmas house concerts and performances that are coming up in North Carolina and Nashville.  Tomorrow night, I'll be rehearsing with Luego (fresh back from a European Tour) for a show I'll be playing with them in Charlotte on Friday night at The Evening Muse.

Last weekend I played a show with Thad Cockrell at The Pour House down in Raleigh.  Good show - the place was packed (as usual when Thad plays) and The Civil Wars came in from Nashville to open the show.  Very impressive those two are! 

I've got a lot of projects on the burner...and trying to figure out how best to go chipping away at them.  I've been working on getting more loops out via my "Tricked Out Tuesdays" post, but my hope is to get them to another blog or site, so that it's easier to subscribe to the feed - so that everytime I post a new loop, you'll get an email (if you want one).  Maybe I should just create a email list?  Hmmm.  Anyway, I've been mulling over that.  I'm also starting to actively seek out opportunities to produce (or in my mind, I'd feel like I'd be more of a project manager/ co-producer).  Or should I say, "collaborate."  Drop me a line if that sounds interesting to you. 

I'm also slowly chipping away at a beginners drum book and possible internet lessons in my teaching.  I've enjoyed getting to teach a few clinics this Fall (one in Wheaton, IL and another up at Anderson University), and it's been a great experience working as an Adjunct Percussion instructor down at Southeastern in Wake Forest.  I hope I get more opportunities to share my knowledge and thoughts.  It's always fun meeting new folks and sharing the little bit that I know and have experienced.

I'm looking forward diving more into the Toontrack Software (now that I've finally upgraded the storage on my MacBook - I have room for all of their wonderful samples).  Thanks to a referral from a friend, I pursued a relationship with Toontrack and am now featured on the Toontrack website, next to Futureman, and Chris Whitten, Chester Thompson and bunch of other amazing drummers/ musicians and producers.  If you haven't checked out Toontrack's Superior Drummer software, it's pretty amazing stuff.  I'm going to be working on some tracks with a producer in Samoa (yep - Samoa!), using Toontrack to generate the drum sounds via midi.  Basically I'll be recording the midi tracks here at my place and emailing the midi files to him in Samoa.  He'll use Toontrack to supply the drum sounds and tweak and mix them using Superior Drummer.  

Well, it's raining out and I've got a bit of driving to do to get down to my rehearsal this evening.  Thanks for reading and checking in.  Drop me an email or leave a message on my Contact page if you want!  And if you hear of anyone needing a drummer - I'd appreciate it if you passed my name along or referred me.  I appreciate the work and love meeting new people!  Until next time!  Have yourself a Merry Little (fill in the blank)!

Tricked Out Tuesdays

Today's loop is just a basic shaker shaker part that is about 8 bars long.  It was an extra part I recorded for last weeks loop, that I felt ultimately didn't work as well with the loop from last week.

I'm using these gigantic maraccas that are SUPER loud.  I will sometimes take them to recording sessions, and they'll end up NOT BEING USED, because they are SO LOUD.  I think you get the idea...I'll stop using upper case letters to make my point.

I think the tempo is 81bpm if I remember correctly.  It's a 16th note groove, and was recorded with an Earthworks overhead mic. 

(and I promise this will be the last of my use of Uppercase letters.) NOTE: Remember this isn't an actual loop.  It's about 8 bars of shaker, and I think there is enough information on the file for you to create your own loop. 

Loop of the Day for November 31 :: Download Dbd 16th maraccas 81bpm

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My Drumming On CD

  • Sixpence None the Richer: This Beautiful Mess

    Sixpence None the Richer: This Beautiful Mess
    The second CD Sixpence recorded was my first with the band. We tracked the rhythm tracks in 4 days at Omni Sound studios in Nashville. Armand John Petri produced and many fans say that this is their favorite Sixpence album.

  • Sixpence None The Richer: Sixpence None The Richer

    Sixpence None The Richer: Sixpence None The Richer
    The Grammy nominated, RIAA Certified Platinum selling album that featured the breakout hit, "Kiss Me." Produced by Steve Taylor and wonderfully engineered and mixed by Russ Long, with additional mixing by Bob Clearmountain. The follow-up hit, "There She Goes" was also later added to this album.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: The Best of Sixpence None the Richer

    Sixpence None the Richer: The Best of Sixpence None the Richer
    Includes the hits "Kiss Me," "There She Goes," and "Breathe Your Name" and many other of the songs I played on and helped promote during my 7+ years with the band.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: Tickets for a Prayer Wheel

    Sixpence None the Richer: Tickets for a Prayer Wheel
    Out-takes and B-Sides from Sixpence's "This Beautiful Mess" CD. There were some extended jams, a live track, some moody percussion and even a re-mix done by friend and former roommate, Sal Salvador. Not only does this CD feature my drumming, and vocals(!), but I make my producing debut on this album with an angst-filled vibey take on an old Patsy Cline song.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: Mega 3 Collection

    Sixpence None the Richer: Mega 3 Collection
    Includes Sixpence's first 3 CD's. Of these 3 CD's my drumming only appears on the 2nd and 3rd disc. The first CD featured the drumming of Chris Dodds, one of my favorite people and drummers.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: There She Goes

    Sixpence None the Richer: There She Goes
    CD single of the 11th hour addition to Sixpence's self-titled album which helped solidify Sixpence as a legitmate "Breakthrough Artist" according to R&R magazine. The song went on to become a Top 10 Single with an appealing video (featuring "Saving Private Ryan" star, Adam Goldberg), by director and good friend of the band, Brandon Dickerson.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: Breathe Your Name / Northern Lights

    Sixpence None the Richer: Breathe Your Name / Northern Lights
    CD single of the Top 20 hit, Breathe Your Name w/ non-album track Northern Lights, from Sixpence's Divine Discontent record. Both songs feature my drumming.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: Collage: A Portrait of Their Best

    Sixpence None the Richer: Collage: A Portrait of Their Best
    A compilation of the best tracks from the band's REX years. And yes, that's me in the corner with the beard and glasses.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: Kiss Me

    Sixpence None the Richer: Kiss Me
    Imported Single of the most played song from the year 2000. This song features my drumming and went to the top of the charts in over 10 countries (US, UK, Canada, Israel, Japan, etc...). I also appeared in all the videos and TV appearances that helped promote this song. Interesting side note: this song was chosen by Britain's Royal Family to be played for over 200 Million viewers during Prince Edward's 1999 wedding.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: I Can't Catch You

    Sixpence None the Richer: I Can't Catch You
    Import Single of a song from the band's self-titled album. This was one of the songs Bob Clearmountain mixed and it was honor to have him work his magic on my drum tracks!

  • ...The Basics: Grow
    I was really happy how this record turned out. An honest, well produced CD by a couple of North Carolina's (and Northern California's) best songwriters. I also took the photos that appear in the CD booklet.
  • [Various Artists]: City on a Hill: Collection

    [Various Artists]: City on a Hill: Collection
    I played on the first City on a Hill CD as well as a track or two on the second CD.

  • [Various Artists]: Return Of The Grievous Angel: Tribute To Gram Parsons

    [Various Artists]: Return Of The Grievous Angel: Tribute To Gram Parsons
    I played drums with the Rolling Creek Dippers, aka: Buddy and Julie Miller, Victoria Williams, Mark Olsen, Jim Lauderdale.

  • [Various Artists]: Roaring Lambs

    [Various Artists]: Roaring Lambs
    I played drums with Sixpence None the Richer, Emmylou Harris, Steve Taylor and percussion with Burlap to Cashmere on this CD.

  • [Various Artists]: Exodus

    [Various Artists]: Exodus
    I played with Sixpence None the Richer, Michael W. Smith, and Kenny Meeks on this CD.

  • Kim Taylor: So Black, So Bright

    Kim Taylor: So Black, So Bright
    I played drums on this CD that was produced by Jack Henderson. This is one of my favorite projects to have played on. Some of the tracks feature Linford and Karin from Over the Rhine as well.

  • Frankly Scarlet: Stories I've Heard
    I played and recorded with this band back when I lived in Dallas. We even shot a video...with the Dallas skyline as our backdrop.
  • [Various Artists]: Making God Smile: An Artists' Tribute to the Songs of Beach Boy Brian Wilson

    [Various Artists]: Making God Smile: An Artists' Tribute to the Songs of Beach Boy Brian Wilson
    I played drums and percussion (timpani, chimes, beat box) on Jason Harrod's version of "In My Room" for this Brian Wilson tribute album.

  • Rebecca St. James: Transform

    Rebecca St. James: Transform
    I played on a track produced by Matt Bronlewee, that featured the London Symphony Orchestra and some very "Bjork" sounding vocals by Rebecca. I think we did about 40 tracks of various percussion overdubs for this track too.

  • [Various Artists]: Never Say Dinosaur

    [Various Artists]: Never Say Dinosaur
    My first time to work with producer Brent Bourgeois and one of my first times in the studio with Sixpence. I borrowed a whole bunch of percussion from Steve Hindalong and had a great time overdubbing frame drums, rattan shakers and the like. The track ended up sounding very Daniel Lanois-ish with some Peter Gabriel-esq type layers thrown in for good measure.

  • Phantasmic: Fluffy Vs. Phantasmic
    "Rainy Day Assembly" appears on this record. This out-take from Sixpence's "This Beautiful Mess" session was used by Tess Wiley (aka, Phantasmic) and features shaker performed by percussion wiz Lalo Davila.
  • Honey: Lost on You
    I played on two tracks from this record produced by Dan and Steve from Jars of Clay.
  • [various artists]: Here On Earth (2000 Film)

    [various artists]: Here On Earth (2000 Film)
    This Soundtrack album features two songs I did with Sixpence, one a cover of a Sam Phillips/ T-Bone Burnett song: "I Need Love" and the other, the opening track ("We Have Forgotten") from Sixpence's self-titled record.

  • [various artists]: Snow Day: Music From The Motion Picture

    [various artists]: Snow Day: Music From The Motion Picture
    Sixpence's version of The La's tune, "There She Goes" is on this soundtrack album. And yes, I'm playing drums on that song...

  • [various artists]: Bounce: Music from and Inspired by the Miramax Motion Picture (2000 film)

    [various artists]: Bounce: Music from and Inspired by the Miramax Motion Picture (2000 film)
    Another song ("Love") I did with Sixpence from their self-titled album, appears on this soundtrack. Mark Nash and I played a drum duet of sorts to get the primal heavy-handed approach needed for this wonderful song.

  • [various artists]: Dick

    [various artists]: Dick
    One of my favorite tracks. Everytime I hear this song ("Dancing Queen"), I can't help but think of Alan Partridge.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: Divine Discontent

    Sixpence None the Richer: Divine Discontent
    Even though I quit playing with the band in 2001, the bulk of this record was recorded in 2000, and so my playing is featured on more than half the tracks on this record. Produced by Paul Fox, beautifully engineered by Mark Chevalier and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge.

  • Sixpence None the Richer: The Early Years

    Sixpence None the Richer: The Early Years
    New Sixpence compilation from the REX years. Includes songs and b-sides from the early work I recorded with Sixpence - pre "Kiss Me" era.

  • Steve Hindalong, et.al: City on a Hill: Reflections on Our Spiritual Journey (Ccm Book)

    Steve Hindalong, et.al: City on a Hill: Reflections on Our Spiritual Journey (Ccm Book)
    Okay, this is a book. But I wrote the first essay that appears in the book and took all the photos that appear as well. You can actually read my essay by clicking this link and "looking inside the book." Fun, huh?

  • Various Artists: Pointfolio 1.0

    Various Artists: Pointfolio 1.0
    A radio station compilation featuring in-studio and concert live cuts. Includes, Sixpence doing "Kiss Me"(with me on drums), and Fleming and John's "Ugly Girl", Dido, BareNaked Ladies, etc.

  • : Plumb

    Loops, fragments of songs and lots of percussion is what I remember from this session. Producer Dan Haseltine and Matt Bronlewee made this a fun and creative time in the studio. It was great to be a part of the debut album of such a phenomenal artist (am I gushing to much here?).

  • [various Artists] : Felicity: Senior Year (tv soundtrack)

    [various Artists] : Felicity: Senior Year (tv soundtrack)
    Features "Melody of You" a beautiful song by Sixpence None the Richer that I played drums on and was featured on the series final episode (I think).