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Songwriting

Studio night reunion

We had an amazing studio night last night, due in part to some special guests.  Jeff Beam, who we’ve known for years, and who is an amazing bass player, joined us for part of the evening.  He brought along his muse Natalie as well, and we caught up for a[…]

On track

Amazingly we’re being super-productive as of late.  Despite the fact that Mike continues to forget studio night (even though most of northeast Ohio knows when it is), we’re forging ahead and finishing track after track (okay, to his credit, he did do a Sunday “make-up” studio to track some bass[…]

Snoozeking

I’ve finally resuscitated the Snoozeking Music website.  Snoozeking Music is my music publishing/indie label affiliation, and it covers not only drunkdude69, but other projects like Thomas Reed Smith and my own solo material (if I ever get around to releasing any).  It’s been out of commission for a long time,[…]

My Funky Valentine

In December 1999 I met @hellpellet, the flaming pill that would change my life. A little more than a year later, in early 2001, my grandmother passed away, devastating me.  A month after that I (along with about 101 other people) was laid off from my job. I moved in[…]

Next Big Thing (demo)

Hellpellet and I had an awesome experience at Podcamp Pittsburgh this past October.  Unknowingly, as I enjoyed various discussions and made some new friends, I was filing away some songwriting inspiration about the nature of online notoriety. The (interim) end result is “Next Big Thing”. It wound up being a[…]

Technology is cool

At some point a few years ago, hellpellet and I went on a weekend trip. I wanted to take sone time on the getaway to work on some songs, so I brought the most stripped down setup I could: my Tascam 4-track, a Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machine, a crappy[…]

Pulling parts in the musical junkyard

I was at the junkyard the other day pulling parts for @hellpellet’s car. I had squeezed inside a junked Ford Escape that was at the bottom of a pile of three stacked cars, which in turn was surrounded on three sides by other stacks of vehicles. As I was working[…]

Another Studio Season

Ahh, November: crisp fall air, piles of multicolored leaves, and the end of Daylight Saving Time. That can only mean one thing. It’s studio season again. As much as it’s depressing when the sun has set by 5:30 in the afternoon, the earlier evenings make it a whole lot easier[…]