Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

POP Montreal

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Midnight Poutine is doing a marathon of podcasts this week for POP Montreal events. I only recently started to listen to Midnight Poutine, and I think it’s great. Minimal chatter, great music.

I’m listening to the podcast right now, trying to figure out which show I want to see tonight.

Another YouTube Video – I’ll Follow You Into The Dark

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Recorded with the camera on my laptop. The guitar has a funny sound, but it sounds OK other than that. Next time I’ll use the proper camcorder. This was a spur of the moment kind of thing.

My First Random Jam Night

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I performed again at open mic this week. I played “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Chasing Cars”. There was an awesome vibe that night, and several performers commented on it. After the show, I was talking to some of the other performers that were also at the show last week. They invited me and my friend to one of their houses to continue jamming. It was one of those “I know I shouldn’t because I have to work” moment, but dammit.. I rarely so “No” to anything these days. So I went to my first random jam session!

It was a blast. We all had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. There were about five guitarists, one of whom was doing beatbox as well, a harmonica player, and an awesome female singer. I’ve always wanted to do this kind of thing. I love getting more involved in the music scene. I’ve added a few new Facebook friends from the random jam. Looking forward to the next jam!

From Open Mic Night and Random Jam
From Open Mic Night and Random Jam

My First YouTube! Video Upload

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Yes, I’m doing a lot of firsts lately.

Monday was a holiday for me. I spent the day recording myself play the guitar. I had a lot of takes. My camcorder records directly to mini-DVDR, which I can pop into my MBP and have iMovie recognize as a camera with clips to important.

The quality of the YouTube video isn’t great. To me, it looks quite a bit different than the source, but maybe I’m just being critical of my own videos.

Anyways, I hope to post more videos as time goes on. Hopefully some of my own originals, once I can add more than 1-2 versus and a chorus. I haven’t written a bridge yet for any of my own songs. Well, I’ll post more unless the comments on this video make me cry.

It is hard to know if your friends are being honest or polite. I guess I should stay in contact with a few enemies for times when I need honest feedback.

My First Time Playing at an Open Mic Night

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Yes, I finally did it! I played two songs at the Arts CafĂ© last night. I played “One Great City” by the Weakerthans and one of my own songs, currently titled “Leaving as Enemies.”

I had a couple of friends with me, one of whom also performed. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of the first one. It was just something I had to get out of the way. And now that it is out of the way, I feel comfortable inviting friends to come and watch.

When it was my turn, I felt surprisingly relaxed. I took my guitar up to the stage, and said something along the lines of “This is my first time doing this in front of people. So maybe I should just screw up right away to get it out of the way.”, and then I purposely played some random chord and said “ahh.”. After that, I got some laughter and started with my first song, One Great City. When practicing in front of a friend of mine, I would often forget the words, but on my own I would never have that problem. So the last few days before the show I tried not to think about the words individually, but more of the story of the song, and that seemed to help a lot. I didn’t mess up any of the words, but I remember messing up one small part on the guitar which I was able to recover from. I remember thinking about half way through the song, “Wow, this is awesome. This feels really good.”, and I remember smiling big at that moment.

After the first song, I talked to the audience a bit about picking names for songs. I don’t really have a name for my song, but it feels natural to call it “Leaving as Enemies” because that is how the chorus, and the song, ends. I made a comment on how Nirvana was a big part of my life growing up, and none of their song titles had words from the songs. So I jokingly said I should call it something like “Dopamine.” That also got some laughs. Laughter definitely makes you feel more comfortable.

My friend MAD went up after me. He played one of his own songs, called “Emotional Recall” and an Elton John song called “Your Song”. MAD is a pretty awesome performer. He really has no fear.

I’m working on recording some covers. When I feel comfortable enough, I’ll post them on the blog. Next week I think I’m going to play “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan, and some other song that I’ll try to learn between now and then. This is a good way to force myself to build up a collection of songs to play.

Oh, and if you see my play at one of these shows, feel free to drop me a comment. I appreciate feedback, and I’m always looking to meet new people and make new friends.

From First Open Mic