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Mackncheeze Music Podcast Episode 5

Mackncheeze Music Podcast Episode 5

Crazy Things Can Happen At Gigs! An interview with Eric Ritts (Marco Bass Guitars) and Sean Hudson (Guitarist for Knuckles and The Disco Cowboys). We are Podcasting on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Overcast and Radio Public. Just key in...
Embarrassment

Embarrassment

We all have been there. Forgetting our vocal line, missing the cue, blowing the arrangement; one domino falls over and the entire band goes with it. As uncomfortable as it can be, revealing our disappointment on stage, telling the audience how badly its been blown...
Mackncheeze Podcast Episode 4

Mackncheeze Podcast Episode 4

https://www.windstudiomusic.com Adam Puchalski – click the http://www.windstudiomusic.com link We are Podcasting on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Overcast and Radio Public. Key in Bryan at Mackncheeze. Or just click the link...
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Yep, lent a drum throne to a one my drummer friends. Never saw it again. Hey man, that ain’t a book, it’s a drum throne; it has importance and a purpose. Drove the band across state, did any one offer to help with gas? Booked the gig, provided the P.A.,...
Where Was I ?

Where Was I ?

My brain constantly fires on all cylinders; I can’t keep up. The distractions are endless. Like walking through the front door and leaving a trail of keys, wallet, phone and whatever else my hands happened to be clutching. It’s like a slug trail, except...
Brain Damaged

Brain Damaged

I’m not sure what I did. Rumor has it, as an infant, I was dropped on my head. I don’t know, I can’t remember. Perhaps my amygdala smashed in to my hippocampus, resulting in memory loss. Could have been the drugs or maybe my continuing love of...
Mackncheeze Podcast Episode 3 Part Two

Mackncheeze Podcast Episode 3 Part Two

A Conversation With Master Guitarist Dave Tieman https://davidtieman.com/bio https://thegingerups.com/ Check out our podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Overcast and Radio Public. Key in Bryan At Mackncheeze. Or, just click on the link...
Mackncheeze Podcast Episode 3

Mackncheeze Podcast Episode 3

A Conversation with Master Guitarist Dave Tieman Check out our podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Overcast and Radio Public. Just key in Bryan at Mackncheeze. Or, just click on the link below. Enjoy. Can we help you in any way?...
Red Light Fever

Red Light Fever

We have all had moments of epiphany: a moment when a veil uncovers our eyes, blindfolds are removed, an ‘Aha’ moment. Mine came many years ago in a recording session. We had a 10 song project with plans to finish taping in three weeks. Everyone had full...
Mackncheeze Podcast: Episode 2

Mackncheeze Podcast: Episode 2

We are podcasting on Itunes, Spotify, Google Podcast, Breaker, Pocket Casts and Radio Public. Just key in Bryan at Mackncheeze or click on the link below. Enjoy and keep kicking hard. Can we help you in any way? bryan@mackncheezemusic.blog
Darnell Scott

Darnell Scott

One of my very best friends, much love and respect to you Blues Artist, Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter Part 2 Where to start… I was attending a wedding in Wenachee, Washington and happened to drop off a business card at a local music store. My friend called me...
Darnell Scott

Darnell Scott

One of my very best friends, much love and respect to you Blues Artist, Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter Part 1 Where to start… I was attending a wedding in Wenachee, Washington and happened to drop off a business card at a local music store. My friend called me...
My Cocoon

My Cocoon

As much as possible, I try super hard to shield myself from negativity. Well meaning friends and relatives, seeking sympathy or empathy for their less than positive situations, inadvertently drop their experiences into my refuse pile. Which brings me to Negativity...
Excuses

Excuses

Excuses are like armpits: everyone has two and they both stink. Doesn’t matter the subject or the situation. Social media, brother, what a rabbit hole. How many times a day do I check my phone? Leave it up to a former smoker to fidget, having an intense need to...
Mackncheeze Is Now Podcasting

Mackncheeze Is Now Podcasting

We are now podcasting on seven different platforms: ITunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Breaker and Radio Public. Just key in Bryan at Mackncheeze on of these podcast stations. Or, just click on the link..https://anchor.fm/bryan-s-dehart. In Case You...
Adam Puchalski

Adam Puchalski

Artist Focus Part Two Guitar, Song Writer, Recording and Mastering Engineer https://www.windstudiomusic.com/ Adam: My first experience with digital audio was Voyetra. It was basically a MIDI orchestral arranger. Before Voyetra I was using Cakewalk for its MIDI...
Adam Puchalski

Adam Puchalski

Artist Focus Part One Guitar, Song Writer, Recording and Mastering Engineer https://www.windstudiomusic.com/ Mackncheeze: My very first question, who are you? Adam: I love music. I do what I say I’m going to do and that nails it.   If I’m going to do...
Technical Difficulties

Technical Difficulties

My Apologies- Fridays post is delayed because of technical problems. Please Check Out My Latest Podcast. Is there anything we can do to help you? bryan@mackncheezemusic.blog
Sarcasm: Just Another Service I Offer

Sarcasm: Just Another Service I Offer

I just love hearing about people doing stupid things. It appeals to my twisted, satirical humor. When I heard about people drinking lysol I laughed hysterically. Yep, more candidates for the Darwin Awards. And high school kids eating soap pods, are you kidding? When I...
Sean Fairchild

Sean Fairchild

Artist Focus Bass, Producer, Engineer, Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter Part Three Endorsed by Genzler Amplification, MTD Basses, GHS Strings, Tsunami Cables, Access Bags and Cases, Bartolini Electronics, Sonic Nuance Electronics  http://www.seanfairchild.com...
Sean Fairchild

Sean Fairchild

Artist Focus Bass, Producer, Engineer, Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter Part Two Endorsed by Genzler Amplification, MTD Basses, GHS Strings, Tsunami Cables, Access Bags and Cases, Bartolini Electronics, Sonic Nuance Electronics  http://www.seanfairchild.com...
Sean Fairchild

Sean Fairchild

Artist Focus Bass, Producer, Engineer, Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter Part One Endorsed by Genzler Amplification, MTD Basses, GHS Strings, Tsunami Cables, Access Bags and Cases, Bartolini Electronics, Sonic Nuance Electronics  http://www.seanfairchild.com...
Irony

Irony

Besides folks walking down the street having animate conversations on their phones, looking every bit like crazy people did 20 years ago, here are a few ironic circumstances I have encountered: Being a drummer yet carrying batteries, picks and extra chords for guitar...
Robert Brewer

Robert Brewer

Artist Focus Singer, DJ, Songwriter, Producer and Guitarist Part Two https://www.facebook.com/RobertBrewerSeattle/ Mackncheeze: When you were at the Art Institute, did you study vocals? How did you learn to sing the way you do? Rob: A mixture of church, singing by...
Robert Brewer

Robert Brewer

Artist Focus Singer, DJ, Songwriter, Producer and Guitarist Part One https://www.facebook.com/RobertBrewerSeattle/ Mackncheeze: Who Are you? I am Robert Brewer, son of Shirley Brewer, grandson of Lula Bell Brewer, from Seattle Washington, born and raised in West...
I Have No Children

I Have No Children

The Gene Pool Stops Here Times were when I used to envy my married friends. But enough about my thirties. When I hit forty it was like, “What was I thinking?” I’ve been told I would be a good father. Yeah, maybe when I cared. Now I’m selfish...
Impatience

Impatience

Pardon me, but I sometimes forget an ordinary human being is not interested in sitting down for hour upon hour trying to perfect an imperfection. Basic nature of artistic endeavor of any sort requires lots of time spent by one’s self, working out a path of...
Tom Glase

Tom Glase

Artist Focus Part One Wine Maker, Owner Of Beresan and Balboa Wineries http://www.balboawinery.com This interview involved sharing a bottle of 1998 St. Innocent Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Mackncheeze: Tell me about the kids and playing music?...
Wasting Time

Wasting Time

I haven’t really talked about the Corona Virus outbreak. I thought maybe folks might be able to identify with a few of Memes. For the truly idle, there is danger from from Covid 15; fifteen pounds from a shuttered lifestyle. One of my friends, in two and a half...
Consummate Optimism

Consummate Optimism

Why not? I believe people on our paths have been put here to help us navigate life. Aren’t I the driver of this car? I get to drive with who and where I want. I will put aside envy. My grass is green enough; I will keep fertilizing my own lawn. I will not...
Marco Cortes

Marco Cortes

Artist Focus Marco Cortes – Artisan Luthierhttps://marcobassguitars.com/ Mackncheeze: Who is Marco Cortes? Marco: ( Laughs ) Somebody crazy ( More Laughter ). Why was Jesus a carpenter? When God had the ark of the covenant built, He made it from wood, covered...
Failure

Failure

It’s not A Choice But A Life Style I remember when I dumped a cup of coffee over a hard drive recorder, AAARG! Thank God it was creamless. One week under a blow dryer cured that potential disaster. Hats off to the manufacturer for apparent musician proof design....
Things We’ve Lost

Things We’ve Lost

But Not Forever Guest Blog By Todd Ainsworth When I first started contributing to the Mackncheeze Music Blog, I thought I’d just give a few stories from the front lines of Seattle’s early 90’s heyday, or give a personal story of how music has affected my life....
Drama, Don’t Leave Home Without It

Drama, Don’t Leave Home Without It

I’m astounded at what a comfort zone drama can be. Personally, I try to minimize conditions which allow for its growth. Politics, avoid politics. Some folks crave ongoing bad news and having vitriol for public figures. Yes, it is deserved, but there are more...
John Passarelli

John Passarelli

Artist Focus John Passerelli Has Been Local Force In The Seattle Area For Decades Mackncheeze: My first question-who are you? John: I have some cute answers. I consider myself to be, how do I put this, a positively charged rhythmic and melodic confluence of heart and...
On Bullshit

On Bullshit

Book Review It might seem odd that I would do a book review on a subject that we all are familiar with. I couldn’t resist. Shopping at the local bookstore, title screaming at me, I had to pick it up. Turns out Harry G Frankfurt is a Professor of Philosophy at...
Revelation

Revelation

My first real understanding of digital recording actually occurred when I purchased a Roland VS 1680. I didn’t understand crap; having spent weeks in front of my old PC, scratching my head, staring at a Cakewalk Software program I had down loaded from CD-Rom. I...
Remix

Remix

“Hey Bro’, I’ve got these tracks laid down. The song is finished, just need to pull it all together and do post-production. Can you help me?” I cough up the usual excuses; not interested in working on someone else’s recording, not enough...
Picking Low Fruit

Picking Low Fruit

Some days I find it hard to be inspired. When I reach a point of nothing, which can be alcohol induced, I usually plop down in front of the TV and enter a state of, “Since it’s TV time I should be eating.” This condition usually shows up about...
Get A Clue

Get A Clue

As a drummer, my most important function is to keep time. In the 80’s I learned how to play live with sequences, time delay, arpeggiators and click tracks. In another band, we were recording an album, with out click, and I could not get past the fourth song. I...
The Third Place

The Third Place

There’s your family, there’s your job. In your life, where is the Third place you derive your sense of community? It used to be church, or civic clubs, some sort of lodge, maybe the library. Nowadays, Starbucks has laid claim to being a place of gathering....
Absurdity

Absurdity

The times are changing. It seems so much moves so quickly that is getting harder to keep up. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s my look of perceptive skills, probably, it’s the alcohol. Looking for my sunglasses while I’m wearing them. Another...
Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

My girl friend and I had broken up at the beginning of February. As The 14 th. approached, I grew ever more nostalgic of our relationship. I suppose I missed close proximity with a woman I had spent a couple of years with. Having Einstein like qualities in my thought...
Driving By Braille

Driving By Braille

Why not drive without head lights? Isn’t that what curbs and side walks were made for? Just kind of feel your way down the street risking flat tires. For a time it seemed to partially work. Example Number One: I spent a year traveling with a band that...
Life Is Precious

Life Is Precious

Back in the day, when gigs were booked by the week, we played a one month stint in small coastal town. Four live music venues, tons of bars, and some pretty good restaurants. The local industry survived on fishing. Quite a prosperous place. In a town such as this, it...
Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Guest Blog By Todd Ainsworth I’m not dead yet! Unfortunately, that’s not quite true anymore for Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. We, who “got” the Monty Python humor ( and I remember many of my friends when I was younger didn’t ) were...
Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

I’m stressed out. I believe I am the Cat’s Meow of players but the best of the best are not flocking to play with me. I don’t want to believe I am an average player but perhaps the proof lies in the pudding. Evidently I have an area of my brain that...
With The Sea On The Horizon

With The Sea On The Horizon

And The Future In My Hands…. I’m not sure about you, but for me, I love looking out upon the ocean shores, looking at the expanse of the sea, peering into the horizon. My God, regardless of the weather, its so beautiful. And peaceful. I could just sit and...
Bad Gig

Bad Gig

Outdoor venue, great PA, big stage, no covering on stage; open to the elements. One of the great analog synths, still a player. Its the 80’s. Our keyboard players are running Roland and Oberheim gear. I’m running a hybrid: acoustic snare, Paiste cymbals,...
Toxic People

Toxic People

We all know them. We all run in to them. They are everywhere. I say, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” The socio-political landscape is full of them. My neighborhood is full of them. The grocery store is full of them. The streets are full of...
Rhythmic Harmony Part 2

Rhythmic Harmony Part 2

Guest Blog by Finn Music Geek Stuff Today we will look at one of my favorite tools. The Baiou’ rhythm and its modes. Baiou’ is pronounced Bayonne (The spelling? Someone kept yelling ” I’ld like a vowel, Vanna”). You’ll need paper...
Rythmic Harmony

Rythmic Harmony

Guest Blog By Finn Music Geek Stuff Lets use the example of a bass drum and a kick drum part. Lets say I decide to match each note of the bass and the kick drum. This would be an example of Rhythmic Unison. Now lets say I decide to add kick drum only to those bass...
Depression

Depression

The grim truth; many of my artist type friends have depression running in their gene pool. It is in my family as well; seemingly prevalent in the families of creative types. One study shows entrepreneur start up founders, who are extremely creative people, revealing...
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Wishing all a great Holiday Season and a Big Shout Out for all Those Supporting Mackncheeze Music. Thank You!!!! What to Expect in the Coming Year. We are going to be focusing on creative folks of all types in a large variety of different endeavors; Photography,...
Drama

Drama

Got that right; I love the whiners who whine about the whiners. How about taking a few seconds and listening to what it is you are actually whining about. I have found that those who complain the most are usually on the weaker part of the chain. The weakest link;...
Michael Clune and Moondance

Michael Clune and Moondance

Artist Focus https://www.facebook.com/Moondance-Van-Morrison-Tribute-1851895661575428 Mackncheeze: Who are you? Michael: I am my friendships and relationships. I am very blessed that my friendships are from all over the world. My glass of water, I can honestly say, is...
Practice Safe Sound

Practice Safe Sound

Yeah, Baby. I want to keep my hearing. Entropy has decided to work against me, so I fight back. Every practice session, every rehearsal; ear plugs. Reviewing tracks; I listen at extremely low volumes, often times in mono, mixing off my IPhone, mixing off head phones...
Island Time

Island Time

Have you ever lived on an Island? Is “Laid Back” a term you would use for island life? This mind set actually exists, having lived on an island and experiencing it myself. For many, regardless of ability, attainment, and professional accolades, this...
Don’t Drink The Kool Aid

Don’t Drink The Kool Aid

I should not make light of this, but the fact of the matter is if you aren’t all in, you’re not all in. Hence the purpose of this blog. It could be argued I’m not all in either, because most of my income is earned outside of music. Seriously looking...
The Labor Is The Reward

The Labor Is The Reward

Yeah, you got that right. It is the love of music which sustains me. The love of the people, the process and the execution. What God given talents I have been blessed with have only been the starting point; a flame that kindled. Continually feeding that fire is the...
The Seasons Of My Life

The Seasons Of My Life

Guest Blog by Marvin Manning ( My Uncle ) Written at age 94 As I move through the seasons of my life and summer turns to fall, I find that the Golden Years are not so golden after all. The junk food that I loved so much has been replaced with lettuce, celery, carrots...
I Have A Dream

I Have A Dream

I once dreamt I was a chicken. I am not sure what the underlying psychology of chicken dreams means in relationship to reality; but there it is. Cocking my head and eyeing the gravel, looking for that kernel of corn. Thrusting my beak towards that tidbit of seed,...
Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Another Night Buried in the Trenches at The Metropolitan Grill I love to play music, I love to record, and, to the best of my abilities, I love to produce music. But what I also love is a super cool job, health insurance and stability. Call me double minded. I have...
Superpower

Superpower

I have been reading a lot about tapping in to my super power. Most people who know me know that I am not super powerful, which is disappointing to myself since my own self expectations are so high. I wish I wasn’t prone to error. I wish I would not forget...
Ice-T At The RKCNDY, 1992

Ice-T At The RKCNDY, 1992

Guest Blog By Todd Ainsworth By the time I heard that Ice-T was going to play the RKCNDY, I had been listening to him since “Power”, which came out in 1989; along with Public Enemy, NWA and others. Some of my “Rock Only” friends looked at me...
Distractions

Distractions

A Normal Morning In My House Get out of bed, wander down to the coffee maker, get some Joe brewing, wander over to the lap top, fire it up, oops, my feet are cold, wander back up stairs, put on some socks. I got to pee, wander in to the bathroom, pick up the tooth...
The Phantom

The Phantom

“Someone’s talking in the guitar solo.” “What?” “There is someone talking in the guitar solo.” I listened to the track over and over and could not hear the voice. I went through every single track. Nothing. During the guitar...
Hyberbole, Standard Operating Procedure

Hyberbole, Standard Operating Procedure

Aggrandize, to increase the power or reputation of something. For me, it implies some sort of exaggeration.  It is endemic in the world of music.  Please understand, I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to past pretence.   I see it in Facebook adds.  I see...
Habits

Habits

I have read the books.  I have stood in front of the mirror yelling at myself.  I have gone to the conferences.  I have read the blogs.  I have reaffirmed my affirmations.  Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. I have found out what habit is – its...
Somewhere, In The Very Early 90’s

Somewhere, In The Very Early 90’s

By Todd Ainsworth Writing for a music blog hasn’t been on my radar, but music is one of my passions and an important part of my life. As my generation gets a little older ( I never expected to live to 50 when I was 18 ) and I start to look a little more inward...
Prodigy

Prodigy

So I’m hanging in the lobby waiting for my lesson, listening to what I perceive as a high school student laying down a super congruent groove. I’m saying to myself, ‘Man, I wish I could have played like that when I was 17’. This goes on for...
Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

Rehearsal, 10 am. Hey I got time for breakfast. I’m heading over to the closest breakfast chain anticipating some great morning grub. Man, I can taste those hash browns with my over easy eggs and some wheat toast with strawberry jelly. Lotsa coffee. I’m in...