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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...
Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day

I played my first Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in 1977. There is a definite vibe and personification of this organization. Lots of great people adding amazing contributions to our communities. The same goes for the Moose, Lions, Masons and VFW organizations. Great...
It’s All About The Gravy

It’s All About The Gravy

Things I’ve Learned From Otis Trust Your Friends Otis has good friends. Smokey comes to visit from down the street, leaping and bounding because he is so excited to see his buddy Otis. I have never seen two cats so comfortable with one another. Otis always...
Caffiene, Its a Life Style

Caffiene, Its a Life Style

What motivates me everyday?  One guess.  Coffee.  Every morning I participate in the ritual.  At least a pot down the gullet. Not to mention the daily Quad Americano just to finish out the evening. What the caffiene does for me is to facilitate concentration.  My best...
Brave New World

Brave New World

Brave New world? Social media….. Everyone of us who participates willingly hands over every bit of information that our sign up requests.  George Orwell thought it was going to be the state.  Actually, our government does not have to concern itself...
Hammond B 3

Hammond B 3

Digital Keyboards, Forget About It. Want to talk Monster, Wall of Sound……Hammond organs powered by Leslie Speakers. The Hammond is an electric organ first manufactured in 1935.  The organ generates sound with a metal tone wheel near an electromagnetic...
Stop Bugging Me

Stop Bugging Me

On the road and a plane flight later we arrive at the club.  Part of the contract stipulates accommodations, of which we are immensely grateful.  It always helpful to defer costs, especially hotels; saves a ton of money. We have been booked an extended engagement and...
Tales From The Crypt

Tales From The Crypt

“Dude, Steve is lit. He put down a fifth and a half of Jack and is quitting the band.” Great. 30 minutes before we’re supposed to go on and the keyboard player quits. Can it get worse? ” I tried talking him down but he just looks right through...