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Thank you, Van the Man!

My heart almost broke last year, when one of my favorite albums, “The Best of Van Morrison,” was stolen from my studio by a whacked-out kleptomaniac. After Kleptogirl ran off with my CD in her bag, I immediately drove down to Zia Records and bought another copy.

A couple of weekends ago, I listened to the album twice: on a trip to Phoenix and on the way back to Tucson. 

When I got home, I sat down and wrote a song so full of light and beauty that I should probably share the credit with Mr. Morrison, but I guess the “klepto” energy swirling around the album is making me want to keep it all for myself.

Thanks, Van! You’re still the man (even if I am keeping the publishing rights). 🙂

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Heavenly Choir

The lyrics of a new song we’re working on, called “Somehow,” are so sad, they have been declared a health hazard by the FDA. In order to avoid having people spontaneously combust when they hear the song, my band mates, Uma, Harry and Troy, came into the studio on Saturday and recorded a beautiful “heavenly choir” to balance out what some scholars are calling the inherent “nimia tristitia” (Latin for “music that crushes your mellow”).

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New Project

We’re currently working on an animated series called Wilchord. It’s about a girl named Lydia who falls asleep at the piano and travels to a magic, musical land where all her favorite dreams, and worst nightmares, can come true. Below are a some sketches of Lydia by Erin Stinson, the lead animator.



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New and Restored

We picked up a couple of new microphones recently and had our vintage M1 keyboard restored to its original glory.

The mikes we purchased are:

  • Neumann TLM 102
  • Electro Voice N/D868

The Neumann is a great mike for general recording. It sounds killer on acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion, etc. The Electro Voice is a high-quality kick drum microphone.

We’ve had the Korg M1 keyboard since the early 1990’s, and it took a technician six months to find all the replacement buttons necessary to restore it (Korg no longer supports this model). The keyboard is a classic. In its day, it was the premiere synthesizer on the market. It has a variety of vintage sounds that will spice up any song.