I was laying in bed yesterday thinking about a blog post.  Mostly because my entire body was aching.  My neuropathy is next level these days and my extremities hurt.  I've greatly adjusted my work so I'm not hurting myself, but it's so bad it doesn't even matter.   Normally I sit on a stool to play sax.  Over the weekend I had a show where I stood up and moved around.  The next day, my back was hurting.  I didn't even do anything.   It's crazy.  I used to be in fantastic shape.  And even when I wasn't, I was still strong and able to work hard.  Nowadays… yikes.    I was looking around at these old men the other day: limping, canes, wheelchairs… I was like fuck, that's gonna be me.   Oh well, I'll take care of myself as best I can and deal with whatever comes.

Moving on….

Jazz is smoking.  Having a good time and playing with some great cats.  Sundays and Thursdays are going well.  Picking up some extras here and there.  

May was unexpectedly busy.  A new client (kinda, some umbrella organization, new department) filled up my weekends, which was hard as I've got a Sunday gig every week.  But the extra money was nice, I had good help, and it wasn't super physical.  I got to stay in some nice hotels and eat fancy food.  I liked that a lot.    That with some extra gigs and what I thought was going to be an easy month to prepare for the summer turned into basically no time for anything.  I got some chores around the house done…. but that was about it.   So now I'm back logged on house stuff, office stuff, music stuff, and I'm sitting here typing this instead.  I've got a gig tonight, and I need to figure out some light exercise.  

The event this weekend is Pride.  I thought I was just doing A/V, but they wanted me to book the talent as well.  While I've certainly done talent booking before, it's not been for this kind of program.   And I don't have a lot of contacts in that community.  It's not like that's a typical topic of conversation among one's colleagues.  Kinda massively unprofessional conversation to have actually.   Anyway, I did find some fun performers that I think will put on a great show.  Since the programming was so specific, it took a little doing to find good, and appropriate, performers and mostly, performers that are capable of doing the gig.  Add in being professional enough to get it done...sheesh. (And yeah, I got some hateful messages, posts, and texts all from people who wanted to perform)  I don't get why people have to make this stuff so dramatic.  After this experience I also understand why the client didn't want to touch the booking end of things.  I went to the client's social media for the event…. wow, nothing but hate.  And now I see why they aren't really promoting it either.  It's a touchy subject.  All in all, it'll be fine, but this hasn't been the most positive of experiences.   I'll do my best.  Like I said, I've got some fine talent and nice folks booked and try not to let the bad apples spoil the show.   All shows are like this, but due to the specific nature of this event, it's a lot more dramatic, it's a lot more political, it's a lot more vocal.  I'm sympathetic for the client.  It's a no-win situation for them.  Do it - get hate, don't do it - get hate.  No matter what, they get hated on.  

Moving on….



Wow...   I didn't post for a bit because there wasn't anything to post. Enjoyed a few weeks of some time off in January and rested.   Normally I do that in December, but December was all work.

I quite my the zydeco band.  I had had enough.  It was past time.  I'm happier because of it. Don't regret a single gig.  It was a great time. 

Jazz gigs seem to be the new me.  Last year was all about jazz, and this year is promising to be even more.  Got my Sunday jazz brunch, just started up my Thursdays back at The Fairmount Hotel.  Did a ton of gig/calendar postings today.  That is some tedious work.  But I'm leaning into it.  I always knew I'd come back to it, but I didn't expect it to now.  

Got some new music out, but I'm not pushing it on everything.  I've got a number of things I want to try out, and I want to see what that impact looks like without a bunch of things going at once. 

Events wise I've made some decisions on that as well. I've walked away from some things.  One client wants to deepen the relationship.  This seems like a good time for that.  The opportunity in the air these days is palpable.  And it's a good time to pass on things.  Gotta keep the wife happy.   Me being home and happy is a big part of that.  

The post-production is done on the recording.  There's what you wanted, and there's what you got.  It's pretty good.  I've got a 43 minute CD and a nice handful of singles.  Gonna pop the first single in a couple of weeks.  I'm moving a little slower on getting the CD “out” than anticipated.  But it's fine.  I'm in no hurry.  There's no time line.  I've started culling my mailing list, basically when I get that done, off it goes.  But I'm going to drip the singles to get things going.  Got some other stuff going as well, but it's not directly related.   Still… noise is noise.  And there's some great stuff on it.  We'll see what the world thinks soon enough.

Got a night home to myself.  Did some tedious tasks, had a morning full of meetings and gonna call it an early bed-time.  

I wish I didn't feel so old and my body didn't hurt so much.  It's a good life though.  




Nothing like a little procrastination to inspire a blog post.  It's nice to not be buried and behind.  Still got some things to do of course…. taxes, house projects, etc… but nothing major and crushing.  Got some projects to get out but there's no rush on that either.   I'm a little antsy to get back to making some synth jams though.  But got some other things to do first.  And I'd really like to get past this nagging cough.   There are things to do and there are things to do.  All in it's own time.

I've been strung along for a couple of event things for a bit now.  I don't like that.  Makes me lose respect for those I'm waiting on.  Makes me less willing to go that extra mile.  I mean, when it comes time for my ask, and I'm completely blown off… what do you think is going to happen when you ask me for even more, again?  I don't like it.  

The recording session didn't go as well as I was hoping.  Although we did lay some good things down.  So it goes.  I prepared the guys and myself as best as I could with the time and budget I had.  It doesn't suck.  That's for sure.  Had a call with the engineer today to pick the takes. So he's gonna start on the mix and we're going to pick the tracks for the CD and the rest will be singles.  Got the artwork done.  My wife loves getting involved with that end of things, I think we came up with a nice cover piece.  Even watched some music documentaries and saw some albums that looked similar and a lot of the shots of the interviews basically were my cover art, so I'm not worried about that.  At least it's somewhat current and hip.  

Should be a good year. Business opportunities are there.  I'm getting some marketing assets for my jazz group. Got a couple of seasonal things to work on, so as long as I don't get my plate too full, I should be able to handle it all without too much stress.

I'm looking forward to writing more jazz tunes, I wanted to explore, a lot, into artist grants, and see what more I can do in that realm.  

I guess we'll see how this post holds up over time.  




I can't believe I haven't written since July… I've certainly though about it.  Here's what today is…..

Just got home from the last gig with the quartet for the recording.  It went very well.  Got one more rehearsal and then it's on.  It should turn out great.   Everyone is taking it very serious.  It's great.  My tunes are popping off.  I love it.  

Things have been life at full speed.  Although the fall event season is officially over.   Got a couple things yet, but it's limited rools so, it's not taking up too much brainpower.   Haven't been able to touch the synths. It's been all jazz.  Really working that thing hard, getting some extra gigs, getting the band ready.  It's coming together even better than I hoped.  That's pretty much ruling my mental space.  We record on Wed.  Lots of other things going on trying to tear into that focus, but I'm not letting it get inside my head.  Just dealing with it as I can and making choices about time spent.  What else can you do?  

Just need to take a minute to get some thoughts out of my head.  What a trip this has been…..


Got a minute to clear the head before jumping back in.....

Practice is going well, really turned some corners on the synth stuff.  Totally got my eyes opened on the Moog and can effectively patch it.  The MS-20 remains a mystery.  It's fun to learn things although I feel like having some knowledge of electronic components and theory will fill the gaps.  

New releases came out today.  Pushed them in the usual spots and some new spots.  As always, we shall see.  

Got a rude phone call from an agent.  All I can think is, wow, you're really bad at this and it's too bad that band has to suffer through your shit bookings because you suck at your job.  But then I'm like, just the usual Austin bullshit, which is why Austin sucks so why am I surprised?   Answer.  I'm not.  I'm just disappointed because you always want the best for the folks you think you might end up working with.  And then I'm all like... sheesh, what's it going to be like to coordinate logistics with this idiot? Answer.  Pass on that band.  Also pretty sure it was their mom.  Guys.... at some point you need to have professionals or handle that shit yourself.  #lame

Speaking of lame, I was going through my music book for my jazz stuff and I'm not happy with it.  And since I have always prided myself on my composing skills, and really only like to record and release original music, I said to myself - just write new stuff.  Duh....  And so I am.  Got the first new tune done and I'm gonna make my guys figure out some of the harder stuff.  They're good tunes and I'm gonna play 'em.   So that's the next chapter.  Composing frenzy....

Haven't heard back on the electro-cumbia (La Raza) mix.  Waiting semi-patiently.  


Oh how fast things change.... Landed the regular Sunday, the Wed postponed due to heat, and blah blah blah.... so goes the struggle.  And, now, with regular gigs, the substitutions have begun.  And it's a small pool of jazz cats down here.   We'll see what happens.  

In other news, I'm continuing the deep dive into becoming a better musician.  I'm keeping up as best as I can with practice.  And that's thing.  I'm really putting time into it.  Just crushing the basics and plan on living there for a while.  I'm also trying to up my knowledge of synthesis.  So... got a book or two, got some videos, beginning that journey.  Already learning some valuable things.  I don't expect this particular journey to ever end.  The real problem is time.  There just ain't enough of it.

I think I have the electro-cumbia track done.  Shipped it off to Zach (O.M.N.I.) to see what he thinks and maybe have him finish off the mix/mastering.    Gotta go... need to have some dinner and spend some time with the wife.   


I tell ya trying to keep up....

Zydeco season is over.  I don't really have much event work and that's okay.  Not missing it.   Also, not much in the way of my solo loop station gigs either.  However, jazz gigs are piling in.  Landed a regular Wed, doing the first of a regular Sunday on Sunday, so hopefully they'll love it and we'll stick that residency.  Booked a handful of one-offs at venues in the area and trying to land a steady Thursday.   I'm also getting practice in.  What a difference that makes.  And I'm getting back to working out.   Although I've got a mystery pain that I need to get checked out.  

Getting some studio time in including release some new tracks and videos for the first time in what seems like ages.  And I've made progress with SACEM although the first pay period came and went with me as a member and no pay came in.  So I've been trying to figure out their processes although most of the stuff is in French so that's slowing me down.  Fired off an email, we'll see what happens from there.   Went around to the usual suspects for registering/claiming works to capture royalties/mechanicals.  That's never a fast turnaround.  Did some recording for some new O.M.N.I. stuff and got a couple more tracks to go on that. 

And I turned on the synths last night for the first time in a long time. That was a fun jam for an hour.  Haven't really been able to sit and mix the new track hip-hop/cumbia track though.  Maybe someday soon.  I'd like to get that out.  It's pretty good.   Kinda caught up on a lot of stuff, so I can start to tackle my pile of paperwork.  After that, it's just keeping up and maybe even make some new music!



My how the time flies.... really got slammed there for a minute.  It's crawfish season so zydeco has been go, go, go.  Lots of other things just turning into time sucking projects.  Finally worked through a lot of that, still gonna burn some time on one this week.   Weather cancelled some gigs, and then the day turned out lovely.  That always leaves me feeling like I wasted a work day.  But landed some crew work and picked up a loose night in my schedule, booked some more gigs, got a lot done with the new venture so progress, progress, progress.

Kinda of excited about this track I'm working on.  Normally I kick things out pretty fast.  But I've spent a couple sessions on this track.  I keep hearing things to improve.  So, I'm not gonna rush this one.  

But the reason for this post is SACEM.  I wrote them a short time back to see what's going on as I hadn't heard anything.  Rep sends me a forward email from weeks ago that was a response to my initial inquiry with her.   So I had to send some more documents in and now she is submitting my application.  So that's finally happening.  

I'm finding myself in moments of actual happiness. It's nice.  It's different.  Gotta work on the fitness a bit more.  My work isn't as physical of late.  I like to eat, and drink so them calories are adding up.   Anyway, I've got a window of time.  I'm going to get cracking on that track a little!



Finally got around to completing my SACEM membership.  SACEM is an international PRO that collects royalties from many countries around the world.  And seeing as about half of my streaming activity comes from outside the U.S. I'm quite excited to see what the future will bring.  I've been passed on to a new rep to complete my registration.  So... we'll see what happens.