I’ll just be honest…I don’t know where this is going, or what I’m writing…just using some big words I don’t understand. Like ‘harmonic swirl.’ I couldn’t actually describe to you what that is. I’m not even sure I could describe to myself what that is. But has that stopped me from using ‘harmonic swirl’ to describe everything from pedals to amps to lo impedance cables? Oh, absolutely not! So, let’s see what happens…

  • It is fairly improbably how much I am liking that Godin. Put some DR Pure Blues’ on it, and there was much rejoicing.
  • And then I broke a string, for the first time in 5 years. Don’t know if there’s a correlation.
  • And if there is a correlation, does that mean the guitar is flawed, the strings are flawed, or that I just gave in to the joyousness a little too much? Or maybe it’s that guitars really prefer not to be hit with the speckled side of Herdim picks.
  • I hate that I use Herdim picks. I already like Edge waaaay too much, and using these just enhances the stereotype that has been forced upon me by myself. The first time I bought them, I actually was planning on debunking the whole theory. And then I took a strum with one and was like, ‘Ah, blast.’ And now they just simply must be used.
  • Fell into using a worship technique that I loathe, got called out on it, became indignant, then watched some video playback of myself and went, ‘Oh.’ Humility’s the worst.
  • Re-doing my pedalboards. Yep, there’s two of them now, as they are both in roadcases and it’s amazing how big the roadcases are for such comparably small pedalboards inside them. Yes, my life is full of pedals once again. Much less pricey ones, but little colored boxes of joy nonetheless.
  • Ray LaMontagne’s newest album is really, really something special. If you haven’t already picked it up, I would highly recommend doing so. It is so choice. And if you think you don’t like ’40′s country folk, listen to the album again. Because you do.
  • I have apparently been wrong in thinking that it’s an unwritten rule that you should ship pedals in boxes. Envelopes, ya…not so much.
  • The opinions over the last couple weeks have been absolutely across the board: ‘Your cheaper gear sounds exactly the same as your expensive gear.’ ‘Your rig lost all its guts and sparkle; bring back the other stuff.’ ‘You actually sound better now…just need to get rid of even more pedals.’ ‘Blues Junior will slay a Matchless for days.’ ‘That Godin can’t even touch the Prairiewood.’ Just goes to show you that you can’t please everyone, and that everyone is different. As long as you’re playing something that allows you to happily make beautiful music, let it be.
  • Although I still think there’s a song out there, yet to be written, that will please everyone across the board. It’ll be the ultimate manifestation of art, as it will touch not just the masses, but the entire mass of people. I’ve been pretty sure I’ve written that song about 47 times. And each time the masses (the 22 people who watched it on youtube), said no. And this is where a lot of us artists and church folk alike get into trouble. We think so highly of our own art, that when people don’t connect with it, our first thought is how unenlightened they are, or that there must have been a good deal of spiritual warfare before church this morning. And only on the rarest of occasions do we actually take a look at ourselves and say, ‘Or maybe our song sucks.’
  • I’m not saying your song sucks; but I am saying it’s something to consider. ;)
  • Why is it so hard to look at ourselves? I mean, to really look at ourselves.
  • I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have beats per minute readouts on my delays. Oh, how I love beats per minute.

Sorry, I tried to be funnier, but it’s late and I’m tired. Just pretend you’re out with friends and that one guy came along for whom you always have to plaster a laugh on your face every time he attempts some joke Alec Baldwin couldn’t even pull off right on 30 Rock the night before. That’ll help you as you read this post. hehe Oh, and just for the record, when you’re plastering a laugh on your face every time that guy attempts some joke Alec Baldwin couldn’t even pull off right on 30 Rock the night before, remember that he’s probably doing the same for you at your inexorably hysterical Flight of the Conchords references. It’s just life…and it’s a whole lot easier to get through when we take ourselves just a little less seriously. And I think that may be what God intends, and I’m constantly not getting it. And not like, just missing it either. I’m way off in some other place, chasing some other thing. And wow, it is late…I don’t know how we got here. But hey, let’s go with it. I can’t put it any better than Mr. Lewis: ‘He (God) is trying to make you humble in order to make this moment possible: trying to take off a lot of silly, ugly, fancy-dress in which we have all got ourselves up and are strutting about like the little idiots we are.’

Splendid.
Karl.