• So let me see here…a post on Vangelis saying some of the most deep and beautiful words about music that have ever been said barely gets a discussion going, but a joke about how other websites obsess over worship genres gets us going past 60? In terms of popularity, controversy trumps beauty every time.
  • And I mean that for myself mostly. Why is my cure for boredom searching for ‘locked’ discussion threads on tone being in the hands, rather than looking for discussion threads on new music? ;)
  • The other day I was at the gas station at night, and two guys started fighting because one guy threw trash on the ground. Well, suburban fighting. Meaning, ‘Don’t make me come over there!’ ‘What?! Don’t make me come over there!’ and the like. Then this other guy walks in, and starts going from car to car, talking to all the folks pumping gas, and seems to know everyone by name. He even calms one of the guys down. He was like the godfather of the gas station, and he wasn’t even wearing a Vons uniform. Maybe the fumes are worse than we think. I mean, we are pumping dead animals into machines and then burning them so that we don’t have to walk to Burger King.
  • You spend your whole life searching for the tone that’s in your head, and then when you actually may have found it, it’s kind of sad. You open your computer and start aimlessly searching eBay and the Gear Page Emporiums, but you have no idea why. You’re just a lost soul who used to have a purpose. So was the tone addiction really more of an addiction to really expensive shopping; to looking cool by being able to sell a $600 pedal and say, ‘Eh, the mids weren’t chewy enough for my tastes’ or ‘Loses it’s sparkle in live applications’ when live applications means the youtube vid that you saw shot from a phone of John Mayer playing one; or to owning gear that no one has except the people that have it so that you can be unique with a safety net?
  • For me, I think it was just the blue led’s, and now that I’m getting older and the blue led’s hurt my eyes, I’m suddenly magically happy with my tone. :)
  • If you have a Tim on your board, but don’t hook it into your signal chain, people will totally come up to you and say, ‘Ya, I could definitely hear that Tim in your tone tonight.’
  • Remember a couple years ago when I posted about how the Tim was dangerously close to that place of no longer sounding good because too many people owned one? And as we all know, the tone of a pedal decreases exponentially every time another person buys one? Well, it’s happened. No one really cares about the Tim anymore. Did Paul start making them differently? No. Do their chips lose tone after 8 years? No. Do they still sound exactly the same and do the exact same thing to your guitar signal? Yes. But tone is about so much more than just tone.
  • If a movie is about the end of the world, I’m in. Good, bad, or otherwise. Kevin Costner movies excluded.
  • Man, The Social Network was a horrible movie. The score was too good for it.
  • As long as we’re remembering movies, Truman Show? Great movie.
  • Probably just alienated all the hipsters out there with that facebook movie comment, although they’ll never admit to feeling alienated by someone disliking something. It’s not very hipster to like something.
  • Thank goodness hipster is on its way out, and breakfast clubber is on its way back in. Watch.
  • Emilio! Emilio!
  • For those of you who work in churches, or spend a lot of time playing on worship teams, it’s sometimes really hard to get time to just sit in a service and worship. And when you do, it’s hard to shut your brain off to everything they’re doing ‘wrong.’ At least that’s how it is for me. What I’ve found really helps is to try to find somewhere to sit and worship that’s a smallish church, without lighting rigs, ProPresenter, or maybe even a band. Maybe the worship leader has chosen songs in a key just one step too high for his voice. And worship. There’s something about absolutely everything gone that allows you to shut your brain off to all the details, and remember why you started serving in churches in the first place.
  • I think every set of hands has that one gear combo that’s just magic for them, and them alone.
  • I have a set of Wolfetone pickups that I bought for my Godin in January. They are sitting on my desk. I’d like to think that’s because my time is limited, and I don’t play the Godin except when I need both acoustic and electric in the same song, which isn’t all the time. However, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s just about having, not necessarily hearing. ;)
  • You know what the sound of the future is? Fuzz. The future is the ’60′s.
  • When people say, ‘That sounds like U2′, what they really mean is, ‘That sounds like Where the Streets Have No Name.’ Because it doesn’t usually sound like Bullet the Blue Sky, Stay Faraway So Close, Discotheque, Sunday Bloody Sunday, One, Walk On, All Because of You, or Acrobat. So for most modern worship music, we’ve taken ‘Streets’, homogenized it into a formula, and then run all our songs through that formula. For most modern Christian music, it’s the same thing, but with ‘With Arms Wide Open.’ (You can only say that title by singing it in the Scott Stapp voice.) And still, people’s lives are changed, and God is glorified. The world is a strange and wonderful place.
  • Of course, some of that is a gross generalization, and there is some great and original Christian and worship music. But gross generalization’s are just so much more fun. If you’re new to this blog, remember to read these out loud with your tongue in your cheek. It helps.

Splendid.
Karl.