Blues Masters Contest

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, so let’s see if I can remember how to do this.

Blues Masters Contest

 
Today’s news is that I entered the 2013 Joe Bonamassa Blues Masters Contest Sunday.

Here’s a link to my entry page for the contest. Hope you enjoy it.

New Gear

 
Got to use my new DigiTech RP355 for the contest. I really need to get a playing gig somewhere so I can use it in public.

Wedding Bells

 
Since my last entry Jana and Andrew got married. I was privileged to be best man. The ceremony and reception were at Jana’s folks’ house. It was a great time.

Keeping It Short And Sweet

 
Not going to say any more today. But I promise I’ll try to update this blog much more often.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

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Nameless

Sorry about that! I couldn’t think of a good title for this post and I really didn’t want to put it off until a title came to me. At least be thankful I won’t pull this little trick again.

Although I may just pull a new little trick just like it some other time.

More Nameless

So let’s just slather the shellac on the shingle.

Biscuits On The Q.T.

Man! The last gig the Cold Biscuit Band played was October 30th, and we don’t have anything booked (AFAIK) until sometime in January. Guess I’ll be pretty well rested up by then.

Back in the day in Syracuse the local morning newspaper ran a comic strip with no name. It was an odd little strip, offbeat. Anyway, I still remember opening the paper one morning and reading this comic. The first frame showed a fish who was lamenting the sad state of his stream. As the frames progressed he was talking about things like fishermen muddying up his stream. In the last frame he’s holding a banjo and says “Thank goodness for my banjo!”

I don’t know for sure why I brought that up, other than to remind myself that there’s always something to be thankful for.

Meanwhile Around The Corner In James City

Got to play at church again yesterday. Thank goodness for my banjo – er – guitar!

Meanwhile Back At The Ranch

So I finished updating my main site. I’m quite proud of the banner image – a fine collage if I do say so myself.

And I started touching up my techno site. If you compare the two side by side you’ll see some obvious similarities. I’m thinking about how to spiff up the banner image on that site.

Although this isn’t the proper place for it, I think I’ll mention that I’m a step closer to preparing my entry for the Roland Guitar Synth Challenge. I now have one of those silly Cyclopean thingies peering at me from the top of my monitor.

I’ve discovered or been discovered by a few more old Syracuse area friends on facebook recently. Hopefully I’ll be doing an STS post soon and listing some of these good people.

And Speaking Of “Share The Stage”

The thought occurred to me the other day that there’s a side to my STS posts that I haven’t yet touched on. Let me remedy that right now.

Since the whole STS thing is me lifting up my ego and listing famous and not-so-famous musical artists who I feel should Share The Stage with me by inviting me to have a guest spot in one of their concerts, I don’t want to leave you with the impression that I haven’t already shared the stage with some fine musicians.

It’s always taking a chance when you mention some people that you will forget to mention others. So we usually don’t take the chance. However, since I have now (thanks to Jim’s friend Duffy) been diagnosed with CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff) I can list who I remember and blame any I forget to mention on my CRS (a condition which I just barely remember having).

So here in New Bern let me give mention to a number of people I have been blessed to make music with over the last dozen or so years. I list them here in alphabetical order (by last name). Bobby Acker. Dennis Albertson. Jennifer Alcock. Fred Bisel. Cheryl Bowen. Chad Brewer. James Brothers. Caleb Brumbaugh. Jared Brumbaugh. Mike Brumbaugh. Dave Cooley. Jake Corley. Jim Durham. Barry English. Bernie Farkus. Dickie Fraser. Mitch Galloway. Brian Geer. Jim Grant. Joe Haynes. Jessica Hopkins. Doc Horner. Herb Humphreys. Marty James. Pete Jenkins. Jon Johndrow. Carson Koonce. Clay Lassiter. Bob Lohr. Tony T-Bone Martin. Bill McKinney. Jimmy Merritt. Mark Millard. Andrew Miller. Ricky Nipper. Rhonda Nobles. Dana Outlaw. John JP Parker. Jesse Rains. Dail Reed. Chuck Reynolds. Danny Rogers. Ray Rouse. Julie Schilens. Jeff Severt. Chris Stilley. John Stilley. Carolyn Smith. Mike Thorsby. Sara Thorsby. Andrew Webb. Wendie Webb. Kevin Webber. Rhoda Webber. Ervin Whitehurst. Joy Whitehurst. Donica Wright.

Those of you who should be on this list but aren’t – please have mercy. CRS, you know. [And if anyone sends me names I’ll add them in.]

And I’d like to thank Planning Center Online for helping me to list pretty much everyone I’ve played with at New Song since we came back.

I’ll list some Central New York people another time.

All In All

That’s it for now. More later.

Lifting Face

I have been threatening for some time now that I was going to give my main site a facelift. Over the last week I’ve been working hard on that.

Before And After

Here’s the obligatory Before and After shots.

oldsitesmall newsitesmall

Actually, the shot on the right is not “After” but instead is “In Between.” I’ve still some styling to do.

The main reason I’m going through this is that the new site will be much easier to maintain and update than the current one is. I’ve learned a lot of HTML and PHP since I started working on my first site, but now I’m reaching for the easy button.

Catching Up

I just figured out it’s been over two weeks since my last post. Guess I took a little vacation. There’s been a lot going on, as usual.

Cold Biscuit Band played the big Halloween dance at the James City VFW. The turnout was light, but we had a lot of fun. And there was an upside to the small turnout. You see, the VFW is one of the few places you can go around here where smoking is still allowed indoors. I usually refer to the place as Smoky Joe’s. Well, with the smaller crowd there was noticeably less smoke in the air. And to me, that’s a good thing. Mind you, I still had to shower and put my show duds in the garage when I got home, but at least the pirate car didn’t stink.

This last Sunday I had the chance to play at church again. Love it when that happens!

Lately we’ve had some tough times. But we’ve had some huge blessings as well. God’s in control!

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

Guitar Synthesizer Challenge

It came to my attention a couple days ago that Roland is sponsoring a guitar synthesizer challenge. The object of the challenge is to produce a video of original material featuring one of the many guitar synths that Roland has made over the years and put it up on YouTube. Deadline for entry is (just before) midnight on the 31st of December.

GR-30 Time

 
If you recall from an earlier post I have a Roland GR-30. So I’m going to try and make a video of myself and the GR-30. Since I’ve been gigging with it a bit lately I’m somewhat in shape for the challenge. By mid-December I should have something together.

SoaringSpider on YouTube?

 
So I’ll obviously need to set up my own YouTube channel, rather than using the Cold Biscuit Band channel. OK, done: here is my channel. I’ll most likely post some interim non-entries before I do the final work.

And Another Bird Goes Down

 
I also have had a BOSS RC-50 Loop Station for over a year now and don’t have a lot of experience with it under my belt yet. So my secondary goal in working through this challenge is to use the looper in my video as well, and thereby gain some experience with it.

Documenting The Process

 
A couple days ago as I was updating my main web site I was reminded that I’ve had a blog through my host for a few years that I set up to be associated with my music technology website I started and have left idle for quite a while. So I’ve decided to use that blog, SyntheSpider Stuff, to document my progress in this challenge. So after today look there for the most current updates on my progress.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

An Abraham Thing

A Blast From The Past

 
Back in 2004 I wrote an article for my main website titled It’s An Abraham Thing.  I did a minor update to this item in 2005.  The item was about fasting, and about music ministry.  Well, actually, it was about fasting from the music ministry.

Jump ahead to yesterday.   I had a Really Bad Day at the day job, and was feeling pretty discouraged.  Just before I packed up to go home I noticed an email that was sent to me by someone I don’t know.  The email’s subject was “abraham thing” which of course reminded me about the article mentioned above.  Here’s a condensed version of that email:

abraham thing [condensed]

 
Just wanted to tell you that I came across your blog about the music ministry and abraham and I really enjoyed it. I have been going through something similar in the last few months. Mine was different in that God started telling me in Oct 2009 that He was going to take me out of my comfort zone and was wanting me to leave my church. I dragged my feet, convinced myself it wasn’t the right time, etc etc… Then one day last month I was praying and listening to some music and God spoke to me and asked me “why I was asking Him because I don’t do what He tells me to anyway” BIG WAKE UP CALL. I decided right there that I was going to do it. I even compared it [to] Abraham and Issac. . . . That very next Sunday I was at a new church . . . the entire sermon felt like it was for me . . . [it was about how] the more we do self will instead of God’s will it’s like . . . pulling away [from God]. I can see that so clearly now. . . . So I am taking it day by day and was very encouraged with your story . . . how I came across it was a plan of God’s. A friend sent me an invite to a revival with Joe Sneed and I googled him online because I had never heard of him before and there was your article. The one and only one that I happend to read. God sure does amazing things! . . . With God all things are possible.

What Goes Around Comes Around

 
And so something I wrote at least partially as encouragement for myself some 5 years ago encouraged another person, and that person sent me an email about it that came just at the right time to encourage me. Isn’t God good?

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

After the Weekend

It was a good weekend, relaxing but busy.

All Shook Up

 
We went to the Hilton deck party on Saturday to see my friend’s band, the Shake Doctors. I was impressed. Individually, they are all talented musicians, and they played well as a band. I recommend you go see them if you get the chance.

About half the songs we heard them do are ones that we in Cold Biscuit also cover. Wendie liked some of their renditions better than ours because she could make out the words when they do them.

And speaking of Cold Biscuit, we’re playing at a club in Havelock this Friday. Looking forward to it.

Several Hours Later

 
As promised in the last post, we went to Lillington to worship with son Drew at his church. Enjoyed the worship, and Drew did some nice guitar work with the praise band. Had a meal at Western Sizzlin’ and then headed for home. It was a glorious sunshiny day.

This Sunday I’ll be playing at our church. Love it when that happens.

Soaring Spider Site

 
Spent some time Monday updating my main site. That’s something I try to do from time to time. One of these days I’m going to do a total makeover on it, Lord willing.

One of the things I did in the update was to add a link to this blog.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.