a long, creative weekend

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Kevin came to Seattle to play music all weekend and continue writing the forthcoming album. Thaddeus, Davis and I all live in Seattle. Kevin is in AZ and Reggie is currently in NYC.

The Friday jam session in my basement studio was nothing short of thrilling. Things just clicked and the music that occured that day was it's own reward. I think we realized how much we enjoy each other's company and making music together. I called Reggie after rehearsal and we talked for a while. He's excited as the rest of us - but also a bit nervous about not being here along with us for the intial writing process. I feel this will yield interesting results as Reggie always creates better under pressure and with constraints. Give him infinite time in the studio and you'll get far worse results than if he's on the spot and forced to create in the moment. The first Maktub album was almost entirely written in the studio.

On Saturday we played again and it didn't have the magic of Friday but a couple good ideas came out of the session. Sunday night we had a jam at Seamonster which is traditionally how we've written our albums -- by trying out ideas in a club setting and then solidifying them into songs later. But this night was a bit of a creative mess. Nothing really clicked and aside from one idea it was a bust.

I was personally a bit deflated after the Sunday gig and worried about our last Monday rehearsal before Kevin left Seattle. Thankfully Monday turned out to be widly creative and there were 4 solid ideas that came out of it. My friends Sue and Vince came over to video tape the rehearsal so eventually I should have something to show for it. We all left feeling like the studio is going to rock and musically in sync, which is great.

Each stage of this record so far has been self-rewarding and I can't say that for all our past recording efforts. Next up all 5 of us meet on May 6th to load gear into the studio and begin recording.  I'm really looking forward to it.

- Daniel

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  • D73

    D73

    w00t w00t! I been down since the 'blue' and ya know... I'm still down! Someone posted on here that you all have changed their way of life. I have to agree. Lots went down in 1999 for me and 2007 looks to be the same. Still diggin it. ~"D"

    w00t w00t! I been down since the 'blue' and ya know... I'm still down! Someone posted on here that you all have changed their way of life. I have to agree. Lots went down in 1999 for me and 2007 looks to be the same. Still diggin it.

    ~"D"

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