Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sleep (or the lack of it)

Sleep (or the lack of it)

October 18th, 2012, Squids Travels

Just a few more days before I ship off to England. Today is a special day for many reasons. Right now it's early early morning. I fell asleep on the studio couch again. I'm a couch crasher. I can sleep anywhere. If I'm tired I'm out fast too. I should be sleeping now but there are so many things to take care of that I can use the time... and a lot of those things have to do with people in the UK who are 6 hours ahead. But I do need some more sleep so this one is going to be short and maybe I'll add to it later. 

What's new? I've been preparing for this gig I'm doing on October 27th in Cumbria, England. It's a charity event put together by Francis Dunnery. They do it once a year and each time they have a variety of artists on his label "Aquarian Nation" plus some special guests. In the past that's included Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin who Francis used to play guitar with. This time it's Steve Hackett, ex-guitarist for Genesis. With us all being long time Genesis fans that's an extra thrill to play with him. I say 'extra' because I'm excited to play all of it! I got to help pick all of the Frank songs we're doing and they are some great tunes! I'm playing keys on a song with Brett and Paul form the band Echolyn. They sent me their albums and I've been listening to the latest one over and over. It's really good. It's just called "Echolyn" (even though they've had many albums before it). They actually played Progfest '94 in LA which I also played at with Kevin Gilbert and Giraffe (we played The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - or an hour of it anyway). However I didn't meet them then. I'll get to meet them now though!

The spirit of the event is fantastic. Cool people getting together for a good cause which is helping children with diseases like cancer. Every bit is used to make a difference in someone's life and I'm very proud that I'm 70% toward my goal for raising money for the charity from people donating to sponsor my participation in this 7 mile walk (can't believe I'm going to do that in the mud around a lake... should be interesting!). If you want to give even ten or twenty bucks you can on this page from wherever you are in the world.  I'm giving away some free downloads of songs recorded at the gig to whoever donates. 

What else? All sorts of things. Putting together sounds for other companies to use in their products. There's always a bit of that going on. We have a Halloween crazy deal on our web shop  there's always something going on there and my team at SR and esoundz includes Erik Norlander and Erik Nielsen who both do a lot of work on the music side of things (the first Erik plays with Asia FJP and Nielsen is their photographer/web guy). Then there's Allen our support manager who holds the fort, Nikko who also works on the websites, Amber who does graphics and various other SR cast. They're all great to work with. 

That's it for now. I'm too tired to get into anything complex right now. Gonna hit the sack I think. Have a great day!

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