New York City! (Part 2)
People had *much* bigger carry-ons. And boy is it easier to backpack an accordion than lug a hard case around!
The only problem was a stuck note on the right hand keyboard – one of the felt pads that keeps the note from sounding until you press the key came off, but was relatively easily glued back. From now on I’m always carrying tiny screwdrivers and glue tape.
I hit three very different venues within walking distance of each other and my hotel:
1/29/2012: Common Ground
1/30/2012: Caffe Vivaldi
1/31/2012: Penny’s Open Mic
They were all good, interesting, and fun, but my personal favorite was Caffe Vivaldi. Every musician there blew me away. And Sticker Dude gave me this cool image.
New York City!
I’m heading to the Big Apple for day job reasons 1/29 through 2/1, and thought, what the heck, why not check out the open mic scene there?
Well, taking an accordion on a plane. Radical temperature and pressure changes make them unhappy. After some furious measuring and internet searching, I believe I found a padded bag that will let my small travel accordion (the “mini-me” to the Accordion of Gold) fit within Southwest carryon size limits. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Almost In Time For Holiday Giving… The Captain Ambivalent CD!
After many years of effort the mixing is finally done! Mastering and replication is under way, and soon everyone will be talking about the hot new genre of Oom-Punk. “But Captain! I wanted to give your CDs as generic winter holiday gifts to my significant and/or insignificant others!” Well, straw inquirer, your hypothetical problem is solved – just print out this handy 4.75″ x 4.75″ graphic, slip it inside the case of a Brand X CD, wrap, and give! Then watch this space for info on how to actually buy when the disks are ready.
Valparaiso, IN Media Appearance
Sun 11/13/11 WVLP-LP variety lineup on Best of Front Porch Open Mic program
My radio debut as part of a radio version of Front Porch’s open mic. I did kinda overload the mics a bit. Oh, well.
Web Site Remodeling
I took a small vacation from mixing to overhaul the web site. Please pardon the dust. Songs are just lyrics for now, though I hope to add some crummy live recordings as a podcast very soon.