Archive for June, 2011

Post #148: For the love of Frisbee and Board Games

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. - Lewis Carroll
One cardinal rule of ultimate is to respect the possession. - Sandeep

I hit a snag. I love Ultimate Frisbee.
There aren’t enough Ultimate Frisbee quotes, so I grabbed one from my captain. I’m sure it can translate to life. Help me finish this one: Life is like playing Frisbee, _________.

I told my friends that I wasn’t going to be playing a lot of Frisbee this year because I was going to get serious with my music. (As I do every year.) They thought it was ridiculous, but still shrugged it off and said, just don’t dick them around. “Awesome, I won’t.” And I didn’t, I haven’t. In fact, I’ve got a perfect record of attendance so far, including an optional Sunday tournament at 9:30 am and subbing for another team the next day. I spend my free time tossing a disc around. I even have my password as… well, I can’t tell you it exactly, or my overlords will find out and crush me… but it’s something that asks me, every time I enter it, what’s more important to me: Frisbee or Music?

So, alright. I’m playing Frisbee. The only other thing that keeps me back is my obsession for puzzles. That’s probably why I’m a lyricist, a mathematician, a musician, and why I took my ex-girlfriend’s father’s puzzle on bisectors so seriously. I write songs to solve them, and I play board games to understand the strategy behind them.

Let’s open this blog up to other things than just music, and existential crises. Sure, I can contemplate death and life, and the morality of banks, and the responsibility of artists. I probably will too. I just feel stifled when I try to be a CEO of David St Bernard Inc.

David =B~)

P.S. Regarding that bisector puzzle, I came up with a beautiful diagram for it, and I was stubbornly certain that it would lead me to an elegant solution. I kept working on it, reducing the problem to smaller and smaller sections, expecting to eventually negate the entire puzzle. However, it suddenly hit me that I was never going to reduce the problematic section to nothing. I was simply dividing the region in halves. And we ALL know that 1/(2^N) is never equal to zero, for any integer N.

Post #147: Better Shop Around

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

In almost every survey of consumers, they say they don’t mind spending money. What they hate is the shopping experience. - Alan Bush

So, now I’m looking into recording.
It’s tough to make a decision when you care too much.
And that line reminds me of a tune I’m working on… I want to be writing, not recording.

Focus.

So, I sat down with my tunes, and tried to pick out what I want from them.
Then I asked a few folks for some studios they’ve worked with.
I’m going for three tunes, all acoustic, and I’ll do a few test runs with the studios to see what I like, and what I can afford.

It’s like apartment hunting. It’s like job hunting. Unlike my last attempt, where I just needed to get ‘er done. This one’s going to be more foundational. Shop around to see what studio agrees with my level of commitment. Let’s see what I can find.

David =B~)

P.S. There are a lot of people who have their own studios. Most of them are just looking for someone to come in and try ‘em out. There’s a lot to consider, when it comes to recording, and the options seem endless. I get overwhelmed thinking about it. Drummer or drum track? Live or layered? What tone should each instrument have? Producer, or self-produced? Ridiculous. I’ll report back.