30.5.08

One bad Apple

I love Apple products and I've been a user of thier computers for a long time now. However, the one thing they never get right is to produce a power adapter of the same quality as their computers. My laptop's power adapter has suddenly died and I can see I have 14% of battery power before oblivion kicks in. While I'm waiting for Apple to send me (another) over-priced adapter things will be a little quiet here. Which is a shame because I had this...

25.5.08

Dick Martin

I discovered today that Dick Martin has just died. He was part of a 1950s comedy duo with Dan Rowan and I got to know them through their hosting of 'Laugh-In'. This was an American comedy show from the late sixties and early seventies. Laugh-In was part of my childhood. I loved American comedies when I was growing up and my favourites were The Mary Tyler Moore show, Rhoda and Laugh-In (amongst others). Dick Martin also appeared in the Doris Day film 'Glass Bottom Boat' which, when I was very little, was my favourite movie.

24.5.08

Garden


Garden
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J's been at work in the garden again. I was delighted to come home and find a giant tea cup filled with flowers.

23.5.08

22 62

I've posted a new song on the Spingere site. It was written and played this evening, just after Freya went to sleep but before I began to work through the great paperwork mountain. There is a special prize for the first person who can identify why it is called '22 62'.

16.5.08

Bath Pavillion


Before the audience
Originally uploaded by Roostar
Soul Beaver's venue for the evening. Lovely sound and lighting crew and a friendly audience helped us produce a good performance.

Big log


Big log
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Robert Plant tribute or student prank? I spotted this on the way to the pub.

Back stage frenzy 1


Back stage frenzy 1
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After making Stuart think twice about his upcoming back operation Gary the sax player tunes in to some classic ska on his iPod.

Back stage frenzy 2


Back stage frenzy 2
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Stuart the trumpet player points the way to the stage. We don't get there until 11:30.

More excitement


More excitement
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Oh the glamour! It's a mildew decorated toilet.

Excitement


Excitement
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What's this down a backstage corridor?

Keys


Keys
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A dark and mysterious keyboard player attempts 7 down while we wait to go on stage.

Drummer


Drummer
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Probably quite tired after flying in from Dublin then standing around for hours, our drummer and founding Beaver Richard waits for the call to finally get on stage. We were finished by 00:30. I got home just after 2:00, knackered but glad to have gigged.

Domestic World




Here are some pictures from the last few days. The new temporary greenhouse (so we can grow tomatoes), the comfortable greenhouse interior and a shot of the garden after a blanket exploded and took a little bird with it (long story).

11.5.08

Reminder


"Progress is not possible without deviation from the norm" . Frank Zappa

Summer... is it still here?


Rug & Lawn
Originally uploaded by Roostar
OK. It's been summery for a few days now so let's start complaining!

I'm not designed for hot weather and so, I should lead the traditional charge of moaning about whatever it is we Brits go on about when the temperature has been in the 20s for more than two days.

It is too muggy to moan though. I'm sitting at the kitchen table, working on student's essay for the dayjob, drinking tea and eating cake kindly bought by my folks from the Malvern Show. Today's listening is the wonderful ProjeKct Two live in Cleveland in 1998. Heavy tunes played by Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn and Adrian Belew (on drums, whch might be a surprise if you know Mr Belew as a first call guitarist).

Anyway, some gig news soon. The some more.

10.5.08

30


Not a lot has happened since my last post. I'm only writing now because I'm still up after an evening of marking essays and I wanted an excuse to post the curly pig picture. The curly pig is one of Freya's friends. We visit the pig, the pig grunts and Freya giggles. It makes me happy.

Musically things are both at a standstill and racing ahead. I've written lyrics for Richard Guitarist's new song, there's a Soul Beaver gig coming up and I have a lot of plans for various new pieces. Sadly, this is such a busy time in the world of the dayjob that nothing is getting recorded. That's also the reason there isn't much news generally.

Things to look forward to - new bathroom, gig, recording more original music, a musicking day with aforementioned Richard Guitarist.

Fans of the Beaver may wish to know that founding member and drummer, Richard Drummer, is turning thirty this coming Monday. Expect crazy tales of rock 'n' roll excess - or possibly not.

2.5.08

I do like to be

There's a new track to listen to over at the Spingere page. This is the basic track over which there will be a vocal and some tiny refinements. The new Spingere album is currently in the form of over two hours of demos. The process of taking an idea and realising it has become a lot faster than before, which helps when more than one idea comes along at once.

In a few weeks I should start the process of converting demos into finished recordings. This time there are going to be more vocals though, and I've accepted that there is nowhere in my house where I can record properly. So, if everything goes to plan I'll be spending part of the summer recording vocals and possibly some very loud Warr Guitar parts in a studio not too far away. Hopefully with guests.

This is a very busy time. Lots happening with Freya, dayjobs, J and my folks. Not to mention friends moving house and all the other music things going on. I like being busy but I can't wait to take a few days break with wife and child. Seaside? Bring it on.

Beaver at night

With a tide of paperwork to finish for Original Dayjob and lots of new things to learn for Dayjob 2.0 it was a delight to get out and play music last night. Soul Beaver (without keyboards or trumpet) played through and rehearsed a set list, making changes and tweaking tunes as we went. Richard Drummer's good humour and Richard Guitarist's unbelievable AC/DC moments made it a hugely worthwhile night.