In the fall and winter of 2018 I assembled a really rough and small photo darkroom in my basement. I’ve been trying to get back up to speed on developing film and printing photographs. It has been a lot of fun. I’ve mostly been experimenting. I am trying to focus a little more and to take things a little more seriously. I’m still a long way from producing quality work, but I’m really enjoying getting a little better each time I have a darkroom session.
For a while Audrey was going through a lot of vernacular photographs at estate sales and flea markets looking for references for her paintings. I’d sort of dig with her and when I found a photo of non-professional baseball stuff I’d pick it up. I don’t have a ton of these. Just the stuff here.
I’ve had sometime off work; American Thanksgiving plus a few days of vacation. One of my projects for the break was to record some music. I wanted to work on a multitrack recording. What I’ve got here is still just an experiment and doesn’t achieve the status of song. But, it was fun to work on here and there over the last week.
I'm a big Mike Watt fan. I love how he has his own complicated slang. In some interviews I've heard it's almost like he's speaking another language.
I just received a copy of Morton Subotnick's album The Wild Bull in the mail. While playing it I was admiring the artwork and reading the information in the back. The cover art was done the artist Bob Pepper. Upon looking him up I realized he was the cover artist for a number of paperback books I own. . Also he did the artwork for my favorite board game of all time, Dark Tower. A game my family played often as I was growing up. Turns out I've been surrounded by the work of Bob Pepper my whole life and I just found out about it today.
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After a few months of trial and error I finally finished my kit guitar. It was a pain, and it still isn't really right, the action is way too high. But whatever, press on. While I was at it a got my old bass guitar back together and sporting a new coat of paint. So, armed with my guitars, my Korg Monotron Due, my PO-12 Pocket Operator drum machine, a small selection of guitar pedals, my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and Garage Band, I made some terrible noise. Eventually I hope to get around to making actual songs and not just recording total noise but for now I'm just getting things all figured out. So, noise it is.
I used to have this They Might Be Giants t-shirt that said "Music self played is happiness self made." I loved that t-shirt.