Every day I tell myself that this will be the day I return to blogging on a regular basis.

I have a strong tendency towards spending far too much time in front of my computer. This can sometimes put my parenting skills in question and always leaves me with a sense of (much warranted) guilt. So the time I spend sitting in this chair needs to be spent wisely and is most often spent recording. Then by the time I’ve infuriated Angel for the day I rarely have enough time to blog.

I have two different mix engineers that have agreed to handle the mixing duties for me in the future: Jacob Detering and J. Christopher Hughes. You may remember that Hughes is the guy who tracked The Formula Kid’s record and mixed ‘You Devil You’. That would be why ‘You Devil You’ sounded far better than all the other tracks, which were mixed by me.

The choice between Jacob and Hughes is not at all a choice between who is better. It’s only a choice between who happens to be the least swamped at the time.

I sent Hughes a demo of a new tune I’m working on and he seemed to like it. He said my demos sound better than most people’s albums. Sometimes kind little lies make my day. He said the drum programming reminded him of the way Dino plays drums. It’s funny he noticed that because I usually try to think of how Dino would play the tune as I’m programming the drum parts. I guess Dino’s playing is just in my blood now after all those years of playing in a band with him.

In the last few days we’ve watched two movies that I really liked: ‘Juno’ and ‘Lars and the Real Girl’. ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ is one of the most unique movies I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s the first movie that ever made me fight back tears watching the funeral of a “love” doll. The whole thing was incredibly touching – no kidding. Great movie.

Juno was a different story for me. By the end of the movie I resigned myself to admitting that I liked it but not without great hesitation. The super-stylized writing was too much for me. Am I honestly supposed to believe that a sixteen year old girl has ever used the words shizzle and cavalier in the same sentence? Her vocabulary was so thesaurusized that it became a distraction only minutes into the story. It didn’t feel like I was watching a movie as much as it felt like I was watching actors recite one forcedly clever line after another. It reminded me of the many times I’ve seen bands play that happen to have one extremely accomplished musician who insists on demonstrating their chops at even the slightest opportunity regardless of the musical context. Nobody likes a Free Jazz freak-out drum solo better than I do but not in the first verse of an Irish folk song thank you. Thus was Juno – a vocabulary jam session in the middle of a troubled-teen movie. But putting that aside, I liked it.

And lastly – Riley has another staph infection. Yay! My favorite.