Lulu’s Machine – With Commentary

August 12th, 2008 |

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I found all of the CDs with the original tracks to The Drew Johnson Band’s album “Invention of the Wheel”. I was able to read the CDs with Angel’s PC and copy the files to my PC. It was a lot of fun for me to go back and listen to those tracks so I thought I’d share.

I put together an mp3 of me talking through the song “Lulu’s Machine” and explaining a lot of what’s going on. There are a bunch of clips of guitar tracks, vocal tracks, drum tracks, and bizarre tracks played by themselves so you can hear what they sound like exposed, along with my commentary on what we were thinking and trying to accomplish.

For anyone who was a fan of The Drew Johnson Band I think you’ll find this interesting and informative. You’ll also probably hear some things you’ve never noticed before. And there are a few pretty good laughs to be had also.

This mp3 is about twelve minutes long so grab some popcorn and set your phones to vibrate. Hopefully you’ll have as much fun listening to it as I had making it.

Click here to download the mp3.

Lulu’s Backmasking Machine

August 11th, 2008 |

Remember when you used to go to youth convention with your church’s youth group? Me too. Remember how every year they would do some sort of presentation titled roughly “Listening To Rock N Roll Will Cause You To Be Demon Possessed”? Me too. Remember how they played “Another One Bites The Dust” backwards and it said “start to smoke marijuana”? Me too.

The Drew Johnson Band should have been one of the bands in their presentation. This band deliberately tried to rob your soul. Near the end of their song “Lulu’s Machine” they used backmasking and until now (unless of course you just happen to know how to reverse audio) the hidden message of this evil band has been a mystery.

You can now learn why you quit your job and grew your hair long after only one listening of “Lulu’s Machine”.

The secret is revealed in this mp3.

“It’s all in good fun. It’s all in love.”

There are some other very bizarre vocals going on in that section but I don’t remember exactly what’s happening there. I found the discs with the original tracks to all of “Invention” tonight but my PC won’t read them since they’re formatted in ancient sanskrit. If Angel’s PC will read the disc I’ll find out what those other vocals are and put them up here tomorrow.

Just Killing Time

August 7th, 2008 |

I read a statement today that said Van Halen’s “Fair Warning” is the most underrated Van Halen album. That shocked me because most Van Halen fans I know will insist that “Fair Warning” is the best Van Halen album ever. And I would heartily agree. In fact I would say that it is far and away the best Van Halen album.

Riley told Angel the other day that he can’t play games at nick.com on daddy’s computer “because it’s missing the shockwave plug-in I need.” He’s six!

Sometimes I forget what a big dog Lilly is. Tonight we took her for a walk and people were bringing their kids out on the porch to see the huge dog walking down the street. They should have seen her dad. He was almost twice as big as she is.

I’ve been reading St. Augustine’s “Confessions” for a few weeks now. I’m only about eighty pages into it because I have to look up at least one word per paragraph in the dictionary.

OK Angel’s off the phone now. Movie night. Gotta go.

Pitchers

August 6th, 2008 |

In my lifetime I have probably heard at least a gazillion post-game interviews with pitchers. Every guy says the exact same thing every time. I’m beginning to suspect that MLB has some sort of brainwashing program.

Pitcher – (in a mind-numbing monotone) I just tried to stick to the game plan. Keep the ball down. Work both sides of the plate. Change speeds. Get ground balls. Give my team a chance to win. Try to get the W.

Wow that was so insightful. Thank you for that little gem. Here’s what pitchers would say if they were musicians.

Musician – I just tried to stick to the set list. Remember all the words. Play the right notes. Sing in tune. Try not to fall off the stage. Move around a little.

Riveting!

The New Band

August 2nd, 2008 |

This has been in the works for a few weeks now but as of today it’s official. I have a new band.

Lou Mattea – Drums

Andrew Claar – Bass

Bill Clark – Lead Guitar

Me – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar

It was around the last week of June when I contacted Lou and told him I was sick of working by myself and was really missing playing with a band. I asked if he would be interested in starting something up. He was. Lou hadn’t played in a band in a while and said he had really been getting the itch to get back into it. So we got together and talked and decided to give it a go.

Here we are only five weeks later and we’ve got ourselves a full fledged band.

Lou was the drummer in The Fugitive Popes – the band I sang with in Nashville. Lou went on to be a hired gun for many different artists and bands based out of Nashville. He has quite the professional resume when it comes to drumming and is one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet, not to mention the fact that he is a wicked drummer.

Andrew Claar plays a Rickenbacker bass which shoots him way up on the cool chart as far as I’m concerned. He also has this awesome foot pedal thing (that looks like the foot pedals on an organ) that he plays while he plays the bass so he can get some very interesting textures going on since he’s essentially playing two instruments at once. Very cool. Some of you might remember him from the band Bravo Co.

Bill Clark is hands down the most awesome guitar player I’ve ever known. I just can’t say enough about his playing. You can hear some of his solo stuff here. I highly recommend listening to his tune “Sounds Like Chicken.” The section between 1:27 and 1:47 makes me want to slit my wrists. Wow. I hate you.

So we all got together and played for the first time today and it went better that I could have imagined. Everyone seemed sincerely excited and we all agreed that we are now officially a band. I’ve got a bunch of new songs in the works so we’re going to get started on finishing those and writing new ones pronto.

We’re still looking for a keyboard player so if you know anybody definitely let us know.

The question that people are probably going to ask is “So, is this a Christian band?” And the answer is yes and no. This will be as much of a Christian band as King’s X was a Christian band. We’re all Christians – yes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of our music will be spiritual in nature. We do want to glorify God with the talents He’s given us but we don’t think that means that we have to sing exclusively about God. When Albert Pujols hits a home run it’s not a Christian home run. It’s a home run hit by a Christian. Like Eric Liddell said in Chariots of Fire “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

Angel

August 1st, 2008 |

Angel lost her job today. Her boss came in and informed her that they were shutting down her branch effective immediately…and I mean immediately. Within ten minutes of being told, she was out the door with her stuff, the lights were turned out and the door was locked.

The thing that made the whole situation even more bizarre was the fact that I was there. I hardly ever go in her office. I had started work at 4:00 AM this morning so I got off around noon and went by her office to drop off a deposit slip (payday) and a check for her to get a haircut after work. Her boss was there and had just told her about the closing a couple of minutes before I walked in. So I helped her pack up her stuff and take it home.

So go ahead and empty out your savings accounts and get those checks in the mail to us promptly. If you will plant a “seed” in our ministry God will richly bless you, heal all of your diseases, and make you prettier.