The wife decided to be Black Metal Harry Potter. She makes me so proud.
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards was fun as hell to play. Despite the fact we were drinking brutal amounts of vodka. But I am alive enough to write this, so I think it turned out ok.
the birthday boy enjoying his sacrificial cake. Great Gaahl impression.
This brilliant person here is responsible for my incredible wedding photos. Today she flexed her talents taking photos for our band. It was honestly more fun just hanging out with these fine folk than actually taking the pictures, but I have to admit we did have some great places to take photos. If you want to see the work of someone who can capture the personalities of people, you should check out her site HERE.
Much love @WildLove
Once we have our second EP mixed and mastered, we are gunning for free downloads through Google Music. iTunes has done it’s part of bringing music online, but it has been abusing musicians financially instead of helping them in distribution. Music should be free with the option to donate. Musicians need to earn respect, not just money.
Lester Bangs was right; it has become an industry of cool. “Rock stars” want fame and dinero, but thankfully musicians still want to keep music alive and evolving at any cost (hopefully free). Just like the sports world, popular musicians are severely overpaid, and don’t get me started about record companies and distributors that prostitute hard working bands. Musicians put a lot of time, effort, and money into sustaining a band (we can attest to that), but so do all the other people who also work hard in factories, on farms, in cubicles, in school rooms, in stores, on construction sites, etc. What makes musicians so special? We are the same as everyone else trying to make a living to support what and who we love without going broke.
The exuberant music industry cannot survive forever, and I think the breaking point is coming soon. Since there is a plethora of music available these days, people cannot afford to “buy” it all. They shouldn’t have to. Improvements in and availability of music technology brings creative control back to the musician. And our dear friend The Internet can allow us to connect, distribute, and even perform across the entire globe. It will be a return to proper musicianship and determination instead of music profiteering. The momentum will be back in the hands of the hard working musician leaving the industry, that has been dragging them down, in the past.
Music is not an industry. It is an art.
My wife’s family has a tradition to play hockey (no skates) out on the frozen lake, drink plenty of whiskey, and enjoy some fine home cooking at night. Beyond fun. That would be uncle Paul “the Wall”.
Whether a photographer, painter, writer, actor, musician, or so many others to name, we are all trying to tell the world something the only way we know how.
This is what still gives me hope for us silly humans. My workplace put on a benefit for a fellow employee who has throat cancer but not the means to seek all his treatment. Five co-workers put together a waffle breakfast, and after asking for volunteers, they managed to also include a silent auction of 144 items (ranging from autographed sports memorabilia, a home gym, and hand made goods/crafts) and a raffle. Over 350 people came to the event and several thousands were raised for the family.
Not everyone on this planet is dead inside. It’s refreshing.