The weekend had been rather slow and uneventful, gig-wise. A band called me on my availability of two gigs for the weekend: 1) last Friday which I played (and it was a good gig playing primarily Jazz). 2) a Sunday gig which fizzled into nothing.
Apparently, the bandleader was trying to get more money because it was a private party, rather than the standard restaurant gig. And, it looked like the gig didn’t “go through”.
. . . .
Current Linux Desktop
. . . .
I know it’s hard for musicians in general to handle the business side of things. But, my experience tells me that one should work out the details and pricing of the gig before even calling musicians. But, I myself should start setting standards as to what my own minimum price is as a freelance musician. The problem with that (and it’s a catch 22) is that there is no standard price structure, and bands will work for a wide range of prices.
Anyway, it was a blessing in disguise that the Sunday gig fell through. Nowadays, Sundays are family days and the cancelled gig was from 1:30pm to 5:30pm which is a nice time to relax on a Sunday! Musicians should get paid double for that time slot! But, things don’t always work out that way.
. . . .
Recently Watched Films
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – I watched this again. Although the theme of violence and abuse and rape toward women is a disturbing one, the character of the young renegade hacker femme with the photographic memory fascinates me. As well as the investigation of a young woman who’d been missing or presumed dead after more than 30 years.
- The Girl Who Played With Fire – Naturally, when one knows that there is another installment in this Millenium Trilogy, the temptation to watch is inevitable, especially with the first film causing worldwide acclaim and interest in the novels. This movie continues on where the first left off. Another movie I highly recommend that you see.
- The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – My wife and I watched this one in the theaters last night. I recommend this one too. And, as you can see, I made sure to watch the first two in this trilogy (to bring myself up-to-speed) so that I could fully understand the third movie. I was happy I did.
- My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done – This is a small independent film directed by Werner Herzog, loosely based on a true story of a college student and aspiring actor who kills his mother with a saber. My interest in the film was largely because it was filmed almost entirely in San Diego. It was an okay film, and the critics gave it mixed reviews. It was produced by David Lynch, so much of the movie was rather bizarre and metaphorical. It was a decent film, but it’s not for everyone.
. . . .
Recently Visited Blogs
- Disgrasian.com – In my quest to discover old and new things about Asian Culture, I explore some of the blogs on Rice Bowl Journals. So, it’s possible to lose weight on the “Twinkie Diet”? Makes perfect sense, actually. You can easily keep track of calories when you eat foods that display its total calories on the label. Will this diet give you all the nutrients you need? I doubt it, and this would only be a very temporary diet and not a permanent one.
- RP to LA to VA 2.0 – I’m partial to travelogue-type diaries with lots of photos, so recently I’ve been checking out Manny’s blog since he’s been writing about his adventures back in the homeland.
- Knittering.com – Sinta’s a fascinating read, and she posts plenty of photos of her life with her hubby in the UK, and abroad in Europe and The Philippines. She’s a talented artist and she works as a computer programmer.
- Caterina.net – Intelligent, and witty. Caterina is always a great read, posting some interesting photos as well. She is co-founder of Flickr.com and is definitely one of the pioneers of the social media movement.
. . . .
Music Recently Listened To…
- Pat Metheny Group – Offramp and First Circle. This are classic albums from the 1980s that I listen to every now and then for inspiration and poetic perspective in music.
- James Brown – I’ve been listening to his 20 All-Time Greatest Hits recently. Like, a LOT! No doubt, classic recordings. The grooves are infectious and the drumming is amazing. The music is distinctive, very danceable and in a class by itself, nowadays. Standouts are The Payback, Papa Don’t Take No Mess, Get On The Good Foot and Sex Machine.
- Deuter – I now have quite a few of his albums, but my favorite is Buddha Nature. The music is ethereal, subtle, and when you listen with headphones, amazingly, you can hear so much more going on in the background… birds chirping, the sound of a brook, ocean waves, and other nature sounds. I was surprised that this wasn’t apparent without headphones, because these extra sounds are so low in the mix!
- Telemann – The music of this fine baroque composer and contemporary of J.S. Bach. From a variety of classical artists and on various period instruments from oboe to violin.
. . . .
Recent Foods Eaten
- Raw-Vegan Sandwich – my favorite sandwich with raw sprouts, onions, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and spinach on sprouted bread (or raw bread if I can get it).
- Raw Cacao Banana Smoothie – an old favorite with raw cacao, bananas, a little agave nectar, MSM powder, Hemp Protein powder, goji berries blended with raw walnut milk and ice cubes.
- Carrot Juice – simply delicious and healthy.
- Raw Green Smoothie – a great alkalinizer with banana, purified water, lettuces, chard, spinach, herbs, a little agave nectar and a pinch of raw salt.
. . . .