Seasons Greetings, My People! I wanted to let you know that my records Modular, Death Under Rainbows, and Arc are now available for streaming or download on the music delivery platform of your choice. So, as you plow onward into the holiday season, please know that my music is here for you when you need it, in the most convenient form possible. You can find me on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, and about 2000 other locations. Maybe later this month you'll put on my record while you sip egg nog with the fam, or perhaps you'll listen to it while you are hiding from everyone in the bathroom, just trying to get a moment's peace. I won't judge.
As always, the best way to get vinyl and high resolution downloads is at Bandcamp. I love Bandcamp! They provide great tools for independent artists to release records, sell merch, sell tickets to live shows, and you can try before you buy. If I am looking for a particular record I always check to see if it's on Bandcamp first. As a matter of fact, I just decided that for the rest of the month if you use the code "EGGNOG" you get 15% off of anything. Happy Holidays!
How do I feel about streaming and how we all consume music these days? Well, you didn't ask, but I'll say that it's complicated. Having so music available at the swipe of a finger is amazing, but I mourn how much I think it's effected our perception of the VALUE of music...like water, you expect to just turn on the tap and have it come gushing out. I think it's really changed HOW we listen to music, in particular how we don't listen to albums much any more, just songs, or even bits of songs. Lastly, I think so far the people who actually make the music are benefiting the least from this revolution, and it's hard to imagine great music being made going forward when there is not an economy in place to support the time and effort.
All that being said, I AM hopeful we will reach some kind of equilibrium where people get the benefit of access to a wealth of music and the creators get compensated fairly. Fingers crossed.
In other news, I have one more show this year in Portland on December 15th at Turn! Turn! Turn! I will play a solo set and will also join Terry Time Brother (my brother from another mother Chris Benson's band) on drums! It should be a delight. Come down.
Also, I continue to slather my YouTube Channel with uploads of all kinds. If you haven't checked out in a while, allow me to encourage you to navigate your browser in that direction. I've got a number of new performance clips, tutorials on looping and guitar playing, as well as a fun new series I like to call Super Awesome Pedal Show.
That just about it, for now. If you are look for some amusement, I just stumbled upon the internet comic Decent Don, which has brought me much joy. In Podcast land I have recently been enjoyed Missing Richard Simmons and Uncivil. On the music listening front I have been digging into Terje Rypdal's extensive catalogue, and I am delighted that my children like to listen to Abbey Road (particularly Octopus's Garden and Here Comes the Sun). It gives me hope.