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April 29, 2012

Wow- long time since the last post! Well, we've been busy, really, working on a song for Linzi and a McCartney happy birthday song, and I added some accordion to some of Willie Marble's stuff, and a couple of Sporting Hill Rambler gigs, and then there's this...

business card

I'm seriously thinking that I'll have real tickets printed up instead of standard business cards. Then I can have the sequential numbering, in case I want to do some prize give-aways or something.

The "admission ticket" idea ties in with the basic theme for Steam Powered, which is that this part of the music-making process is where most of the interesting stuff happens. It is making stuff, not the end product, that I find most interesting. (although I'm just as much a sucker for a well-told tale, a purty picture, or a beautiful sound as anyone else...)

Sponsoring the studio is your admission ticket to the process. I think I could have different colored tickets for different levels of sponsorship, no?

Also, the stereo console is working out well. Now when I do a mix I take it to the console in the end, and if it "don't make" through the console, I start over.

April 23, 2012

Fun night tonight. Linzi came in on the usual Summer Thieves club night, and we got Joe to be the bass wench on her song, and he added a killer Ricky guitar part (until his work called), then Linzi and Tom got some really nice vocal lines going on one of his songs... we just want to do this all the time, can we please?

April 18, 2012


This one is like a perfect wave. That's Carl Reiner in his role as Gidget's dad in the movie Gidget Goes Hawiian. Sadly, I didn't get a screen shot of him in his Bermuda shorts and knee-high black sox.

Reiner's not credited with any writing on this script, but there are scenes and bits of dialogue that could have come from his cracked genius.


This movie was released in 1961, the time of the New Frontier and marketing, marketing, marketing. Where does the phrase "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" come from? To "go" something meant to buy into the package. To wear the right clothes, dig the right sounds, do the right things. This themed packaging may not have been invented in the early 60's but it was certainly brought to some sort of peak. The promise was that by "going" something, be it Hawaii, or the Beatles, or yoga, you could change/improve your attitude and your understanding of life- while having a ball! In many ways nothing has changed since.

Forget about the plot, forget about the leading roles- except for Michael Callan, who performs an amazingly athletic (think Gene Kelly athletic) dance segment. The movie is really about style, with James Darren's skinniest of skinny tie, and Vicki Trickett's lime outfit, and everyone's subtle signifyin' of their level of hipness by the clothes they're wearing.

The only juicy acting parts are the roles of the parents, with Reiner, Peggy Cass and Eddie Foy, Jr doing some very funny stuff for grown ups. There's also wacky music and dancing sequences, prefiguring Elvis' movie numbers, with Hawiians playing steel guitars and ukes. It's a summer classic and a lesson in cultural history. You really should go Gidget Goes Hawaiian!!

April 16, 2012


It has been a long time since we've had an MP3 by Midnight production around here- well, here ya go.

WXPN has a show called Local Live, and they are soliciting Paul McCartney songs to celebrate his upcoming birthday, and the Summer Thieves had been playing one of his songs, so I made them record it tonight.

Every Night.mp3


April 12, 2012

Music for Everyone has posted an Oxenbinder piece about stereo consoles. Enjoy!

April 10, 2012

Tom and Paul

Here's something you won't see everyday- a left-handed Les Paul.

Sounds great through the Marshall.

April 08, 2012

Almost as good as hearing a song you wrote on the radio is hearing one you recorded. Gene Shay on WXPN just opened the folk show with Horses by the Stray Birds! Charlie tells me they've got a promotion going on...

April 07, 2012

Benny Moré

This is Benny Moré. If you know who Hank Williams was, you should know who Benny Moré was...

April 06, 2012

Rehearsals continue for this Naked Eye show, Music for Exploding Minds, at the Stahr Center on Saturday.

naked Eye

If you like new music, or just enjoy seeing musos getting off on each other, it's a show you won't want to miss. Contact them here-

Oh- and the sound is pretty damn good too!

April 04, 2012

Worked four hours on demos for Dr. Mo today. Forgot to get photos, but we used the same setup as last time, Mo playing his Paul through his old Gibson amp- a real nice combination.

April 03, 2012

What, a new month already?

Today I did a rehearsal with this gal-


I'll be "running sound" for her gig at the Stahr Center in Lancaster this Saturday. There will be toy pianos!

March 31, 2012

Welcome to the new studio home page. I'm trying out a few features here- for one thing, this section (the "blog") will be in its own scrolling window.

I'm finally going to have time to catch up on some projects, like posting the rest of the songs from those Ronnie Cook bluegrass tapes, and repairing (again!) the Farfisa.



Wow! I can't believe I didn't have a link to this before!

Let's have a Woggi Noggi day!

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