Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Burning in the House

Digitizing my life is a very tedious process. I have hundreds of hours of live performances, song demos, archive videos and 1000s of photos from shows I played and shows I attended. I have hand-written song lyrics, poems, album reviews, brain noodles and word fragments I need to type in.

This doesn't even include the 100s of cassettes of my old radio show that aired every early Friday morning-3:30am to 6:00am from 1994 to 1999. That show was called Crosstown Traffic on WBAI 99.5FM. It started out being sponsored by the Black Rock Coalition, but then it ended being just me and my girlfriend at the time producing, engineering, interviewing artist and hosting the show. We broke up during the run and then just work on each show we hosted, kinda like the Beatles during the White Album sessions. My dream was (is) to create and run my own media company. Now content is easy to put out to the world. In my opinion, making sure the media is quality and rights management in are in place are very important. One of my goals is to really organize all the content I have access to for me, my friends, band mates, collaborators, etc. Another goal this year is to create a website that will feature samples of some of the cool bands and people I've had the honor to perform with.

Tonight, I finished up transferring 20 CDs of live recordings I performed on. I was the bassist for Ry Welch while he was in Austin. The band was called Rock Stardom & the Fashion Jerks. The band was fun, art rock. We play Ry's compositions and really great covers like Zappa's "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama", Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Big Neck Police" The band featured me on, Ry on vocals & guitar, David Box on alto, tenor & soprano sax and David Levy on drums. The band was a lot of fun.