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Low End Theory

Hey Soul Mates,
spent the last two days at Karma Frog Studios with my producer Adam. I put down bass tracks on five of the new songs. We decided that the first takes on two songs that were pre-tracked were solid enough for release. So that brings us to seven done as far as the low end goes. It was exciting putting down the bass riff for "So Sophisticated." Adam gave me time to be creative in the studio, while keeping focused on the grooves. The second song we worked on today was a bit more challenging. The song has been so dramatically rearranged, and put into a different key, that I was exhausted by the time we wrapped. I may want to revisit that track, but we'll see how it sounds to my ears in a week.

That leaves three songs for bass. In the meantime, Adam has been tracking piano parts. Some of them are incredibly evocative. You are going to be amazed by his handiwork. One song is going "sans drums" for the time being, so I'm looking forward to what Adam cooks up for that one. Dates in July are set for more recording. It has been a busy June for me, so it has been nice to be able to get sessions in.

What else is new? I found out that (at least) one of my songs was utilized on "Parks & Recreation." Placements are always a fun development; especially knowing more new music is on the way.

Last week, I got to see ABC for the fifth time (thanks, JT). Martin Fry and his band always do it up properly. They rocked the House of Blues on Sunset. The set leaned heavily on the new material from "Traffic" and "Lexicon of Love." The sax/keyboard player was amazing, as was the bass player. Much to be admired the way ABC have outpaced their peers. Although, I am really excited about the Stateside return of Duran Duran. The openers, Chain Gang of 1974 are ones to watch out for. A young group from Denver, their sound fuses Tears for Fears and Haircut 100. Don't be surprised if these guys become darlings of the KCRW/SXSW/Coachella crowd.

Thanks to all of you who expressed condolences for the loss of my father-in-law this month. He was a superdude and will be missed. Bryan and I performed the Beatles' "Blackbird" at his memorial this week. The two of us did that song the first time Rush Hour Soul really did its thing in 2005; and I recorded it with my high school band back in 198mmphm...ahem. It was a fitting and lovely tribute that accompanied the release of 65 white doves.

That's all for now. Keep four-on-the-floor, and keep reaching for the stars!

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