full life

the day after yesterday

1. It's still a bit surreal, to be sure.

I have my flash recorder on me, which we used to record yesterday's songwriting session, and I listened to a bit of the work we did. It doesn't sound particularly amazing; all that was notable about yesterday was that we were actively trying a new process. Instead of us just standing around and thinking about a particular musical impasse, we just played and experimented and tried new things, and after a particularly interesting take we'd play it back through the monitors. (This is something we should have been doing 2 years ago.) In any event, after a while I couldn't listen to it anymore.

During lunch I casually browsed through the Craiglist musician-wanted postings. Not that I have any intention of jumping headfirst into something else, of course; this was more out of curiousity than anything else. After 2 or 3 pages it all just started to bleed together into this depressing miasma of suckitude - it would seem that the only bands looking for guitarists today are into Mudvayne and Tool and such; everyone in NYC is deathly afraid of melody. The thing about Good Evening that was so frustrating is that as much as we loved our songs, our creative process was completely fucked; I'm not sure there's a single song we ever finished that didn't feature countless hours of yelling and crying and temper tantrums and whatnot. Yesterday I said as much and concluded that if that is indeed what it takes to succeed in a collaborative environment, then it seems pretty clear to me that I'm in the wrong business.

I don't necessarily have a plan at this moment. Now that I've cleared out my credit card debt, I'm very strongly considering splurging on a new laptop strictly devoted to ProTools and a midi keyboard and writing an album this winter, but that's kinda ridiculous - I can certainly write an album with what I have now; it's just that the recordings will sound shitty. And frankly, I really just ought to be worried about writing instead of anything else.

2. It's a good thing the Yankees are out of the playoffs, if for no other reason than I can have my brain all to myself, now. I'm still hungover from what happened in Detroit, although, really, if your postseason life depends on the arm of Jaret Wright, it shouldn't really come as a surprise. I'll be sad to see Joe Torre go, even though the man clearly had no idea how to manage a bullpen; I won't be sad to see A-Rod go, though. I'm sure we can get some pitching out of an A-Rod trade, anyway.

3. There's been any number of amusing things on the interweb of late; here's my 2 contributions.

a. Human Space Invaders
b. Queen v. 50 Cent mashup
That is a very intriguing possibility, good sir, and now that my weekends are free I might just take you up on that.
I know your schedule is effed-up; Sunday nights are probably the most difficult possibilty for me, of course, but I'm sure we can figure something out eventually. And I would also offer that if you're in town with hours to kill, I've got a large apartment in Astoria in which we can jam, as well.
I think the Yankees problems were Derek Jeter's doing. He could have easily made the late season drama not a distration by being a real leader and standing by Arod. Instead he did nothing. He chose to hold a grudge over the Vanity Fair article; ironic isn't it? Vanity Fair?!?

Anyway, he helped Giambi get through BALCO then let Arod twist in the wind. That's not leadership. Being a leader means you put the team over your own feelings. When the press asked Jeter about the Arod situation he chose not to intervine almost giving the New York media and fans the go ahead to trounce him. And surprise! he folded. Who wouldn't?

Furthermore they went after Abreu instead of pitching. Torre shoudn't be fired. But perhaps like Jim Caple wrote they should trade Jeter.

I'm no Yankee fan but even I think Joe Torre is the best manager they've had in eons.

PS- How about them Mets???
You can't blame the horrendous lack of pitching on Jeter. Really, it's Steinbrenner's fault, ultimately, for creating such a suffocating atmosphere.
I think he let him sink. Jeter is the leader and let one of his men get pummeled. When Giambi was hearing it he stood up, when Arod did he did nothing; point blank.

If I remember Dave Winfield never performed well in the post season and the Yankees love that guy. I think its deeper than that. Its like everyone got the okay to hate on him.

Anyway I'm sorry your boys got knocked out. With the Yanks having homefield avantage I was looking to repay the gesture of you posting that pic of the yankees winnning it all in Shea with one of my boys winning it all in Yankee stadium. Alas it was not to be.

I like our chances but liked them more with Pedro, El Duque and Cliff Floyd healthy. Still I think the Mets are the most exciting team this year and will still win it all. they remind me of the Yankees a few years back.

I realized that when in the last game the Dodgers went up 5-4 and Dodger Stadium was going crazy and the Mets simply took the lead back. That how the Yankees used ot be. That's what makes a champion; how nothing gets to you and I've seen that all year. that's why I think we can win it all.

but first the Red Birds. I don't get ahead of myself in baseball. She givith and taketh.