Saturday, March 29, 2008

Battle of the Bands

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hanging out backstage

young life and red bull sponsored a battle of the bands at the intersection, and bands from all over the city competed over studio time (courtesy of big bin studios) and press kits.  i was drumming for one of the bands, AM Bandits, a three-piece punk outfit created just in time for the show, and my band was amongst 7 or 8 other talented groups.  during down times after my set, i managed to snap a few photos and write a bit for this blog.  read on to come backstage with me!

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Posted by Nehe555 on 03/29 at 11:32 AM
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Double Duty with fifty6

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the setting for fifty6’s epic musical

it’s been a while since i played for a church service; the last one was probably for madison church freshman year with nalini, then the coordinator for the mosaic program and now the head of calvin’s barnabas program.  there were definitely some rough spots in my playing, but for the most part it all went pretty smoothly.  there’s still a lot of work to do before i’m confident enough in my drumming ability to play impromptu sets at local jazz clubs.  but heck, it’s a start right?  so i was blogging away during breaks in the morning on my phone, and i’ll include excerpts from my “journal” below…

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Posted by Nehe555 on 03/23 at 06:03 PM
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spring Break 08: Music Chicago

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i’m not even a guitarist, but this place was heckuvalotta fun!

My friend travis and I took a two day vacation to Chicago during spring break. We were both sticking around Grand Rapids, but we didn’t want to stay here all break. I wanted to stay to get some stuff done with drums, and travis was staying so he could get flown out to NYC for final round interviews at Goldman Sachs. The while trip was kind of spontaneous and it resulted from a conversation I had with my friend laura. She lives out in Chicago and was going home for the break, and she said we were welcome to visit her and stay with her family.  So we took her up on the offer. Besides visiting her and hanging out with her family, we also had some pressing music agendas. First, we were getting a tour of a studio in downtown Chicago called comma music, along with its sister production facility particle audio. Second, we needed to try out some guitar amps, and Chicago guitar shops have a much better selection than guitar center in grand rapids. With our itinerary loosely planned out, we headed off 2 hours behind schedule on Monday morning. But we weren’t really late, because we don’t have any deadlines on vacation.

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Posted by Nehe555 on 03/15 at 02:17 PM
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Sunday, March 02, 2008

A Calvin Art Show

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a very full house

i’ve never been to an art show before, let alone a calvin art show where many of my friends were displaying their work.  when i first walked in the door, i didn’t get very far.  i kept bumping into people i knew, and it was fun catching up with various friends.  half an hour later, i got to the artwork, and i loved what i saw.  being someone who works in the creative industry creating digital art, being at an art gallery was like being in a whirlwind of inspiration.  there was so much to see: clothing, pottery, photography, paintings, illustrations, and more!  i won’t bore you with my interpretations of the artwork; who wants to hear them anyway, especially when they aren’t even close to the artist’s original intention?  instead, i’ll dedicate this post to photos from the show.  click read more to see the photos, and for you facebook viewers, click view original post first, then click read more.  enjoy!

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Posted by Nehe555 on 03/02 at 01:40 PM
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My Blackberry Turned Into an iPhone

I just bought an iPhone yesterday, which is sweet, but the sweetest part is that it only cost me around $20 after lots of ebaying and negotiating with at&t. I did nothing illegal; I just utilized some of the bargaining skills I acquired on the streets of hong kong. The fact that wireless providers really want new customers, and the fact that sales clerks at cell phone stores work on commission also helped my cause. Anyway, I’m looking forward to using this nifty gadget to fulfill my blogging needs. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been blogging more than usual, and that was because I could blog from anywhere with my blackberry. I won’t be blogging any less now that I have an iPhone. Check back often, and I hope my life can be of interest to you!

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Chatting with an Alumni

I got a call from steve visser, calvin graduate from years back and now owner of New2You Shoppe, an upscale thrift store by calvin dedicated to reducing tuition at Grand Rapids Christian schools through their profits, and he wanted me to help fix a mac computer he was trying to sell. I’d met him before shopping at his store, and he’d given me some incredible deals (it might’ve helped that I’d known his daughter, who lived on my sister floor), so I gladly agreed, figuring that I could finish up some reading as I reinstalled an operating system. Anyway, he picked me up from my house, and on the drive there we chatted about how calvin people seemed to get married very quickly. Apparently, the situation today is very similar to what life was like during his career at calvin.  We joked about how calvin sends out advertisements to upperclasspersons for its premarital programs, which seems to be calvin’s way of nudging us in the side, whispering “are you engaged yet?” into our ears. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad calvin offers these programs. We were just joking around.

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Posted by Nehe555 on 03/01 at 03:05 PM
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Auditioning for 5th and 6th Graders

My friend jill and I got an email from mars hill saying that they were looking for a rhythm section for their 5th and 6th grade band to finish out the school year. With Jill being a bassist, and with me being a drummer, we thought we’d audition for the spot. After rainchecking due to terrible weather conditions, we finally made it over there to meet with jim keat. After fielding some questions and talking about our musical journeys thus far, we headed over to the shed (that’s the name for the sanctuary) for a quick jam session. I found it a little strange to sit behind the same drumkit that I stare at every sunday. Maybe it’s just me, but I think musicians like to watch the person who plays their instrument during music worship.

We did the audition thing, going through a few songs. The sound system wasn’t setup, so I couldn’t really hear jim on the acoustic, nor jill on the bass. I just kinda watched and guessed at what was going on, which is never a good feeling, but it still happens every so often. I think every performing band has had monitoring issues at some time, and you just have to deal with it. That is, unless you purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of sound equipment and get personal monitoring systems for everyone. An unlikely scenario, but I can still dream.

So now we’re both waiting to hear back from Jim.  If we get gig, we’ll be playing biweekly with biweekly practices.  Not a huge time commitment, but fun nonetheless.

Posted by Nehe555 on 03/01 at 03:00 PM
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