Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I love music. I think I have written some where in the neighborhood of 50 songs in the last two years. I am always trying to get better. I am always fighting frustration. My biggest project is myself. I don't want to pass my frustration on to my kids. I use everything in my life as motivation. I am trying to relax. I enjoy a glass of cabernet to assist, but I will never rely on wine to relax. I believe there is more. I think God is different, bigger, better than church. I think we know less than we could imagine. I have no desire to argue religion or politics... I'll right a song and crank it to 11! I have no person on a pedestal. I am very thankful. I take nothing for granted. I am perplexed by the shortness of life. I am looking forward to not worrying. I want to build a vert ramp and catch big backside airs! I want to spend more time with my kids. I want to snowboard more with my wife. I want to tour the world. I want to play concerts at all the great venues. I want to discard bad habits and form new good practices.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This last Tuesday night was a full moon. The full moon is perfect for night photography. Ever since I saw lostamerica.com I have wanted to do some long exposure times by moon light. Here is a shot of an old peach packing truck that was abandon in a gully by my cousin Adam's old house. Who knows how long this truck had been there. This shot was taken in the dark. It looks like daytime because I (we) held the shutter open for about 40 seconds. I took a nikon sb 800 and blew of a few flashes inside the cab and under the chassis While my cousin carefully held his finger on the shutter button of my Nikon D-50. Ghetto photography but fun none the less! I got bitten some type of bug... about 10 times... I hate to think of what it might have been. I felt sick for a few days but now I am fine and the bites have gone away...And hey... I got this cool pic of that old truck! Photo: Kevin Decker and Adam Wolfe. Photo ©Kevin Decker 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Autumns Chase had a meeting last night. For ruffly 8 months we have enjoyed a relatively relaxed approach to the band. Now it has reached that point where everyone is either wanting to quit or get serious. I enjoy playing in Autumns Chase. I have more than my share of other musical projects going on and I have to turn down offers weekly. So, going into the meeting I was to be happy either way. Everyone seems to want to take Autumns Chase to the next level. Cool! It will be interesting to see what this great group of guys accomplishes together. You can check out older stuff from Autumns Chase at myspace.com/autumnschase We should have some new stuff up in a week or two.
Monday, August 13, 2007
There is no substitute for a Gibson Les Paul Standard! A Les paul custom, classic or studio will simply not do. Here is a shot of my two lp standards. The black is a '98 and the Honey Burst is a 2001. They are not vintage but they still do it for me. The black has PRS Dragon 1 pick-ups. I like the dragon 1's but I would trade them for a set of PAF pro's in a heart beat. The honey burst has Alnico 498 and 490T's. I dig these pickups! They are not as hot as the burst bucker pros that come with the new lp's but I like the tone better. There is nothing like a Les Paul through a Marshall JCM 900 on eleven. I am a Rocker at heart!
Monday, July 30, 2007
I wish I would have started playing drums at age 4... but I didn't. I started playing drums in 1987. I was a freshman in high school. Do the math, I am old... but I look young... right??? :) I wish I would have played on the drum-line in School, but I didn't want to be called a "band-fag". Instead they called me a "Skater-fag".
Here is a shot of the Iso-room at my studio. I can and will play at all hours of the day and night. My Wife has endless grace... after all Grace is her middle name.
This is one of my favorite things. It's a 1988 Powell Peralta Tony Hawk. This is the real thing, not a re-issue. This hawk is a lot like the first hawk I bought back in the summer of '87. My first Hawk was navy blue and had the gold dragon on the top. This hawk is more purple and has the winged ripper on the top. Note: Will trade for a navy blue hawk with dragon on top. lol! I bought this on ebay about 3 or 4 years ago. It reminds me of the good ol days.
So I have been playing drums for Autumns Chase. I love playing with these guys. We got out west of town on old hwy 50 for a fun photo shoot. This shoot brought about another chance to work with my good friend and photography buddy, Dorsey Coe. Photography is another one of my passions. I have learned a great deal of what I know from Dorsey. This photo was shot with a Nikon D200. We used a Alien Bees b-800 with a 60 inch soft box to illuminate me. Photo Dorsey Coe.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I have lots of gear... maybe too much gear. I decided that I need to spend more time practicing and less time searching for gear. Sorry ebay, sorry craigs list, forgive me pawn shops and yard sales... we're now on a break. BTW, anybody know where I can score a TR-808?