Steve Ball Diary
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Sunday March 30
Weeds seem to grow regardless of the weather.
Horacio (and the BigTime trio) are one of my favorite GC-spin off groups. I used to say that BigTime was the "California Guitar Trio of South America" -- but I guess I can't say that anymore since:
Either way, I'm still a huge fan of their work and hope to play with them again someday.
All of the intense and incredible detail work that goes into making a 45-song box set (averaging 4 minute songs with 16 tracks per song) translates into 4x45x16 = 2880 minutes or 48 hours of continuous tracking.
Add editing + mixing + writing + listening + backups + system maintenance on top of that and you have the empirically quintessential definition of an insane 'pelota-inspired' project.
With a release target of mid-May.
A few of these songs are even breath-taking.
So I won't even try. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing evening. Happy to see Michael Moore win.
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My work is at home right now. One extreme way of interpreting this is that this is one more explicit manifestation of my current "Discipline Local Immobile" initiative: staying home.
The Moore happens to be directly across the street from the former and last Bootleg Networks office on 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle. I drove by there on my way home (pre-show) to simply observe the physical poetry of driving between buildings housing KC in the present and BTV in the past.
However, something in my perception of time has changed. I'm not sure I'll do justice in articulating it here, but one way of saying it is this:
Every day is significant.
Another spin on this for me is that I am no longer in need of GC courses to connect with my aims or re-charge or battery. In some ways, GC principles and processes are now an inherent part of how I operate and who I am.
This is not to say that I don't have an ongoing interest in official Guitar Craft activators, activities, or events. But work is now personal work with a focused set of people and projects.
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But I am simply working hard to keep my eyes on the road in front of me. This is not easy for me and my Pelota nature.
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Derek's start-up recently declared bankruptcy (sad news, good people, good products) and he was cast out in the process. A tragedy for those involved, but perhaps an opportunity for Derek (and Whitney.)
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Also, email from PatM today confirming that:
a) being a rhythm buddy KC keeps one very busy
There is much good will in the air. This is one of the joys about musical relationships between musicians: the act of music is an act of collaboration. Even if the results are not always life changing, the act itself is. Every time.
Mail from Peter Dervin today with an invitation to launch the new CDs on his KSER radio show. Working confirming dates for mid-May.
Much to do to get there.
One small insight this morning on my 'pelota' nature: I actively take on more than I can 'reasonably handle' to keep myself from slumping into what would happen if I followed the passive whims of my indolent nature.
This strategy occasionally backfires, but it is rarely boring, and usually generates more energy in me than it costs.
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Also mail from my old Electric Gauchos friend and bandmate, Fernando Samelea, in Spain confirming that he is sending material to be used on the instrumental CD!
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