Hello, my name is Paul and I am a musician. Sometimes I am also a writer.
In October of 2011, I had my iPod stolen out of my car. My wife and I were quite disappointed. It was probably our fault for not locking our car doors.
It got me thinking about music. The iPod itself had cost me some $200 when I bought it, however A) it was only one piece of electronics and 2) all of the music on it is also on my computer. I did not actually lose anything other than the iPod itself. And the free case I got with it. What I considered more valuable than the equipment was the content; the music.
This is my Audio-logue. It is a place where I talk about music. And things related to music. But mostly just music itself.
Music has meant a lot to me for as long as I can remember. This blog is to tell you why music inspires me. I would imagine other people have more music on their computer than I do, but this still might take a while.
I am always looking for new music. This blog is also to provide a medium in which others (that means you) can recommend music to me. Maybe you will find something you like that you have not yet heard, too.
While we are on the subject, whenever I create music of my own, I will share that with you as well.
“Why should I read this blog,” you say? Because then you can comment on the things I say, and then we shall converse. And if you want to start a conversation, you can. Either tell me who you want me to talk about, so you can comment on it, or send me a post of your own. You could be a guest writer.
Which is why it is an Audio-logue and not an Audio-log. One is like a dialogue and the other is like a diary. I’d rather have a conversation.
Together we can talk about the music we like, and why we like it. We can talk about new music we have discovered. We can talk about the music we write, especially when we are not writing.
“Why should I have an audio-logue with you, Paul?” you say? Because I am the one with the audio-logue. Obviously.
“What experience do you have with music, Paul?” you say? Ah, now that is an excellent question. This might take a while.
Since I was a little kid, my mother taught me to play the piano. When I was 12, I started learning the tuba, and thus became a tubateer. And yes, that is what we call ourselves. From then until when I quit doing band in college, I played tuba in large and small ensembles. I was also in Utah’s All-State band, as well as a concert band, a dixieland jazz band, and a choir that went to western Europe for a summer to play concerts. My first year of college I received a tuba performance scholarship.
In junior high, I found my dad’s old four-string tenor banjo in the attic, and began to learn how to play banjo. Later, I got my own five-string banjo. I went on to be the official banjo player of my high school’s Dart Club. I even played banjo in the pit for my High School’s production of 42nd Street. I would also play my brother’s guitar when he was not home (It’s a secret to everybody).
By the time I was a freshman, I was writing my own songs. Except on tuba. That came later. Although I have always made up my own parts for the school band (That’s also a secret to everybody).
In my sophomore year of high school, I formed my first band. I mean my first band. I had been in a cover band once, and got brought in to fill a need in someone else’s band, but this was the first band I help build from the ground up. I bought a bass, because of the four of us, three knew how to play guitar and I was the only one of those who did not actually own one. We we very much a classic rock / oldies influenced band. Throughout high school, I was also in a metal band playing bass, a folky 3-chord band, and an alternative punk rock band playing guitar. I sang in all those bands, and somewhere in there I picked up the mandolin, too. Also, I learned how to run a mixing board and do live sound for bands. Since, I have also recorded groups during concerts.
That is also the year when I started playing the sousaphone in my 300+ member high school marching band. We marched in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. the next year.
My junior year, I started playing trombone. I was in the high school’s jazz band, and went on to play in two different jazz bands in college, as well as a couple of small jazz combos. My senior year, I was a musician in a Disney movie, Going to the Mat.
After high school, I was in a hard rock band for the summer before I moved to college.
When I went to college I joined a ska / reggae / rock / ragtime / swing / funk band called Viewers Like You. I have played bass, trombone, tuba and now keyboards. Sometimes I sing, too. One of our long running gigs is a back-up band for a comedy improv group.
I have been part of USU’s Independent Music club since 2009. I also played bass in a couple of cover bands. I also do my own acoustic thing, sometimes with some other people. In 2008, I won a bluegrass guitar contest.
After college, I got a big-boy job and started playing trombone with The Beam Me Up Ska-T’s, another ska band there (partly because one of the trumpet players in the BMUSTs is the brother of the trombone for VLY).
In my big-boy job, I have helped coordinate the band at a company event for all of our employees. Months later, instead of hiring a band for an event for our company’s clients, I formed a band from employees and helped coordinate that.
There have been other random things, too. I’ve been asked to play tuba in a city sponsored orchestra from time to time. Usually for patriotic occasions. John Phillip Sousa marches don’t sound right without a tuba. And I’ve played with a myriad of old time music (mostly bluegrass and celtic) bands. And once, I even helped choreograph a dance. That is my experience with music.
“Who are your other contributors, Paul?” you say?
Right now, I have one other contributor. He is Spencer, a fellow trombone player. And this is his blog post on his own blog where he talks about some of his own music experience. He played in marching band and jazz bands as well. Some of them were even the same ones I played in. But we never met until he took over the trombone duties when I switched to bass in this band we are in together. He can also play guitar. In the dark.
But some of my old coworkers suggest albums for me to listen to and review on the blog. One such has been a friend since 2005-ish. His name is Chris. And this is his blog, where he mostly posts year-in-review music stuff. Another is Tim. Past contributors include Kari, Phil, Adam, Greg, my brother John, Scott (who was in that first band of mine) and Spencer’s coworker (who I’ve never actually met) David.
Any other questions? Ask them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer them.