So, let’s see how we did Corporate-Style with a Year In Review, shall we?
Start playing out (yes, in front of people) here in STL.
Succeeded wildly above my expectations on that one. Many thanks to folks like Suzie Gilb, Brian Fleschute, and Jason Potter for letting me (a complete stranger) make a bunch of noise in front of folks. Also, many thanks to Melt and the Heavy Anchor for being such nice hosts. PASS.
Finish reinterpreting / recording five Tom Behrendt songs (this is already 1/5 complete).
Came pretty close to meeting this goal. Wound up finishing a 4 song E.P. titled Devil On The Left Shoulder. It was a good exercise for me, and forced me to try some things I would not have done otherwise. PASS.
Figure out my one-man-band amplification situation (i.e. find a light & cheap solid-state amp to run 2 guitars, vox, and a drum machine into).
Nailed this one, pretty much. Through trial and error I decided to forgo the drum machine, and to this point I haven’t needed to run my own vox yet. PASS.
Get Grandpa Freigang’s guitar fixed up (neck reset, new bridge).
After further review, I decided to wait on this. As much as I would like to restore this guitar to playing shape, it was much more cost prohibitive than I had been expecting. DID NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS.
Become more proficient with looping.
Live looping is now a staple of my performances. I don’t feel like I am using the technique to full advantage, but with the new looper (buh-bye, Ditto) I can see using it a bunch more. PASS.
Record some other musicians.
Did not get a chance to do any recording of other musicians, but working with Glenn at BSRG really opened my eyes to how productive you can be as a musician when you only have to focus on the performance. I can definitely see availing myself of his services in the future. Maybe next year?DID NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS.
All in all, a super-rad year.