Sunday, October 14, 2012


9.21.2012
A lot of my sessions are from my home studio. It is convenient and cost effective to record at home then send your tracks off. It will be nice to go out to another studio and record for Lexi. We'll have a great engineer and producer so all I'll have to do is just play, like the 'ol days.

Last week I had a wonderful surprise session enter my studio and if the producer/writer didn't tell me about the tracks I was to play on and who was on harmonica I would have know within the first few notes it was Stevie Wonder. That fabulous tone and style was like having his picture in front of me. Great day... I took the first couple minutes just 'To take the moment in' --That I was gonna get to play on these tracks. I don't know what will become of the project but I got to play NS/Stickbassguitar and did some cello string arrangements.. Then sent them off. A banner day for me!

9.19.2012
Got a wonderful session call yesterday. Remember "Lexi". I met her up in Lake Arrowhead when I was performing there. Very nice young artist (15 at that time). Well she now has management and I got a call from the producer for the recording sessions first week of October. Great band Gregg Bissonette on drums and Tim Pierce on Guitar... check there websites, they are the whose who of session players. So it will be a wonderful session, complete with donuts I'm thinkin'! and hopin'./Don



8.27.2012
I'm gonna have to do a 'Day in the Life" video, my days are funny. Today I ended up at the restaurant "French Bulldog Bistro and Lounge", to help Lance hang our sign he made for the restaurant. It looks like it was made in the 1400's with wrought iron decorative rods to hang the planks of wood that are framed in iron with ceramic letters. It weighs about 75 pounds. Their are two and each will hang from either side of the front building entrance. Yes, I'll take a picture once hung, ya gotta see it.

However the morning was spent in the studio, I finished most of my live show, selecting sounds and parts to load into the various peddles I use. Heck the French Bulldog may be the first place I try this set and tunes out in.

Picked up our "Tully and my" hardrive from the previous studio we recorded at that holds our sessions for a few commercials we are seeking to land and songs written to present to various artists. We will give that to our representative to make the contact and deliver the music for us.

In the middle of the day I ended up on the construction site of the house I showed on an earlier post that we (Muggs Construction) are building. We ( I love to say we, though I think word got out I don't do tools well. Or it could of been when I was helping one of the crew measure a 180 foot trench, I fell in the trench, but the odd part was.... I was already in the trench when I fell!!! LOL.

Then I headed home Ohhhh but not before the French Bulldog gourmet chef asked if any one was hungry. The Restaurant is closed on Mondays (today) however he was there being part owner as well, and so "YES" popped out of my mouth. (Secretly knowing I was gonna end up there and hoped he would be too and ask). He whipped up an incredible Lasagna with spinach, mushrooms and such. Even had the 'ends' of the Lasagna slightly crisp. Nice touch. LOVED IT. Ate mine, and when Lance went to check on something, I ate the rest of his!! 'naturally assumed' he was done.... That'll learn em. Ohhh it was good. (Put Bailys Irish Creme in my coffee will ya!lll_ (see August 19 post -starts with 'Long day').

Nice day tomorrow, I good mix a stuff like today.
talk soon/Don


8.21.2012
Long day, I was told if I got to the studio by nine, Lance would have breakfast waiting... ohhhh he was right, eggs, sausage and coffee. (the Good stuff, he always adds "Baily's Irish Cream" in my coffee. Funny guy. And it does taste good.
Then into the studio. Got all the music done, now my task is to arrange around, the melodies and cues we laid today. So, tomorrow I'll take my Bowed Guitar, upright bass and cello over to the main studio. SURE I said (why just the other day) how much easier it was to do it in my studio then transfer the tracks over. Well when there were only 5 tracks to deal with it was... now it's much easier to shlep my instruments over than to transport more tracks that can fit on a screen back and forth... A pleasurable problem, at least the instruments are light and hollow.

My day ended with a type of gig I haven't done since a teenager. A Musical Director friend ask me to play a gig with him for some function. I didn't ask what, if its a friend I just say 'yes' first, then how much LOL. Since I knew it wasn't a session or show, I mentioned that I don't know any tunes (Back in the 'ol days, everyone knew standard tunes by heart.....except me). He said he'd bring a book. So after the mornings session I drive to Redondo Beach, and it ended up being at someones extremely nice house to play a little party just bass and piano. It was a nice change, we both stared at a 'fake book' (musicians hand book of hip changes to standard tunes) and just turned pages, played music and enjoyed each others company. Plus ate of course... deluxe food. Got done, got paid, said thank you and got home about 9pm. Nice day of music! Another early day tomorrow, no mention of breakfast however... there is that deluxe coffee machine with all kinds of types to choose from. I like the French Vanilla, Sometime I (of course) add the hot chocolate with the French Vanilla, ... I call it " Le Don Schiff"
Good nite/Don




8.16.2012

Ya know I got the notice in my email today for the Streamy Awards. That is the Oscars of the Web Tv shows. Our music is in the show "The Guild" which won the award a few years back. Giving me the moniker of writing music for an award winning show... Which believe me I will mention eveytime I can work it into a conversation..... (like now).lol

So since we are in our fifth season of rhe show, we have yet another chamce to win . I will keep us posted. Why whats better than writing music in a award winnig show!?!?!... Being a writer of music for a two rime award winning show! /Don
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8.15.2012
I was looking up the "writers" (Randy Vampotic & Mike Sorrentino) who wrote the film Lance and I are scoring (Land of Enchantment (working title) . Fun to find out their credited with the 2002 film "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause". I didn't see that film but looks cute. Saturday we have a meeting to show what we have scored to picture so far. Gonna be fun and long day full of coffee and donuts.

I moved my tracks that I recorded in my home studio over to our main production studio. (easier to track my upgright bass, cello, bowed guitar from home) as I write parts. It was fun for me, a lot of trial and error as to 'what parts' fit where.
Then I hike the ball over to Lance to add more of his magic.

My tracks loaded easily and flawlessly into the new Pro Tools System (that finally is running smoothly and solidly) for Saturdays recording and preview of music written so far.

Slow process and as my friend Pat Duncan (very successful screenwriter) says, "It's amazing movies get made to begin with" ( as there is so much going on to even get started).

"Alright then, let the day begin!"/Don

8.10.2012
Had a fun gig so I took a quick video, have a look.


8.2.2012
Just came back from a wonderful meeting with our new representation for Winfield/Schiff music. A side from the representation being well connected and able to get to anybody as he proved with our last couple requests with "Breaking Dawn", a cool guy to have breakfast meetings with. Tully and I met him at "Du Par's" in studio city. A wonderful old original coffee shop (yes I picked of course, I am the diner king). Had an egg over easy on top a pancake and washed it all down with a plan for our catalogue of tunes.
So that was my Tully Winfield morning and what a lovely time. We also will have a photo shoot of us together in the studio and bio kit put together per request of our Rep Robert. Here is an older picture of us "two Kids" Winfield/Schiff team back in the day. Tully looks the same, I on the other hand .... well we will be able to compare after I post our studio photo shoot up. Lol






We got up today to find a Duck swimming in our pool. The dogs (3) loved it as they watched him swim. Looks like he's spending the night. Gettin' a good rest for an early flight tomorrow I guess!

7.29.2012
Thoughs of us that live in the Southern California area, their is the Ventural County Fair. I'll be there playing for Frankie Avalon Aug. 7th at 1pm if you'd like to come by and say hello. It's a 6,000 seat arena so wave wildly so I can find you...

7.18.2012
I had a discovery in life. I would admire the family photos on the walls of each family members homes Pictures of one generation to another interacting and leaving a timeline for the next generation to abserve. I have fallen in the wall... Once an observer now a part of family history. I have become a part of the timeline wall.

Had fun playin' with "Those crazy Mixed up kids of today"!!! LOL
Back east visit was fun and will do it a lot more often. Now... back to much more music.


7.15.2012
Flew into Kennedy Airport today. Very nice airport... to me much like the one in Paris (Charles de Gaulle airport). Nicely laid out with darn fine shops. AND added bonus, Balducci's Food Lover's Market was right next to the Starbucks! I had never heard of Balduccie's and had one of the best sandwiches, I had the bagette with prosciutto ham, fresh mozzarella, pesto (and I'm guessin' at these ingredients as I never had such a sandwich!!) Excellent, then to go right next store and have my Vanlla Soy Latte! Whew what a .... well it was 5:30 am, either a very late late dinner or pre breakfast, either way.... "Go JFK Airport". I'll be back.


7.14.2012
So a couple times lately I've been asked for a business card. I haven't had them in a long time as mostly I'm known for what I do, those that call me have the number already BUT... apparently some don't have the number... Hence "Business Cards" are back. Ya now, now days you even get a scanner on the back so phones can scan and go to your website! I was so taken with that I felt like George Jetson of the "Here's my Card" world. Have a look, I didn't know which to pick so I took 500 of each. (I don't know that I know 1,000 people and I guess that's the point). Now there's a number to call!


7.6.2012
Beautiful day here in Los Angeles, slightly cool but welcoming. Got the new studio up and running fantastic. Love the plug ins "First Rate" sounding. Lance plugged his guitar in and  flipped over the amplifier settings and emulations. Best to date. We will begin scoring the film "Land Of Enchantment". Most of the music is writen and sketched out, now to record it. The problems we had in setting the studio up put us 2 weeks behind. For those, thinking or getting Pro Tools 10 and a new Mac  tower, here briefly is what we ran into.

The Omni hardware internal system will only recognize the new Avid card if the Omni version is 2.10. Some ship with version 2.6 and won't recognize the card, so you end up (as we did) spending two weeks on the phone with Tech Support, replacing the Digi cable, Avid card and being sent 3 replacement Onmi's. ). Good news!! I learned a lot about Pro Tools while trouble shooting.

Ah feels good to be up and running.
Have a great day./Don

7.3.2012
Got the new Pro Tools HDX studio up and running, we let the second Engineer in training do a few final adjustments. LOL. We have a film to finish with the new system and an album project in the que. It promises to be a fantastic system to work in. Can't wait to get up to speed on it./Don

6.17.2012


Happy Father's Day to you all. This is my dad, God Bless his soul. Great dad, educator and human being. I miss you and love you so.
Don


6.11.2012

Well if lightning didn't strike twice for our friends. Luc Robitaille (pictured here with wife Stacia and son) got another Stanley Cup win. First as a Red Wing and now as an LA King. How fun. They will have one heck of a party again. I got to drink from the Stanley Cup from the Red Wing last win with Luc. I'll see if I can find my story post of it from back then and repost on my website. Yeah Luc and team. Congratulations.



Stanley Cup Party for Red Wings win.

The party was a blast and was held at Luc Robitaille's house. Well there was a bunch of us there and they LOADED the 109 year old Stanley Cup up with all kinds of booze. Luc stood on top of a table and would hoist (Ohhh it's big) the trophy cup up and then pour the booze into your mouth. Sounds simple, so when it was my turn (I had a nice suit on...) I figured to steady the cup I'd clamp my teeth on it. Soooo now my view is from my head halfway in the cup... teeth holdin' on.... and now all I see is the "Tsunami wave" of beer, vodka, whiskey mixed together headin' toward me. Before I could think 'bad idea with the teeth clamp' - the WAVE crashed over my mouth, nose, past my ears and on over my head and beyond. And the nice suit... picture Tsunami wave... Oh it got wet. What Fun!

Great evening and cool moment to 'drink in' and touch the history of this cup!
Don



6.2.2012

Saw a little bit of the film Lance and I are scoring. The color is gorgeous, (film just came back from color correction phase). The Computer Generated Effects excellent! I am excited to get the music to picture (within the next two weeks). Lance is going to bump our studio up to Pro Tools HD (same as the big production studios have). So I'll go out this week and shop for it and have an Engineer come over and set it up for us. Very exciting as the other studio I go to for full production is Pro Tools HD so I will be well versed in that format and be able to just take the sessions over. (Tech speak for 'now it will be easier). From here the film will make the Film Festival Circuit. Fun Doin's.

A little clip I saw has a 'space ship' hovering over a lonely road. Cool and deluxe looking, real eye candy that makes ya think , 'Ohhh I wanna see this film". Lookin' forward to seein' more of it myself! Lol.

I am scheduling playing live at "The French Bulldog Bistro and Lounge" (Restaurant Lance and I are involved in, located in Camorillo, Ca). I 'll let you know what Sunday I'm going in. It will be fun, C'mon down have the Champagne Sunday Brunch and watch me work. Lol.



5.31.2012

    I was performing some concerts in Vancouver and teaching a Stick seminar. Taking a break I ran into a Wizard. Who new Wizards live on Granville island. Good donuts too!




5.13.2012
Happy Mother's Day!
There is a space in which no words lay, the emotions are still raw, the love so binding. It is here where my heart is the heaviest,
my resolve the strongest. The love - the resurrection of our moms existence in our life... From out of the darkness, do we deliver our finest hour.








4.30.2012

Came across a fun picture I'll call: "Once upon a "Tour Bus". A particularly nice one too, I slept well, everyone had there own bed area with a 'TV!". We were filming for a 'reality show' and and the producers stopped the bus a couple times, once to have a snowball fight!!! I figured 'Stacia" blonde on the right, couldn't throw so I stood still to let her try and hit me... Lol . She got me square in the face. Later we pulled the bus over and all got Snow Mobiles and went crazy. The filming was fun, would of made a hysterical show however.... Time goes on and now I look back at the pictures and smile and think "What's everyone doing now!?"

That's my pal "Lance" on the far right, I'll see him tomorrow, (we write and play music - Also I help (very little lol) with having the construction business and restaurant involvement with him.

Next to me is a fabulous drummer "Bob Do". Also Lances nephew, "God rest and bless his soul" he passed away some years back.

The person in the middle, I don' remember "yikes, I'm sorry".

And of course that's me, far left, probably thinking, "whose that in the middle? She seems like such a nice person"






4/15/12
Watch the previous vidoe first "Friends like these", This is a follow up to the joke Pat played on my car. He dared me to drive it to a gig... And so I did! Tag alone with "Manny, Moe and Jack" and myself as we stop for lunch and find the gig!:




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4/10/2012



Yesterdays News!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stickist.com - View topic - Session 10.1.2012

Stickist.com - View topic - Session 10.1.2012
Got a wonderful session call yesterday. Remember "Lexi". I met her up in Lake Arrowhead when I was performing there. Very nice young artist (15 at that time). Well she now has management and I got a call from the producer for the recording sessions first week of October. Great band Gregg Bissonette on drums and Tim Pierce on Guitar... check there websites, they are the whose who of session players. So it will be a wonderful session, complete with donuts I'm thinkin'! and hopin'./Don


9.30.2012
A lot of my sessions are from my home studio. It is convenient and cost effective to record at home then send your tracks off. It will be nice to go out to another studio and record for Lexi. We'll have a great engineer and producer so all I'll have to do is just play, like the 'ol days.

Last week (
9.21.2012) I had a wonderful surprise session enter my studio and if the producer/writer didn't tell me about the tracks I was to play on and who was on harmonica I would have know within the first few notes it was Stevie Wonder. That fabulous tone and style was like having his picture in front of me. Great day... I took the first couple minutes just 'To take the moment in' --That I was gonna get to play on these tracks. I don't know what will become of the project but I got to play NS/Stickbassguitar and did some cello string arrangements.. Then sent them off. A banner day for me!


Stickist.com - View topic - Happy Birthday, Emmett

Stickist.com - View topic - Happy Birthday, Emmett

Wow, the internet is linking so nicely, ya post one place and it ends up in many. Whew my fingers are happy about that, don't have to wear them down.
Excellent!
/Don

Thursday, May 31, 2012

5.31.2012

5.31.2012

    I was performing some concerts in Vancouver and teaching a Stick seminar. Taking a break I ran into a Wizard. Who new Wizards live on Granville island. Good donuts too!




5.13.2012
Happy Mother's Day!
There is a space in which no words lay, the emotions are still raw, the love so binding. It is here where my heart is the heaviest,
my resolve the strongest. The love - the resurrection of our moms existence in our life... From out of the darkness, do we deliver our finest hour.








4.30.2012

Came across a fun picture I'll call: "Once upon a "Tour Bus". A particularly nice one too, I slept well, everyone had there own bed area with a 'TV!". We were filming for a 'reality show' and and the producers stopped the bus a couple times, once to have a snowball fight!!! I figured 'Stacia" blonde on the right, couldn't throw so I stood still to let her try and hit me... Lol . She got me square in the face. Later we pulled the bus over and all got Snow Mobiles and went crazy. The filming was fun, would of made a hysterical show however.... Time goes on and now I look back at the pictures and smile and think "What's everyone doing now!?"

That's my pal "Lance" on the far right, I'll see him tomorrow, (we write and play music - Also I help (very little lol) with having the construction business and restaurant involvement with him.

Next to me is a fabulous drummer "Bob Do". Also Lances nephew, "God rest and bless his soul" he passed away some years back.

The person in the middle, I don' remember "yikes, I'm sorry".

And of course that's me, far left, probably thinking, "whose that in the middle? She seems like such a nice person"






4/15/12
Watch the previous vidoe first "Friends like these", This is a follow up to the joke Pat played on my car. He dared me to drive it to a gig... And so I did! Tag alone with "Manny, Moe and Jack" and myself as we stop for lunch and find the gig!:




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Monday, April 30, 2012



4.8.2012
Yes ladies and gentleman, I took the wife to "The French Bulldog Bistro and Lounge" Restaurant. Yep the one my pal and buddy in life 'Lance' built and invested in for us. Had myself a *Don´ Schiff' coffee (coffee with chocolate in it). It even came in a fancy glass and straw. "James" our waiter (you will recognize him as he is 6' 6'' tall... just look up you'll see him). Flag him down and tell him you want a (ask for it by name)...
´Don Schiff" coffee drink. "He'll know what to do!"

Here's a picture of it LOL,
it looked a lot better before I drank most of it... this was my third one. I washed the drinks down with the "Spinach Lasagna". The word "Delicious" comes to mind. I highly recommend it. Wonderfully different than the usual red sauce over flat noodles. This was "Special" ladies and gentleman. Next visit I will have have the "Lamb Sandwich". It was a toss up but James said go with the Lasagna and so I did.

The place was packed, great music playing, lovely trio of acoustic guitars (I was eating... no time to play).... another time, I'll let you know.
Meanwhile go already, eat, enjoy... just a great place to eat and celebrate.

The French Bulldog Bistro and Lounge
2433 Ventura Blvd
Camarillo, CA 93010

Ask for the waiter James, Tell 'em "Don Schiff' sent ya! Not that they will care but Ya know, I like to spread my name around. Lol.
Enjoy.

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3.30.2012

First Recording session with the new Standard Precision Bass. Excellent! It is just what they desigened it to be.. "a 5 string P bass that plays and feels like the old P bass of the 60's. Especially since I'm used to 8 strings on my NS/Stick.

Twilite Breaking Dawn tune done and handed over to the "executive' types for submissions. Checked that off my "things to accomplish' list. Trailor for new film to score came in. The Trailor will be used to make the "Film Festival" circuit to then get more funding. I heard once sometimes it takes 10 yrs to make a film, now I see why with the average low budget being 10 million. If I win the California lottery (over 500 Million) I will be able to speed that process up. I could start my own... (Films a year club).

Years ago I started raising money for a film I wanted to make. Yikes a lot a talkin' and meetings. Once I was able to partner up and say there was 10 million available to make this film, talkin' and meeting got more fun. Hysterically funny in fact with all the people I suddenly had access too. How ever, it just became a fun story for me to tell, the main head money wizard, and brother in law,God Bless his soul (a real advernturer entrepenuer) passed away. He left me with some incredible funny adventures we shared. I miss him. He reaffirmed that "If you want it, do it". Obsacales are just that, work around or over them.

All right everyone, lets have some fun today!
/Don


3.25.2012
 Funny how small the music business is and how things come around. My example: I played on a session produced by Don Gehman. He is producing Gabe who is Tully's son and Tully is my writing partner..(winfield/schiff writting team...gold album writing team I may add with happyness). So I go to Don Gehman's website to checkout who and what he's done. There I see he produced the band "Billy Satellite", in that band was "Monty Byrom"...  Monty Byrom, later produce and hired me to play on a few Eddie Money albums. Around that time I was hired to play on an unknown to me at that time "Lance Matthew" album, Lance Matthew from that album, and I work together to this day in music and contruction... which brings us to "The French Bulldog" restaurant (2433 Ventura Blvd Camarillo, CA 93010). Which Lance built and invested in with two other partners... and indirectly me too as we had built a housing development years back in Utah, took a financial beating in and now redirected those efforts into this restaurant (and other such adventures) and as of  Now Today... Lance and I are meeting with the screenwriters of their film in producton to discuss style and genre of music for the film. Whew I'm tired just reading the lineage, Lol. The life adventure continues!!!




3.23.2012
  This is fun news that usually some one for the show calls me about. However Felicia is filming for Eureka syfi show in Canada so I guess I'll let her know. "The Guild" is among the Nominees for the 2nd AnnualIndie Intertube Awards
For me, Catogory: Best Theme Music "Don Schiff (that's me) for "The Guild". "The Guild" is up for quite a few catogories. Have a look. I guess they'll be a big party, I'll eat, take pictures, the wife will have a blast./Don

3,20,2012
"We're in the Restaurant Business!"

Okay, quick fun story... so my Pal Lance and I have been playing music together for YEARS. I met him on a record date for his second solo album back in "93 and I was hired to play bass. Long story short we hit it off, toured Europe together,writing and playing his music. He is also a master builder/electrician/entrepreneur. A few years ago we decide to build a housing development in Utah. Get it part way built (3 of 11 homes finished) and the economy tanks and so amidst heavy financial losses, we keep our heads and hearts for life in check. ...and reaffirm what real friendship is. Trust, love and havin' each others back. We've buried family members together, just as we celebrate life's wonderful events together..

So a month ago he says, Our construction company (Well actually his company, his finances, his building knowledge...and I just put money in too and pray a lot - (I am terrible with tools and have endless stories of just how 'bad'), Any he says, we have a construction job to build a restaurant and if we want, he could be part owner. He asks what my thoughts are.. I think about it (say some silent internal prayers),and blurt out, " feels right, do it!". And so he builds this fabulous high end French restaurant for a gourmet chef,,a mixologist and there wives. So now about a month later) we talk and he says,.... Guess what? "We're in the Restaurant business!!"

And so our new adventure begins.

We have a meeting he and I at the Restaurant the day after the premier grand opening (huge success)./ It's after hours and closed but we and the other owners are their. The gourmet chef says, "anybody hungry". So (I'm no fool, when a gourmet chef says whose hungry, hungry or not you say "MEEEE!".. This is a high end French restaurant, burgers are not on the menu however its the Restaurants day off. We are there creating names for 'signature drinks ' to feature in the menu. Actually the mixologist creates, and we sample and suggest names. I am a VERY lightweight drinker so previously having already sampled some varies feature beers and now sampling hard liquor (mind you sips only to get the idea of the taste) non the less.... I'm heavily tipsy.

So much so, instead of taking a picture of the fabulous restaurant to show you..... I take a picture of this custom burger the chef threw together. "Best tasting Burger" ever. Next to the two beers. The one on the left a Rye beer, the one on the right.... I don't remember... obviously not one I liked as much!


My family, Lances family will go there next week for a wonderful evenings full meal. We'll tell stories and LAUGH as we click glasses and once again start a 'new' adventure called "We're in the Restaurant business".

P.S. He is also building us a stage so we can go in and play when we feel like. Perks of having a restaurant. And soooo next week after an inaugural first two family's together meal, I'll tell you all about it, it's name and location so you may enjoy.


3.14.2012
Tomorrow last playing session for the Twilight Breaking Dawn submission. I am really enjoying this project. After this session, mix/master then hike the ball over to the Movie production. I put my last few cello parts on today... Yea I didn't know I could play cello either..lol turns out I can.

Lisa LaRue Y2K project firing up another grand project. Finished compiling the tracks for that and sent them off to "next in line" to add their parts.... And now it being only 2:18am, I'll go to bed to wake up and be in the studio by 10am, 'coffee in hand".
/Don


3.12.2011
So I have breakfast with my friend Pat, nice place good eggs, biscuits and gravy! Okay we weren't eatin' healthy just eatin' good. Afterwards we went to "The Guild" soundstage where I put together an fx pedal board for the star of "The Guild". I'll talk more about that later, my big excitement, thrill and almost brought me to tears. Pat say's, hey now that the pedal board is wired try it out with this..." And hands me a brand new 5 string Fender Precision Bass as a gift! He is 'incredible'. I'm to thrilled to talk about it much, I'll just 'savior' the moment in silence for awhile. Talk later/Don

3.7.2012
I've been in the studios a lot lately and take the NS/Stick in as my first
choice to be introduced to the song being recorded. Most of the time it wins out
and sometimes the producers just want to hear (and SEE) a Fender or Rickenbacker
bass. Of late the Fender Precision has come back to popularity. Oddly enough the
producer thought the NS sounded most like a Fender Jazz. Interesting and my
opinion on all that (Percision, Rickenbacker) included is that I have recorded
with the NS and with an A1 class enginerr have heard my NS sound like the best
Rickenbacker (4001) I've ever heard and P-Bass as well. My point being "All the
frequencies" are in the NS/Stick instrument it is up to the engineers to dial in
the tones and frequencies to "create and mold" the sound they want.

On sessions it's not up to me what instrument I play, I'm in "Whatever you
want" mode as I am there for the producers. You steer to the direction you feel
most suits the needs, then deliver yourself through the instruments.

Now steering the conversation to my last NS video "Solo Peace 3/2012", I think
is a wonderful example of how the NS can perform as a "super bass". All the
foundation of an electric bass is there, in tone and function. Then on top of
that we add the extended solo range (but wait theres more) we add the guitar
chord strum parts and synth pad underneath. I love doing all that togther. The
sound of a tight band "All in ones hand" (just thought of that one..)

Great for creating your tunes and playing music your way. In the session
situations for others, you usually (or I ) usually don't get to play all that at
once as engineers want to totally separate parts. Bass, guitar and synth. So in
that situation I'll set the NS to mono and play bass parts then guitar-esk and
synth.

But wait! here's the deluxe tip: When I'm doing the sessions in my studio and
sending them, I become the engineer and keep my NS set to stereo. I run the bass
side mono and the top side stereo, when the bass goes up that high into the
stereo side I add a litlle (a litlle) stero chorus or flange (no reverb that is
for the mixing engineer to do). This to me gives the sound to create a wonderul
separation in 'speaking' the higher parts while maintaining its association with
the bass notes. I then send the parts separate, bass in mono and the stereo
strings in stereo -" if I know the engineers are good". If I have doubts I'll
send one stereo track (bass panned center, stereo strings L and R). My concern
is volumes, the parts speak as 'One" so proper volume matching is important or
the 'whole bass line' as a part may sound 'off' and not as strong as it was
intended.

There we go, St. Patricks day is comin' so we have "The tip 'O the day."
/Don




3.6.2012
It's 3am and I just got this video done I wanted to make. It's a nice solo piece, Here I'll make I link. "Solo Peace 3/2012" click the link, scroll down you'll see it. You can also just listen to it at the "Singles 45's" tunes site. It's a good one. Later I'll produce it more. For now, I just wanted it to be a solo piece. I'm hearin' quite a production around it for later.

Funny story comin' up, I'll tell it later.... "I'm Tired!!" lol
/Don



3.2.2012

It has been raining a little here in Los Angeles, I like that. A change in weather is good, just not the extreme changes I grew up in back east. Rain I feel makes us 'contemplative' and I'm good at contemplating stuff. I've been playing a lot of Fender basses this past week for sessions and so I've been 'contemplating' getting one again. The one I owned years ago was stolen when on tour. I never replaced it and it seems the Fender P basses are coming back in Vogue. Always good to have one anyway. I've got my Rickenbacker 4001, Washburn 4 string - nothing to specials just a great sounding recording bass, NS/Stickbassguitar (fabulous), Fender old classic Precision, stolen., Pedula fretless - missing in action, also stolen. So I guess it's time to 'stock' up again. Fun.

The tune we are submitting for "Twilight Dawn Breaking" (link goes to the internet movie data base) movie is a wonderfully incredible tune. Perfect for the film. We were asked to submit and I'm excited. At this point, I take pride and pleasure in that we ((*see bragging rights below of artists involved lol) wrote and recorded this tune. Next week mix and mastering, then handing the tune over to production for the film. Keep us in your good thoughts and prayers that they love it and makes a huge impression.

I've been turning down road work to stay in town, hard for me to do as it is a gig but the bigger picture of recording/writing is where my heart is at and so I move my efforts in that direction. Facts are I love music, writing it, arranging it and playing and recording it. So we'll concentrate on that.

Sunday I'll have a great brunch with Pat Duncan (wrote Mister Hollands Opus, Courage under Fire, to name two). A dear friend for a long time. It will be great to see him. We try and pick a place to eat at that has history. Charely Chaplan owned an apartment complex that has some interesting stories behind it and so it is now a restaurant. AND quite a nice one too, "Campanile" We'll go there and tell stories and catch up. I've scored several films that Pat wrote and produced. He is not only a great friend but a blast to work with.

Thats the new, time to start the day, just in time for 'noon'.
Lol./Don




*(Tully WInfield 'my writing partner and Gold Album recipiant', Rye Randa 'producer/writer/artist, multiple films and albums...wrote and produced a lovely tune for Three Dog Night where they added a 60 piece orchestra too.... ohhh big production)


2/27/2012

Wonderful day in the studio. I had a great record session with Don Gehman producing, He produced (John Couger, Tracy Chapaman, Bruce Hornsby, Hootie and the blowfish) to name a few.
The Drummer was Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones,)

The young artist just starting out in the big time is Gabe. He is handsome, great voice and a delightfully creative guitarist and writer (19yrs. old). I'm used to a lot of "Progressive Rock" so making sense of complex rhthms is natural for me and I judge complex writing on the fact that if it sounds natrual and not complex.... "It's Good!" I don't wanna have to get my slide ruler out to figure it, I want it to sound and flow natural and it sure did. One tune in particular could be in 6/8 or 4/4 depending on how you want to look at it. The "Trick" to get the emotion out of it was to play it in four but hint at the six! The drummer made it a snap to accomplish that.

I must say this is my first experience with this producer and I was beyond impressed. He listened to the artist he was producing and at the same made decisions based on what was good for the song as a complete entity while keeping the integty of what the artist was envisioning. Not an easy task at times. His directions where easy to understand as he understood and could speak as musician (most likey because at one time he was a player) but expressed his directions in a calm and knowing guided way. He had intent and vision for what he needed. Most admirable and easy to work with.

One of my favorite moments was when I was 'way down low on the "B" string and ended my 'lick' way up high on the "G" string. He smiled and liked the part, wanting to compliment the difficulty of how it just sounded 'right' but knew the difficulty it took to make it said, "very gymnastic of you". Ya gotta love it.
Lots of creativety by all involved. I had a great day.

I ended up playing a 5 sting Fender Jazz bass for all three songs. Great tone, just what they wanted... and thats what counts. Okay , now off to my studio and tunes, "I've got a video to finish!!"





Enjoy!/Don

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Monday, February 27, 2012

2/24/2012

I added a fun experimental tune called "All@Once" because everything you hear was played all at the same time. My NS/Stick is midi-ed so the each note of the chord triggered different percussion rythms and drums. The organ and synth triggered from the same chord and bass and guitar are the actual sound of the NS/Stick. At the 'Record STore" link select 45's and scroll to the bottom or just click 'here' and look for "ALL@Once"



Just a quick something until I have more time this weekend. I have a wonderful seesion Monday for a young artist. Those seem to be happening more and more the older I get.... 'go figure'. The beauty of being a player and writer is that it is ageless. Beethoven would look pretty awful today however... we still hear his music. I'll talk more about the session Tuesday, some noted fine players and producer involved.



Two videos (fingers crossed) will come out of a live performance I did at the "Baked Potato". (famous club here in Los Angeles, I mention that for those that don't know as I realize it seems like a silly name.) The second video will be one of a new technique I developed on the NS/Stick, you have to see it to appreciate. My favorite kind of technique. Anyway I wrote a song around the technique and will video it. Nice solo piece. Then put the video on everyones favorite "youtube". It will link back to (everyone's favorite website - here!) where I will (fingers crossed) have added to the audio, added some overdubs to give a more produced recorded version of the tune. Lots to do. Time is crunched but... we have projects.

Enjoy your day, /Don

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New news with the old still there from the other day!!

I added a new tune on the Schiff Bros. CD called "Rio Nights" click and go have a listen then add it to your collection. This is a piece I specifically wrote

for my brother to feature on tenor and then he throws in a stylin' flute solo as well. I enter later with a fun lead solo and we land together at the

end.







A new day a new news. This a little in advance but heck why not. To me anything beyond tomorrow is far off so this is like... outta sight.



I'll be performing in Vancouver, BC

at Cellar Jazz is Thursday, May 24 at 8pm.

3611 W. Broadway Ave. and on

May 27th - Granville Island.

There will also be a "Stick Seminar XI" I'll be co-teaching at. For more info. go to http://www.jimmeyer.ca/stick/



I'll be posting a tune I'm working on, a 'work in progress' to give us something new to listen to. It has a fun bass line (NS/Stick actually) and a lot of nice rhythmic parts (NS/Stick again). Needs a melodic lead I think and I'm working on it. Of course real percussion, loops are fun for reference and tracking. Anyway it is up for listening as it gets built. You can purchase of course if you like at this point however I'll leave a full listen. And update it as we go and build. For now lets call it "Progress" (and this link will take you to it).



This weekend I'll do a video and tune. I have a new NS/Stick technique I want to show. That will be the video aspect and I will add amusing aspects to it as it seems even I get bored just watching me so I'm thinking of an interesting side line story or background to give us "Get bored easy ' types somethin' to hold on too while listening. Then I'll produce the music aspect of the video to a higher production and polish and put it up at the "Record Store". The Video, more for lookin' at the new technique, very interesting and funny enough I'm interested to see it too!!! I only see it from my side of my eyes, I'm anxious to watch it from your aspect. Should be fun, LOL you should see it from my side its a bit insane when I think about it...... so I try not to.



Been takin' my dog out for some nice walks, and noticed lately...." my dog smiles and gets really happy..... watchin' me pick her poops up in a plastic bag and carry it for her on the way home!!" I"ve notice this little smirk of delight in that from her as if she says, "Thats right, I brought it this far, now you pick it up in the bag, tie it off, and carry it home with us". Funny dog, and she thinks, crazy person carryin' poops around.



Speaking of which: It seems as I go threw old posts I have a string of 'walkin' the dog stories"



Okay, Last time I told a dog story it was the one where I forgot to bring a Poop bag but had a very small kleenex. So I balance the Large TURD in the small kleenex, Cell phone rang, I grabbed it out of my pocket, dogs lurched, Poops got unbalanced while teetering in the kleenex... Poop hit the phone just as I put it to my ear, ...... Smooosh!!!! It even sounded like it smelled bad!



And then there was:



The dog (Lovely Shepard mix) just loves those walks and seems to relish a nice place to poop (has all day to do it at home) but would rather me carry it around the block instead. Walk the dog up, walk the dog and poop back. I have a technique where I put the plastic bag inside out on my hand, capture the poop, pull the plastic bag 'right side out' and the Hand comes out clean and Poop safely captured in the bag.... "To bad this bag had a hole in the bottom". Finger stayed inside the bag!" I must say, she's a warm dog inside... Quite the steamy turd! (I think I saw her laughing! with her funny dog smile with tongue hangin' out!"



I also have fish now, I like 'em they stay put, no walking.



Have a great day!

Don

















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Enjoy!/Don



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Friday, February 17, 2012

Yesterdays News 2/17/12

HELLOOOO!!! Grazie per la visita, 訪問していただきありがとうございます, תודה על הביקור , Thank you for visiting.



I did a wonderrful album with Carrie Graham called ""Notes From the Nut Hatch" and this tune is called "Mirrors" one of my favorites . . I got to do some fun NS/Stickbassguitar parts on. It sounded a bit 'ethnic' the way I played the lick, you'll hear it, its a few bars into the intro, very fun tune to play as I got to stretch out and create some interesting bass lines and licks. -click here- or click her picture She is a lovely writer, singer and person. Her last ablum that I played was called "Labyrinth" . That was one of my favorite CD's I've played on as well. There is a lovely video of her last album with a cut called "Ghost". Have a look I played Bass on that one.



I had a wonderful day in the studio today, the 'elaborate' studio where I'm not the engineer or producer just the co-writer and played some instruments. It sounds "Fantastic" I look so forward to these tunes with Tully Winfield to be able for you all to hear. I also look forward for them to be placed too.



A movie I have been a part of for some time is making headway, Lance Matthew is the singer/writer and all round wonderful guy I'm assisting scoring the music with. It takes a long time to finish a movie, and this movie has started from "Before you sell it and theres a budget". So we still have some way to go but it is fun to be a part of 'art' from the ground up. Ya gotta have patience. Last year I saw the 'animated' teaser real. Looked like fun. It isn't a animated film it was just started that well to sell the script. Step two, then get actors to play the parts, step three, put a teaser reel together with real actors to sell the film, step four, hire Lance and myself to do the music, step five.... I'll let ya when I know Lol, actually step five, what for the filming to finish so you have a locked film to score too. Other wise you'll write music for scenes that will make the waste basket and never see the light of day.



Enjoy!/Don



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HELLOOOO!!! Grazie per la visita, 訪問していただきありがとうございます, תודה על הביקור , Thank you for visiting.



I did a wonderrful album with Carrie Graham called ""Notes From the Nut Hatch" and this tune is called "Mirrors" one of my favorites . . I got to do some fun NS/Stickbassguitar parts on. It sounded a bit 'ethnic' the way I played the lick, you'll hear it, its a few bars into the intro, very fun tune to play as I got to stretch out and create some interesting bass lines and licks. -click here- or click her picture She is a lovely writer, singer and person. Her last ablum that I played was called "Labyrinth" . That was one of my favorite CD's I've played on as well. There is a lovely video of her last album with a cut called "Ghost". Have a look I played Bass on that one.



I had a wonderful day in the studio today, the 'elaborate' studio where I'm not the engineer or producer just the co-writer and played some instruments. It sounds "Fantastic" I look so forward to these tunes with Tully Winfield to be able for you all to hear. I also look forward for them to be placed too.



A movie I have been a part of for some time is making headway, Lance Matthew is the singer/writer and all round wonderful guy I'm assisting scoring the music with. It takes a long time to finish a movie, and this movie has started from "Before you sell it and theres a budget". So we still have some way to go but it is fun to be a part of 'art' from the ground up. Ya gotta have patience. Last year I saw the 'animated' teaser real. Looked like fun. It isn't a animated film it was just started that well to sell the script. Step two, then get actors to play the parts, step three, put a teaser reel together with real actors to sell the film, step four, hire Lance and myself to do the music, step five.... I'll let ya when I know Lol, actually step five, what for the filming to finish so you have a locked film to score too. Other wise you'll write music for scenes that will make the waste basket and never see the light of day.



Enjoy!/Don



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Friday, February 10, 2012

Yesterdays News 1/19/12

Grazie per la visita, 訪問していただきありがとうございます, תודה על הביקור , Thank you for visiting.





Yikes this week went fast. Just finished another arrangement for Tully Winfield. I'm very happy with this one, I felt I matched the intensity of her voice and let that come through. Hope she loves it so we'll then move on to the 'big' studio to track it.



This was fun, I went to IMBD.com (internet movie data base). That is a site that lists 'who did what' in a movie or tv show. I like to see where my tunes end up and a lot of times it's a surprises. I didn't know I had music on a Yoga Video. Wow I feel better and healthier already.



My son and wife to be came over our house today to watch the game with my wife and I. Had a blast, then we all went into the back yard where Aaron showed us how to use an axe! Every axe I've ever had, had strings on it!! (brumb bump). Any way we have fun removing some trees in the backyard. They are Yucca trees I believe and these are large and I think at the end of their life cycle or sick as most of the tree is hollow. We had a nice cookout too wow can that "Jen" cook. (Aaron fiancee).



It's late, .... and I have to get up early tomorrow. For that matter Tuesday as well. Tuesday is an early session.

MOre LOTS mOre music comin' up.

Don







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Monday, February 6, 2012

Grazie per la visita, 訪問していただきありがとうございます, תודה על הביקור , Thank you for visiting.



Hey here's a "This Just In!" flash. Go to the "Record STore" page. I put a video up that was done for me WAY back in '87. Kind of fun to see a brown hair version of myself! Go look and listen.



Yikes, had a very busy week so sorry we had the 'Hold the Presses". Upcoming week will include the long awaited 'finishing up the first batch of tunes" for the publishing deal we (Tully Winfiield) and I have. I look forward to seeing where the tunes will land. Also "Lance" has started pre production. Fancy way of saying he met with the producer "Ty Stevens" last week, great meeting, everyone sees the project eye to eye and this week, Lance and I will pick the first three tunes to start with. We'll record basic tracks at an 'outside' studio then do our added tracks from our own studios and send those in to the main studio. After that, Lance will sing final vocals at the 'other' main studio and it will be mixed/mastered there as well. Fun and great 'doin's it just takes so much time. However!!!! It is a great age to do all this in, the access to great gear and studios has never been better or more affordable and accessable.



I was noticing the 'multi language' greeting of appreciation at the top of 'the news'. It's nice to see we are all from around the world reading our little community blog. I thought it would be nice for me to try saying something in your own language. I can say it sure looks fancy! And... I do hope it is correct and makes sense. If not, please feel free to correct me. AND if you like, send me a greeting in your language for me to add.



I went to S. Africa on tour once and heard a language called "Xhosa". Very different as it not only includes vowel sounds and consonats just like all the rest HOWEVER this added 'percussion' in the form of 'clicking' sounds. It was wonderful. I found a youtube of it. Have a look XHOSA. . (pronounced like "klowsa'

I wonder how they 'write' in the percusion in the written version of that language? I couldn't find it in the 'translator'. Perhaps the words come with a music staff and notes. Facinating language.



I had a blast when traveling through S. Korea and tried to learn a little Korean. To this day I still use it and try to be impressive when I meet someone that speaks Korean. It is a very polite culture, I know this because they smile nicely, hold back a little laugh and then say, 'that was very good'. What is it you are trying to say?"

감사합니다 = Thank you, and sounds like "Kamsamneeda" I wonder if all my mispronunciations action end up sounding perfect but in an entirely different language??!!



Like... Australian "made easy". If you want to say a polite 'hello or equal salutation'. Just talk about your "eye" and say "Good Eye". And there you have it, you just said, "good day" , see if it were only all that simple in all languages.



Anyway enough contemplation on language. "Lets Start The Day".... which in some other language translates to "Finish your coffee already, quit procrastinating and get stuff done already" LOL.

Don







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