26 – little plane to Fredericton

My coworker and I are in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. We flew out of Medford at 6am, and arrive local time after 11pm. Granted, it is 4-hrs later than home – Atlantic Time.

Everything seemed to be going fine until we arrived in Denver – which was our first stop. We sat on that plane for over an hour waiting for maintenance to do their thing – they eventually kicked us all off to reboard a new plane, but almost an hour later. We finally got on the plane and made it to Boston. The only downside now is, our original 3-hr layover in Boston was shot because of our waiting in Denver! On top of all that, we had to change from United to Delta! We ran. And ran. And ran. Ok. exaggerating – we walked really really fast. Nonetheless, the plane was being held for us!

To our amazement, we made it through getting our boarding passes and security pretty fast and made it to the plane that frankly, sat maybe 18 people! One row on either side. As the lady up front is practically yelling the safety stuff to us I started to think, where was she going to sit? As she finished, she comfortably tucked her way into the co-pilot seat. Oh! I see, now! Small plane!

An hour and 20-minutes later we arrived in a Fredericton. The airport seemed no bigger than the one in Medford. The only real downside now was, the plane was so small there were only able to fit 2 of the 3 cases we travel with. Oops.

Luckily it was the audio case, so we still have our two cameras, and we will make something happen with audio.

We are in Fredericton filming the Sabian Cymbals factory. We have one day to do it. What luck, missing a case, and even if it did come in, it won’t be here until the first of 2 flights in from Boston arrive. This means, about 3 in the afternoon!

So, the hopeful arrangement in my head is that we finish all of what we need tomorrow, then we can fly out on the first flight out instead of the late flight. We are going to NY for a week. So, I will have our other case just wait for us in Boston. We will recheck all three cases to NY and all will be well.

Helluv’an adventure so far!

Be sure to check out our trip blog at http://revamp-mag.com/av

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Hello! So, I created a blog for my work. The cool thing is it’s gaining attention and traffic faster than this blog ever dreamed of. This is a good thing!

You can see it at http://revamp-mag.com/av

I am off again. Tomorrow afternoon I fly to LA for two days, then to Canada and NY. It’s a busy 2-weeks but we are having fun losing sleep and making good video content!

This work blog shows the artists we are working with. I think you will enjoy what we are working hard at building.

Hopefully have more later.

Nashville, TN – Zoro The Drummer

Zoro The Drummer Interview - 8/16

Our last night in Nashville turned into an inspirational and enjoyable evening with Zoro The Drummer. He open up his house to us as we made our spot in his new room where he hopes to be able to put up all of this pictures and memorabilia that represent his wonderful career.

The taped interview was right at 2-hrs long without a break. We were fortunate as a video team that Bill actually grew up with Zoro right here in Southern Oregon, so there was a lot of catching up to do, and a lot of old memories revisited, even as far back as what inspired Zoro to start drumming in the first place, and that Bill was one of the first guys to ever play with Zoro when he was learning how to hit the skins.

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Pages of Life – 22

So, it’s been a week home now. I am still recovering. My immune system is suffering a little from lack of sleep. I all of the sudden have a ton of side projects coming alive. It’s really weird, but at the same time it rocks! My recent post about starting school – yeah. You can ignore that. With all of my traveling and the work I am doing, the resume I am building with that is much more valuable than spending another $20K a year on a school for 3-years. I already owe a ton from my last school.

At work we have a new digital still camera. I hope we will be keeping better tabs on the people we are meeting. So, the first picture, I am posting here.

We were able to spend some time with Eric Johnson, which was great!ME, Eric Johnson, Bill newman (coworker)

We will be spending some time with another icon at the end of the month. Next week we are meeting Chester Thomson, drummer for Genesis and many other amazing power groups! We will also be meeting Zoro the drummer.

My website, ReVaMP Magazine – Online, is starting to see some traffic. Nothing to praise about, but I have a couple of people who stepped up to do some CD reviews. So, you should see some updates in the next couple of weeks. In addition, the local events calendar is slowly but surely getting some great shows posted.

Of course, this leaves me time to keep the site going, and do some technical articles on behalf of Audio Visual Presentation . I am also talking with another publication later tonight on Skype about some other writing opportunities, so we’ll see how that goes.

At work we are supposed to be getting our brand new MacBook Pros in – you know the LCD backlit kind, 160GB 7200rpm drive – yea, that new. This will give me a great machine to have on the road when I do video editing while I am out of my studio, as well as keep up with my writing. I have an M-Audio MicroTrack – I was thinking about continuing my podcast, Grassroots Band Tips , featured on my ReVaMP Myspace page (scroll down a little). That will eventually be posted on my ReVaMP Magazine – Online home page, but I haven’t figured out the best way to do that. I have only 2 episodes, with another 3 or so written! I guess we’ll see what happens.

stick around!

Pages of Life – 21

I am off.

I leave in a whopping 4.5-hrs to drive to the airport, which is all of 2-miles away to begin a week long business trip. Now, for those of you who have been reading, or care to read my past blogs, you will see I have a pretty intriguing job.

I first fly to Dallas, TX where I get to shoot a Tuba video – it is much more interesting than it sounds. We also get to record a tuba quartet performance! Ah yes…

Next, we drive to Austin where we will be doing trade show coverage for the Summer NAMM show (http://www.summernamm.com). During this event I get the chance to meet two special people. The first is a personal visit to Eric Johnson’s private studio and shoot an interview! This will be a web exclusive piece for Harmony Central and Musician’s Friend! Very exciting! Then I also get to meet Travis Tritt! We hope to get sometime with him as well. Those are the two currently planned. We’ll see what else we muster up while we are there.

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Till next time!

Pages of Life (19) – Tucson trip

A long spell between posts usually means, not just too busy, but too tired!

It has been exhausting, but rewarding, with my wife out of town for 10-weeks. My boys are troopers and knowing things are going well with them is just s comforting sign that I am doing a good job – yay me!

So, we are here, in Tucson, Arizona. It hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 109 or something today. I never heard the high. Either way, it was hot! But, it’s a dry heat! So, as soon as the sun goes down, a breeze picks up a little, and it drops to the 90’s, it’s actually refreshing – in a hot sort of way.

I bought a city map book so I can figure out my way around and know how to get places if I need. It also helps in taking directions to grocery stores and restaurants. I am trying to wrap my head around the area. Putting the temperature aside, there isn’t any grass around, except for city parks.

You may have seen pictures before, but seeing it in person is just weird at first. Some of the “yards” of dirt, rock, gravel, cactus, and desert plants, actually look quite nice! Just don’t expect to be playing touch football in the front yard! Or, frisbee with the dog. Or running through the sprinkler – OR! Slip ‘n Slide! Ouch!

The houses are all the same set of about 3 colors. Light brown, brown, and dark brown. The older homes are brick, and the newer homes are a painted cement type of look. Tucson is actually a big city area! The downtown area is small, considering. The city is set up in a grid. As you get further on the outskirts it’s kind of all over, but that’s because you are climbing mountain foothills, more open desert area the city hasn’t expanded to, or, more mountains and desert!

In case you hadn’t guessed, we drove. Yup. 2-days! The boys are troopers! We borrowed a portable DVD player with 2 screens. That was a godsend! The second day of driving, through Southern California, after the major city freeway pretzel, was just desert – for hours! It was difficult. A fascinating area! I wish I could explore it more in depth – and not die of heat stroke. It’s just really a different part of the area of the US.

I am taking video as we go. Not as much since we got here, but some. I will get this edited hopefully soon and posted in YouTube so I can add it here.

I will hopefully write more shortly – later this week, anyway.

Till next time!