hope you guys have been enjoying the conversations. i’ve got some more coming!
i was in the studio again this week with matt redman. it’s been a really cool experience watching him write and arrange his songs. and it’s always fun making music with jon and jacob.
the guitar consulting has been going really great. i’m really encouraged with the results. i’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback. it’s been great watching people grow and improve.
i’ve got a lot of cool stuff that’s happening that i’ll be sharing in the future.
So, I told you I went to the Bad Cat Amplifier factory when I was on tour in California. I got to hang out with John and George and look at their amps and other cool things (they also are a technology company that builds things I’m not even smart enough to explain). Anyways, we talked about what I like/don’t like about my amps, their amps and other people’s amps. From important things like power amp/preamp tube types, to preferential things like power/standby switch placement, to personal taste things like tolex and knob colors. We talked about all kinds of stuff.
The result of those conversations is Stella
Single channel dual EL34 amp with an EF86 in V1 (I actually know what that means!). You can switch the bass and treble controls off and use a 5 position tone knob also. You can switch off the master volume as well, and it comes with a half power switch. I didn’t want reverb or an effects loop. It’s a super simple amp that is extremely versatile. It’s got tons of headroom as well, which is important to me. It sounds huge. I even changed the look of the speaker cabinet a little. The Bad Cat speakers sound amazing, by the way.
I’ve used the same amp (my Matchless Chieftain) for years and years. probably around 15 years. It’s a huge part of what I do. So, I wasn’t looking for another amp. I honestly didn’t even think I was going to like any other amps. I usually don’t. But I played a Bad Cat Wildcat for a weekend while I was on tour in California and I was really blown away. It felt really familiar, but it was a much more complex (if that word makes sense) sound. So I talked with Jon, George and Donny and we came up with an amp that I feel meets all my needs.
I’m very impressed with Bad Cat as a company. They are really good guys, and they love what they do. I’ve played a lot of amps. Bad Cat is the real deal.
i am back home now. 3 week tour. coast to coast, man. coast to coast! it was a good tour and it was a fun tour. i got to meet a lot of nice people. i think i only met one rude person. maybe two. the rest were all cool.
so the new ALL THE BRIGHT LIGHTS record is done! it’s called The Wind and The Waves. it will be out in november, god willing. it’s a pretty special record and i am quite pleased with it. i will post some artwork and a track listing soon!
when i was out in california i got to meet and hang out with john and george from bad cat amplifiers. they are really cool and really smart. way smarter than i realized anyone could be i think. i went to their factory and played a bunch of amps and got to tour the whole place. they do amazing work. great people, those bad cat guys.
i also got to hang out with frodo and jeffrey kunde. it was a grand reunion.
If I think about it, I’ve felt exhausted for a long time. More often than not. You know that headache you get behind your eyes? You take ibuprofen for it but you know the only thing that is actually going to help is if you close your eyes and go to sleep? I always have that headache. But It’s not just that I’m tired. Because I do sleep. I even take vitamins. I remember to take vitamins. I can’t remember my own phone number most of the time but I can remember to take my vitamins. Which makes me proud. It’s not my kids either. I mean, kids are exhausting. having children is sometimes like driving down a highway at 130 miles per hour (I’ve actually done that so I know what I’m talking about, bro). You can’t really relax for a second. Because the second you do and get distracted they are in the other room pulling every single record out of the sleeve and “cleaning them” with their gross, sticky hands on their dirty shirt covered in crumbs and lollypop residue. Or getting toxic cleaning supplies out from under the sink and spraying themselves in the face with them (true story). I actually love being with my kids. It’s really no inconvenience at all. I can’t stand it when I hear parents complain about their kids. Like they can’t wait for them to grow up and leave so they can re-start their life and get back to what they really wanted to do in the first place. anways. It’s not my kids. I have a great wife. I have a great life. But there has been something going on around my head and in my heart for a long time and I could never put my finger on it.
A little over a year ago, right around the 4th of July, I woke up in a hotel room like I do a lot. I got up and went down to the lobby to find some coffee. My brother, Jon, was sitting outside on the deck that was overlooking a really pretty river. Jon is NEVER up before me. He was listening to music and typing on his iPad. For a long time. If you’ve ever tried to type on an iPad for any length of time you know it’s hard. What I thought was even more interesting is that He had his laptop in his room. He could have just gone up and made it way easier on himself. But I got the impression that he didn’t want it to be easy. If it was easy he probably would have gotten bored and quit. He was going to type, and type, and type on that iPad until he was done. He was probably there all morning. He never really even looked up from the iPad in his lap. Of course I was curious as to what he was writing and to whom it was being written, but I didn’t ask. I wanted to, but I didn’t. The way he was so engrossed in what he was doing really affected me for some reason. I haven’t forgotten about it a year later. I think about it often. Wandering what he had to write that morning. Because it was like that. He had to write that morning.
I was working on my blog this morning. You know, just sprucing things up. I saw the link to Jon’s blog. He doesn’t really write much so I never go to it. I clicked the link anyways. He had a new post. Well, it was a year old. And he told the story about that morning. He posted it right after he wrote that morning on the patio of the Hotel. I never saw it until today.
“Jacob’s well makes me not want to go to the airport. It makes me want to rush through recording sessions that I used to only dream of being a part of. It makes me want to be gone when I’m home and home when I’m gone. It leaves me parched. It does not give me fullness of joy. It drains the pleasure out of living my dream.
I think I spend too much time drinking from Jacob’s well and not enough time drinking from the one that offers eternal life.”
As I read that paragraph my eyes started to fill with tears. I looked up from my computer and saw my kids playing with each other and laughing. I realized that I was feeling exactly like Jon was that day. I spend most days allowing myself to forget how blessed I am to get to do exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. I play music. I have a family. I have a home, cars, a dozen guitars and basically everything I need. But instead I try to sustain myself with mundane, temporary things that leave me bored, distracted, angry and bitter.
Proverbs 4:3 says “Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”.
Sometimes reading “wellspring of life” might not really connect. Another translation says “for it determines the course of your life”
ABOVE ALL ELSE, GUARD YOUR HEART, FOR IT DETERMINES THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE
I am guilty of not guarding my heart the way I should. I allowed loss in my life to wipe me out and shut me up. There was no life in my heart anymore because I let my heart die. The one thing that determines the course of my life is the one thing I ignore and shut off from myself, my family and my friends. I spent so much time feeling like I was walking in my sleep. Almost just waiting until I can get back in bed and be done with the day. I forgot to check on my heart. I didn’t take care of my heart.
I’m sure a lot of you can relate. It’s funny how we spend a lot of time feeling alone in our thoughts and feelings. But we really are all alike. We all need to feel alive. To feel needed and necessary. To know we are making a difference.
I spent a year wondering what my brother was typing that morning. I found out today we were feeling the same way.
so i’m home and hanging around. we had stetson’s 4th birthday party yesterday. i have a 4 year old. technically his birthday is on the 27th, but i’m leaving for brazil on wednesday so we had the party early. we rented a bounce house. so…
i’ve been doing some musical things. i played guitar on the upcoming elevation worship album. it was fun getting to do that. i’ve played with them at church for years now and have played a little on the previous records, but this was the first time where i played on just about every song. good guys, those elevation people.
jon, jacob and i are scheming to get the new all the bright lights record finished. we have some good opportunities in front of us and we are excited to see how the songs turn out. as you probably don’t know, we recorded for a week in february. we had some stuff written before hand, but we basically just played together and wrote all in the room together. we never even got to the pre-written stuff. so we are going to try to wrap up the next record soon. we are excited about it.
jon moved back to jacksonville a couple of weeks ago. while i don’t like not living in the same city, i’m glad for him and his family. i think it will actually make us more productive.
i’m going to brazil on wednesday.
i’m home for a break. the tour has gone lovely. new york was especially fun this time. mainly because it didn’t rain buckets while we loaded out. it’s been fun playing some new jams for the people.
i’ll post some pictures and write something completely non-musical soon.
Hi, James. How are you??
I’m fine, thanks. What are you doing?
At the moment, I’m listening to Sea Change by Beck and editing new album artwork for the new SUNBEARS! record. Ha ha! How about you??
I’m listening to Elton John sing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and watching my 3 year old, Stetson, sit and watch the LP spin around. He loves Elton John. Although he calls him Uncle Jon. which is cute and adorable.
I love the first SUNBEARS! record. A lot. You’ve just finished up your new LP, which I’ve heard and also love. It is a bit of a departure from the first. What was the process like for making the new record?
Yeah! You’re right about it being a bit different. One thing that really contributed to that was that I wrote everything on guitar this time around. In the past I’ve usually sat at my computer with a midi controller and a couple synths/drum machines, writing as I’m “producing.” This time, I just tried to write songs, songs that I could play on an acoustic guitar and not need a bunch of crazy technology stuff to pull them off.
You are tall. How tall are you?
I’m like, 6’2½… Not too tall, I don’t think. But yeah, I guess I’m taller than you, huh? Ha ha! How’s it feel to be shorter than your younger brother, Jon Duke? Or wait, is he older??? I can never remember.
Jon is a little taller. And younger. Yes. Thanks.
I think you can play every instrument.
Ha ha! Not true! I’m really not very good at any one thing. I just sort of hack away a bit at everything… you know? How many different kinds of instruments do you play, James?
I can play the electric guitar and the acoustic guitar. and the electric acoustic guitar. And lapsteel. And I pretend to play pedal steel. The electric bass guitar. And piano when I was 12. I played that weird looking thing that you slap with you hand and it makes it… a vibraslap… on the new JMM record. That counts. I can play other stuff too.
Did you grow up in a musical family? What was your first instrument?
I did! My Mother and Father both play guitar and sing. My Father plays bass really really well too. He taught me everything that I needed to know about music. I remember being about 3 or 4 years old, listening to my Father play “Pipeline” by the Ventures and “Michelle” by The Beatles on guitar, and always wanted to play. But my first instrument was the violin, which I started at 4. I didn’t stick with it long. I switched to piano right after that. I still have my violin, though… it’s cool!
How about you, James? At what age did you start chopping away at the guitar??
I began shredding around 13. But I started on the recorder when I was 9. I jammed on the recorder and then started taking piano lessons which, you know, I hated. I took lessons from my next door neighbor who just happened to be the harpist (is that a word?) at the big First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville. The one with the escalators. Anyways. I took lessons for a while. I learned everything she taught me by ear when I was supposed to be reading the music. I’d just play it and stare at the sheet music like I was actually reading it! I lost interest sometime after, or maybe during, my second piano recital. I have this really vivid memory of sitting in the front row waiting for my turn to go up as my neighborhood pal, Perry, was playing a rousing rendition of Lavender Blue, and being so bored and miserable. I started skipping my lessons after that and acting like “oh man! I totes’ forgot, mom!” when my parents would come find me playing with my friends. I wish I had taken it seriously. I can still pick chords out and play a little, but nothing great. I wish I could play for real.
Your music is very layered with lots of different parts and instruments. How do you approach writing parts for your music?
For our latest record, I approached things from a very simple beginning. Everything was all about wanting to write a good song. Something easy to sing! I sort of ignored a lot of the other stuff until it was time to really sit down and do that. In the past, I’ve focus a lot on “the sound” and have always pictured an end result, from the very beginning. I’ve written melodies to sounds in the past. This time I wanted to make sounds from the melodies.
You know, I’ve always been curious how you come up with your guitar sounds, can you tell me a little bit about your style??
When I’m in the studio I try to listen to the song and see what I hear. Sometimes I’ll hear a melody. I start playing it and changing it and figuring out where exactly it fits. I try to figure out where it should sit, timing wise. In some cases all you have to do is change what beat a line comes in on and it blows your mind. An okay part will become an amazing part. Sometimes I’ll see something in my mind that makes me think of a way to play the guitar. For example, on the new JMM record there is a song called “Sheet Of Night”. On the choruses I play a double stop bend part on the guitar. When we were doing pre-production that was the first time I had heard that song so I was listening through and immediately saw in my mind my fingers doing that. Way before I had any notes in my head. So I knew I wanted to do some kind of bendy thing. That sounds weird. Another cool thing was we were all standing in a circle in the tracking room and my brother, Jon, was next to me. He was giving some ideas and he said, “and then on the chorus James should just go off”. So I said “okay I have an idea”. So I started figuring out what I saw in my head. It came together in really quick and I had my part. Other times I hear a sound that is sort of unrelated to particular notes and more about atmosphere. So I start turning on pedals and turning knobs. Changing guitars, different amps… I try not to make it a difficult thing. If it’s not fun and interesting then what’s the point? On one song I told Jeremy Griffith I wanted my guitar to sound like stars! He didn’t even laugh at me. He just said, “Oh, then we need to do stereo guitars on this one and use the amp’s tremolo”. It’s kind of hard for me to verbalize what I do, because I see shapes, colors, pictures, lasers… and stars apparently. but that’s how it happens for me most of the time. I just try to play what I see and/or hear in my head.
You do a lot of producing as well. What is your approach when working with an artist? Do you do a lot of pre-production or are you more spontaneous, in the moment?
Depends on the project, I suppose. Usually the more ROCK or ELECTRONIC projects are more thought out from the beginning. I’ve even taken people’s demos and redemo’d them with all the production ideas in place, and then we’d just go in and lay down guitar, bass, vox, etc… Then there’s records that have been more, I guess some people would call them “bluegrass.” There wasn’t much to think out before hand. I just kind of went with it. Wrote parts as I went, you know??
Yeah, Jonathan. I know! You are friends and work with the Jesus Culture guys. How did you get connected with them?
I’ve been friends with the JC crew for a few years now. We often make (other) records together. I probably talk to Jeffrey and Brandon the most often these days. They are awesome awesome people! I got to know them through a friend of mine, Jeremy Edwardson of The Myriad fame, and we’ve been making music ever since. Brandon and I play online video games together often. Ha ha!
I like you with long hair.
Thanks man! I’ve seen your hair go through a few transformations through the years. Is your current hairstyle your favorite yet??
I don’t know. You also have a beard. I am completely unable to grow a beard. did you know that? I can’t do it. I end up looking like a 13 year old boy trying to grow a mustache. It’s sad but I’ve come to terms with it. I mean, I’d at least like the option, you know? But whatever. I mean John Mark McMillan could shave and have a full beard again a day later… but whatever. It’s the card I was dealt. I’m fine with it.
I’m glad you’re content about it.
I wouldn’t say I’m content. I’m resigned to the fact.
You are also a Worship Leader at Beaches United Methodist in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. You just came out with a new worship record. What is it called?
Yeah, the latest recorded we did there is called “The Reason.” It came out mid August. It was a quick turn around!
Where are you playing these days?
We’ll I’ve been busy with John Mark. We had our first Raucous Tour that stretched about 3 months. We weren’t out the whole time, but we did 4 different legs of that tour. Pretty much played the whole country. We are currently out on tour with David Crowder, Gungor, and Chris August. When I’m home I do all sorts of different musical things. Studio stuff sometimes. I play at a church in town called Elevation. I also play at John Mark’s church called Queen City Church every now and then. Jon and I are going to start the next All The Bright Lights record soon. We are excited about that.
You make music in and out of the church. What is it like being a musician in two different areas of music? I think some people, right or wrong, struggle to justify doing both. Often times because they are being asked to do so. Do you feel the pressure to defend yourself? Do you run into any criticism?
I’m always rethinking how I feel about this sort of thing… No, rather… how to handle it with other people. I know how I feel… I just don’t know how honest to be with people, when it comes down to it (even though, I’m pretty honest).
Sometimes it is very difficult. On a personal level, I have no qualms with playing anywhere, as long as it’s not for something that is causing real bad in the world. I’m a pretty tolerant person too. The only thing I’m probably intolerant about is… Intolerance. Ha!. Anyway… The irony here is that often times, I find the people that I most feel are loving and kind hearted are indeed outside of the Church. Oof.
The hard part is that some people don’t understand that good intentions and treating people right is really what matters most, on a practical level. So they worry about things like “playing in bars” or “drinking” or… I mean, pick your poison… But I just know that as long as you’re a good person, with a good attitude, you’re probably doing the right thing. Things will be okay.
Also, You know, I don’t really try to differentiate the “music” as one thing or another. If I can tap my feet to it and I’m having a good time playing it, I’ll play it. End of story!!
(trying real hard not to rant here) haha!
I’ve known Jared Bowser (the other half of SUNBEARS!) since he was born. He’s one of my favorite drummers ever. He’s good!
I’m lucky to have Jared in my life, even to this day, I’m not sure how he’s stuck with me for so long! I’ve definitely put him through some drama through the years, but I think it’s a testament to our friendship, you know. Jared blows my mind every time we play together.
What’s your favorite memory with Jared Bowser??
My favorite good memory?
Ohh… Good question… your favorite BAD memory!!
Let’s just drop it, Shall we, Jonny? You guys create quite a spectacle in your live shows. You are switching between multiple instruments and singing, Jared is ruling on the drums, there are flowers everywhere, the video screens are playing all sorts of crazy things which you create, correct?. How do you two come up with all the ideas for what you do as far as the stage show is concerned?
Jared and I do a lot of talking. That’s where it all comes from. We are also HUGE music fans and go to a lot of shows. I don’t like to take credit for anything that we’ve ever done, because, you know, it’s probably all been done before. From Coldplay to Lady GaGa to The Flaming Lips, we sure as hell aren’t covering any new territory. But we do make it our own. It’s our interpretation of what has been done throughout music history, so yeah, it can feel fresh to some people… everyone is different!
But the stuff that plays on the video screen behind you guys is great! Do you create that all yourself? Is it hard? Does it take you a long time? I don’t think I have the necessary brain power to do that.
Yeah, I make all of that stuff. It’s not really hard, but it is time consuming. I usually spend a couple days per song. Or if I’m doing a little intro video, like my Yuki video from last year, that could take a week!! It also depends on what I’m animating. Oof.
I like the little dances you do on stage while playing guitar… is it a routine or is it completely spontaneous?
I’d say it’s a combination of being completely spontaneous and loving Keith Richards.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened on stage?
We’ve had hoola-hoopers on stage with us, which was pretty wild. The stages we play are not very big and so Jared and I were constantly dodging hoops for a few songs. It was cool though! The hoopers had neons lights in their hoops. Real cool! Jared has also broken his drum throne after doing a massive fill. We were in boston and he just full on ate it!! Ha ha!
How about you??
A few years ago I was playing at the big christian conference in Canada. We had just finished playing and went off the stage. The guy I was playing with came up and whispered “Hey I’m gonna go talk to this guy” and I said “But we have to play one more song”, to which he replied “Oh you guys just play. It’ll be fine”, To which I said, “But… you are the singer…”. Then He left! So I gathered the guys and we sort of talked about what we were doing. The bass player and the only one who had a microphone said “I’m not singing”. Great! So I decided we would just jam out on some U2 ripoff thing and laugh and at least it will be funny to us. This was on live satelite tv, by the way. All over the world. Anyways, So we went back onstage but right as I started to rule with some dotted 8th notes this guy walks up on stage. So he starts talking. And talking. And talking. About all sorts of ridiculous things. Everybody in the crowd is just staring at him probably thinking the same thing I was. I think he was taking up the offering. So after about 10 minutes of this the stage manager walks up to the edge of the stage and starts waving his arms around in the air and mouthing “PLAY! JUST PLAY!!!!” then he started doing that thing when you use your thumb to act like you are slicing your throat. He wanted this guy to be done. So I started to mouth back something like “hey you are the one that let him up here…” but then I’d be on camera looking like I was talking to myself so I just decided to play. What the heck, right? So we start playing this really loud U2 wanna-be thing. It wasn’t very good. I, and the stage manager, thought that would get this guy to stop. It didn’t. He just started singing! He started trying to sing one liners and get the crowd to sing it back. Like Bono or something. But they didn’t. They were still staring at him. All on live tv. It was really not fun. But funny!
How in the world did you meet (Flaming Lips singer) Wayne Coyne? Are y’all friends? Do you text him and stuff?
We started going a little back and forth on twitter. I randomly found him on there, I’m pretty sure on day one of his twitter career. He had something like 60 followers. Our friendship beyond that is pretty slim, we bump into each other a couple times a year, we have a chat here and there. He’s a pretty cool guy, from what I can tell, you know, very easy to talk to. Aside from meeting him though, I’ve actually made some very very cool friends that are a part of his OKC posse. We talk often! All good good people…!!!
Are you currently working on any projects? What do you have going on now?
Right now, Jared and I are just trying to get our new record out. It’s called “You Will Live Forever.” A lot of work getting releases out on your own, you know…!!! Going to be shooting a video for one of the tracks soon. It’s called “Together Forever.” And we also just finished up a video for the first single, “Give Love A Try.” Real feel good thing…
I can’t wait to see it! I really loved your video for Little Baby Pines. So good. What a beautiful song, Little Baby Pines.
Ha ha! Well, I got to hear some of your new record with John Mark McMillan while I was in New York last spring. You recorded with Jeremy Griffith (one of my favorite humans), just as Jared and I did. Did you have a blast?? Tell me about it!
Yes. I love Jeremy Griffith. He also mixed the ATBL record. He is great. We started out with a week of pre-production. Jeremy came down for it. Then we moved to Atlanta for a couple weeks and recorded at Glow In The Dark Studios. It was great working with Jeremy because he really made us think about the music differently. He’d come in to the live room, plug a guitar in and start jamming out with us. He would take each section of the song, one at a time, and really hash it out with us. We had never done anything like that before. He brought some great energy. And he’s a genius and gets amazing sounds. And he’s so funny.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t playing or working on music?
I hang out with my wife, Maria, all the time. She is the coolest person I’ve ever known aside from my family and Jared. I also play some world of warcraft a couple nights a week. I have my own guild that I run with a friend. Nerd Speak. However, if anyone reading this wants to come play with me and Brandon Aaronson from Jesus Culture, we play on the Shadowmoon server, Horde, guild name: <Intense>…!!! Ha!
I’ve never played World of Warcraft. I love Super Mario Brothers. Have you ever played Super Mario Brothers?
Aside from “Karate”, “Pac-Man”, and “Pole Position”, I think that was the first console game I ever played…
Oh. “Console game”. You know your stuff. You sounded so pro right there. What advice can you give to aspiring musicians and producers that are looking for ways to do music full time.
It’s sort of a tough question to answer. Honestly, music sort of fell into my lap without me asking for it. I had a job as an engineer here in Jacksonville, FL and I thought I was going to make a career out of it. And then the economy crashed, and the company that I worked for let 300 people go. All I had at that point was music… and also around then, people started paying attention to what I was doing. It just kind of worked out for me in a weird way… I don’t think it would happen the same way if I had it to do over again, it was just too perfect. But my advice? Just do what feels natural. I feel like as soon as anyone really starts TRYING to do anything, it becomes silly. Be yourself. People will like you.
That’s the key. Be yourself. It also helps to be a musical genius. What’s that like?
Shut up, James.
Let’s not fight.
I also think a lot of musicians are playing with the wrong people, or playing the wrong music for that matter, because it’s the only opportunity they think is available. There isn’t even anything wrong with that, necessarily. Music can be a JOB just like anything else. Lot’s of people hate their jobs, haha. But if you find yourself really frustrated with where you are at, musically unfulfilled, in a rut, hating the people you play with AND you are also not seeing any forward motion and that’s frustrating you to death… well maybe you need to look at where you are at. I’m not talking about paying your dues. I’m not talking about putting in the time and working your butt off. There’s a difference and I think people excuse one for the other. I have been all of those things at different times of my life, and it was always more about me not being where I needed to be. Before I moved to Charlotte I was definitely all of those things. I can’t even begin to tell you how much everything changed once I moved here and was where I was supposed to be. Everything was different. In my case, where I was supposed to be was a different state. Sometimes it’s just a different attitude you need to have. Sometimes it’s a different church. Sometimes it’s a different group of musicians. Change can be scary, but it’s worth it in the end.
Any new gear you are excited about?
There is this cool new pedal called a POG, heard of it??
Yeah man. Octaves rule!!!!
Octaves are the new Power Chord!
Lets see… new gear. I did just got a new overdrive pedal AND a new guitar recently. The OD pedal is an old DOD Juice Box. It’s pretty rad, transparent. I like it. Took the place of my old modded Ibanez TS. I also got a 1990 Jap Jazzmaster, which I absolutely love. That’s about it for new stuff though!
Where do you keep your old PRS locked up?
Ah, Rosemary. Well it went into retirement a few years ago. Then I sold it. I thought somebody should be playing it. I used the money and bought Jacki some things for the house. And a 1966 Fender Mustang. It was a little sad, actually. I played that guitar all over the world. The guy that bought it sent me an email a couple of months later with “progress pics”. He had it repainted purple… PURPLE. Purple? I was a little heartbroken and felt guilty. Then I realized guitars are inanimate objects and have no feelings and can’t love or talk or anything. I sold it.
Jacksonville is home, Jacksonville is great!!! I used to want to move, you know, head up to New York City or something, but then I got over it. “Home” has become something of great value to me lately, so I’d rather not uproot it and relocate!!! Besides, Jacksonville has everything I need.
You’re from Jacksonville! That’s how we know each other… but why did YOU leave??
I already told you that. You never listen to me.
Bye, James. I love you?
i’ve changed a little. so i thought i’d make note of it.
my TS9 is dead. i think. so i got a Hand Wired Ibanez TS808. i like it. i might fix my ts9 and use that too.
i am, for the moment, using the new, and already discontinued i believe, EH Deluxe Memory Man w/ Tap Tempo. It rules. so strong. my old Memory Man pedals just won’t hold up on the road. no matter what i do. it pretty much sounds the exact same as the original and it’s smaller and more durable. i think. hopefully. aside from the tap tempo, which is perfect, you can choose subdivisions. you can also use an expression pedal on it to control any of the knobs. it also has an effects loop and you can use a separate tap if you want. i added a couple little mini expression pedals to the board to use with the memory man.
i also went to a PT3 pedalboard.
i’m gonna put my DD5 back on as well.
the tour is going great and is almost done PTL