Jam – 2010-01-27 – Carroll’s

Elevator Music

This week we were fortunate enough to be able to organize a jam where we had Jason and Alan joining us for a full and fulfilling evening of Deadstein.   Three guitars is often a recipe for disaster but it didn’t rear its ugly head on this night.  We jammed well, found our space and made some great music.

I set Jason up with a guitar rig, pretty much my rig I’ve been playing over the past few weeks, with the ’79 hard-tail Strat and the new fangled Boss OD-20 distortion pedal.  The good new is my set up sounded great, out of the fingers of Jason, so I know any excuses I can think of into the future are based on my own abilities and techniques, or lack thereof, as opposed to the equipment.  I know I have a good sounding setup because Jason sounded great throughout the night.  Starting with the first song, Jack Straw, it was apparent we were going to have a good night of music.

With Alan playing Bob and Jason playing Jerry I decided to break out the old ’96 Roland Ready Strat and the GR-33 midi box.  I haven’t played this thing in probably 3 years so I broke it out at home 30 minutes before leaving for the jam to make sure it still worked, the cord can be temperamental, and it sounded good and off I went with it.  When I got to Carroll’s I obtained a Roland Cube keyboard amp and I was set;  guitar directed to the Fender Twin and midi sounds directed to the Roland Cube.  From the first moment on it felt good and how to use the whole thing came back to me and I was happy with it for a night.  It was able to fill in lots of nice sounding B3-esqu sounds that Deadstein lacks.  It made for an enjoyable escapade through the world of pre-rendered sounds and the disciplined playing that the midi-guitar requires.  It was fun for a night but over time playing like this and the tones played by the setup get monotonous.  I have to say though, it was fun at times playing the sounds of the  “Keyboardist-du-Formage.”  I do look forward to getting back on the Jerry band-wagon and rocking out in a way that doesn’t wreak of  a “Music-Quesadilla.”

We played 23 songs which is really quite and achievement and most of them were meaningful and engaging.  It made for a night that didn’t drain on you too much but  also a following day that was a chore to survive.  Speaking of which, I unfortunately came home and my main desktop computer died, once again and I’m tired of reviving it so it’s time for me to rebuild my studio computer.  I’m saying this cause I’m now stuck with laptop computers to do my work which isn’t fun, especially when it comes to dealing with images and photos.  The research is probably gonna take me a week or two to figure out what to do, so don’t expect much graphically in the near future.  That doesn’t mean I can’t get you an occasional terrible video that was recording and streamed up to our Ustream repository.  We got as few moments from the other night so don’t forget to check that out at:


In addition, the hear the MP3s Rich recorded from the night go to:


Plenty more to say and write about, but I don’t like the experience on this netbook but it still gets the job done.  Speaking of which, today was the day Steve Jobs announced the new iPad which will come out in 2 months.  Yeah, $500 entrance fee but the ability to have a Deadstein app to keep the books synchronized and and ever expanding is a physically shrinking footprint is exciting.  Our requirement won’t be great of a iPad wanna be that reads PDFs well may be our $179 answer.  Just expect to cleanup the wreckage as they tumble from the music stands.

Speaking of the book, remember the current versions of the book are available on the new Songs page on the blog at:


It’s available from the top banner of the blog.  Till we get together again, Freak Out!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Alan
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 19:11:33

    24 songs if you add the Spanish Jam that starts at 9:4o in Estimated.
    What a night!

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