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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Exciting News!

Well it’s been a busy summer. Moving for all of us, new job for Ken and Ben, Agri-Fair, and various other happenings too numerous and sundry to mention! So, moving on to now...
We are playing the post game concert event for the BC Lions vs. Toronto Argonauts game on Saturday September 10! We are really looking forward to this. Game time is 1 PM and the concert is at around 4 PM. It’s hosted by Athletes in Action and our friends at Praise 106.5 FM. Tickets for the game and the concert (featuring testimonies from players and coaches) are $35 – that includes tax.
This event has been going on for a while now, with past performances by Nickelback and Michael Buble.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lots to Say and a Free Download Too!

It’s been too long since our last blog. So much to say...

First of all, a big thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Praise 106.5 Local Music Search competition. Even though we didn’t win for our week, we made some really good connections at Praise. We feel the love!

Secondly... NEW SONG DOWNLOAD! That’s right – I’m shouting! We finished up a three song EP to use for promotional purposes. It was recorded with famed producer Roy Salmond, and it sounds fantastic! We recorded Salvation Song, Adopted and I Belong To You (or as it is now called – I Belong 2 U). You can download it for free here. Just right click on Salvation Song.mp3 and choose “Save Link As...”

Also, we are playing this weekend at History Maker 2011 in Abbotsford. We are on the side stage Friday at around 5 PM and Saturday at around 4 PM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Words that make people go “Huh?”

You’ll notice in the previous blog that the word “gear” was used a couple times, referring of course to musical “stuff”. We realized that there are probably many odd words that us musician types use on a regular basis – words that make people go “Huh?”
So we present to you, for your education, a handy glossary of commonly used musical terms (you may want to print it out and keep it in your pocket for handy reference).

GROOVE: This is the feel of a song, or sometimes more specifically, the feel that is established between the bass player and the drummer. “Just listen to that funky groove those two are laying down.”
CHOPS: This refers to one’s ability to play a musical instrument well. To have great chops is to be exceptionally skilled on one’s instrument. It can also refer to massive side-burns.  “That guitar player has fantastic chops. He also has fantastic chops.”
EARS: In-ear-monitors. It’s just easier to say ears rather than in-ear-monitors. Pure laziness.
GIG: This should be a no-brainer, but in case you don’t know, it’s a show or an event. Add the word “bag” or “rug” to it and you have something you take to a gig. “We packed our gig-rugs and our gig-bags and drove to the gig where we did some gigging.”
IN THE POCKET: Referring back to groove, this is the depth to which one is able to establish and maintain said groove. “That guy is so in the pocket he’s lint.”
dB: Abbreviation for decibel, a unit of measurement of audio level. This isn’t to be confused with a dB meter, which is a device that instantly causes the drummer to play quieter!
AXE: Electric guitar, although I guess it could also refer to an acoustic guitar. “Man, that Gordon Lightfoot sure can shred on that axe of his!”
FEEDBACK: The return of a portion of the output signal to a device's input.  That’s the technical definition. It’s that ear-piercing, high-pitched blast that makes people run screaming from the building.
HOT: Very loud and/or sensitive as in “This microphone is really hot – can you turn it down?”  Also, “That drummer is really hot”, but that’s a whole different blog.