Thursday, April 26, 2012

Howie & Wilhelm ...Together at Last


     Boy, the last few months have been a handful.  Two hands full.  {In a good way.}  We are now about a month into spring, but here is a list of odd jobs, random tasks, and peculiar preoccupations that have filled my heart and mind over the past winter months (all while spending my time in the California desert.):

  • produced music for three artists:  Jimi Austin James, Builder Bill Ammon, and the boot-stompin', field-hollerin' Dusty McCluster & the Musty-Must
  • produced my own music
  • wrote, produced, & premiered a play:  The Luana Diaries or Reasonabilities Pertaining to... or So Help Me Turnip!?!?
  • had six professional photo shoots (all happy accidents through random encounters)
  • got three journalistic reviews
  • setup and connected five internet things to my bandpage to turn the wheels of internet hoopla in my favor.  Now turn, wheels, TUURRNN!!!!
  • combed the internet, volumes of personal notes, and various print references in the efforts of booking my tour for late spring/summer
  • planned my invasion of college radio stations the world over.
  • was the subject of two video journalists' work
  • {actually, was the subject of a few more European journalists' work, now that I think about it}
  • conspired with a few rock confidantes to create more video content to share with you all
                                                    6 photo shoots
                                                +  5 web widgets
                                                +  4 rock albums
                                                +  3 write ups
                                                +  2 video clips
                                                +  1 guy
                                                +  a boat-load of other stuff
                                     ( eeEEAAAAARRRGGGHH!!!!!!!)
{a Howie Scream, but a fulfilled Howie Scream,  with maybe a few exasperated Wilhelm Screams thrown into the mix}

     A lot of this stuff is still a work in progress (really, a lot of this stuff will forever be a work in progress.)  I'm on the case.  I came across this image last night and it definitely got me thinking...


     However, the following disclaimer must be made:  Although I may make it sound like I am going it alone, there have been many people who have been generous with their time, effort, energy, & resources in helping me get this far.  You know who you are, and you have my deepest thanks.

     There are a lot of new things coming to you in the near future, friends.  I very much look forward to sharing it all with you.  Check in soon.

                                                      Your pal,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

¡Yo soy Señor Blog!

Hey friends.  

     So, this is the new blog of your old pal, Neil.  This is the place I'll be turning to to share news and thoughts on important things, and I hope you turn to this blog to get the said news and thoughts.

     The focus here will be centered on Neil, the Rocker, which is - all in all - pretty overarching; hence, the contents shall include:

  • gig news
  •  gig recaps
  • other news
  • other recaps
  • questions & conversations with you, the intelligent & appreciative audience
  • any other tidbits about me & my life that I decide to leave open for public scrutiny
  • "detailed things"
  • cool, creative things
  • **Rock Philosophy**
     I feel that we are currently living in a time devoid of Rock Philosophers, so this blog is here to pick up that slack from time to time.  However, this blog is not about Rock Evangelism {as no matter the subject, nothing is more annoying than a preachy jackass.}  Rather, the goal shall be to incite thought and promote dialogue {so y'all can make up yerr own damn mind.}

     *Rock Philosophy shall include meditations on the nature of Rock, investigations of the evolution of Rock & commerce, and treatises on art & music in our time.

     Yes, the thoughts about Rock that have long kept me up at night and that I have only shared in the past with my closest Rock confidantes shall now - from time to time - be shared with you, the web community.

     But, aside from all this heavy shit, this blog will just be a cool place for expression and for ideas that one may not get from just my music.

     I do hope you enjoy it.

                                                   Your pal,