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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
1:51 pm
actual gossamer related news
I'm back in Columbus for a few months, and I've just re-recorded vocals for "This is What Forever Is" with our guitarist Jim Dinan. I'm not sure if he uploaded a rough demo of it previously, but he's working on guitars and mixdown of a new version currently.

I'm also collaborating with original gossamer guitarist Gary Thrasher while I'm back in town, so we'll see if something new and noteworthy comes of it. ;)
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
5:09 pm
The latest
First off, happy birthday wishes to fellow Aug 3rdians Callie and Josh, as well as my cousin Amanda(Aug 2nd). Also, Rach, let me know what you want for your birthday. Yes, I suck.
Although today is my birthday, Trish hosted a (freakin' awesome!!) goth-themed birthday over at Dave 'n Toni's place on Friday. I was amazed at:
1. the # of people who showed up
2. the # of non-goth folks who really dressed up (and looked great!!!) and
3. how well so many people researched and got into it
4. how great this place is

I apologize to everyone for not having the party music burned to a CD, I waited til the last minute and Windows Media Player decided to crash on me. Yes, I use WMP for burning. *hangs head* Thankfully, Dave had a USB removable drive, so goth music was had, albeit later in the evening.

I haven't come up with an official name for it, but my 'Black Sangria' seemed to do its job and get everyone trashed, even the unsuspecting. For those of you who attended my handfasting party in Columbus waaaaaay back in the day, it's a slightly modified version of my party sangria from that, where everyone stumbled home.

one 5 liter box of burgundy
one 5 liter box of sangria(or burgundy again)
one 750ml bottle of blackberry brandy(not schnapps, get the high test!)
one 750ml bottle of peach brandy(not schnapps, get the high test!)
one bottle of triple sec
2 cans of Five Alive citrus juice concentrate
toss in various fresh fruit, I use limes, lemons, and oranges. You can throw in maraschino cherries or frozen grapes too, and watch 'em disappear.

Phat lewtz:
- D&D 3.5 Player Handbook (signed by the 2000 World Champion Lauri, who was in attendance at the party, no less)
- D&D 3.5 Dungeon Master Guide
- D20 Modern Roleplaying Game Guide
- notebook and folders for character sheets
- dice
- a handmade leather dice bag
- a box of clove cigarettes
- a WalMart Gift Card
I think that covers it - I'm sorry if I forgot anything!

Now I just need a chance to use the books. Right now I'm involved in a D20 Modern game, but I really, really miss D&D too. Thank you all for making this the best birthday ever.

Well, Gossamer lives on. Somewhat. We've had to hook up goblin jumper cables, but it's somewhat resurrected. Yeti and Gaither (aka Josh 'n Josh, respectively) are great musicians, the first a drummer, the second a guitarist. I got my wishes and finally found a real, live drummer, and a bona fide crunch guitar man. All we need is a bass player and/or keys/someone that *loves* to sequence (yes, Yeti is more than willing to work along with sequencing). The three of us are using the latest Studio version of Fruity Loops, but we're somewhat lacking in the samples area, only having default instruments to work with. Erin Nicole, Jim, where are you with your gigs of samples? At any rate, some basic ideas are laid out, we hope to have something together to submit in time for Convergence 13.

Do you have that Portishead song stuck in your head now, too? Good.
Lots of big choices and changes coming up. Trish has put in her notice and will be done with BCBSMO in a couple of weeks. She'll be going back to school at Ozark Technical College for A+ certification in September. The lease here is up at the end of October, and we don't know what city we'll be in after that, much less where we'll set up permanent residence, although it will probably be here in Springfield. To lower overhead debt while schooling/job hunting, she might be selling her car for the loan balance to Yeti. That puts us down to one vehicle for the short term, until her job and dream Toyota Yaris are found. The hospital is ok, and I'm proud to be a nurse, but I question my job choice. I'm just really tired of nights, and very tired of floor nursing, at least for the $$ offered. I have higher acuity patients for (a LOT) less $$ than I'm used to. It's ok, I knew what I was getting into, but these first few months in Springfield were intended to be a "let's see if this situation is going to work out long-term" thing, not necessarily a life choice. I'd like a mon-fri 9-5er, but I know my only choices there are 1. doctor's office or 2. teaching, and neither of those pay as well as floor/travel nursing. I'm happy to say that I fully intend to ask Trish to marry me, as soon as 1. I get this old ring traded in and 2. solidify a creatively devious method/place/time in which to ask her. I just need to ensure the bills can be paid throughout this transition before investing in the ring. So, between not knowing where we'll be living, how we'll be getting around, and where either one of us will be working in a matter of months, things are decidedly...exciting, right now. Things are a little shaken up, but I only have the mirror to look into, as I'm the one doing the shaking.
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
10:51 am
[crossposted] Pimping my vocal work...
Hi there. I'll give you a few brief facts about me, what I'm looking for, and what I'm not looking for:

- I'm a baritone/bass vocalist with more of a 'singing' voice than being a screamer, but I can work the harder/faster stuff as well as nail the slower/passionate work.
- I *can* play a number of other instruments (my favorite toys are my 12 string acoustic and my 6 string baritone bass), but I'm primarily concerned with finding a lead singing gig.
- Voice comparisons(others', not mine): David Gahan/Martin Gore, Jim Morrison, Peter Murphy, Ian Curtis, Bowie, etc etc etc.
- I'm 33, about to hit 34. I have a FT career. I prefer a part time/serious hobby situation over a 'put our hearts and souls into making it' thing.
- While my interests don't completely define me, I think it might help to mention that my favorite sounds lie somewhere between 70's and 80' s post-punk to goth/ethereal/EBM/industrial alternative rock.(If 4AD, Fiction or Beggar's Banquet mean something to you, let's talk). My CD player rotates a variety from The Cure to Depeche Mode to Slayer.
- I prefer a studio/creative process over live performance, but both are great, and I am highly experienced with both. I am familiar with a variety of outboard gear as well as a lot of PC studio applications and sequencing/multitracking.
- I prefer a *mostly* originals situation. If you want to toss in some interesting covers, cool, but I'm about creating music, not rehashing it.
- I prefer to jump in on an established, working project/band, but will consider a one-on-one project with a quality, multitalented person.

Interested? Mail me at adagiogray*removethisspamblock*@yahoo.com if you'd like some mp3s of my work or to chat about possibilities. Yeah, remove that one part, it helps throw off some of the bots that pilfer through these sites for addresses to spam.
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:14 am
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
11:58 am
Looking for musicians...
WANTED: Keyboardist/Programmer
and Guitarist/Bassist (Columbus area, or willing to commute)

Seeking 1-2 musicians to round out lineup of established goth/EBM/rock outfit. Don't worry - we're looking to move forward with a new lineup, not force you to rehash our entire old discography.

Keyboardist/Programmer -
The ideal candidate is adept with keyboards or software synths, sequencing software, and programming electronic-based music (such as within Fruity Loops, Cakewalk/Sonar, Acid, Cool Edit, Pro Tools, etc). Strong EBM/club/industrial sequencing abilities are a prime necessity, with the flexibility to slow it down for some ethereal/ambient/ballad breaks. Backing vocal and/or guitar ability a plus, but not necessary.

Guitarist/Bassist -
Seeking an inspired, versatile guitarist/bassist. Rather than give a long laundry list of requisite influences, an interest in sounds such as 70's/80's post-punk, goth, metal, glam, 4AD/Beggar's Banquet-type bands should suffice. Backing vocal and/or programming ability a plus, but not necessary.

Candidates should be motivated, inspired writers and performers who are clean, experienced, reliable, emotionally stable, and able to commit to a regular rehearsal schedule of at least once every 1-2 weeks and potentially gig out of the city and state occasionally.

Contact Chris: adagiogray AT yahoo DOT com.
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