Digging Up Old Memories

My office isn't this messy, but close
I’ve been in this on-going process of cleaning up my office and throwing stuff away. I know I missed Spring Cleaning by about 3 months but who cares. My wife was up here organizing my cd collection and alphabetizing it on my shelves. I guess she’s mostly finished with that now, but there’s still some loose discs scattered about. Maybe I need to figure out what to do with them.

I’ve discovered some things I really need in this process, like the start-up discs to my Macbook, which I didn’t know I had. Over the weekend, I went back and got on my iCal to figure out how many episodes of The Appetizer I’ve done since 2003. I’ve never repeated an episode, meaning that there hasn’t been an encore of a previous show playing in place of a new one. So I had to label each week from September 20, 2003 (on Saturday) to present day. I ended up with 408 shows. In the midst of my clutter in my office are a few boxes filled with minidiscs (what I used to record the show on before I moved to just a digital form and before syndication). I have no idea how many minidiscs there are, but 2 shoe boxes full is a lot. And then I found a ton of cds today dating back to 2005 of archive shows. I don’t know if I’ll ever listen to them again, but it’s cool to have that kind of archive, or at least I think so.

I found tons of mix cds that people have made for me over the years, with a ton of songs that found there way onto the show. Thanks to friends like Missy Perkins, Kenny Anderson and others for sharing your music preferences with me and enlightening my music palette. It was cool running across stuff from The Darkness, Duncan Sheik, Dashboard Confessional and other stuff.

And then there’s finding these old demo cds I made years and years ago when I was thinking of being a folk songwriter. I recorded a bunch of rough tracks on a Tascam tape recorder that had 2 input tracks and could produce 4 tracks total. It was rough by today’s standards, but great for back then, especially considering it cost like $25 or something. Fortunately in those rough demos I had mixed in some people with real talent, like my good friend Charles Johnston, who I’ve featured several of his solo projects and demo tracks on The Appetizer over the years. When we were in highschool and college, he was writing some amazing tracks and had the voice and ear for production needed to really shine. Unfortunately (at least in a music way), he pursued a more professional career other than music after college and I haven’t heard any new material in quite a while. Maybe I can garner enough support from readers like you to convince him to get back in the studio and record. Here’s some music he wrote that we recorded in 2000 when we formed this tiny band called Paradise Cost. Charles is lead vocals, guitars and bass, with me on drums. What do you think?
08 Broken Love Song
02 Sammy’s Dream

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Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

3 thoughts on “Digging Up Old Memories

  • June 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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    Sorry for letting your total-office clean-up extravaganza fall by the wayside.:( See? I MEANT not to finish so that you could write this entry. heehhee

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  • June 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    That is crammed—not messy. The difference?

    Crammed means you need a larger space. The space is aready organized, so “organization” will not help.
    Messy means you have space, and need to clean up.

    I have been both places. 🙁

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  • June 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    Thanks David. I have had both as well. In my current condition it’s messy, as there is plenty of space but all in a disorganized way. Hence the cleanup. But my wife has taken care of most of the mess, rescuing me and any visitors from chaos beyond description.

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