Noah Grove Music is REAL. Just ask our lovable know-it-all Google! Noah Grove Music became a certified business earlier this year. I guess that means this isn’t really news. It’s olds. And this is the Olds Weekly. Ish.
I thought to sit down and write this newsletter a few different times, but I never could settle on exactly what I wanted to express. I could tell you about more gigs, and there have been some really special ones. Okay I’ll do that.
I played for a city event at Charlestown Landing County Park. I think there were the better part of a thousand in attendance and I just nailed it. Rainfall commenced on cue at closing time. I didn’t bring a tip jar because I thought it would have been inappropriate for this particular event. People brought up cash tips and started just dropping them on my pedal board and on the grass. Then a woman from the audience took it upon herself to use part of my mixer case as a “tip jar” and then before the event was over carried it around the big open grass area where people were gathered and collected tips on my behalf. I made a record setting $300.10 in tips that night.
I played an evening set at Indigo Reef Brewing Co. where my new loyal fans shot video and watched as a kid with autism danced to the music and captivated the room. He was throwing some real moves out there! His improvisation was on point. When folks are dancing to the music, it’s one of the best things. It brings the best out of me as a musician. It’s like we’re all in a dance together. This kid was really tapped in, so I wanted to see what he would do with LA BAMBA! The riff is infectious and I threw it out there a little flat as a tease. Everyone knew what was coming, so let’s build that anticipation. One more time a little faster, but kinda asking, “are you guys really sure you want this? because ehhhh it’s kinda boring and I’m kinda over it, JUST KIDDING” and we’re in it and you know this kid is about to do a one of a kind interpretation.
I played for a wedding ceremony in Kitty Hawk, a rehearsal dinner on Bald Head Island, a couple other wedding ceremonies, a beach vacation party in Edisto, another rehearsal dinner at Spring Island Sports Complex, a few assisted living facilities, and hosting my open mic, Mic Club!
Mic Club is steady and solid. Very excited about seeing how this event grows. There is a Facebook group for the event now and Project Mayhem tasks are to be announced soon.
In other news, I have geared up a little bit. I couple months ago I bought a used Roland Jazz Chorus 120 amp. This thing is powerful and pristine. I tested out some Fender Twin Reverb amps and listened to a lot of amp tones on YouTube. This thing sounded great on YouTube and was magic in person. This also means it was time to invest in my first chosen electric guitar. After doing a ton of research and almost buying a D’Angelico Deluxe Bedford, I decided instead to mod and care for the ones I already have that were given to me. My dad’s Guild and Buck 50’s Bullet are with my local luthier Bill. The Guild is just getting a little care and setup. The Squier is getting new Seymour Duncan pickups and a setup. Bill said electrics are mostly about hardware and said what I’m doing is the way to go. He did the same with a Mexican strat.
I’ve ordered a couple pedals to add to my board. I bought a classic Tube Screamer, and a Dunlop Cry Baby. I almost decided to create an entirely new second pedal board for electric guitar, but finally opted to add these two to my acoustic rig. I’ve run electrics through acoustic pedals before with success and am excited to see the results of my combos once I get my guitars back.
I also picked up a Hartke bass amp. The thing is unbelievably light and puts out great sound. I have really been enjoying playing bass lately and definitely wanted a house amp for my open mic night.
Last but not least, I bought a Casio CDP S-100 after watching reviews for piano-esque keyboards and have purchased a sound library called Keyscape to go along with it. This is the first keyboard I’ve ever played that I really enjoyed playing. It really feels great. The keyboard has built in sounds which surprised me with how good they sounded. I’m getting help with the Keyscape installation, but once that is complete, this combo is going to be incredible. I have already regained the ability to play a few pieces that I used to know years ago. Next on the block:
Chopin WALTZ in C Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2
Chopin FANTASIE Impromptu No. 68
Chopin WALTZ Minute Waltz Op. 64 No. 1
Chopin Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18 Waltz in E flat major
Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers
Debussy Clair de Lune
As you can see in this picture, I’ve started to cover the walls of my studio with photos. If you have any photos or stickers that you want on my studio walls, send them over!
And finally, you can also see some exercise equipment on the ground. I am once again going to take a new angle on my fitness and health. I am going to attempt to remove sugar from my diet. I have exercise routines that work for me and that I enjoy that involve shooting the basketball in my driveway.
Alright, I’ll leave it there for now! Thank you for reading and please like share and subscribe to my stuff!