We had a blast at The Bunkhouse on Friday! Thank to everyone who came out and made it a fun time! Thanks to our new friends Vin A, Camden West and Kayleigh Foster for rocking the socks off the crowd - these guys (and gals) were super talented and it really was a pleasure sharing the stage with them! Vin A invited us all on stage for a sing-a-long to The Black Keys “Howlin’ For You” which was tons of fun! Be on the lookout for this line-up again, we all had too much fun not to do it another time soon!
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For this week's SMOKE SESSION I vaped some Strawberry Cough from GLP and started elaborating on some ideas I had recently come up with. First off, the line "You don't even have a heart to break" sounded like such a bitter concept, I wanted to see what I could do with it. Its something you'd have to be really angry to say to someone else. Also the title of the song "Kiss and Tell" to me has such a push and pull to it, the KISS is the sweet, wonderful part but the TELL is much more mysterious - who did you tell and what did you tell them?! I'm also working to simplify my musical delivery, and this is a demo but I'm intentionally not overdoing the guitars and other instruments during the verses and vocal parts. I can always add more later, but I like hearing some space in there every so often. I wish I sang this better but typically with demos the vocal melody is so totally new, that I'm honestly just not that good at singing it yet! The next version I'll have it locked in I promise!
As for the cannabis in today's session, Strawberry Cough from Green Life Productions is one of my absolute favorites! Years ago when cannabis first went legal in Nevada, Strawberry Cough was a strain I just HAD to track down, in addition to the incredibly sweet, fruity scent and taste, SC's effects are ideal for creative folks [check https://www.leafly.com/sativa/strawberry-cough] so I had to see what it was capable of. Immediately I felt the rush of euphoria and creativity that makes you just want to write songs all day! This one tastes great and feels great on the mind/body level as well.
So even tho this song is far from perfect, it IS what I was able to come up with today on Strawberry Cough, bruises and all. I'll have to post a remix soon. But for now I'm happy with the bitter love concepts in the lyrics and the guitars at the end are kinda cool. Hope y'all are having a great day - until next session...
Its just another day of the week, seemingly like the rest, but why does Monday feel so much shittier than the rest of the days? The weight of the week can crush you if you're not prepared to face it. So we here at The Imperfections headquarters challenge you to make the best of your Monday - its only going to get better this week! We are working up some fun new songs, and old songs from the 60s by a group of amphibious animals, a few rock classics from the 70s, and even some songs from as recently as the 2000s - which reminds me I think my computer is still susceptible to the Y2K bug - I gotta update my Windows 98 ASAP! Anybody have a vintage install disc?? Laserdisc preferred. Btw, I can't believe BluRay beat out HD-DVD. I had my money on HD-DVD all the way - if anyone wants to borrow my copy of Jerry Maguire lemme know - or if you have dial up maybe I can fax it to you.
It's actually kinda true, when you get the four of us together, magical things happen! We, as individuals have a certain musical chemistry that when combined creates a unique sound unlike any other. The way Dominic plays the drums along with how Eliss fingers his bass blends together with Donato's crunchy guitar and smooth vibrato voice which creates a 100% unique listening experience. Take that sound and add a pinch of high-quality, lab-tested cannabis flower and you have The Imperfections. We're cruising along the power/pop/rock highway with the windows down and can't be bothered with the bumps along the way, they're inevitable. We embrace The Imperfections.
We ARE The Imperfections.
I had to take advantage of this unique date; 8-8-18, and record something unique. That was the plan, anyway...I was thinking about my own unique life journey - the UPs and DOWNs - and how my main regret would be any time I STOPPED life's momentum and didn't let things continue to play out to see what might happen. Looking back, I think I wanted everything to be "perfect" before anyone heard it. And my definition of what "perfect" was seemed to change constantly. It's enough to make you crazy. So recently I have come to appreciate the idea of the process, and being patient. I didn't want to worry about achieving "perfection", I wanted to celebrate The Imperfections (hence the name). I stopped my own progress so many times in the past - afraid of what might lie ahead. Maybe it was nothing different than life as I knew it, but you can't stop yourself before you finish, its not fair to the universe! This song deals with life's journey, and the process - even if you can't see it now - life is leading you towards an exciting story! People love roller coasters because they ZOOM, ZIP, WHOOSH up, down and all around - not straight ahead and slow. What fun would THAT be? Stick with this song to the end, there are some fun surprises, just like life - now isn't that nice?!
As for the cannabis - I went with my tried and true favorite strain Head Cheese from Polaris based right here in Las Vegas, NV. It was voted "BEST STRAIN" in the Las Vegas Weekly Best of Vegas 2018 issue - and its well-deserved. First of all, it has a STRONG stinky/moldy cheese smell, some people don't like that. But for me - if a flower smells THAT strong, it means there are some serious terpenes in action which typically results in a more enhanced sensory experience overall. Its dense and moist, which isn't easy in the Nevada desert. Head Cheese makes my body feel like its getting a warm hug (which makes me feel safe and creative while coming up with fresh new song ideas). But Head Cheese also packs a hefty cerebral blow - sometimes I can get too cloudy or confused if I have too much, but with well-dosed moderation, Head Cheese can aid mental creativity and give a euphoric stamina well-suited to any kind of creativity, in this case, songwriting. I ground up the cannabis with my trusty SLX Grinder and vaped through my Da Buddha Vaporizer which I've had for 10 YEARS NOW! Happy anniversary to us.
I started recording the song on an acoustic guitar, then laid down the drums over the top - the guitar riffs came soon after and the chorus vocal harmonies topped off the whole shebang. Still tweaking it, but here's where its at now...
Happy Monday everyone - and as much as I'd like it to be Friday again, I'm working on being patient and enjoying the process. Its similar to when I think about Celebrating The Imperfections - sure everyone wants life to be glorious, perfect, movie-star status...but really the only way to get to that "perfect life" is to push through the imperfections. The bumps along the way make you who you are today. And those bumps are the imperfections - the time you went on stage and it didn't go well, the time you failed an assignment or test, got fired from your job, dumped by your boyfriend or girlfriend...nobody LIKES those feelings, but they are character building events that help shape who you are and how you react to adversity. So I do hope you all fail a LITTLE BIT today, to help you better find your true path. And take it easy on yourself along the way, nobody's perfect - so CELEBRATE THE IMPERFECTIONS!
Happy Monday to all of y'alls! Hope the weekend treated you well! We spent the first part of yesterday going over material for our next show. We're working up some brand new cover songs I think you're gonna love! Instead of the covers we used to do to try and make people HATE us 0 ha! Just kidding, but that would be an interesting challenge - to see what songs you could play that would offend the audience to such a degree that they would all leave. Are there any songs that would be THAT bad?? Depends on your audience I guess. Anyway, we picked some fun songs to play and we're working hard to bring the good rock to you all. My voice feels better too - I went thru an entire container of Satori Vocal Rescue this past month - and it definitely helped. I used it so much one practice that the 15% alcohol content was starting to get to me. I felt almost as tipsy as Ozzy Osbourne's toothbrush. Not sure if that joke works...anyway - keep an EAR out for our upcoming EP - "Celebrate The Imperfections" which will be online EVERYWHERE in the Fall of 2018. Until next time...
We had a fantastic time rocking the Sensi Night party in Las Vegas! Susan from Sensi is amazing and you can tell they're KILLING IT in the cannabis game! There were so many amazingly cool people at this event, everywhere I turned there was another old friend, or I found myself making a NEW friend! Seriously cool people doing seriously cool things - thanks again for including us in such a historic event - see y'all at the next one!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Sensi Night at The Nerd downtown in the Neonopolis last night! We had a blast meeting so many new friends - Nick and John from The Nerd, the always lovely Susan from Sensi Magazine, Jacob, Harrison, DeAnthony, Emma, KC - so many good people and good vibes all around! We loved playing "Revolution" by The Beatles and felt it fit with the cannabis revolution that is currently underway in Nevada. Everywhere I turned there was another awesome person or organization. Kurt from Weed Be Better Off was there sporting the goods, he hooked me up with my favorite long-sleeve mesh shirt - I wear it everytime I go to the lake. My Imperfection bandmates played their butts off - Dominic stepped in on the drums after a handful of rehearsals and killed it! He is a welcome addition to The Imperfections and a full-fledged member of the band! Eliss was rock-solid as usual and even held his composure despite being back in a UFC ring after being banned from the sport several years back. And now that I mention it, this was our first time playing inside of a full-size regulation UFC ring [hence the fence]. Our next show will be announced SOON and will be at our favorite Las Vegas venue, The Bunkhouse. And DON'T FORGET our EP "Celebrate The Imperfections" will be out SOON! It is currently being mixed by the brilliant Vinnie Castaldo down at The Tone Factory - almost done with this beauty and I can't wait for you all to hear it!