Monday, July 28, 2008


I'm writing this on my brand new iMac desktop computer. My old Dell finally bit the dust a few days ago after Frankie was playing with the keyboard. It seems unlikely that the computer's serious problems were caused by a 23-month-old's roaming fingers, but it's a pretty strange coincidence. Anyway, I've been wanting to switch to a Mac for a while now & this was my chance. So far, so good.

One of the reasons for the switch is that I want to use Mac's Garageband software to record tunes. You can record, edit, use real or MIDI instruments, etc., to create tunes right in your own office. Pretty cool. Now all I have to do is figure it out. I'm a genuine technophobe & loathe reading directions. The first task is to find out how to get my guitar & mic to work with the computer. There are all these interface things that cost a ton of money, but I'm hoping to find something good that's also reasonably priced. So, already there's an obstacle. Then I have to figure out the complicated directions for using the damn software. Where is that huge block of time to work this stuff out?

I'm in a bit of a funk because, after a month out in the world, my new album has landed with a resounding thud. Though I've gotten some airplay on a few obscure podcasts, there has been no response at all from the more well-known radio outlets or even from obscure music blogs & magazines. So far I've sold about 5 copies, total. I have this fantasy of taking my 1,000 CDs & throwing them onto a huge bonfire. Let it go, man, let it all go. I'm 48, bald, getting fat, & trying to raise a daughter & keep my poor overworked wife from going crazy. Once again, the choice seems clear: get a job selling shoes. Or hats. Or books. 

Friday, July 11, 2008


Photo (c) 2008 by Marion Ettlinger.

is now available at CDBaby, as well as at iTunes.

Listen to an interview of CB at DigiVegas. Just scroll down to Podcast #097.

Hear some new CB tunes on Harris Radio!

CB will be performing on Sunday, July 13, at the Towne Crier Open Mic Finals. The show starts at 7pm. Click on the link for more details.

The next installment of GUITAR & PEN will be on Sunday, August 24, at the Cornelia St. Cafe.

See photos of our adorable Frankie at Frankie's Blog.