Tuesday, July 08, 2008

You have no idea...

... how long I've waited for this moment!

This is going to be one of those personal posts that all of 4 people are going to appreciate. But since I've bored you with every other irrelevant thing that's happened to me in the last 3 years, I might as well share this too.

As a keyboard player, my job is to recreate the various keyboard and orchestral sounds you hear on the recordings of the music we cover. This is not always an easy task, especially when it comes to recreating big horn sections.

In the 80's I was in a band that had a full road crew who used to transport our gear, set it up and test it before our gigs. All I had to do was show up for a 1/2 hour to do a sound check and I was good to go. I could pretty much have as much crap as I wanted and the more I had, the better I sounded.

Here's a picture of one configuration I was using during that time.


With this kind of set up, I could configure each keyboard to have a different sound which allowed me to play complex arrangements without having to make a lot of changes.

But now that I'm old and have to move my own stuff in a Ford Taurus, I don't have the luxury of lugging around a half-ton of gear to each gig. Fortunately, technology has come to my rescue.

Nowadays, you can buy a single keyboard that contains all the sounds you need in one compact programmable package which allows you to play a single sound, layered sounds or even split sounds - all at one time on the same keyboard. But alas, these wonder machines are expensive, and playing at local nightclubs a couple of times a month just does not add up to very much cabbage.

Fortunately, I have a sympathetic and very loving wife, who has graciously donated her entire first paycheck to me. And now, after drooling over this specific keyboard for the last 5 years, I finally have my dream machine.

Korg Triton TR-76

Of course I don't know if she bought it because she loves me so dearly or to shut me up about it, since it's the only thing I ever talk about. But either way I'll take it!

And I would very much like to say THANK YOU HONEY! and let you know how much this means to me.

And if you ever want an expensive keyboard for yourself someday, I will totally be ok with that.

41 comments:

rick said...

If music be the food of love, play on;

but Momma said...

I have some experience with a husband who talks incessantly about something he's wanted for a long time.

She did it to shut you up.

Just don't drive it over the speed limit or have a wreck on it, and you'll be just fine.

Okay, maybe that was more about me than your Charlie. ;)

Elizabeth said...

Wow, what a nice wife you have. Maybe you should go for broke and start talking non-stop about a new little sports car and see what happens!
:)

Heather said...

Now that's love.

Corrina said...

Your wife is awesome! Good for you! Congrats on your new keyboard. :-)

Windyridge said...

I have to say, those 4 layers of keyboard are really impressive. I sent this link to my son to check it out.

Charli said...

Well dear, after 20 years of just handing me your paycheck (I don't think you have personally even signed one of them)the least I can do is give you my first - BUT DON"T THINK IT"S GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN:) Enjoy my love, I know you REALLY wanted it. Especially after watching you staring at the Taste of MN this weekend at the band, thinking there must be the hottest babe around the way you were drooling I followed your eyes only to land on a KORG I knew then that this needed to happen...have fun!

VE said...

A "Korg Triton"??? Did you buy this from the Klingons?

Glad you have the "dream machine". Can you play the entire Moody Blues "Days of the Future Passed" on it?

Drowsey Monkey said...

Aw, the give & take ... touching :)

But I do hope you find something else to talk about.

Gette said...

That'd be like me buying iPastor and O'Hagen bass. But oh the rewards...

Diesel said...

Congratulations!

Alice said...

Nice. Now I need to go and look up how much that puppy cost.

Jay said...

Oh, that's sweet! So you have your dream machine AND a lovely, generous wife! Excellent!

I can truly understand the need for more technology in a smaller package, even if I don't understand the playing of said package. I'm sure it will live up to your expectations and make your life so much easier - and just as important, FUN!

Lori said...

Here's to great spouses!!

Dan said...

Wow.

do you think she'll buy me a new ipod?

Jeff said...

rick - You keep leaving comments like this and you'll be Bard from the blog.

but momma - "I have some experience with a husband who talks incessantly about something he's wanted for a long time."
I dunno, maybe you should try to find some private time together. ;b

elizabeth - That would be going for broke!

heather - No kidding.

corrina - Thanks, but maybe you should be saying congrats on her new keyboard.

windyridge - Must.resist.joke.about.large.organ.

charli - Are you kidding? They had TWO Korgs in that band! Who wouldn't be drooling? But seriously, knowing how hard you worked for that first check and then just handing it over because you knew I wouldn't be able to get this any other way was one of the sweetest, most selfless things a wife could do. Thanks babe, you're the best!
OK PEOPLE... PRIVATE MOMENT HERE... MOVE ON!

ve - Leave it to you to think Klingon. You crack me up. And yes, I could play that entire album on it... provided I grew another 8 arms.

drowsey - What are you saying? There's more to talk about than keyboards?

gette - Do it!

diesel - Thanks. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.

alice - No need. They cost $1300. Not much for some people but we only buy stuff with cash, so it was impossible to save. I had a little envelope going but I could never get it to accumulate beyond a couple hundred dollars. Funny how that works.

jay - You're absolutely right on all counts. All though the "easier" part is only going to come after I spend about 100 hours learning how to use it.

Jeff said...

lori - Here here!

dan - What happened to the one you won for drinking 1000 liters of Diet Coke?

Angi said...

Nice new keyboard! I recently got a fancy schmancy one myself, they're fantastic!!

Kudos to your wife for being awesome!! :)

damon said...

Well congrats man!
Nice piana!
I have some friends who play in bands and I know how amped up they get when they get new gear.

Does that make me the 5th person?

Jacki said...

Oh I can sympathize with your wife. My husband loves photography and is always drooling over the high-end cameras. So, last week I let him buy one of his dream cameras. He'd only been talking about it for the past 6 months, sending me links....

Jennine said...

Charli needs to talk to Darren because I drool that very same way over a little Holstein calf and all he does is hand me a kleenex and tells me to stop being a window licker.

"It's time to stop riding the short bus, Jennine."

Okay. So I have a request... how bout you record a ditty and play it for us because we all want to hear the Klingon keyboard in action.

Groovy Mom said...

I'd be drooling over that for sure. I have an old Korg M1. Love it. Haven't played it for years. I guess I stopped playing it when I gave up my dream of being a rock star. :-)

Jeff said...

angi - Yes... I 2nd those kudos!

damon - A musician's wish list is never complete. But this one ought to hold me over for a few weeks anyway.

jacki - Yeah, I read that on your blog. I also read why you gave it to him. ;b

jennine - Well, it's gonna be a while before I'm familiar enough with it to make a demo, but here's one already recorded from their web site. Demo
All the sounds in this song are coming from one keyboard at the same time. Amazing.

groovy mom - The M1 was the first keyboard with "real" grand piano sound. I wanted one of those since the day they came out, back in the 80s!

VE said...

Oh and hey, I just went out and bought the Korg Triton TR-77! It has the new cup holder....awesome.

Carla said...

I will pass along an accolade that I received myself recently. You, my friend are the 'shit bomb'. I asked if that was a good thing and I was assured it is. who knew


No more Fendor Rhodes for you.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Dude, I don't even play and I want one of those. Sweet!

Jake Titus said...

Dude, were you in ELO?

Maureen said...

Wow... and it isn't even Christmas, birthday or anniversary??? Crap. I am NOT showing my hubby this.

Might give him the wrong idea...

Phil said...

Wow, I'll bet Chopsticks would sound great on that thing.

Sandy said...

Wow. She's nice!

Do you think that if I whine enough she'd buy me a new laptop?

BECAUSE I WANT A LAPTOP! I WANT A LAPTOPPPPP!

Mrs. R said...

Men and their toys...

:)

But seriously, congratulations on your new one.

Susan said...

I heard someone say once that the keyboard player is the hardest working guy in the band. With one keyboard doing the work of 4, maybe it won't look like that any more!

Jeff said...

ve - Ain't that just like new technology. It's obsolete before it leaves the factory.

carla - Love the Rhodes reference :b
And thanks for the 'shit bomb' props... umm, I think.

ed - With this thing you don't actually even have to know how to play. It has that cool "one finger" drum thing going on like the old Baldwin Fun Machines used to have.

jake - No, but ironically we do play their great old song "Do Ya" every gig.
Do ya do ya want my love... I need it...

maureen - What wrong idea... that you should buy him cool things? What's wrong with that?

phil - You're right. I can make that song ROCK on this thing.

sandy - Sorry, now she wants to keep the money she's earning for herself. I know... how selfish can you get eh?

mrs r - You know the saying... "The older they get, the bigger the toys."

Susan - I guess I'll just have to grimace a little more when I'm playing. That ought to fool 'em!

JD at I Do Things said...

Well, aren't you lucky . . . and generous?! I'm sure your wife appreciates knowing that someday she might have her very own keyboards!

I was not bored at all.

JD at I Do Things

mom said...

I love Charlie----I,ve ALWAYS loved Charlie----and now I love her even more!!!!!

Dan said...

I lost it Jeff, I lost it:(

Gette said...

First I'd have to find one...

Mylhibug said...

How the heck did you play all of those keyboards?!?

Technology is great, isn't it?

Brent Diggs said...

Nice!

My wife once learned to play bass to fill a vacancy in my band at the time.

She wasn't very good, but neither were we.

Here's to the woman with great taste in musicians.

Sarah said...

I'm pretty sure you related to more than four people.

About keyboards being expensive,l i know what you mean! I bought one used (i was the third owner), it's "old" technology, was on sale, isn't even a full keyboard and it still cost me about $90. which is a lot for an 18 year-old college bound girl.

Oh well, it makes me happy! :)

Bill said...

Hey, can you play organ music on that instrument? I am thinking about cutting expenses at my funeral. Dad