... 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.
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.