Recently: September 2016

pict0090I realize that the last post I made was in February…and I was also battling a major sinus infection like I am now…oops. I also recently crashed my site with the latest WordPress update and have it back up albeit super bare bones now but whatever… So hey there! How are ya? I had a good summer: lots of work, some play and a good getaway.

As for the getaway part: I have this theory that New Yorkers really should completely get out of the city at least twice a year. Take a “city detox” as I like to think of it. Almost three weekends ago, my hubs and I  made it a long weekend and took a mini vacation up in the Southern Adirondacks.

Our time was spent in a kitschy, quirky little cottage. We hiked, swam in a lake, used a row boat for the first time, built fires to roast s’mores on, spent plenty time in a hot tub and star gazed. Also, we took 2 trips to Walmart – one on the way in and one on the way out. (Important side note: there are NO Walmarts in Brooklyn and I’m from the Midwest, so when I see a Walmart I MUST GO.)

Our airbnb Adirondack Cottage

Our airbnb Adirondack Cottage

Even though we arrived on a Saturday afternoon, it wasn’t until late Sunday evening when I finally felt myself relax and realized that yes, I was in fact, finally on vacation. I had intentionally wanted to avoid posting on social media as part of my “city detox”. I usually would be Snapping-Instagramming-Facebooking my life away. Instead, I tried my best to unwind, let go and be in the moment. Meanwhile Alan was the one who was uncharacteristically running around snapping Poloroid pictures of everything from spiders to the antiques in the cabin to stately trees in the woods. Thinking back on it, it’s ironic how our unintentional role-reversal actually seemed to serve each of us! I think it helped each of us stay in the moment in a different way other than how we would usually approach life. Here’s a ton of pics (a lot by Alan) to give you a feel of the vibe there. I already want to go back so bad!

My attempt at being a pyro

My attempt at being a pyro

We had wifi reception by the fire pit (no work allowed though!)

We had wifi reception by the fire pit (no work allowed though!)

The hot tub outside was pure bliss after a day of hiking!

The hot tub outside was pure bliss after a day of hiking!

En route hiking to a lake.

En route hiking to a lake.

Alan looking dead serious in the woods.

Alan looking dead serious in the woods.

Enjoying the hike...

Enjoying the hike…

The hiking trail ended at beautiful Nine Corner Lake. I swam out to that beaver hut on the left.

The hiking trail ended at beautiful Nine Corner Lake. I swam out to that beaver hut on the left.

Instead of the normal guest book, the owners have the visitors sign the walls and doors of the bathroom. Super cute!

Instead of the normal guest book, the owners have the visitors sign the walls and doors of the bathroom. Super cute!

PS – I promise my next post will be sooner than another 6 months!

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How to Not Suck at Being Sick in the Brick of February

I am not good at being sick. Let me explain…I am constantly on the go and multitasking, so when a bug or two knock me on my ass, I have a hard time dealing with it…aka I drive my husband insane complaining.

I was fighting what seemed to be a nasty cold all week with a worsening sore throat from hell. Finally on Friday I did what I’ve been meaning to do for about five years now: find a decent primary care doctor. Luckily, I found a team of them less than a mile from our apartment. I was sent home with three prescriptions and a double whammy diagnosis of a severe sinus infection with an ear infection. Good times, and oh yea… I was told I should probably get my deviated septum corrected to help with my sinuses…aka a nose job. LOL! All this just in time for Valentines Day weekend.

The first genius thing my hubs did was distract me with something from my wish list. I had been obsessing over this Harney & Sons Green Tea with Coconut for a few weeks and thought I had to order it from Amazon, but Alan found it at our grocery store for $3 cheaper while I was in the doctor’s office. Seriously folks: it’s the little things.

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Also while I’m on the coconut tip, coconut popsicles are lifesavers when you’re sick with a sore throat. I couldn’t actually taste the coconut, but that’s ok. Also comfort food is a must. In my case it’s Annie’s Gluten Free Mac n Cheese, which I also couldn’t taste but soft food was key. At this point, I would like to note that my paleo diet went out the window 🙁

I was totally couch-bound and I usually hate sitting in one place. I was so uncomfortable that napping was out of the question as well. It was time to catch up on shows I hadn’t watched in months. I binged on Elementary (which is a highly underrated show IMO). Plus, Lucy Liu’s outfits as Joan Watson are so ON POINT. I mean look at these below and also I’m hooked on this Pinterest board now too.

pic from The Brunnete One

pic from The Brunnete One

It also occurred to me that I should probably attempt to read, so I went for something light. Rainn Wilson’s autobiography “The Bassoon King” is hilarious and insightful. I’m still working on it, but I read 1/3 of it in one setting!

Last but not least, I dug through our LP collection and listened to these gems:

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Bill Laswell – “Basslines”

John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Karl Berger ‎– “Where Fortune Smiles”

Hank Roberts – “Black Pastels”

How do you survive when you’re super sick?

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DIY: Casey Neistat’s Custom $150 Ray-Bans for $9

This is not your normal dazzling DIY post. Actually, this is my first DIY post on this blog and spoiler alert… I totally effed it up the 1st time through…

To start, here’s a quick background on who inspired this project: Casey Nesitat. He’s a YouTube vlogger and filmmaker, and also the brain behind the app Beam. Ironically, I hated him originally when I first heard him on the podcast, Ask Altucher. I thought he came off as totally pompous. Recently though, Tim Ferriss also interviewed Casey and he seemed way more chill and intriguing, so I started to check out Casey’s YouTube channel. Fast forward to three months later and I can’t get enough.

Anyhow back to this DIY: One of Casey’s trade marks is his weird, messed-up-on-purpose Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

photo via thecoveteur.com

photo via thecoveteur.com

Here’s the backstory of the glasses and how the original pair came about. Casey made a whole video about them (of course).

Here’s his super detailed DIY version of how to make his signature glasses.

Long story short, he basically destroys a pair of $150 Ray-Bans but I love how they look. I’ve never seen a pair of sunglasses quite like them. Since there’s no way in hell I was going to destroy my already beat Ray-Bans, I did it the Bushwick way… so here we go.

Step 1: Go to Knickerbocker Ave. in Bushwick (or Canal Street in Manhattan or Walmart, etc) and buy the cheapest, $5 knock offs you can find (actually buy 2 pairs…just in case). The shittier and cheaper, the better (that way when you eff this up like I did the first time, you won’t really care).

Step 2: Go to the nearest $1 store or hardware store and find the most basic, white, spray paint primer. It only cost me $4. The main thing here is to make sure it is labeled MATTE or PRIMER. You want something that will absorb dirt and not be shiny.

Step 3: THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP NOT IN CASEY’S VIDEO! Put masking tape/painter’s tape completely over the inside of lenses (the side facing your face). Next, put masking tape on the outside lenses, but leave a small uncovered border about 1/4 inch around. It’s ok if the edges are not even and jagged…it’s supposed to look accidental and 1/2 scratched off. *Side note: the first run through of this project, I didn’t put on the tape. I just spray painted over the lenses like Casey does. You can totally gently scrape off spray paint from REAL GLASS LENSES, but cheap plastic, made-in-China lenses purchased on the street…not so much. My project was what they call a “Pinterest Fail”.)

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Step 4 (aka THE FUN PART): Spray paint the shit out of those frames. It’s easiest to spray horizontally going from side to side to make it even, but it really doesn’t matter.  Actually the more haphazard, the better. There’s something so cathartic about spray painting something…

Step 5: Allow spray paint to dry for 2 hours. Go day drinking (actually who’s kidding…this is the FUN PART).

Step 6: Sober up (or don’t) and start peeling off the painters tape. Grab a plastic utensil or even your fingernail and start to gently scrape off the paint randomly on the frame. Casey does this with popsicle sticks, but I found it doesn’t really matter what you use as long as you don’t scratch too hard and accidentally start scratching the cheap frames themselves. You can leave the 1/4 boarder on the lenses as is or gently scrape more off with your fingernail.

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That’s pretty much it.  I love officially Casey Neistat, but there’s no reason to buy ridiculously expensive sunglasses and remove the logo and proceed to destroy them. Instead you can easily do this for 1/10 of the price. Next time I  want to get some matte neon pink or green spray paint and try this again to personalize it even more!

 Happy Pinterest-Failing folks!

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What’s in My Bag(s): Holiday 2015 Travel

Oh hello there…I haven’t posted since the summer and it’s already the holiday season!

I’m taking off for a long weekend to the land of Steak ‘n Shake…aka the Land of Lincoln aka…the Land of Obama. I can’t wait to stuff my face with biscuits and gravy (yup no diet this holiday season haha)!
Anyhow, I’ve been having some fun on Polyvore and here’s what’s in my bags today!
Update: I have unpacked the earmuffs and gloves because it’s gonna be 60ºF! I feel like I’m traveling to LA, instead of the frozen tundra that is normally Illinois in December.
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PS: My faux leather jacket that I’m obsessed with is actually the Express version found here.

 

 

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Five Fav Things Friday 7/31/15

How is it already the end of July???

This week flew by for me, mostly because I had the nastiest summer cold. Fever and chills when it’s 90 degrees outside = the worst. Here are a few things that got me through the dog days of summer this week.

1. I geeked out when I saw that Staples had $3 colored pencils yesterday, so I bought a pack to feel like I was going back to school (actually I was on my way back to my temp job but I can pretend right?) I printed out some coloring pages from Pinterest and had some fun. Coloring, blasting music, and a few cocktails in front of the AC is surprisingly relaxing!

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Note the dope bassist!

2. Speaking of cocktails, my new favorite is called the Crimson Derby at the Bar Below Rye Bar in Williamsburg. Boubon, lemon, mint, grenadine, and orange citrate is sooooo refreshing. On Wednesdays they also have a jazz night where they feature some of the best Brooklyn musicians for FREE.

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(Both images from Rye’s website)

 

3. I know those of you that know me well will think I’m about to say “ADD VODKA TO IT!” but actually, just slice one of these up and eat it. AHHHH, one of the best simple pleasures of summer. (But if you do want to add vodka to it, I found this on Pinterest and you even can make watermelon ice cubes too!)

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4. When I was young, my Grandma signed me up for the library’s summer reading program every year. I have fond memories of reading tons of books, which I loved to do, and also getting prizes every week for it. I finally got my Brooklyn Public Library card recently and feel like a kid again!

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5. Much to my horror, Prince took all his albums off Spotify recently. I was devastated. I wanted to hate him, but I couldn’t because…well…he’s Prince. Then he just released this single “Stare” for Spotify and I hate him much less now. It’s the perfect epitome of a funky Prince track for summer. Also, his Spotify Jedi mind tricks worked because I’m about to buy his album Art Official Age on vinyl. You win, Prince, you win.

Hope everyone has a splendid, sweltering, summery weekend!

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A SUP Adventure on the Hudson

The good news about falling when paddle boarding, is that it doesn’t hurt as much as falling when snowboarding,” Jay, our stand up paddle board instructor, said, reassuringly.

As I timidly tried to get on my paddle board for the first time, I made a “note to self” memo to remember that insight, if I ever actually tried to snowboard. Today though, I was finally trying something that I had wanted to try for years: stand up paddle boarding (or SUP as it’s known shorthand). My sis-in-law, Beth, had enthusiastically agreed to try it out with me at the Manhattan Kayak Company‘s inlet on the Hudson River.

The basic concept of SUP is that you stand on a board (that looks like a wider surfboard) while using a paddle (similar to a kayak paddle) to steer you.

Obviously this is not from our session in NYC, but this guy is a perfect example of what SUP looks like!

Obviously this is not from our session in NYC, but this guy is a perfect example of what SUP looks like!

Jay started off by teaching the class the paddling basics on the ground: how to steer, turn etc. I awkwardly pretended to be  gliding through the water with the taller-than-me paddle while trying not to smack any classmates with it. Eventually the time came to pull out the actual boards. This was when my heart started to beat a little faster. I would have to somehow balance on that. On the HUDSON RIVER. At this point, I just came to terms with the fact that I was going to fall into the river. Several times. But hey, it wasn’t going to hurt like snowboarding does…apparently.

Underside of the boards. That's my little baby board in the front ;)

Underside of the boards. That’s my little baby board in the front 😉

Jay hopped off the pier onto what would be Beth’s board. He started off on his knees and then showed us how to eventually stand up and keep our balance. He glided around the water effortlessly towards the opposite pier where the Intrepid is permanently parked. Oh yea, I forgot to mention that our little practice inlet is right next to one of the coolest museums in the city. Jay paddled back over to our pier, hopped off the board and instructed Beth how to get onto the board.

Beth got onto the board easily and started to paddle around from her knees. Before I knew it, she was several feet out in the water waving cautiously back at me. Finally, my turn came to get in. Finding my balance on my knees with my butt still down, was easier than I thought it would be. When I gained confidence, I then raised my hips to a kneeling position and started working on the paddling techniques. Suddenly, my nervousness began to subside and I was having fun.

The paddles

The paddles

Next up, the time came where we were instructed how to stand up. Gulp. It took me a few times to get my feet aligned on the board properly. I started engaging muscles I forgot I had. It was like doing yoga, except on a board, on the Hudson River…while holding a paddle. I was super wobbly. I wasn’t sure if my legs were shaking from the adrenaline rush or from every muscle working super hard or a combination of both.

I literally had to get my “sea legs”. For the first five minutes, I felt like I was ready to fall off at any given second. I remembered to go back to my knees every time the “oh shit!” feeling came. Surprisingly, I stayed on the board. Eventually, I started getting really good at finding my balance quickly to stand up.

Another ten minutes passed, and I suddenly, I found myself right under the Intrepid staring up at the wondrous craft. I realized some tourists were staring back at me from up above the decks, then I remembered I was on a freaking(!) paddle board and…wobble…back to my knees.

The Intrepid. We got to paddle right up to this beast!

The Intrepid. We got to paddle right up to this beast!

The coolest thing about paddle boarding, for me, is when I began to glide across the water. It was almost like walking on water in a way (yea, Jesus would have totally been into SUP). Before long, I was having conversations with Beth while paddling (with the occasional wobbling still of course).

I was sad when we were called back to the pier at the end of the session. To be honest though, I was kind of relieved at the same time, because man o man were my leg muscles starting to get sore! I was exhausted (doing this while having a nasty summer cold probably didn’t help either).

After getting off the board with some awkwardness, I found Beth. “Holy crap!” I realized, “We didn’t fall in!” We both started discussing immediately when we could do this again. We were hooked.

We didn't fall! (Beth right, Intrepid in the back)

We didn’t fall! (Beth right, Intrepid in the back)

Moral of my story: get yourself out of your comfort zone. You might surprise yourself and not fall like I did. Even if you do fall, at least it doesn’t hurt as much as snowboarding (unless of course you are actually snowboarding).

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Music is my crack and yea, it’s wack…

musicAt a recent gig I played, an old work friend mentioned how he used to play bass for a short period of time when he was a kid.

“I just didn’t have the patience for it,” he said, when explaining why he stopped.

“I don’t either,” I responded. I wasn’t joking.

“Well, obviously you do…” he responded, “you’re a professional musician.”

But seriously, I don’t have the patience for it. Luckily though, music is like my crack. It’s more about addiction for me than patience.

Being naturally inclined towards music could only get me so far when I picked up the guitar at age 10. I think the natural talent probably let me slide through lessons and school band to about age 14. At that point, upon entering high school, I hit a wall where I was like “Oh shit, I actually need to practice…a lot.” Fortunately though, I was already hooked on the drug.

A lot of the time when I sat down to practice, even to this day, it’s like pulling teeth. I sometimes don’t want to practice. At all.

Once I get over my laziness and really get going though, there’s a flow state I can tap into where everything else in my environment just fades away. As if in a drug induced state, it’s just me and that bass. Challenging me. Relentlessly. That is the addicting part for me.

Back to that night after the gig… I was both annoyed and excited about my playing. I could tell how my extra hard work practicing lately had paid off. At the same time though, that gig still highlighted all the aspects of my playing that I knew I needed to work on.

Again, the crack analogy: I left that gig feeling like I had a good hit, but at the same time, I was left with wanting more. I wanted more out of myself and my playing.

That’s the thing about being a musician: there’s always room for MORE- more growth, better ears, better time, more capacity for speed and agility, a wider vocabulary…you get the idea.

I feel like the night I come home from a gig feeling complacent with my playing, is the night I need to sit down and analyze what’s REALLY going on. The day I don’t feel this burning desire to be more for my music is the day I should seriously consider quitting. HOWEVER, don’t get me wrong, this attitude is not about living a life full of musical regrets. Instead, it’s about always striving to be a better version of yourself.

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Five Fav Things Friday 7/3/15

[zephyr_dropcaps style=”withbg” firstcolor=”#333333″ bgcolor=””]Hellloooooo Holiday Weekend!!! I’m pretty excited to have a day off. I’ve been temping my tail off at a 9-5 recently. I can’t complain too much though – they gave me 3 free bottles of wine to take home for the weekend! Here are my five favorite things I’ve been digging this week![/zephyr_dropcaps]

[zephyr_chapter number=”1″ title=”Radical Self Love by Gala Darling” bgimg=”” bgcolor=”#40cec9″]Gala Darling’s blog has long been a huge inspiration for me. I’m so excited she now has a book out! I attended her book signing party last night in Greenpoint at Word Book Store. It was a blast and the fabulous Veronica Varlow interviewed her! Pink confetti, a pink flamingo pinata, and sparkly ring party favors made the night complete.[/zephyr_chapter]

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Veronica (left) interviewing Gala(right). Far right=Gala’s new book!

[zephyr_chapter number=”2″ title=”Radical Self Love July Instagram Challenge” bgimg=”” bgcolor=”#40cec9″]Ok, one more Gala-related favorite thing for this week (I swear!) She is also hosting the Instagram challenge #RadicalSelfLoveJuly again this year! Take a peek at the theme from each day below and join in! It’s so fun and the Radical Self Love community aka #RadicalSelfLoveCoven is such a creative, fun bunch! You can find me on Instagram at @lindsbass[/zephyr_chapter]

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[zephyr_chapter number=”3″ title=”The Flow Genome Project” bgimg=”” bgcolor=”#40cec9″]As a creative person, I’m obsessed with tapping into my “zone”. You know, that point where you’re working on a creative project and having so much fun that you look up and what you thought were minutes were actually HOURS going by…yea I LOVE getting into that place. I discovered that Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal have created a whole project about helping people get and stay in this state. You can even take a quiz and learn more about your natural Flow state.[/zephyr_chapter]

[zephyr_chapter number=”4″ title=”Make Your Own Smudge Sticks” bgimg=”” bgcolor=”#40cec9″]My mom-in-law gave  us a huge amount of herbs to grow outside and they are quite abundant right now. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some cool things to do with herbs (besides cooking) and came across this smudge stick DIY. Smudge sticks are used in many spiritual practices to help clear the air of any negative energy and also to bring in positive energy…and they smell good too![/zephyr_chapter]

075708d97c5c689d0dfb4d2de74fed10[zephyr_chapter number=”5″ title=”Bill Burr’s Ring Video Doorbell Commercial” bgimg=”” bgcolor=”#40cec9″]I’m a huge fan of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. It’s just comedian Bill Burr ranting on various things and it’s freaking HILARIOUS. Even his commercials for his sponsors are too funny. Last week, he tried adding some sound effects into his commercials for the first time and well…just listen to it below. People on the M train last week gave me such WTF looks as I literally laughed out loud listening to this. Best podcast commercial read EVER.[/zephyr_chapter]

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! Until next time!

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You Need to Meet this Dude: Ryan Clackner Part 2

[zephyr_dropcaps style=”withbg” firstcolor=”#333333″ bgcolor=””]Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to my dear friend who is one of my favorite musicians – Ryan Clackner. Without further ado, here is part two of my interview with him![/zephyr_dropcaps]

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My inspiration(al) people change. Sometimes it isn’t people at all, but places, or architecture, or books. I’m a student of Hermeticism so Hermes (Corpus Hermeticum) is my guy. I love the Yoga Sutras, the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, 12 Step lit, and a lot more…like a LOT more but I can’t remember it all offhand. As far as places that are inspiring, it can be anywhere that’s rural. Nature is the ultimate inspiration for me. As far as humans, people like Newton, Einstein, Tesla, Mozart, Coltrane, Eckhart Tolle, Joseph Campbell, Willie
Nelson, Charles Lloyd, and Black Sabbath (Ozzy) lol.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced musically so far and how did you work though it or are still working through it?

Biggest Challenge: bringing my musical vision out of the murk in my mind into a tangible reality and then out to the people. The music is out and onto paper and some demo recordings, and now we’re working on bringing it to the people. Forming the merger between metal and country while using jazz as a buffer was a bitch too, but not as much as finding people that get what the hell I’m talking about. I feel like a mad scientist at times, but i think it’s working and all the heartache and labor will soon begin to pay off.

What’s the biggest benefit, to you, for having studied jazz so extensively?

I go to a weekly jazz jam session on Wednesdays. It keeps me sane. My friend Geary Moore from NJ, great jazz guitarist and longtime mentor for me, runs it. He is a sage of life and music.

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What is your music writing process like?

I write and arrange 90+% of everything currently. I usually have about half or more of it developed in my head before I even sit down with a guitar. Then it’s just a matter of weighing all the different properties against each other ’til I find the balance I’m seeking. Some songs will be more jagged than others. Sometimes the balance is in how I’m weighing out the entire EP, so one song may be just totally fucked up but another one will counter it. The lyrics and vocal ideas come pretty easily, though I’m still sheepish about that aspect of the music cuz I’m newer to it. I enjoy writing and try to at least brainstorm something every day and I carry notebooks everywhere. Plus I store ideas in my phone too. It helps the sanity thing…

What advice would you give a musician just starting off fresh out of college or even to a musician who’s starting over again from square one?

As far as advice; “follow your bliss” is what Joseph Campbell said. Do what excites you on a deep level.  Ask yourself why it excites you. Make lists of things you love and are grateful for. Practice your instrument for freedom of expression rather than a false sense of duty or thoroughness. Be brutally honest with yourself. Study the music business and current trends then piss on them and find your own way. Most people don’t want to hear the same music from 100 different bands anyway.

One last question: how do the goats in Delaware compare to the goats in Nashville?

We have fainting goats here… I’ll leave it that!!!

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That’s all he wrote, folks! Don’t forget to check out Ryan at his FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Reverbnation.

If you’re you a musician or know a musician who’d love to share what they’re up to, let me know in the comments below! I always love having conversations like the one above with interesting musicians!

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You Need to Meet this Dude: Ryan Clackner Part 1

[zephyr_dropcaps style=”withbg” firstcolor=”#333333″ bgcolor=””]Today I’m excited to introduce you guys to one of my favorite guitar players as well as best friends. When I was studying music at William Paterson University in NJ, Ryan was one of the dudes who not only inspired me, but always challenged me and lit a fire under my ass! Between the two of us, we have so many ridiculous stories from those days we should probably write a book. He is also one of the most musically diverse and just plain fascinating people that I’ve been delighted to know in my life. Here’s part one of a two part interview that serves as a “Clackner Primer”. I also get to grill him on what’s currently going on in his life. [/zephyr_dropcaps]

Tell us a brief intro to you in your own words.

Ryan Clackner, 31,Live in Nashville. Guitarist/songwriter/kinda-sorta composer, vocalist, history nerd, vegetarian/sober/yoga and lover of cats and goats LOL

What is your current musical project?

Current project is called Stump Tail Dolly. We’re planning the videos now, photos, website design etc. We’ve recorded one song that we’ll use soon as a teaser/pitch for a crowdfunding campaign. Lucy (my girlfriend) is playing fiddle and singing too, but I’ve written everything or at least arranged it all (the track we recorded recently is an old bluegrass tune but i made a bit of a monstrosity out of it).

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You’ve been back and forth to Nashville for extended periods.What draws you to that city? What are some of the advantages/disadvantages of it?

I really love TN.  I’m pretty back n’ forth on how I feel about the city of Nashville. I’m pretty mortified with regards to current “country” “music” but in terms of cities, Nashville is still kinda laid back and crime is pretty low. We don’t have earthquakes etc. There are some great mexican restaurants, and there is some really cool Greek architecture downtown. Before it became “music city”, Nashville was called the Athens of the South which is interesting. Great parks too…

How does Nashville compare to living on the East Coast/NYC area?

Nashville has tons of musicians, but they tend to be mercenaries and not interested in playing in bands unless they know they’ll make $250 a night. I don’t blame them but it gets discouraging at times. The drummer we’re working with is from Cincinnati lol. Makes for a long commute just to rehearse. The upside is that you can go see good music easily pretty much whenever you want, from all genres. There’s pretty much no limits to the kind of music you can find here, though there is more indie rock and “country” than anything else. In truth though, I don’t go out, and if I do, it’s cuz I know the person. I love the parks. They’re all over the place and there is a great book store called McKays and several others. It’s pretty green and the traffic still isn’t too bad. It’s a lot cheaper than some cities too. Way more mellow than northeast cities…

What are you currently listening to?

I’m currently listening to my own music, my friend JD Wilkes’ music with a KY fiddler named Charlie Stamper, some McCoy Tyner (of course), Alan Jackson, and metal bands like Yautja (local), Pig Destroyer and Gorguts.

What are some of your favorite artists of all time that you can never get tired of?

My favorites (in no particular order) are: Mccoy, Jason Moran, Russian period Stravinsky, Debussy, Black Sabbath, Coltrane, Mastadon, Pantera, Ralph Stanley, and Black Sabbath (did I say that already?)

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Stay tuned for next week’s part two where I delve more into Clackner’s biggest inspirations, challenges, and advice to other musicians. In the meantime, you can check him out at his FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Reverbnation.

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