Welcome to the new "blog" portion of the "Ducks With Pants" web site. I figured that the start of my first little music tour would be a good impetus to inaugurate this new feature of the site. I'm headed to Los Angeles to attend the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood. I went last year and had a good time checking out the scene and meeting other artists, but this time I go with a slightly more ambitious agenda.
I will of course go to the panels and connect with whom I can. I made some contacts last year that have been fun to keep up with through social media and has even translated into some shows for this time around. I'll be at Sun Space in Sunland May 1st with Coleman Moore and The Mint on May 5th with Susan Lucas — both of whom I met at last year's Expo. I'll also hit up a whole bunch of open mics while I'm in the area.
I also have finished up recording for "The L.A. Song" which was inspired by some trips I took last year down that way, both to see family (my sister and her family along with my Mom were making the pilgrimage to Disneyland) as well as the Expo the following month. Now with a mastered version "in hand" as it were, I'll be working with Button Up Productions to produce a video for the song while I'm down there. This will be my first produced music video -- I've messed around with iMovie in the past with stock footage clips, but this is, like, for real. Doing something in a "remote location" is probably not the best starter set for such a project, but the song lends itself well to visuals from the area, so that's what I'm doing.
Since it's been a while since I got properly away from San Francisco, I figured I'd take the scenic route back, so I'm taking the train up to SLO and then driving on from there to Santa Cruz. I'll be doing a show for Steve Key's Songwriter's at Play at 7Sister's Brewery before closing out the "tour" in Corralitos with Hannah Cooper, a friend I made a local songwriter's circle.
The start of this little expedition has been a bit inauspicious as I'm still stuck at SFO after my original flight was canceled and the replaced flight delayed. This blog post owes its existence to the largess of time at my disposal as I await for this whole affair to properly commence. I have to admit that I felt a lot of trepidation this morning. I've done much lengthier, much more distant solo journeys in the past, but for various reasons, this one feels that much more intimating. It's been a lot of irons in the fire to get this all to come together, such as it has. A lot more is in the works that I've had to juggle while putting this together — more on that in future posts, hopefully. I'm doing this particular sojourn in the red, more so than I initially expected. Hopefully it will pay dividends in the future.
It looks like a flight crew has arrived at the gate. Now all we need is a plane...
Until the next posting.
The extended musings of a songwriter.