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April 2017 - Chris Schuette

Saturday Morning Music Thingie

April 8, 2017 | By | No Comments

This morning, I decided to sit down and record a stately, Classical piece on the piano. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Instead, I sat down down at the Rhodes piano and started playing with a phaser.

Try to guess which one; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I then laid down a basic Rhodes part, decided I hated the phaser, threw it at an old guy for kicks, then put down a Rhodes Bass part and panned it hard left (to impress the wife.) After that I put together a drum part, decided I kinda suck at drums, so I cobbled together a drum part in software (ensuring enough changes so that I could use the word “cobbled.”) Finally, I added some tambourine because tambourine always makes the existential pain go away for a few hours.

Finally, while displaying a stunning lack of creativity, I named it “Powerplant,” which is a slang term for an internal combustion engine. I know, I’m actually pretty lousy at naming things; in a previous life, I was an incompetent taxonomist…which, now that I think about it, is a MUCH better name for a song.

Anyway, it’s a simple piece; hardly worth writing so many damn words to describe it. The important thing is, I’m meeting new people.

No, I’m not.

Crowns In Space!

April 6, 2017 | By | 2 Comments

So, Isla is on Spring Break this week, and instead of sitting around listening to Led Zeppelin III, she decided we would take a (presumably) imaginary rocket ship around the solar system.

Pictured: Scientific Accuracy

The cool thing is that she already knows the order of the planets! I’m constantly impressed with her knowledge, especially when confronted with the general dumb-assery that I provide with alarming frequency. I even asked her why we weren’t going to Pluto, and she simply stated, “Pluto’s not a planet.”

As I wiped the tears from my eyes, I looked straight at her and said, “YOU’RE not a planet!” Swish.

But the best part of the experience? She made Space Crowns™ for our journey. They’re like regular crowns…in SPACE!!

In space, no one can hear you go “awww”


That’s my girl.