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Saturday, May 22, 2010

And So A New Chapter Begins...

Hello FP Friends and Family...

This week marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. My family experienced the loss of my maternal grandmother, Winifred Bush. She had been in failing health for quite some time and this past Sunday, May 16, she lost the fight against pneumonia, Hodgkin's lymphoma, diabetes, and a host of other diseases and ailments. She was in her 80's. My Gpa Bush passed away back in 2005, and his loss was equally difficult to accept, and my Gma's passing seemed to bring back a lot of those feelings of grief from when Gpa died. So it was like a double dose of emotional and mental struggles to cope with knowing that my life will now go on without my grandparents. To some folks this may not seem such a big deal, but I was fortunate enough to be very close and connected to both Gpa and Gma Bush for my entire life thus far, and it goes without saying that the bulk of who I am stems directly from their influence on my life. Of all the men in my life, Gpa Bush ranks the highest in my mind as who I aspire to be like. And of all the women in my life, Gma was equally as significant as my own mother. Both Gpa and Gma played a fundamental role in raising me and I look to their example the most when it comes to how to live out my life. To know me is to also indirectly see a reflection of my Gpa and Gma Bush, and though I am 100% my own person, there isn't a day that goes by where I haven't based at least some decisions on the basis of 'What would Gma and Gpa Bush do?'

Consequently this has been a very tough week of mourning and laughter, memories of the past and dreams for the future. On a positive note, both of my grandparents made decisions to ask Jesus Christ into their hearts, each within a week prior to their passing. And so I do anticipate seeing them again when my time comes, but until that day arrives I hope to live a full and honest life that would honor the heritage that they afforded me.

And so their passing is bittersweet, as is the end of the era of having Gpa and Gma Bush in my life. At times I feel lost and afraid as to how I will continue on from this point, almost as if I were a nine year old child. But this week part of me also realized once again that God's timing is perfect for all things, including those times of great loss and uncertainty. And though part of me wishes they were still here on earth with me, I also envy them in knowing that they are now in a much better place where there are no tears, no diseases or dying, and no evil or sin to soil our very souls. And so may God rest their souls...

~ Todd

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bi-Monthly Update 5-13-10

And so the saga continues...

1) The vocals to 'Some Other Year' have taken a lot more time and effort than anticipated. Go figure. The ongoing onslaught of tree pollen in our area has not helped matters. I have now been to the doctor's office twice for allergies that settled exactly around my voice box. Nose has been fine. Eyes have been fine. But the tree pollen this year seems to have a thing for my voice. Also, we are shooting for having the vocals very 'up close and personal' which means they have to be spot on. Back in the day singers would cover up their mistakes with loads of ambiance (echoes and reverb) and a few other effects that helped smear the details just enough to tidy things up. The only problem with doing that now is the risk of making something sound 'dated'...we're shooting for a more 'timeless' sound that will still sound good in 20 years. As such, it makes singing a much more labored and intensely detailed process. But I do have several parts finished and they sound really really good. That being said I have had to pace myself on singing and working on the vocals in order to avoid bad decisions (unworthy compromises and other unmentionables) and/or burn-out. I suppose it will get done when it gets done....

2) I promised a 'Some Other Year' Preview YouTube video of some sort, and I haven't forgot about that. However I have been flooded with several other non-FP distractions that have required a higher priority. But we do have some sweet video footage of our most recent 'FP Family Night' get-together, including a dazzling (albeit dangerous) campfire explosion. Matt has a method of instantly putting out a campfire with a can of cheap spray paint (or engine starting fluid) and a 12-gauge shotgun. Pretty impressive and the mushroom cloud it creates is always spectacular. Good times on the cheap!

3) 'Marigolds' is currently on hold until I get certain things finished up on 'Some Other Year'. Only so much can be done at the same time. If anything, we may continue to record Jake's bass parts on 'Marigolds' over the next couple of weeks. But at this point my biggest priority is 'Some Other Year'.

4) In my spare time I have been fiddling around more with song arrangement ideas for 'Rabbit Hole'. May is proving to be very busy for everyone on a personal level and so we are postponing writing sessions for 'Rabbit Hole' until the first week of June. Sounds like a long ways off, but it will be here before we know it. Which means I need to keep at it and hit the ground running. Fun fun fun!

That's all for now. Did you notice I titled this post as 'Bi-Monthly'? I've been slacking on these band updates and I thought I better label things accordingly. Will try harder to get on the weekly update schedule again....

Until then...

~ Todd