Welcome to my home on the internet

I live in New York City and I play, write, arrange, and produce music for myself and lots of other people. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin, Texas, and travel around the country with various groups. I've contributed performances, compositions, and arrangements to recordings by bands like Snarky Puppy, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Nelo, and many more. My band is Progger.
For booking, lessons (in person or via Skype), or questions, send an email to proggermusic@gmail.com.

Monday, May 18, 2009

This is my new weblog. Here are my plans.

It doesn't have a direction yet. Maybe it will soon.

The name comes from a silly long-running joke between myself and the drummer from Journey, Steve Smith, who also played trombone for Maynard Ferguson. It's based on a misunderstanding of of the pronunciation of my original web domain.

I'm a musician but I've been very interested in writing text since I was in elementary school. Maybe I'll do some of that on here. If nothing else, I could just use this blog as a mobile word processor so I won't have to keep transferring documents between my desktop, my laptop, and other people's computers.

There's a mild chance that I might eventually write something insightful or entertaining here on the donohoenation dot com blog. There's an even milder chance that you might already have been entertained by something I've written here. I suppose that's the purpose of blogging. I'm not really sure, I'm pretty new to it.

Maybe another reason for blogging is that it allows the writer to organize his thoughts for personal use. I can see it being much more useful for that, giving the unlikelihood of many people besides myself reading this. Maybe I'll start with my almost completely insane plan for the future. Here it is.

Background: I'm living in a guest house behind a mansion on Swiss Avenue right now with Mike League, a fellow musician who I play and tour with frequently in his band, Snarky Puppy. I play a lot of gigs to pay bills, and I don't have a day job. I play saxophone for lots of one-off events around town, as well as with the aforementioned Puppy and an Austin roots-rock band called Nelo. I co-lead a fun instrumental band called Moosehound. I also play quite a few bass gigs at a fancy restaurant in uptown Dallas called Avanti with my friend Tim Goynes, who plays the guitar well. Tim was instrumental for getting me my primary breadwinner gig, which is playing bass for the First Baptist Church of Euless, TX. I was raised in a Presbyterian church and stopped going when I was 14 because of philosophical differences, so it's pretty odd for me to be making an OK living playing at a very conservative semi-mega-church. I'm not very conservative. I like the people I work with, though, and I've been very grateful for the job.

Plan: I'm going to ditch a lot of this to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, my hometown, with my girlfriend Maggie. She loves it there, I love it there, and both of us feel like happier people when we're there. Neither of us likes Dallas very much. There are things I like about it, like the music, the musicians, and my friends, but I've never felt at home here. Unfortunately, there's an almost-zero possibility of being able to make as much money playing gigs in Albuquerque as I do in Dallas, and it's going to be more difficult to meet up with Snarky Puppy, Nelo, and Moosehound for rehearsals and tours. I'll probably have to get a day job for a while to afford any kind of apartment, and there won't be nearly the pool of great musicians to challenge me and help push me forward creatively. I should, however, have time to write and record a lot of my own music, and I'll certainly have a more positive environment in which to do so. I suppose I have no choice but to wait and see if the pros outweigh the cons.

Maggie is apprehensive about finding work in Albuquerque, too, and isn't sure what she wants to do in the future as far as grad school or a career, but she wants very much to leave Dallas and I don't blame her. I'm ready to go too, I never really was a Texan. So off we go, I guess.

I suppose my plan doesn't look so crazy now that I've written it out. Maybe this really is what blogs are for.

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