Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Me Down

It snowed in Fallentown yesterday, one of the largest accumulations in recent memory. It used to snow like this fairly often when I was a child, but in the last 20 years or so, snow has become increasingly uncommon.

Above is the view from my apartment as seen when I woke up Saturday morning.

Below is the view at noon, just before I set out on my cross-country trudge to the radio station. Note that the concrete fencing across the street has vanished into the snow by this time and that it has become much darker. The wind was howling, blowing gritty, abrasive snow pellets in a horizontal blast that seemed to find every loose stitch in my cobbled-together layers of clothes.


Getting closer to the station:

Visibility was extremely limited- the camera  sees much better than I could, the snow was  blinding me, the wind was blowing the freezing mix directly into my watery eyes, making snapshots difficult.

Finally, I arrive at the studio!


This is where I would put the playlist, but our website kept crashing during my show and I wasn't able to finish posting it. I was happy to see that I maxed out our webstream a few times though, that means we had the maximum possible number of listeners on-line...it feels good knowing that there is an audience out there. I doubt that many people will like every  song that I play on the air, but it seems like there are those who will sit through one song in order to see what the next one brings...I like that idea, anyway. I don't know if it's true, but I like it.

This is what I see today:

I need coffee:



After achieving a state of highly-caffeinated Nirvana, I am ready to rock! My  ever-evolving recording technique combines high-technology with brute force in  ways that were impossible years ago and it's quite an interesting challenge; while most of the heavy lifting (including the mug design) is being done in England by Cary Grace, some of the more egregious guitar abuses and ear-shattering industrial sounds were generated and/or recorded here in Amuurica by yours truly.

This is what a guitar solo looks like at my house. There are three of me on this take:


Well, I'd better get to work. Various snow-related situations have set me back a bit but the show goes on, rain, wind or snow...actually , I wish it were raining-I  like recording during rainstorms, it helps me focus, electrical storms are even better...but I digress.
Ow.

9 comments:

secret agent woman said...

Here, too. I'm going to ice the driveway tonight and hope I can get out tomorrow for work.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

oh man..it's so beautiful...colder than shit looking...but beautiful..
I hope you have warm gloves and a good stocking hat for your little bald head..get some hand warmers and thick heavy socks..listen to me..I sound like your mama..

billy pilgrim said...

would have been a good day to play snowblind friend.

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angel said...

Its so pretty! I've never seen snow...

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