Posted on 20 January 2009 by D' MacKinnon
Today was amazing. I think most everyone I saw today in the City were in a good mood. We all stopped working around 11:30 to watch the inauguration in various conference rooms throughout the building. I noticed some people were toasting champagne in the cafeteria. I looked outside the window at noon and the streets of New York were completely empty in the middle of the day. Everyone was either inside watching tv somewhere or packed into Times Square like New Year’s Eve minus the booze.
I think today will be a day long remembered. I even feel a bit of pity for Bush. While I hate his policies I’m sure it must have been rough sitting through that speech which discussed the failure and partisan bickering that has dominated Washington. Change has already started…the change is within each of us. There’s a new feeling of hopefullness about the future even though things are bad at the present. I think this renewed feeling of optimizism will translate into more people working together to get things done instead of only worrying about themselves.
Posted on 16 January 2009 by D' MacKinnon
I’ve been reading the blogs about new products from NAMM. This new controller interface from AKAI seems promising. The APC40 is Ableton Live specific but they may add support to it for other software in the future.
Read more about it here.
Posted on 09 January 2009 by D' MacKinnon
Big news everyone.
Jolene, Dresden and I are moving back to Colorado.
When I moved out here it was to take the next step in my career and to take on certain opportunities presented to me. There was also hope of getting further with our record label. New York City is a great place, I’ve learned a lot here and this was a good experience to have. I feel like it’s changed who I am and also made Jolene and I get closer to each other in our relationship. I’ve learned I’m capable of things I couldn’t have imagined 12 months ago and I feel more confident about myself. They say moving is one of the most stressful things to do next to divorce and moving here with an infant was no small task. I’m proud of what we’ve done.
That being said I feel like it’s time to move on. Since moving out here Jolene has been pretty miserable. Her and the baby were stuck in the apartment alone everyday for the most part. On the weekends we’d go and explore the city together but Monday – Friday she was pretty much by herself. Work has dominated my existence here, most days I’m gone for 10-12 hours and there have been a lot of Saturdays where I’ve worked. This has left little time for me to spend on myself, not to mention I haven’t really worked on a lick of my own music since I’ve been here. I feel like I’ve been slowly losing myself as a person. Also, we kept out house in Colorado and rented it to tenants who are now moving out. We haven’t been able to find new tenants and paying for a mortgage in Colorado and an apartment in NYC isn’t feasible. The cost of living out here is too high, between paying higher taxes and everything costing nearly double what it costs back in Colorado the increase in pay I received. I had big plans for the record label out here. I thought that being physically closer to the industry would help but it hasn’t. It’s hard to find new acts to sign when you don’t have time to ever go out. It’s hard to run a recording studio when it’s crammed into a small room in an apartment.
I miss my friends. I’ve made new friends out here but my heart is really still in Colorado. Most of the people I’m closest to still live in Colorado, they are my second family. A lot of our friends had kids or are having kids, I would love for Dresden to grow up knowing them. I think I would have stayed out here longer if we had moved here years ago, before having Dresden. After having a kid my priorities have changed, I don’t really feel the need to go clubbing 4 days a week anymore.
So that’s it. I don’t know what I’m going to do for work yet, this is kind of stressing me out. Leaving an amazing job in the middle of an economic downturn is scary but I feel that this is something I have to do. Hopefully things will work out in our favor, I have a feeling that they usually do. Just as moving out here 12 months ago was the right thing to do I feel that this is the right time to move back.
Posted on 03 January 2009 by D' MacKinnon
New Year’s Eve was a blast…I had family in town so my dad offered to babysit while Jo and had a night out. We went to a party at a friend of a friend’s in Astoria and dragged my brother along.