We took last year off due to Covid. We’re vaccinated, and we’re back! August 7, 2021. Call me for more details.
With Farmhilly rained out and nearly electrocuting everyone on site, we regrouped to underneath a tent and proceeded – The show must go on!
I’ve been itching to do another guitar lesson and in the process re-examine some of my old writing fallbacks and tricks. At Baves’ request, I bring you the “All That I Want” Guitar lesson! And here’s the “All That I Want” audio:
1.Today we wrapped drums for our new musical. Drums are the first thing that gets recorded in our process and form the bed for everything that comes afterwards. Next is keyboard + vox, then guitars & bass. 2.Also, I sent The Corrupt Senators’ 1996 release, Secret Bag of Goodies 8-track tape reel, to Sonicraft for… Continue reading A Crackhorn!!! Milestone!
Farmhilly is our annual invite-only family backyard original indie rock festival. This year we’ll be playing Act I of our new musical, Happy Endings Church. Let me know if you need an invite and Enjoy! Farmhilly 5 Band Lineup 1:30 Genus Poa 2:30 Slappy Tubbs3:00 Cakewalk330 Bev4:30 The Drowning Team5:30 The Golden Bubbles6:30 Post Hype Sleeper7:30… Continue reading Farmhilly 5! Aug. 10, 2019
As I’ve aged, I’ve displayed more grumpiness, less patience with adults, and more appreciation for the human journey. I’m starting to understand why old people around the world generally say, “I would never trade places with a young person.” Sure it’d be nice to be able to dunk a basketball again or be care-free with… Continue reading Reflections at 40
…Then, in the summer of 2000, Toby approached Bob with a proposition to start a new band which would be called “The Speakeasy Heroes.” Combining Bob’s strong back-up vocals with Toby’s great lead guitar and adding to that the sheer talent of Bradley Thomas, the Speakeasy Heroes were formed. The Speakeasy Heroes saw success of… Continue reading Speak easy, Heroes.
“It’s a wrap,” Jon spoke, as if in passing. I couldn’t believe my ears. “What’s a wrap?” I stupidly responded. On Friday we completed our biggest milestone to date: the first draft of our musical. Our Process For the past 3+ years, I’ve invested a few hours per week, alone at my piano mostly in… Continue reading A Milestone! We Completed a Rough Draft of Our Musical!
Grunge As a teenager, I would sit in my room for hours listening to grunge-scene records I received in the mail from BMG, which offered, “10 CDs for the price of one!” (FYI, you might remember BMG’s competitor, Columbia House, which offered a much less-appetizing and math-riddled deal of “17 CDs for the price of… Continue reading The Strangeness That Is My Love Affair With Musicals
My band, Crackhorn!!!, will be performing select tunes from my forthcoming musical experience in August at the annual Farmhilly extravaganza. Preparing for performances have a tendency to sharpen the wits about music, as it forces us to practice and consider the audience. We’ve been stuck on a certain aspect of writing the new record for a… Continue reading Crackhorn Performing At Farmhilly!
I remember being totally frustrated by the lack of support I was getting in my brother’s bedroom. I was blasting away on my Jackson guitar, playing it through my Princeton Chorus, I think. Although I could have been using one of my brothers’ amplifiers…I can’t remember. I was always using my brothers’ gear. I had… Continue reading Recording The Corrupt Senators’ 1996 Release, Secret Bag Of Goodies
Tonight I played at a house party. It was awesome. The hosts were cordial, and the attendees were wonderfully-supportive. There were all sorts of other bands there. As such, the between show chatter surrounded band-related stuff with a healthy dose of cover-band hatin’. Thank you! It was refreshing to have those conversations. I felt at… Continue reading Nervousness
The Speakeasy Heroes were the predecessor to my Minneapolis outfits. If we could travel back in time to the year 2000, we would see a young grunge outfit transforming into something special. We were greater than the sum of our parts. I have not quite been able to capture and release the magic of that band since. On the whole, the music I am writing today is vastly superior to the music I was writing back then, but sometimes a good band trumps good music.
We were able to reunite for the first time in 12 years and performed a couple of songs at my wedding. Here is a clip of us playing Nate Cryns’s Con El Sol.
We released an LP that summer, complete with songs written and recorded that summer. Pretty neat! Ask nicely, and I might send you a copy.
“Just keep plugging.” That’s what I keep telling myself. It was a grind on Saturday, but I am so pumped about what I am working on. In the past, I have posted everything as I have recorded it. This time I am taking inspiration from Charlie Van Stee‘s and LETRON‘s respective forthcoming albums in that… Continue reading Plugging
Writing and recording music is one of those things, like reading an academic article or raising a child, that provides very few tangible benefits in the moment. But the outcomes can be wonderful and romantic. So it is that I have been writing all day, grinding out notes and lyrics and melodies and chords in… Continue reading The Grind of Writing and Recording
Cryns.com is a mess right now. It lacks focus. Sure there is all sorts of great content on the site, but so what? I need to focus. So, I am going to restart this engine. It will start focused and stay focused. My focus will be doing what I do best – telling stories through… Continue reading My Goals With This Website
To answer your question… Yes, we are on Spotify! Both Cryns #3 records are rocking, Faraway Farm is currently blaring in my stereo. Rock on, Lucy! Now only if The Fullerenes would get on board…
For the last week or so, I have been planning a secret show starring nationally-reknowned jazz guitarist, Randy Napoleon. The invitations have already gone out, however I know that some of the invitations disappeared into the internets. If you are reading this and would like to attend, call me on my cell, and I will… Continue reading Randy Napoleon Secret Show Today!
I have a show in the works that, if it happens, will be totally awesome. It will take place in the Friendly Confines of my house and will feature a totally rocking jazz guitarist. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 12. It will be invite-only due to space restrictions, so be sure to hit me… Continue reading Awesomeness Possibly Coming to a House Near You!