27 December, 2007

Is speling and grammer something to break up with over?

That's a question I put forth to you, my audience. If you're typing back and forth with someone who is a prospective date - how important is it to use proper grammar and to spell correctly, and to not do things like end a sentence with a preposition? (Ending a sentence with a PROPOSITION, on the other hand, is quite a different thing, and not discouraged!)

So, here is an excerpt from a recent email I received:

"No I stay up late but it effects my work the next day if I am up to late. It's easy for me to sleep in because I am working out of my home right now. I have always been the one who would keep my friends out late. I did allot of after hours clubs and what not back in the day. I'm part of the owl family."

Okay. Let me point out a few things...

1. Affect is the verb she wants to use here.
2. Too should be used with "late" unless there is a pub called "Late" and that is where she is going - in which case, it should be capitalized (I won't even start on the number of people who type Capital Hill - yes, the hill where there are many large letters - actually - Hollywood sign could be said to be on a Capital Hill!)
3. Allot is not the word she meant to use.
4. And that sentence was a "two-for" because I'm pretty sure she meant to say "whatnot", ignoring entirely the paucity of commas in the entire message.

So, you can give me shit for not using capital letters in half of my emails and posts, but that is because they are superfluous and everyone knows it. But how many flat-out "logic errors" can one tolerate before drawing the conclusion that the composer is not that brilliant?

I contend that I am able to distinguish between typos and laziness, and true lack of understanding. And if you're trying to "court" someone, it seems to me that this would be the time to PROOFREAD your emails.

Since, as I am now becoming so fond of saying, "You only get one chance to get it right the first time!" (That's my new saying - and I think maybe I created it myself, so I'm taking credit).

26 December, 2007

Get ready to wish me farewell... because we're gonna make it BIG!

This is the START of my story about how I am on the verge of making it BIG!

This band, Grim Smiley, is on the verge of making it BIG. I say this 3 times because the more times you say something, the more true it becomes. Did you hear me? The more times you say something, the more true it becomes.

So, about us making it BIG...

We're really just a few small breaks away from the bigtime. We're in the studio now, recording some demo tracks. We are not going about this all wrong though - I swear. We are doing things EXACTLY right. We are using a studio that:

a) just opened,
b) has never recorded a band before,
c) the engineer, nice guy that he is, does not know how to use his equipment yet,
d) he does not own good microphones or preamps or compressors, which are typically considered to be "somewhat important" to getting a good recording.

But this is EXACTLY the way all the big bands do it!

In fact, I am considering giving my notice at work right after the holidays - as soon as we figure out whether or not the drums sound more like drums or like water-logged straw containers full of chocolate pudding and sand.

But why labor over the details?

We have already had one BIG show in Moscow, Idaho - which is EXACTLY where I would want to book shows, if my goal is to make it BIG. All of the big bands started out in Idaho. For instance, Rabbi Kevorkian and the Hassidic Death Tribe was HUGE in the Idaho Underground from like 1996 to 1997, and they went on to be one of the biggest selling bands that Croatia has ever seen.

So, why am I playing with Grim Smiley? Well, the simple reason is that they meet my 2 main criteria for being in a band.

1. They're really good musicians, all of them
2. They're really nice guys.

If you've played with enough people, you realize eventually that this is what matters most. A little bit of unrealistic dreaming aside, this is a fun ride. And it's much more fun to play with people who are TOO into it, rather than people who are NOT into it.

More to come...