RIPS 4 DEEZ was a bucket list endeavor-not for me, but for the homie Diesel the Dog. I'd met Diesel a few times over the years but it wasn't until his pops PJ and I became roommates that Diesel and me became good friends, spending lots of time together in the backyard. Right when I moved to AZ, I was sitting out back with Diesel thinking about life and its contents, when suddenly Diesel began having a seizure. It was quite the shock at the time because I'd never seen anything like that, but I just held onto him and prayed to God for it to pass. Eventually it did but I was a bit shaken up. I think for most people who've never experienced having a seizure or someone else having one, its a peculiar experience and most likely frightening. I didn't see Diesel much the next 6 months, but then life took its course, relationships ended as they so often do, and soo enough it was Deez and me chillen on the porch late at night. He was getting sicker at this point. Something was growing in his brain and the frequency of seizures had increased and certain motor functions were beginning to go. Soon enough he could only walk in circles and the medication stopped working. It was at that time, on a day of multiple seizures that PJ and I began dosing Deez with CBD x THC vape hits. We would shotgun hits into his ears and down his nose and man, it really did the trick. He came off the meds and was seizure free up until the end. I was in a dark place, still am to be honest, but at the time there wasn't much hope in me, and it was caring for Diesel and delivering those rips that kept me going and gave me something to live for. Diesel held on for long time, but eventually he was really in bad shape and there was not much we could do for him. It was on a sunny afternoon after I'd split for work and right before the hum of PJ's Truck pulled in up front that Diesel left this world for the next one. Every time I left the house for work, I always said goodbye, but that day, caught up in my own shit, I forgot to say peace. Always make an effort to be there for the ones you love. I know Diesel didn't take it personally, and that he held on just long enough to be sure that PJ made it home safe. My goal was to have this project done before Diesel left, and I did just that. Thank you God. Thank you Diesel. Thank you to all those who've read this and will make sure to have that final goodbye. Love you Deez.
This one is called "Katie". It's one about love, something completely elusive and yet right in front of us all day everyday. I met Katie at a place called Sideboard in Lafayette. She came in with her friend and was glowing. She ordered a Chai Latte and it went in an oversized mason jar she brought to the store. She thanked me for being so kind to them, and into the night she went. A few nights later she was back. It seems the people I've formed relationships with are the ones who come back. We meet people everyday we will never see again. The ones who come back are worth more investigation. I gave her a Rabbit Note and put my number on it and said, "Let's go on an adventure". She called me the next day and I remember thinking it was the most peculiar, darling of a voicemail. We went out and got Thai food in Berkeley and I went to the weed store and got a few joints. We went up Fish Ranch Road and though she didn't typically indulge in the greenery, she said, "Why Not?!" and took a few puffs. We saw the sun go down and went on our way to another quaint lookout in Lafayette. I played her some music from a new record (SF) and she got out and began to do some dancing. She pulled me out too and after a few moves the kiss went down. We spent the next 6 weeks or so enjoying life together as young people in love do. Then I left for Arizona to make some music moves and when I came back, reality had set in the masquerade was over. It ripped the strings off my guitar and it still hangs in the garage as a wooden prop. I took the hardware off and repurposed it onto a Banjo I'd bought at the Thrift Shop. I returned to Arizona, finished some songs and wrote some new ones. After about 4-5 months I got down to work and tracked these out. Mitch mixed em and online they went. The cover art is a photo I took on 35mm the final afternoon we spent together at Land's End in San Francisco. The Most Incredible Photo I Ever Took. Thank you God.
Bob's been traveling to Haiti for years now, teaching English, working with Haitian musicians and Entrepreneurs to help them achieve their full potential as creators. For this LP, Bob used a small Tascam recording he got from his friend Nick a few years back to build up a quality repository of drum, vocal, ambience, and FX samples. He returned home and composed the majority of the music at Big Rob Studios in San Ramon, CA. Most tracks began with the samples he'd collected with an old Roland workstation, a Gretsch big Rob got, the bass Bob was given during a tour with Something Like Seduction, piano, and vocals to flesh things out. He then sent out rough tracks to a handful of artists and the ones that made moves got the tracks. At Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, CA, with Will Chason, from the hours of 2200 to 0400 he and Will mixed down the drums for all the track with some seriously dope gear. From there it went to AZ with Bob to be mixed further at PJ's Studio during the summer on an old, often crashing computer. The situation here is reminiscent of the studios that have inspired Bob's work in Haiti. After much time battling against Resistance, the record was mastered by Bob and shipped to the market, where it's gone on to touch the hearts of millions, bringing tears of innocence to the cynical. It came out pretty good and all the people on it killed it. Older Rabbit Sound, serves as a quality transition to new SOUNDS and WAVES.
Extensions on the songs generated during the 1st phase of the Bump Day Series. Some real Nice moments to be found here. Fun Songs to enjoy life to, or to take a break from life to. Bob created each one of these on a Wednesday. It is in the doing that we find out what must be done. Bump on Brothers and Sisters! Thank you for love and kindness. This is me, Bob, on the cover while Isaac was behind the camera. It was the second Bump Day or so and the vibes were right where its at!
WITH ART, COMPASSION, AND HUMANITY,
Some progressive electronic music that grew from experimentation with creating a record using 12 keys of music cycled through in a way that's pleasing. Performed and recorded live @ Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco with Will Chason. On the cover of this one is Matilda from Australia on a day when she visited San Francisco and we were able to give each other some answers and heal some wounds. That's what its all about! Yee!