February 16, 2012

I'm glad I never saw this.

The spirit of LiveAtTheCoffeeHouse.com, plus some big stars, a great band, and incredible production values. I was going to post that Daryl Hall had stolen my idea. Then I saw he has been doing this since 2007. Am I the only one who doesn't know about these? They are awesome!

Keb Mo: The Whole Enchilada

Jose Feliciano: Light My Fire

Or just go to the episode list and gape.

Posted by John Kranz at February 16, 2012 7:13 PM

Daryl Hall, as in "... and Oates"?

And since JG brings it up in the Mitt/Rick bromance post south of here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzh1IMhdMOo

That Daryl Hall?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at February 16, 2012 7:47 PM

The same.

Posted by: jk at February 16, 2012 7:52 PM

See, all you need is a world class backup band and a quarter mil worth of studio equipment...

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 16, 2012 11:35 PM

Yeah. But.

I've thought much on this in the last 16 hours and there is much truth to your comment. Add to that his Rolodex (do you figure Hall & Oates are on LinkedIn?) Had Jose Felciano and Keb Mo dropped by to jam in front of the fireplace, we'd have had a few more hits.

Yet none of this is a good excuse. [Folks who wish may tune out now. I'm going to do a post-mortem on a failed project. This is a good venue as it was a solo effort. I can't really schedule a meeting in Outlook. But you really don't have to read it.]

I give the Daryl link because he captured what I wanted to do -- I seriously give him props for it. Hall & Oates was just another pop band to me, but the feel of this is just right. I would not have so much persiflage. The cooking and interview segments don't capture me, but the tunes are very good and you are spot on about the backup band. Mercy!

One of the joys of being jk is that I don't live in a world of my sometimes real limitations. No I don't have the quarter mil. But I am experienced in audio and know many ways to make it better. The equipment I use can provide good results with a good tech running it. If not, better equipment is within my means. I play and film and engineer simultaneously -- and fear all of them suffer. I should have hired a tech or stayed away from playing.

I did the crappy logo and graphics to get started, certain that I would get a professional rework in the first few months. That never happened.

The key to the enterprise was never to be my shining talent, but capturing people I know, talented players I run across, then people they knew. That was to make it not only more interesting, but also the key to developing a following by having X's fans click in and seeing that they also liked Y. It was not supposed to have weeks of my solo work, but I got into a habit where that was easier than recruiting.

I love the saying "experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted." I cannot look back with regret because I had quit playing for four years and the stuff I've done was enjoyable and somehow cathartic. I'm glad to have captured the sessions with Sugarchuck, Mike, and some of the Berkeley Square players.

But I wish I had worked harder. It still exists, perhaps I will. I could steal some things from old Daryl. Like having a Chef prepare food...genius!

Posted by: jk at February 17, 2012 11:39 AM

Actually, Sugarchuck hired a chef for a recording I was part of a few years ago. I should not act surprised because I never did it.

Also, when Curious George assembles a band in the PBS cartoon, he learns that the only way to settle Compass (pidgeon), Charkie (dog), and Gnocchi (cat) down to rehearse is to give them free food.

Posted by: jk at February 17, 2012 12:03 PM

I had never thought of it before but have you perhaps just revealed the successful pro agent's biggest secret? Free food!

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