Today is a day that always feels a little sad, because today is the anniversary of the death of a hero of mine. I am talking of Mark Sandman, whose work with Morphine is what got me to seek a "low" sound and find an old beat-up Danelectro baritone guitar back in 1997.
Mark was an incredible singer, an incredible musician, and from what I read, a no-less incredible person. I met him on two occasions, the first was at a show at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, where he was playing some beat up acoustic guitar with 3 or 4 strings on it through this Lexicon effects unit.
Moments after meeting him, I asked him how he got that great sound from the acoustic guitar, and regretted it instantly. He said "oh, you know, I just sort of plug it in and it gets that sound you know..." ("Nico, you idiot, BE COOL MAN, BE COOL.") But it's hard to be cool when you meet your hero.
If you don't know Mark or Morphine, I encourage you to seek them out on YouTube or wherever.
Thanks to everyone here and elsewhere for the birthday wishes!
Getting on a plane for Texas tomorrow, see you at RTX.
French fries & pepper,