To Simplify... the pursuit of happiness through simple living on the open road

Monday, December 15, 2014

One Stand

A pretty beefy stretch of music work came to a close this weekend, so now that I'm unemployed once again, I've finally been able to turn my attention back to getting the van ready for its next adventure. Fun fact from Saturday's gig – I'm pretty sure it was the first time in 25 years of being a professional that I had four instruments in front of me, and not a single one was curved:

Grizzly, I know, but a woodwind doubler has to do what a woodwind doubler has to do. The above was taken a few days ago at one of the rehearsals, just after I had discovered that no saxophones were called for, so when I got back to Q's laboratory later that day, I modified the stand on the right so that it could accommodate all four axes. You know, in keeping with the spirit of things around here. To simplify, and all that.

Boom. Four horns, one stand. I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but it's highly likely that this tweak wouldn't have even occurred to me back in my pre-van-hacking days.

Speaking of which, just two short years ago today, I took ownership of one very humble looking van that, it turns out, had one hell of a facelift in its near future. The facelift is ongoing, of course, but the tweaks have gotten progressively smaller and smaller. And thank goodness for that. A couple of neat upgrades are in progress, so stay tuned for details.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Even after all this time, traveling away from my wheeled home still sparks concern that returning to such tiny quarters will prove difficult, particularly after having enjoyed way more creature comforts than usual – a huge bed, endless hot showers, standing room, full kitchen, bottomless power outlets no matter the weather, and in this most recent case, my bro's copious microbrew collection. Especially that.

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