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March 30, 2007

March marks 10 & 3

March 07 marks my 10th year living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'll admit it - I'm spoiled.

I can't imagine living anywhere else. It's a genuinely amazing place to live. Hard to believe it's been 10 years. I'm very fortunate. Ok - nuff gushing.

March 07 also marks the 3 year anniversary since I got back into music.


In February 2004 I had my little epiphany over a pizza with my wife Valerie. I would get back into music. By mid March 2004 I began my first ever formal "bass lessons" with Michael Wilcox.

I also placed my order for the MTD 535 bass which I currently play. It arrived in late July 2004. I figured with a nice high end bass in the works I'd be less compelled to give up when the going got tough. Seemed to work. ,-)

At the time I remember thinking I'd give myself 4 years to see if I could make any kind of statement with music & the bass.

Next weekend I begin the recording process which will hopefully result in my first official music release.

I've never recorded a CD before - I haven't recorded as a musician in a studio since the late 80s. I never composed complete pieces before. Everything about this project is totally new to me. I find the ignorance both exhilarating and frustrating.

It's not easy being "new" at something as an adult. I'm not sure if it's a cultural thing but adults are supposed to have all the answers - already paid dues and done all the basic learning. Adults are supposed to be masters.

Anyway - I think that's old school. That's "Organization Man" thinking.

Increasingly people start brand new careers - taking on new skills and turning hobbies into passions. The music thing is a pretty serious hobby for me and I've been very fortunate to have some really great experiences with it over the past three years.

In a way - putting these musical ideas down on tape and releasing them in a formal way feels like completing the journey I've been on since March 04 - the journey to make some kind of statement.

Of course - I expect another journey will begin as this one ends.

So anyway - my plan is to blog a little more about the recording process as it unfolds over the next month or so both here and on my myspace site @ myspace.com/jeffschmidtbassist

Heads up.

March 02, 2007

Fripp + Microsoft =

Well - I'll leave the answer to that question for you to figure out - but Microsoft hired Robert Fripp to compose "sonic identity" elements for it's new operating system "Vista".

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yes it's true - when you boot up microsoft vista - chances are you're hearing some Fripp.

For Fripp & Tech geeks - Microsoft's "Channel 9" has posted a 63 minute video including some performance & interview.

Get the video on the channel 9 site HERE