I wish you all a happy, exciting, healthy and prosperous new year! There is a lot to look forward to and I would like to express my gratitude for your support for the Zappa Plays Zappa touring project as well my upcoming new solo album. I'm still thinking of a title!
2015 will be a busy year! There is a lot of touring planned and there will be new music and a DVD available. It's been quite a while since this has been possible. I'm very excited about sharing my new record with you as well as the "Apostrophe LIVE" DVD!
The editing for the "Apostrophe LIVE" concert is complete now. There are other things to do finalize the project such finish the stereo and surround mixes and do all of the artwork and authoring for the DVD. I am planning a PLEDGE campaign for the DVD so that anyone who may be interested can get their copy before it is released to the public.
Apostrophe DVD set list
1 Gumbo Variations
2 Yellow Snow
3 Nanook Rubs It
4 St Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
5 Father O'Blivion
6 Cosmik Debris (with FZ)
7 Excentrifugal Forz
9 Uncle Remus (with George Duke)
10 Stink Foot
11 RDNZL (with George Duke)
12 Pygmy Twylyte (Quaalude Thunder Version with George Duke)
13 Echidna's Arf (with George Duke)
14 Inca Roads (with George Duke and FZ)
15 City Of Tiny Lites
16 I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth
17 Cruisin' For Burgers
18 Eat That Question (with George Duke)
19 Baby Snakes
20 Chrissy Puked Twice
22 Muffin Man (with FZ)
With everyone potentially thinking of new year's resolutions at this time I thought I'd share one of mine. Every year I like to try to learn a new skill. I've been focusing some of that attention on guitar and learning about different styles like Arabic and Turkish Maqams and Southern Indian Carnatic music. These styles use micro tones and have a very cool "ancient" quality about them. I also like Balkan melodies and rhythms. These melodic concepts and rhythms have always been fascinating to me and I've been exploring some of that stuff on my new record.
I'm also excited about my truefire.com guitar course I'm preparing because I'm able to share some of this musical adventure with you. I will film the course in early 2015 and hopefully release it before the fall.
I'm still trying schedule a time and location to resume DWEEZILLA. I will keep you all posted on that as well. I will however still be doing DWEEZILLA classes on the road before soundcheck at most venues on tour. I look forward to seeing you at the shows!
Once again, Happy New Year to all of you and I wish you the best for you and your families.