Saturday, September 25, 2010

SHG Radio Show Episode 028

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (028) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 028:

01. Marc DePulse, "El Lobo Loco" (Koen Groeneveld Remix).
02. Adam K feat King Sunshine, "My Love" (EDX Ibiza Sunrise Mix).
03. Peter Punck, "The Mix" (Clevz Remix).
04. DJ Rooseter & Sammy Peralta, "To The Girls" (Alejandro Montero Remix).
05. DJ Dan, "Seduction" (Original Mix).
06. Spencer & Hill, "GoGo Girl" (Dirtyloud Remix).
07. Dada Life, Dimitri Vegas, & Like Mike feat Tara McDonald, "Tomorrow Give In To The Night" (Original Mix).
08. Victor Del Guio, "Americano" (Original Mix).
09. Nick Muir & John Digweed, "Tangent" (Marco Bailey Remix).
10. Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero, "Phuture" (Joris Voorn Remix).
11. DJ Josh Blackwell & Miss Babayaga feat Rachel, "Professional Widow" (BB Edit).





More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca


I think my favorite three tracks from this mix are probably "To The Girls," "Seduction," and "Professional Widow." Alejandro Montero, a DJ and producer from Argentina who remixed "To The Girls," seems to be putting out a lot of work lately. Anyone who enjoys progressive house with a Latino twist should definitely check him out. The original of "Seduction" was released a couple years ago, but the track is probably new to some people. And "Professional Widow" is a really bouncy traditional house style track, as you'll hear.


Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Harper Havoc 2010 Set List

This is another top40/mainstream set, not house/trance/techno. It was a booking at one of the major residences at the University. Not a huge party, maybe 300-400 people, but a lot of fun.

I did not record this show. To be honest, I was scared to. I put out a call for requests before the party, and got a few pages worth - enough for about three nights of music. I tried to play at least one request from everyone, so it led to a very patchwork set for the first few hours. So for any of the professional DJ's looking at this who are thinking, "how can all that flow together?" ... well, it can't. But a busy dance floor works wonders when you're playing popular songs, even if you're switching up the genres frequently. I wanted to mix in some down-tempo, some classic rap, some contemporary hip hop, some rock, and some 128bpm dance tracks. Musical chaos. The last hour and a half felt like it flowed decently though.

Here are the set listings from tonight's show.

01. Kings Of Leon - Knocked Up.
02. Beastie Boys - Paul Revere.
03. ODB - Got Your Money.
04. Everlast - Ends.
05. Outkast - Ms Jackson.
06. Skee Lo - I Wish.
07. Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy With It.
08. Notorious BIG - Hypnotize.
09. Wiz Khalifa - Black & Yellow.
10. Gucci Mane - It's Gucci Time.
11. Nicki Minaj & Drake - Bottoms Up.
12. Waka Flocka Flame - Hard In The Paint.
13. Kanye West - Stronger.
14. Outkast - Hey Ya.
15. OMC - How Bizarre.
16. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood.
17. TI & Rihanna - Live Your Life.
18. Chiddy Bang - Opposite Of Adults.
19. Bed Intruder - Bed Intruder Song.
20. K'Naan - Bang Bang.
21. Blur - Song 2.
22. Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up.
23. Great Big Sea - The Night That Patty Murphy Died.
24. 50 Cent - In Da Club.
25. Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA.
26. Daft Punk - Da Funk.
27. Lady Gaga - Just Dance.
28. Usher & Pitbull - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love.
29. Ke$ha - Blah Blah Blah.
30. Rihanna - Please Don't Stop The Music.
31. Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor.
32. Taio Cruz - Dynamite.
33. David Guetta - Sexy Bitch.
34. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream.
35. Global DJ's - San Francisco Dreaming.
36. Gossip - Pop Goes The World.
37. Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling.
38. Static Revenger & Richard Vission - I Like That.
39. Machine Supremacy - Gimme More.
40. Yolanda - No Speak Americano.
41. LMFAO - Shots.
42. Timbaland & Justin Timberlake - Carry Out.
43. La Roux - Bulletproof.
44. Lady Gaga - Alejandro.
45. Robyn - Dancing On My Own.
46. Flo Rida - Club Can't Handle Me.
47. Avicii & Sebastien Drums - My Feelings For You.
48. Enrique & Pitbull - I Like It.
49. Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.











Adiós para ahora ... I'll be posting some other set lists from nights at Joey's shortly.

- Scooter

Friday, September 17, 2010

SHG Radio Show Episode 027

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (027) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 027:

01. Addy van der Zwan & Koen Groeneveld, “Gotta Move” (Original Mix).
02. ATFC, “Bring The Beat Back” (Original Mix).
03. Laidback Luke feat Jonathan Mendelsohn, “Till Tonight” (Chris Kaeser Remix).
04. Adam Beyer, “Filthy Lobster” (Original Mix).
05. Oliver Garcia feat Dilek Taskin, “House Wa” (Original Mix).
06. Quivver, “Boom Boom” (Original Mix).
07. Sultan, Ned Shepard, & Dirty Vegas, “Crimson Sun” (Adam K Vocal Club Mix).
08. Phunk Investigation, “Dark Floor” (Original Mix).
09. Radek K, “Water House” (Original Mix).
10. Jean Elan, “What It Takes” (Original Mix).
11. Marco Bailey, “Jungle Laps” (John Digweed & Nick Muir Remix).





More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca


This week's show marks a pair of milestones. First, I'm back in the studio after being on the road for four months. No more guest mixes for a while, while I catch up on a backlog of some great music that has been released over the last month or so. I'll still feature guests mixes occasionally throughout the year, but most of the time I'll be programming and mixing the shows myself.

Also, even more notable, this is the first episode of the show that I mixed using Ableton Live. Normally, I wouldn't want to consider using a sequencer when putting the shows together, because I like mixing the "old fashioned" way, on turntables or CD players. However, there's a big advantage in being able to use Ableton for some of the shows. It means that I'll still be able to put the shows together when I'm on the road, whether just on short trips while playing at shows, or for extended periods during the summer. Next summer, I won't have to rely heavily on the assistance of guest DJ's to keep the show going, and there shouldn't be any gaps in the publication schedule. Ableton is pretty powerful. This week's episode was just a quick experiment in using the software, to get my feet wet again, but I think I can put together some really strong sets for the show in the coming weeks.

As always, you can send any feedback or track suggestions to the following email address:
djbolivia@gmail.com

See you in a week!
- Jonathan Clark


Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Elliott Brood - Canadian Indie Folk/Rock

Today I've been helping set up the stage and lighting for a show featuring Elliott Brood and The Acorn. I thought I'd take a minute to write about Elliott Brood.

EB is a three-piece band composed of Casey Laforet, Stephen Pitkin, and Mark Sasso. They've been favorites on Canadian college radio for some time, and have toured internationally. They've done shows with bands such as Wilco, The Black Crows, Corb Lund, Blue Rodeo, and Broken Social Scene. Last year, they were one of the nominees for Canada's Polaris Prize.

Here a video for one of their songs, "Oh Alberta":


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3rVfIBWnDk


Here they are before sound check. The band is having lunch at Mel's Diner:




Elliott Brood is currently playing an Atlantic Canadian tour, and they will spend most of next month in Australia. Check them out.





Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter:  twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud:  soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube:  youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook:  facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site:  www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog:  djbolivia.blogspot.ca


SHG Radio Show Episode 026

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (026) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 026:

01. Jansen feat. Percy Duke, "Staring At The Sun" (DBN Remix).
02. Underworld, "Always Loved A Film" (Extended Club Mix).
03. Chemical Brothers, "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" (Tim Davison Mix).
04. Kaskade feat. Dragonette, "Fire In Your New Shoes" (Sultan & Ned Shephard Electric Daisy Mix).
05. Mind Electric, "3AM Eternal" (Original Mix).
06. Swedish House Mafia vs. Juan Kidd & Felix Baumgartner feat. Lisa Millett, "Miami 2 Ibiza/Now You're Gone."
07. Yves LaRock, "Until Tomorrow" (The Good Guys Remix).
08. Robyn, "Hang With Me" (Avicii's Exclusive Club Mix).
09. Afrojack feat Eva Simons, "Take Over Control" (Extended Vocal Mix).
10. Starkillers & Dimitry Ko, "Big Disco" (Original Mix).
11. Jorgensen & Jesse Voorn, "Troubled So Hard" (Original Mix).
12. Orli & Martie, "Sheila" (Original Version).




More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca


This week's show was guest mixed by Chris Blackmore. DJ Bolivia was expected to return to programming the show this week, but was overwhelmed with remix projects, so he'll be doing the start starting next week instead.


Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Thursday, September 16, 2010

SHG Radio Show Episode 025

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (025) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 025:

01. ATFC, "Bring The Beat Back" (Original Mix).
02. Jeff Service, "Crush On You" (Original Mix).
03. Mauro Picotto, "Go."
04. Ksky feat Jake Childs, "Spells" (DJ Slider Remix).
05. ATFC, "Guru" (Original Mix).
06. Vincent Vegas & Arram Mantana, "Storm" (Electrixx Remix).
07. Steve Angello, "KNAS" (Original Mix).
08. Short Bus Kids, "Kopy Kats" (Original Mix).
09. Daniel Portman, "Back To The Underground" (Original Mix).
10. Dr. Space & The Chocolates, "New York City" (Original Mix).
11. Croatia Squad, "Electric Masquerade" (Daniel Portman More Carnival Remix).
12. Moguai, "Oyster" (Michael Woods Remix).
13. Rino Cabrera, "Best Of Me" (Daniel Portman Remix).
14. Mauro Picotto, "Zeitwerk" (Original Mix).
15. Bushido, "Way Back" (Santiago Mix).




More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca


This week's show was guest mixed by DJ Logan Hudak. Logan's mix this week has a definite traditional house feel to a lot of it. DJ Bolivia will resume the regular programming for the show starting next week, having just returned to New Brunswick on Wednesday.


Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Outputting or Importing MIDI from Groove Agent to a DAW

A lot of people have played with Steinberg's "Groove Agent" plug-in, and found it to be pretty handy for putting together a "quick and dirty" drum beat when producing tracks, whether they be classic rock, hip hop, pop, trance, or any of a couple dozen other genres. However, many people don't know how to do one of the basic tricks that makes this software especially useful.

Instead of playing Groove Agent as a stand-alone unit, and physically recording the output, or instead of using it as a VSTi plug-in within a host DAW such as Cubase, Sonar, Ableton, or a number of other audio editors, you can actually convert a "live" performance into a .MID file. This MIDI file can then be directly loaded into one of the tracks of your DAW. What's the advantage to this? Well, it obviously means that all of a sudden, you can more easily customize the "live" performance that you recorded on-the-fly by moving MIDI data around within the sequencer grid.

The problem is that it isn't extremely obvious about how to do this. Here's how:
- Load Groove Agent as either as stand-alone, or as a VSTi within your host.
- Go into the edit panel, and then into the setup panel.
- Switch MIDI output from "off" to "on."
- Switch from "live" to "file."
- Make sure your host (if VSTi) is at the proper master tempo.
- Choose your initial settings on Groove Agent.
- Hit "run," then play for a while. Hit stop when you're done.

Now, here's the catch: Where's the MIDI file? That's the problem. There is none! There is no "save to" location option. There is no file created.

Now, to solve this problem, turn the MIDI output switch to "off." When you do this, THEN the midi file is created. It automatically ends up on your desktop, as "Groove Agent Output.mid." You can then drag & drop this file back into your DAW for full-scale editing.

Remember to put it onto a track which triggers the Groove Agent if you want the same drumkit to sound. Of course, you can also load it onto a track and then load your own kit patch.

It's quite simple, once you know that you have to turn the MIDI output switch back off before the file is created.


SHG Radio Show Episode 024

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (024) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 024:

01. Florence And The Machine, "Cosmic Love" (Short Club Mix).
02. Snow Patrol, "If There's A Rocket Tie Me To It" (Gray Area Mix).
03. BONG, "Skywalkers."
04. Schodt, "White Tiger" (Matt Lange Mix).
05. Jacob Henry, "Yesterday's Tears" (Shingo Nakamura Mix).
06. Oliver Lang, "Dying To Live."
07. Shiftone & Arthur Deep, "Freedom" (Soundprank Mix).
08. Jaytech, "Ganymede."
09. Sterio, "Planets."
10. Fine Taste, "Lifebloom."
11. Fish & Microchip, "Port 66" (Dousk Mix).







More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca


This week's show was guest mixed, once again, by DJ/producer Jay Vasseur. Jay's mix this week has a definite progressive house feel to it. DJ Bolivia will be returning to the show in early September.


Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Glen Ballard Scholarship at Berklee

I’m currently in the middle of working through two separate Masters’ programs through the Berklee College of Music, one in Music Theory and one in Production. I just found out that I am the recipient of a "celebrity scholarship," thanks to support donated by Glen Ballard.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the name Glen Ballard, you should be. He is an R&B, rock, and pop songwriter and record producer who has had a hand in releases by an incredible number of artists. I’m going to list just a few of the artists that he has either performed with or done production work for, and you’ll see what a huge impact he has had on contemporary popular music: Michael Jackson, the Pointer Sisters, Wilson Phillips, Paula Abdul, Evelyn King, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Shakira, Dave Matthews Band, Christina Aquilera, the Goo Goo Dolls, Annie Lennox, and dozens of others. Wow.

It’s quite an honor to be recognized for this scholarship. Now the only problem is that my cumulative GPA is only 3.82. I’m happy with that, but it could be higher. But now that I’ve finally returned home and to my personal studio today, after four months on the road, I’m excited to really dig into the course work more heavily and see if I can get that GPA closer to 4.0.

Many, many thanks to Glen, both for his support with this scholarship, and also for his diverse contributions to contemporary mainstream music.