In case you aren’t friends with me on Facebook, or somehow missed the announcement…all of my music is now available online for ABSOLUTELY FREE (or “pay what you want,” if you feel compelled to do so). Go to http://derekbrink.bandcamp.com and rob me blind. Everything about me must go!
Seriously…please go get some free music. You don’t even have to enter an e-mail address. Just go nuts. And anticipate the day when the new record, “Ink Stained Fingers” will hit the site, also for free.
Why am I doing it? Because no one owns the air over your head, and I don’t think you should pay me to fill it. Also, I care a LOT less about making money off of it than I do having people HEAR it. So I’m making it a no-brainer. If you’ve ever considered listening to my stuff, but either didn’t know where to start or didn’t want to spend the money without knowing if you like it, now there is absolutely no risk. You can even stream it before you download it, if you still need a preview before downloading. No excuses. Don’t be a dick–download my shit.
Also: ALBUM UPDATE. I’ve written a new song that is very sad and is about a friend of mine who is going through hell. And I think it’s going to replace “Stay Away from Andy” on the record. “Andy” is an okay song…but it’s just OKAY. “Waiting Room,” on the other hand, I think is something I need to get out there. And musically they’re kind of similar…so “Andy” will have to stay away from my record. (See what I did there? What’s that? Of course you do, because you’re not an idiot? Okay!)
Also Also: You may have noticed a new link on the right for my new music tumblr page. “Spinning Sides” is a blog of the vinyl records I listen to throughout my week. Or month. Or whatever. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and you can expect to see a lot of weird shit pop up on it. I’ve got bunch of my dad’s old records over here–including some he apparently stole from a library–and Vintage Vinyl has a constantly changing and evolving $2.99 vinyl bin that I love wading through. Got a lot to write about.
…and that’s all I’ve got tonight. I’ll write again when I want to. You can’t make me.
The very first gig for The Social Gospel is in the books. There were some bright spots and some slip-ups. I am personally more than a little embarrassed to have completely forgotten some of the lyrics to a song I’ve been singing for several years in a way that was unrecoverable. And I’d even dedicated that one to Johnny Cash. My brother said he thinks Cash would be cool with that. So far he hasn’t haunted me, so maybe Dave is right.
On the positive side (“WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH DEREK?!?”), we had a basically solid first gig that at moments felt like we’d been gigging in this format for years. (As long as Dave and I have been working together, don’t forget that this was only his second live-show as a bass player.) For the most part we hit the really complicated stuff and recovered quickly from the errors we did have. And the audience was good. They clapped and cheered. I was particularly smugly pleased to more than once receive applause from people DURING my guitar solos. I think that was a first for me, in fact.
On the negative side (“Oh, THERE you are! Don’t scare me like that!”), there WERE highly noticeable mistakes that we all made–though I don’t think any so noticeable as my lyrical freeze-up. And that was on the LAST song, too–the one people remember. But given that the backline was just our amps (we weren’t plugged into the house and really should’ve angled the amps so we could hear each other better) and we had no monitors (new system and they weren’t installed yet) some of our hiccups were just environmental and therefore dismissible. (That is in no way an insult to the venue. Every place is different and that’s how this place was set up on that night. They’re great folks and it’s a great place to play–the room sounds good no matter what you plug into the board and you can really tell they thought that through. I’m really looking forward to being back there and will be better prepared to give a better performance now that I know the set-up.)
In all, I’d grade us with a B-. There were some sloppy mistakes we shouldn’t have made that we DID, but we were far from failing. Still above average. Next time, we’ll be better.
My deepest thanks to everyone who came out and I hope to see you all again for my solo show at the same place on October 12!
Live Your Life
One of Us
Just Another Day
Hey Hey, My My
Mother Maybelle’s Shotgun
Guitars used: ESP Ltd; Les Paul present as a backup, but not used.
Favorite Moment of the Show: Playing the solo in “Just Another Day.” First time playing it live and it hit just right. (Cheers from the crowd.)
I recently decided to organize the bookshelf in my living room. There was some thought that went into it. I chose which books to put there fairly specifically. I’ve always said, “You can tell a lot about a person by what books they have on display.” My books have been (and many still are) scattered between rooms and locations. Some on shelves, some in boxes, some on the floor underneath piles of clothes…and so on… And that’s a fair representation of me, sure…but for whatever it’s worth, if someone looked at my living-room bookcase, this is how I wanted to be represented as of today. It’s nowhere near a comprehensive representation of my collection, and there are some books I couldn’t find that will eventually go in while others will come out. (Seriously, did I loan anyone my complete copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? …and where is Salinger’s Nine Stories?)
Here’s the photo, and I’m going to list the titles/authors below. I had considered writing a short explanation for why I chose each book, but I didn’t realize how fucking MANY of them there are. If anybody has any questions, that’s why God gave us the “comments” section.
I hereby swear that I have actually read the following books:(I also solemnly swear that I am up to no good…)
U.S.! – Chris Bachelder
The Soul Thief – Charles Baxter
The Brief History of the Dead – Kevin Brockmeier
Speaking My Mind – Tony Campolo
Man in Black – Johnny Cash
Cash – Johnny Cash
Book of Longing – Leonard Cohen
Crime and Punishment – Fydor Dostoevsky
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Death of an Ordinary Man – Glen Duncan
The Secret of Lost Things – Sheridan Hay
Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
Horns – Joe Hill
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
Songbook – Nick Hornby
A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
Slam – Nick Hornby
Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Being There – Jerzy Kosinski
Man Walks into a Room – Nicole Krauss
The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
Great House – Nicole Krauss
What the Stones Remember – Patrick Lane
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre – H.P. Lovecraft
The Road to Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
Dreams of Terror and Death – H.P. Lovecraft
The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
Ruthless Trust – Brennan Manning
All is Grace – Brennan Manning
Stuart: A Life Backwards – Alexander Masters
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
‘Tis – Frank McCourt
Teacher Man – Frank McCourt
Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Batman: The Killing Joke – Alan Moore*
Watchmen – Alan Moore*
The Complete Stories – Flannery O’Connor
American Splendor – Harvey Pekar*
The Quitter – Harvey Pekar*
American Splendor: Another Day – Harvey Pekar*
American Splendor: Another Dollar – Harvey Pekar*
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
Home – Marilynne Robinson
Harry Potter and the Whole Series… – J.K. Rowling
Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction – J.D. Salinger
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Love is a Mix-Tape – Rob Sheffield
Science Set Free – Rupert Sheldrake
Bone – Jeff Smith*
Batman: The Black Mirror – Scott Snyder*
Maus – Art Spiegelman*
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Blankets – Craig Thompson*
The Lord of the Rings (Complete Series) – J.R.R. Tolkien
Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
Armageddon in Retrospect – Kurt Vonnegut
Look at the Birdie – Kurt Vonnegut
The Once & Future King – T.H. White
* – Denotes a comic-book. My apologies to the artists, whose names I have not listed, as I have catalogued this list by the name of the authors who wrote the stories.
Also, I want it noted that the books on the shelves in no way represent my complete holdings of the works of particularly Manning, Vonnegut, Hornby, and Pekar. I own close to everything those four have ever written (though there is still some Vonnegut I have not yet found). The stuff I put out is just the stuff that meant the most.