Back to The Stage with Blak Saturn

Well my return to live performance with Blak Saturn was certainly an interesting one. It was nice to be back making music with the two members of the band I’d worked with before and also nice to start performing with the two new guys. After growing up a few miles down the road from the venue, this was my first time inside the AmVets building.

Blak Saturn Preps the Show
Blak Saturn Preps the Show

I have to say that the layout of the room we played in presented some very tough problems for the sound man. This is the first show where I literally had to play the whole time without being able to hear my guitar.

The really cool thing about this show is that my brother Kevin came out to see me and I haven’t seen him in 10 or 12 years. He’s living a lot closer to me now and is soon to move even closer. That’s an exciting prospect for me because I’ve always wanted to get into some sort of musical project with him. I’m not sure how I could juggle 3 music projects, but as they always do, things will work themselves out.

I have no problem believing that all things happen for a reason and the timing of someone coming into and out of your life is never just random. A man’s steps are determined by the LORD according to Proverbs 20:24. I believe that. My artistic impetus, whether it’s film or music or 3D art of whathave you will serve the greater purpose, not to get to heavy on you.

The album is getting tantalizingly close to completion now and thanks to the work of so many folks it’s turned into something even better than I hoped for. I’m turning my attention towards finding the right artist to create the cover art, though I well may wind up doing it myself if I can’t get the particular artist I want. I know that I want it to be a kind of mural with vignettes from the stories which the songs from the album tell. Hopefully that doesn’t come off as too pompus. It’s just that these songs and indeed having an album of my own direction is just very near and dear to my heart. I hope that folks will enjoy it and find the songs of high quality and deep meaning, but even if they do not, I do and that’s what matters most to me. I made an album that I’d want to listen to.

Brent Bowers pre-AmVets show, March 16th, 2013
Brent Bowers pre-AmVets show, March 16th, 2013

The Struggle to Be a Better Musician & Back on the Trail with Blak Saturn.

With Blak Saturn, the old lineup., I'm on Guitar now.
With Blak Saturn, the old lineup. I’m on Guitar now.

I take a lot of guff from my buddy, Todd about playing in a cover band. Truth be told playing covers is not my thing. That said it allows me to play in front of a new crowd of people much more often than with my own band, Absolute Zero. While I don’t care as deeply for the covers as for my original material where I’m essentially telling my own story, I still strive to perform them to the best of my ever improving ability and THAT sharpens you.

I’m literally spending hours per week on GuitarTricks.com getting schooled on the precise way to play many of these songs just as the original artists. There’s no universe where this doesn’t make me a better player. It’s really about taking a broader view of music and always pushing to be a more professional player. That and making money to film my dream movie, Mother of Vampires.

Relson Gracie North Carolina – My Return

With my Buddy Tim Tyner
With my Buddy Tim Tyner

Last night I attended the first evening class of CrossFit after a really cold morning and lack of sufficient sleep kept me in the bed. This was also the first evening of JiuJitsu for my old dojo in the new CrossFit location. The new place has a much larger mat area and the general convenience of being able to wrap my Crossfit workout and walk over to the mat already warmed up just made up my mind for me. It’s time to return to Jiu-Jitsu. So, last night I rolled for the first time in a few years. It actually went pretty well since I’ve been doing Crossfit going on 2 months it wasn’t as much of a body shock as starting back cold. Of course my skin is not used to the friction of grappling and was generally tender afterwards. I did ok for not having grappled in so long. In a sense though it’s like starting over. I remembered the defensive stuff fairly well but none of the submissions and of course I have no hip movement. Read more “Relson Gracie North Carolina – My Return”