Monday, July 23, 2007

Note from the Webmaster

Hello friends and fans of my dad. Jason Buckley here. I'm Bud's son and webmaster and while he's recording in New York, I've been tinkering with a full redesign of this site. I'm sure there are bound to be bugs and issues with various different browsers which I will fix as I have time between my day job and toddler wrangling. So if you notice anything wrong, please leave a very specific comment including your browser and operating system.

So since I've got the reins here for the moment I might as well give myself a plug while I'm at it. If you're jonesing for a Buckley fix, I've got a blog too. Who do you think got my dad started blogging in the first place? It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but you'll never know if you don't check it out.

posted by Bud @ 1:46 AM
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Saturday, July 14, 2007

By the Time I get to Woodstock...

This will be my last post until I get back from the recording trip in mid August. I would like to promise pictures but it's hard to shoot and play and sing at the same time. Unless you're doing porn on a web cam. That's for you, Andy. But I'll try to get some pix. Woodstock, here I come. Again.

One last time I'm gonna say that the CD so far is going very well and the best is yet to come. Five songs done. Six to go. Deni Bonet is gonna join me for a day or so in the studio and I can't wait for that. She rocks so much and I can't wait to hear her new CD. Which is done and coming soon to a website near you. I'll be directing you there.

I was going to report on my reaction to Sicko, the movie. But that got changed to Sunday so all I can say at this point is that we should all probably see it. And then do something to fix that part of the world.

I'm greatly disturbed by this story about ASCAP closing down small marginally profitable music venues so that they can squeeze even more pennies out to give to Top Forty stars. I blogged about this at least two years ago and it has gotten worse. I have enough original material to play a gig without ever doing a cover but people want to hear cover songs. 'Cause they don't have to pay as much attention and they can talk and not feel like they are being rude or missing something. ASCAP is a perfect example of a great idea that went too far. Ran amuck. And became as bad as every other scam artist on the planet.

I'm starting to set the stage for a site redesign to promote the new CD. Ditto over at MySpace. This thing is going to cost a fortune. A fortune I won't get to leave to my grandchildren. Wait, who am I kidding? There is not now or ever going to be a fortune to leave. But fortunes are relative, aren't they? So I'm gonna work very hard at promoting this project when it's done. Unlike the last halfhearted effort. But this CD will be so worth it. Of that I'm sure.

So I'm out of here for a month. I'll try to read all of you but will not have time to comment or post. If I do, it will be very sporadic. Enjoy your Midsummer.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

THE iPHONE IS IN MY POCKET

I did not wait in any lines for my iPhone. The store was out and they mailed me one in three days. I had no activation problems at all. I did have to upgrade my OS but it was due anyway. Forget the hype and the crazies who bought two thinking they could sell one for a profit. The real story is that this phone is fantastic. It is everything I need and probably more. But new technology has a way of creating new needs, doesn't it?

I dumped my entire calendar and address book into it from my Mac at the push of a button. I synched photos from my Mac to the phone numbers. I put a selection of my favorite tunes in. I put all my Safari bookmarks in. It's like having my Mac, my iPod, my camera cell phone and my Palm Pilot in my pocket. If this thing could make coffee, it would cover nearly all my addictions.

Yeah, I know it's pricey. Yeah, I know lots of people are happy with their Treos and Blackberries. Fine. I'm not a salesman or an Apple Missionary. I'm just reporting that this thing exceeds my expectations and has made my life simpler and more efficient. And now that I'm through playing with it for the time being, I'm gonna start reading blogs. Tomorrow. I have a gig tonight. Hope your weekend is smashing.

posted by Bud @ 11:52 AM
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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Sea Cruise

Bud's steel drum lesson Little Fish- -Big Fish Mariner of rthe Seas I'm just off the cruise ship, Mariner of the Seas, after a week in the Caribbean.
Here are three pix Cathy took. I'm taking a steel drum lesson in the first one. Not my favorite sound but I had to see how it all works. Can you guess what the second one is? We were amazed to see it and to capture it. Finally here is our ship from high up the side of some volcanic mountain.

When you live in Florida, you really don't need to see the sea or another palm tree. When you eat and work out like I do, you don't need to be seduced all night and all day with fat globules disguised as food. BUT what I really needed and got was a heavy dose of family. In this case it was Cathy's family, all of whom I deeply love. During the week I spent recording in NY, I got to spend a lot of time with my daughter, Bree and that was perfect. I've seen a lot of her this year. A dream come true. I also got to see my brother, Don and my Mom, still rockin' at age 90. Between these two trips I got to teleconference with my son, Jason, and granddaughter, Stella. The word "granddaughter" still catches in my throat. But I can say, "I love you, Stella!" with a lump of joyful emotion.

The year is only just half over and there's still a lot of cool family stuff ahead.

But the cruise was such good fun. Cathy's sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Carol, celebrated their wedding anniversary by bringing their five children, spouses and grandchildren on this cruise. Cathy and I latched on and brought her daughter, Mic, as well. I was mostly an observer but enjoyed every minute. It is a pretty special energy, that family has when they all get together. And I don't think I've ever seen them all together with their kids at the same time. Not sure when that will ever happen again. So it was like tasting a very rare fine wine. I'm still smiling at the memory of it.

Cathy was very generous in granting me some alone time each day to work on music in our stateroom. The music is going well and I'm very excited by the roughs I brought back from the first recording session. This is going to be a very good CD.

Two more weeks before I go back to resume and probably finish the bulk of that work. Plenty to get ready for in the meantime. One more gig this weekend and a bunch of guitar students.

I'll be trying to catch up reading up on my blogpals.

posted by Bud @ 6:09 PM
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