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First Albums: Third Eye Blind – Self-Titled

First Albums: Third Eye Blind – Self-Titled – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. A few years back, I noticed that, when discussing music, I had mentioned that this album or that album was on my “top 10 of all time”. I started running a mental count, and quickly realized that my count had at […]

Music Competitions, Battles of the Bands, and Hoping For the Worst

Music Competitions, Battles of the Bands, and Hoping For the Worst – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. A few weeks back, I posted a link to a video answering the question of “what would happen if John Lennon had done a blind audition on The Voice?” He sings “Imagine”, and is selected by […]

All Time Favorite Albums: Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

All Time Favorite Albums: Tom Waits – Rain Dogs – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. Sometimes an album catches you at exactly the right moment. If you were to hear it on any other day, in any other situation, you might not care for it, but given the proper set of circumstances, it can […]

Favorite Music Video – My Creative Inspiration

Favorite Music Video – My Creative Inspiration – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. I love making music videos – starting with a concept, taking creative inspiration from a song, building a visual representation or augmentation of a sonic idea. At this point I’ve been involved in the creation of six music videos (four […]

What Would Brian Boitano Do? Making Plans & Following Through

What Would Brian Boitano Do? Making Plans & Following Through – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. What would Brian Boitano do if he were here right now? He’d hit unexpected objects to make percussive sounds and record them. Why? Because he’s all about making plans and following through. If that makes absolutely no sense […]

“Pay What You Want” EP Prerelease Announcement: A Trust Fall

“Pay What You Want” EP Prerelease Announcement: A Trust Fall – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. I’m about to try something that may end up being a terrible idea. I’ve decided to, at least for the moment, price digital prerelease orders of my next EP using a “Pay What You Want” structure starting at […]

Burn The Fleet! Tour Planning, Hernan Cortés, & the Point of No Return

Burn The Fleet! Tour Planning, Hernan Cortés, & the Point of No Return – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. In three weeks I’ll be making the trek to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the better part of a month, to record two EPs with internationally acclaimed producer Jason Rubal. Once that’s all done, there will be […]

Rebranding Roller Derby: Athletics Logos and Sports Design

READ THIS FIRST! Some feathers may be ruffled and some feelings hurt by what I’m about to say about the need for rebranding in the world of roller derby, so before we get into all this, let me clarify a few things. 1. I am a fan of roller derby I’ve been a regular attendee […]

Psych Study on Letting Things Go–Scientific Validity of Bottle Rocket?

Psych Study on Letting Things Go–Scientific Validity of Bottle Rocket? – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. A few nights ago, I received a phone call from my father – not an entirely infrequent event, but calls from my parents are usually with a specific purpose, and not just of the “hey, I’d like to […]

The End Is Nigh! Apocalyptic Future is Rosy for Acoustic Alternative?

The End Is Nigh! Apocalyptic Future is Rosy for Acoustic Alternative? – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. There’s been a lot of talk lately about the end of the world. Obsession with a zombie apocalypse and the mayan calendar have been going pretty strong for the past several years. Apocalyptic signs such as bath-salt-fueled […]

Google Plus Hangout Leads to Diner Hamburger – Internet Friendship

Google Plus Hangout leads to Diner Hamburger – Internet Friendship – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. I have arrived home safely from my tour! I actually got back last Wednesday, but after a month and a half on the road, playing 30 shows in 15 states, I needed a few days off before I […]

Karaoke Stories & Arena Shows – My Performance Style & Stage Presence

Karaoke Stories & Arena Shows – My Performance Style & Stage Presence – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. Let’s start this one by admitting that I’m a karaoke junkie. Regardless of how many “real shows” I’ve played, there’s something alluring about a book full of songs just there for the picking, the lyrics up […]