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The revolution will be anywhere…

Posted in blogtv, guitar, music, rock on April 27, 2011 by finerstacy

I feel like life is going to be different…yes just a little live streaming video and you are connecting with people instantly. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing in a live venue.  But we just did our first blogtv post and  it  reminded me of why I play music.  I play to feel good and to make others feel good.  How is cool is it that I get to be so close to Ethan while he’s playing a wicked solo and the energy is getting transferred online to anyone who is listening? Very!  Thanks to Noel and Manny for helping out with the technical difficulties.  It’s better when you actually hear the music.:)


Sweet soccer

Posted in guitar, humor, rock, soccer on August 8, 2010 by finerstacy

Let’s take care of business first.  Finer will be at the Battle of Birdy’s this Friday August 13, 2010 at 10:40pm sharp.  Come out and vote for us. It’s going to be a great night…

Speaking of great nights…I just got back from N.Y. and got to spend a few days and nights with the family and for anyone who knows me and my Brady bunch sized crew you know I am the youngest of six and have an entourage of nieces and nephews.  Well, my flight got in late on Monday night so my first full day with the younglings consisted of intense soccer and playing with dolls.  My youngest niece reminded me that nothing is better than banging out some notes and beats on my old Casio.   She showed me all the latest dance moves including the yet to be made famous bang the ceramic doll’s feet together.  This rhythmic pattern will have all the pre-kindergarten children feeling instant joy and will be sure to annoy your teacher.    As the summer heat wave continued we headed outside for soccer.  This game was only for the strong.  And by strong I mean me and five of my nephews.   First it was me and the eldest guy ruling the field.  I felt all the glory of a top-tier athlete.  Swerving, jumping, and sprinting.  I got a lot of “Aunt Stacy, don’t’ play so hard!”  “Play at 50 percent.  Now play 40 percent.”  Soon this was deemed way too unfair.  We switched up teammates and the real effort began.    In an official soccer game there are two goals to be defended.  Each goalie stands in front of a net and guards it with his or her life. In my case it was a swing set with full on slide, ladder and rope swings.   I had to deflect the ball and at the same time watch out for a moving playground.  At the other end of the yard was a long fence and hitting the ball against the fence counted as a goal.   Although the playing field was a little bit uneven,  I was ready.  I had my new white Nikes on or as I liked to call them my nephew shoes. I did my best Elvis dance and sang “wearing my nephew shoes” in everyone’s face and subsequently got them stepped on.  I was being given the message…”Age is not on your side Aunt Stacy!”   So we set the teams up, 3 versus 3.  The youngest was on my team, I thought I had a ringer…maybe he was small, but that sweet smile is very deceptive and would be great for sneak attacks.  He had other plans.   He took a seat belly down on the swing and thus gave me one more thing to defend and look out for in the goal.  So much for sneak attacks. This was more like a swing attack.  Maybe he was a mole for the other team.  So it was down to 2.  I got an opportunity to play the field for a moment, scored about 6 goals and was told I was playing to hard from one side and not hard enough by my own teammate.  E tu Brute?   So we took a brief intermission and I gave the self-help lesson of compound Interest.  We reviewed you can improve over time, even if it’s little by little.  Your efforts will compound upon its self and your gains will be great.  They laughed it off, but we went inside and watched some Finer YouTube videos of bass player Uncle Ethan shredding on the bass.  They all knew how great he was.  But next I should them some of me rocking out on the guitar. They thought it was awesome and commented on how my armpits were right in front of the camera.   I explained that it took me time, but I have made great strides and now I am certainly a solid player.   But once this school lesson was over they were ready for more game time.  It’s not easy to keep up with elementary schoolers who are smart, witty and beyond athletic for their age.  But, I hung in there and charged up the field as much as could.  I left my sweeping the leg for another day and another story…remind me to tell you about the time I was playing Capoeira with my cousin in front of his mom and accidentally sent him crashing to the ground. Good times.    Soon we switched positions and I was back defending Central Park, I mean the goal.   They scored on me once, twice, three times.  You get the picture.   My nephew and what I thought was uplifting team gave a nice pep talk.  “Aunt Stacy, you’re letting them win!”  “Aunt Stacy, your skills are getting worse each time.”  “Seriously, are you for real?” So I dug in deep and said Buddy, this game is in your hands, but I need you to follow-up on every ball, watch their moves and attack and make a bee line for the goal, every time.  Now at this point we were down 7 to 20. I thought for sure it was over, but I was going to do my best to encourage him.  8 to 21, 9, to 23.  I was not helping the cause here.   “Aunt Stacy! We’ll never catch up.   But I kept yelling.  “Compound interest! “ “ Keep at it.’’  “You’ll get better each time.”  And then it happened.  10 unanswered goals!  It was 19 to 28!  My nephew was battling back and I had managed to hold off a few goals.  Remember the youngest was still swinging on the swing set and for all those concerned about the safety;   the ball was a rubber ball almost as light as balloon so no harm was done to anyone except to my face.  A few kicks had the ball land straight on my nose.  But you don’t need to look pretty for rock and roll so I’ll be okay.   At this point we were at hour 5 of soccer madness.  With one small break for grandma’s fresh cut watermelon (now that should be a song!), we were all pretty puckered out.  So we decided next goal wins.  The pressure was on.  My other nephews made it clear that I had to cheer for them as well and give them strategies because I loved them all equally and my information should be fair and balanced.  So with some grumbling from my team, I gave the other side some tactics and encouragement.  We had one play left and about one ounce of energy left to make it happen.  It was over before the ball even hit the ground. My teammate and “equally” loved nephew scored the goal.  The echo of a fence vibrating never sounded so sweet.  Victory was ours!  And so was the ice cream that followed!  I politely watched as the guys dug into their sundaes and my niece rocked out with her ceramic doll to the rhythm of the sprinkles being crunched.  It was a perfect day!

Watch my compound interest style guitar playing at the Battle of Birdy’s this Friday.

Texas is a state of mind

Posted in guitar, music, musical equipment, rock, sxsw on March 22, 2010 by finerstacy

Thank you Austin!  We loved being  in your city, being with your people and soaking up the music.  South by Southwest was awesome!  Finer played at Darwin’s pub for Red Gorilla music festival and enjoyed every minute of it.  The room was huge and the crowd was rocking.  I really enjoyed getting hugged and kissed at the end of the show.  The guys played great.   There is nothing better than  being on stage with top notch players throwing it down.    Abby Too(my red guitar) got some serious scratches and dents on her back side.   I will be heading to  Steve the Guitar ER for a touch a up.  Sorry baby!

New York state of mind

Posted in guitar, musical equipment on November 5, 2009 by finerstacy

Here’s hoping the Yankees close it out tonight.  All is well with FINER. We are recording new EP and have been rehearsing like crazy with Manny and Robby.  We’ve been having a contest to see who can make the pots on our pot rack fall off and how far they go in the kitchen.  First week it was Robby’s drumming  taking the lead.   His sonic boom for a kick drum knocked off two pots.  Last week it was Manny whose keyboard bass sounds made the pots fly to the other side of the kitchen… For the moment my amp is just shaking the house.  No appliances have been hurt with my power chords…yet.

Next week we are at Birdy’s.   Hope to see you there.

corn and steel

Posted in guitar, musical equipment on July 19, 2009 by finerstacy

Awesome! Just awesome! Ethan and I had the best time last night at the Bird’s Nest in Chicago. There was a little confusion with the time slot so ended up going on very late and keeping the audience there very late. All the bands we played with were cool and special in their own way.  Robbie Gold  a new artist out of Chicago played a cool mix of r&b and folk with a great bunch of guys backing him up.  Honestly, I wanted to steal his acoustic guitar he sounded so good!  And what a voice!  As always Eric Selner’s band was rocking!  And we met up with a sound guy from an old haunt The Spot.    All and all is was a solid night of music.

love fest!

Posted in guitar, music, pedals, songwriting on June 1, 2009 by finerstacy

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been m.i.a. for a while.  We played a bunch of shows and I’ve been tinkering with my pedal board day and night.   Pretty close to getting it done.  Ethan and I are doing matching colors…yes totally cheesy, but I can’t deny who I really am…Velveeta to the max! I picked up the fulltone choralflange on ebay and made a friend out of it.  Who said chorus doesn’t bring people together.  Watching a lot of Paul Jackson Jr. videos on line.  His a big xotic effects guy and it’s awesome to hear him jam.

Finer played an amazing show in Chicago at The Orphanage last weekend. The staff couldn’t be nicer and we met some great bands…up from the wormwood definitely played some beautiful tunes.  Check them out on myspace.

John and I jammed at Tilly’s on Friday.  It was a four hour love fest!  We love the patrons and the owner Diana is a class act.  So when you are in Indy come check us out there.  Ran sound for the Bishops on Saturday during a tornado warning…yikes!  The band was incredible!  People were dancing the whole night.

Okay, check out we’re playing everyday this week and two shows will be with the full band so we’ll be glad to have Ethan and Richard laying it down!

Be well!

What time is it?

Posted in guitar, music, songwriting on May 17, 2009 by finerstacy

Back from NY, and we already played three shows this week.  It was a blast.  Wednesday was at the Tap Room in Zionsville, Thursday at Lizard’s and Friday at Tilly’s.  Thursday was awesome because it was the full band.  Watching Richard and Ethan rock out was a like a kid watching his favorite heroes on T.V.  I was just glued to the tube.  At one point during the show, we were doing one of our famous Finer interludes and John was soloing his tail off that I totally just stayed on the progression and let him keep going…forever.  It’s usually a two minute break but this turned into ten because it was just so vibey that I didn’t even realize how much time had past.   Tilly’s was great, we met some new people and sang songs with the regulars.  We even had some guest vocals which is always nice.   It was just me and John that night and he did a great job of covering parts yet was still tasteful.  Now we’re gearing up for the next bunch of shows. I am learning new covers and working on the originals.  Can’t wait to officially record them.  The band is really connecting and it will be fabulous having it down on tape.