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In tune wedding

Posted in music, musical equipment, wedding on June 13, 2010 by finerstacy

Ah, the weather is always a treat here in Indianapolis.  And by treat I mean keeping you on your toes so you don’t get wet feet.  Yesterday, Finer had the pleasure of playing for the Indianapolis Tornados minor league football family kickoff event and it was hot and fun, but hot.   The players and staff were so cool, the vendors were all community minded people providing services that benefited the area. The kids had a great day jumping on bouncy castles and working out with the players.  I, on the other hand, was melting.   Literally, I was vanishing into my guitar.   I would be rocking with the crowd singing some Stevie Wonder then step back to let Ethan take a solo and when I returned to the mic only half of me got there, the other half was in a pool of drenched melodies surrounding my feet.   It reminded me of another hot day in my life.

There are many important days in your life.  None more important than the day you decide to commit yourself to someone for the rest of your life.   My wedding was wonderful and epic to say the least.   Everyone’s big day is special, mine had an extra hint of special, because it was so hot out that every moment was slowed down by mother nature’s choice of heat and humidity.  It gave the photographer an extra chance to take that family picture, it gave my youngest niece the excuse to walk even slower down the aisle and still not throw one pedal as her flower girl duties called for.  It gave the band the opportunity to play our ceremony music picks of Coldplay and Incubus at tempos even a turtle couldn’t comprehend.   Don’t get me wrong, the band was incredible. We searched out every group in N.Y. and these guys made the evening.    But as my brother’s strolled out to “Are you In?”  I knew I would be hearing about this day for the rest of my life.  Most girls are nervous about walking down the aisle, questioning whether they had made the right choice.  I was worried about the G string on my guitar being out of tune for the song I had written to Ethan.  The whole day I was thinking, here I am marrying this musical genius, my guitar better stay in tune. I changed the strings the night before.  I tuned it when I woke up.  I tuned it before I got my hair done.   I tuned it after I had my make up done.  I put it in its case to make to let it cool off.  I had several of the groomsmen swear to carry an extra pick in their pocket and finally the moment was here. I was walking out of the entrance with my parents with my mom looking like a queen and my dad looking relieved everything was going smoothly.  When I got to the chupa to meet my soul mate and best friend, Ethan, standing right next to him was my Taylor.  We said our vows early in the ceremony and  as I played to him, a combination of sweat, snot and tears streamed down my face…sexy I know, but he knew what he was getting himself into.  I had made it to the end of the song, in tune, in time and ready for a great night.  Then the lightening and thunder made its way in to party, we had a moment of thinking there would be no music, or lights and we’d have to head in the house to keep everyone safe.  A moment later the sky cleared, and the evening was back on.  When we entered the main tent for the party and saw all our family and friends dancing, sweating or glistening as my grandmother would say, we knew we had not entered what looked like the 5th hour of rave, but a room of love courtesy of mother nature herself.  The next day it rained for hours and hours.  But we were married; nothing was going to put a hold on us.

My two year anniversary to Ethan was last week and it is only fitting that we got the chance again to play in sun soaked weather followed by SUBTLE hints of rain.


Night in Gotham

Posted in batman, jazz, music, musical equipment, rock, songwriting, star wars on May 13, 2010 by finerstacy

Okay, I will say it. I am a grown woman and I love Batman.  I love Batman so much that every piece of gear I own has the logo, the colors or some tie to the Dark Night.  My gloves:Batman, my pedal board:Batman, my basement:Batman colors with a yellow Batman Stripper pool…No stripping though; this is sacred ground people.  My fake entrance to the bat cave is only for show.  So when I had the good fortune to travel to Tunisia with a family friend and Tunisian native, I was caught off guard by my fast and strong connection to Star Wars.

Lying awake in my guest’s home I would listen for the first time to “Night in Tunisia” sung by Ella Fitzgerald.  I would marvel at her voice and the haunting melody.  It seemed like the night sky sprinkled with stars stood still as I listened to the song on repeat.  I got to play guitar with Tunisian jazz legend Fawzi Chekili who was beyond talented, kind and supportive.  He told me I was a good songwriter and introduced to me  to younger musicians who were also kind and talented  but schooled me while playing “The Chicken”.  Each time  beat one came around I would still be three counts behind.  Where was my utility belt when I needed it?  Some invisibility spray would have been perfect.  But I got to play some original songs and redeemed myself.

The food in Tunisia was so fresh.   The people were beautiful and the landscapes breath taking.   I brushed my teeth with salt from  the Mediterranean sea and drank freshly squeezed date juice.   My friends and I drove through the desert and literally the smell of the olive trees knocked me out.  Something the Joker would have used if he were battling the bat overseas.

So when we finally got to Matmata and  Tatouine I was a bit hazy and unsure of what we would find.  All I knew was that George Lucas and company had just finished shooting episode 2 about a week before and I was going to find out all I could about it.  We entered Luke’s home…a huge hole in the ground with windows cut out in the sand and walked deeper and deeper into the earth until we met a man who appeared to be a hotel concierge.  We were in the ground, in the desert and this was part of a hotel…keys and all behind his head.  So I turned into the ultimate tourist.  “I’m American! Star Wars! George Lucas!”  Nothing fazed the guy.  “Gold, silver! I will buy your hotel!”  Nothing.  His head and shoulders were a bit slumped.  Not even my Batman t-shirt could have riddled this situation.  And then like a force coming from a tractor beam, the concierge lifted his head slowly and said “I took a picture with Natalie Portman!” and his smile vibrated for weeks.  I said “Where is it?  Can I see it”.   “No” he said.  “It is at home on my mantel.” he said.  And I knew the force was strong with this one.  My love for Batman would remain strong, but that glimmer of hope of happiness was all I needed to see the power of the force…a beautiful girl from Long Island who went to Harvard.   Now years later as I stay up late at night watching  a New Hope and Princess Amidala’s mother.    I think to myself I am a girl from Long Island and I went to Harvard…Really I did for a whole day.

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.

air guitar

Posted in humor, musical equipment, songwriting on September 3, 2009 by finerstacy

Well, it’s been one heck of a summer.  My new guitar is finally here!  Abby Too! is totally rocking!  Ethan and  I have been going to college stations and playing songs off the EP and we have been playing with some new band mates we can’t wait to introduce you to in the fall.

The guitar is fantastic care of Steve D, the guitar ER!  We put Dimarzio super distortion in the bridge and the PAF pro in the neck.  Also I picked a used super distortion (about 30 years old) for Abby One.   I don’t want mommy to get blown away by the newbie.

Spent some time with my family in NY and made guitars with my nieces and nephews…paper plates, string, wood, markers and LOTS of tape…very hip.

I’ve been writing a lot and we got the opportunity to write a theme song for a movie company.   We should know by October if we got the gig.

Hope everyone is well and staying healthy…stock up on that garlic.   It will guarantee a date to the prom…did I say prom, I meant a date with your mom to the prom.

Have a good one!



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.

Can you bare it?

Posted in guitar, humor, musical equipment, pedals, rock on May 9, 2009 by finerstacy

In heaven today!  My wah has come back to me. Crying never felt so good. Got my line 6 mm4…got a ways to go with that one, but it is cool as hell and my A/C boost is in transit back to the Midwest.   Spent the day jamming yesterday and can’t wait to have all the kiddies back home so I can just play and have fun.   Finer has got three shows next week and I’m heading back to NY before then so I can recharge my mojo batteries.  Promise to be back soon with some fuller stories but here’s a quick one.  Back in college.I flew in to NY to meet friends and go to an Ani Difranco show.  Took a cab to Penn Station and started playing my guitar because as usual my friends were late. By the time they got there I was singing some Oasis, Alanis and anything else that ended with an “S” for a group of French exchange students.  Wonderwall never sounded so good and classy.   Ani, was fantastic.  It was just her, no drums, no bass, but still a lot of screaming fans.   We got lost driving home and ended up listening to the Bare Naked Ladies for hours…with our clothes on.