Going for It: Guitar Man

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Keep on trucking

I am working from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and then end up working on paperwork for the rest of the evening. Sigh.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 14, 2010; 06:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

I need more time!

All I do these days is wake up, leave the house, go to work and come home to sleep.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 7, 2010; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dangerous deployments

I worked in a military warehouse which was protected by 50-caliber machine gun nests that were designed to take out vehicles that don't stop.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 3, 2010; 06:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busy in the federal space

I'm trying to get security clearance, which means I would be pretty much set for a great IT job now that there is less competition in the market.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 21, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Working full time for my NFL pool

I'm running my office NFL pool and it feels like a full time job.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 18, 2010; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sales don't seem so bad

I can tell you right now, I thought twice about being on the technological side of the game and I even thought twice about being in music.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 15, 2010; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sick as a dog

It was Columbus day and I was off from my job at my network engineering job sick as a dog. The next day, I was unable to even make it out of bed.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 14, 2010; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

I had a medieval weekend

I saw jousting and we wandered around getting drunk and playing little games here and there.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 13, 2010; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busy bee me

From getting demos ready for customers last minute, to interviewing new candidates, I have been working at my network engineering job nonstop.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 12, 2010; 06:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blast from the past

This past Friday, our former drummer Jason came by the practice space. We had a great time playing together again.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 5, 2010; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

A tough new instrument

This thing is extremely powerful. It is essentially a recording studio in the form of a keyboard.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 4, 2010; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Experiencing PRS

I spent a recent afternoon at guitar maker Paul Reed Smith's Experience PRS open house, where I met such music industry notables as Ricky Skaggs and Davey Knowles.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 1, 2010; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Taking a well-deserved rest

It is exhausting to play day in and day out. I know that we would be playing every day if we were on tour, but then we wouldn't be working our day jobs, too.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 28, 2010; 06:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL football is the devil

Football is in full swing, which means that I will be losing lots of money on both stupid bets and fantasy football.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 27, 2010; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

I don't buy it

It sucks knowing that our tax money is being used to buy someone a new iPad.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 23, 2010; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hoping to go viral on YouTube

I think we should do a goofy video to go along with our upcoming recording. I think it would go viral on YouTube.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 17, 2010; 06:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Image is everything

We are leaning towards being ourselves for our image--college-educated white boys from suburbia with very little fashion sense, but an unexpectedly funky sound.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 15, 2010; 06:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Taking the band in a new direction

We really need to focus on writing new music and getting a new CD out. Our sound has changed quite a bit over the past year and we have new songs that need to be recorded.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 8, 2010; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

We're not in Kansas anymore

I was trying to enter a building which was the site of a mock bomb threat. They were looking for suspicious characters and I come walking up with a heavy laptop case.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 6, 2010; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

The request line is closed

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone requests a song during our performance.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 2, 2010; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another one bites the dust

Think of our ex-band member as the T.O. of music. He is an amazing sax player just like T.O. is an amazing wide receiver. The problem lies in the drama that he creates.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 31, 2010; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Marketing our music

I worked with D.J. recently about what we plan to do for the future. We talked a lot about our Web presence and recording our new music.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 30, 2010; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

The jig is up

My boss finally found out about my blog. Oops.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 27, 2010; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

A whole new sound

We are considering some personnel changes with the band.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 25, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Working hard or hardly working?

Things have been going great with the band. We have been averaging three to four shows a week and have an upcoming show where we will open for a national act!

By Jeff Kuehn | August 23, 2010; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expense it

I never got a chance to go to the beach in Virginia Beach because I worked the whole time.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 3, 2010; 05:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busy at the beach

Most of my weekdays have been monotonous since I came down here to Virginia Beach to work.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 25, 2010; 10:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Working on the beach

My network engineering job is sending me to teach people in the navy how to use their phones. It will be very boring and repetitive.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 14, 2010; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't let me be like them

They put on a great show, but it seems as though it is the same almost everywhere they go. They made the same jokes and played a lot of the same songs.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 13, 2010; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sun burnt for Victor Wooten

My manager and I went to see Victor Wooten at an outside workshop. It was 75 degrees and sunny, but we didn't bring sunscreen. By the time Victor was done, so were we.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 9, 2010; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anticipating Victor Wooten

The only thing I have seen that is as impressive as Victor Wooten playing the bass guitar is the one-armed bassist on YouTube.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 8, 2010; 04:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Working on the bass-ics

Now that he is working hard to play better, so am I. I have been taking lessons with Freddie Louden, the bass player for the Kelly Bell Band.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 2, 2010; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Short and sweet

I just got back from a gig, am very tired and have to work in the morning.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 29, 2010; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

I love modern pharmaceuticals

It took three legal drugs to get me through a recent rehearsal with a very sore throat.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 24, 2010; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Federal Hill Blues Festival

The sun came out just in time for The Kelly Bell Band to play. I take bass lessons with their bass player, Freddie Louden. Their performance, I think, was the best of the day.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 9, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sleep deprived, again

Again, I am extremely tired. We all got up at 6:00 a.m. this morning to meet a friend downtown who took some pictures of us. She's studied psychology and photography.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 3, 2010; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

A small chance at fortune

I need to win the lottery to pay for my dream.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 27, 2010; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

ISO a manager

We met Mike at Best Buy when he came in to buy some guitar books and I asked him if he liked to support local music. He said he did and I sold him one of our CDs.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 26, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

To busy to blog

I've had too much to do to blog with projects at my network engineering job, working at Best Buy and moving into my new apartment in Annapolis; I've had no time to blog.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 24, 2010; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

An important project at work

At the network engineering company where I work, I have been helping to renew a major contract vehicle. It's REALLY fun stuff! Hopefully my sarcasm came through there.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 19, 2010; 05:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

A change in majors

Now that I have been dealing with RF signals and wireless communications, I'm tempted to change my major to electrical engineering because of the recording equipment.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 14, 2010; 04:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Unlearning what I've learned

In my studio, I'm using cheaper technology than that at the recording studio. I have to learn where all of the short cuts are in this new software.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 13, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The more the better

Jason is an amazing drummer. He was trained at an early age by a jazz musician.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 12, 2010; 05:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Splurging to build a studio

I've bought quite bit of musical gear lately. My goal with all this is to be able to record everything at home and only have to utilize a real studio for mastering.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 11, 2010; 05:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Impulse buying for myself

Best Buy wanted to get rid of it so bad that the price was eventually dropped to $1150. That's a good 68% off the regular price. I couldn't pass up on this deal.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 4, 2010; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Show me the money

My supervisors were impressed that I passed my CCNP certification. I even got a little bonus. I hope they don't expect that bonus to keep me from asking for a raise.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 22, 2010; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Becoming rich and famous

The more people we impress, the more places we'll get to play. The more places we play, the more fans we'll get and before you know it, we'll be rich and famous.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 21, 2010; 04:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting the axe

When you finish a presentation and the CEO says, "I was extremely disappointed," you know you have a problem.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 20, 2010; 04:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trying to live the dream

I'm afraid I might reach the point very soon where the band interferes with my day job.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 19, 2010; 02:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

A new place to lay my head

The realtor found us a pimp spot, a two-bedroom condo with two baths about two minutes from downtown Annapolis. I'm excited that we have a place to bring people.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 15, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

I can't name that tune

I kept playing and eventually it started to sound like a Beatles' song. I played it for virtually everyone at Best Buy that night, but no one knew what it was.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 13, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Technology for band practice

I think it would be awesome if band members could practice with one another from different locations, but feel as if they were in the same room.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 12, 2010; 07:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Lost" time

I'm keeping this blog short. I I have to be at my network engineering job by 6:30 a.m. and I have to catch up on the other night's episode of "Lost."

By Jeff Kuehn | April 9, 2010; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Black Eyed Peas approach

I think I have decided that I am going to quit Best Buy. I just have too much to do.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 8, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

A drunken game of switch-truments

One night when we were drunk, we decided to see who would be the best at switching instruments. It was fun, but we were pretty hammered, so I doubt it sounded good.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 6, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

A cure all in a needle

My allergy test was a miserable experience. I felt like a pin cushion.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 26, 2010; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another long night

It wasn't until about 4:30 a.m. that I finally got home. I slept in until 11 a.m., cursing my decision to party so late the night before.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 23, 2010; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Damn you, daylight savings

It takes me awhile to get into daylight savings time.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 18, 2010; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Masochistic tendencies

I'm sure there are many people out there who don't get much sleep. I get so little sleep that some would say I am torturing myself. I choose not to sleep because of time.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 11, 2010; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bowling for business

We stuffed ourselves, then went started up an old tradition that D.J. and I used to do a lot. We held our business meeting at the bowling alley. I scored a 191, my best ever!

By Jeff Kuehn | March 10, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Computer geek with problems

The only problem, is that I have so much saved data on my computer that I can't, or I guess I should say I don't want to do a clean install. This would wipe my hard drive along with all the data and install Windows fresh.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 4, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expanding our music network

Hopefully, D.J. and I can put together a huge band with a dozen or so instruments. That would really help the music sound full.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 2, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lesson learned

It ended up costing me almost $200 to replace the two front tires. I wish they would have aligned my car as well, since it pulls to the right, but I had the work done at a place that doesn't do that. I have learned my lesson, I guess.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Certifying my future

It's one thing to do nothing for 15 to 20 hours a day and get paid for it, but when you have to actually think, that's draining. My brain feels like mush, yet I still have two more certification exams to study for and take.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 26, 2010; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Winter Olympics, we have a problem

To top it all off with the winter games, we have to watch them in the winter. I'm sure I would be much more entertained if I could walk outside after watching the bob sled race to a sunny 75 degrees. If I were in San Diego, I would probably be glued to my TV.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 25, 2010; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

More on the voice toy

One of the biggest problems our band has is that D.J. can't sing a note. This hardware allows me to make up for that by simulating someone singing harmonies.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 19, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Resting up to make that money

I need to be rested so I can get up and work another 13 hours tomorrow. Gotta make that money!

By Jeff Kuehn | February 17, 2010; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Press kits on a shoestring budget

We came up with the idea to get regular folders from Staples or Office Depot and put some kind of sticker on the front. This sticker can have our band's name on it and maybe our contact info. It will look cool and professional all at the same time.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 16, 2010; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

I want fame and fortune, not snow

I want to play music, make boat loads of money doing it and party/sleep with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Is that too much to ask? I could be walking around Annapolis handing out our press kits and trying to get new gigs. Instead, I am stuck inside.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 12, 2010; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Internet, never leave me again

If the Internet were a real object, I would lock it in my basement with chains and never let it out of my sight. I don't want to be without it ever again. I can live without lights or heat or even television, but life without the Internet, that is just barbaric and cruel.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 12, 2010; 01:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another cert to add to my list

I have to get what is called the Cisco Sales Expert certification, or CSE. This is like going back through high school algebra after you already have a degree in theoretical mathematics.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 10, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another snow-related hassle

Because I could not see and feared crashing into something, I had to drive home with my head stuck half way out the window while the snow came flying in on me.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 10, 2010; 04:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Snow, snow go away

I was supposed to take it tomorrow, but then I found out we are supposed to have more snow. Since we are probably going to get snowed in again, too, I decided to postpone the exam to next Monday.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 9, 2010; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

My snowy prison

For some reason, I enjoyed being locked away in my snowy prison for most of the past three days. With the exception of going over to my friend's house to see the Super Bowl Sunday, I stayed in.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 9, 2010; 05:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl pool woes

With exactly five seconds left, the Saints hiked the ball and kicked a field goal. I sat there spellbound, afraid to breathe or move.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 8, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl pool hopes

I could have potentially won $500 per each quarter of the game.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 8, 2010; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time drags by real slow

I just hate how time seems to drag on longer when you are doing something you don't want to be doing

By Jeff Kuehn | February 5, 2010; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lessons about tax preparation

One of our goals for this year is to start keeping all of our receipts in a central location and writing all of the expenses in a book or on a spread sheet.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 5, 2010; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should I save or have fun?

Staying where I am will help me to save, but it will take some time. Or, I could struggle for the next couple of months by moving in with my buddy at his pimp apartment. That would be more fun.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 3, 2010; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sacrificing fun for success

I just hope we start getting into higher level material soon, or I am going to be bored everyday for the next two and a half months that I am doing this "engineering academy."

By Jeff Kuehn | February 2, 2010; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's going to be a long day

I only got a few hours sleep. It's going to be a rough day, especially if its as boring as it was yesterday.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 2, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A curve in the competition

As it turns out, though, the whole thing was done differently this time. There were no routers or firewalls or intrusion anything in the competition. Pretty much everything I prepared for turned out to be unnecessary.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 1, 2010; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Check out my band's bio

Maybe Not Even is a blues-rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. Since their inception, the group has included me, Jeff K, on vocals and lead rhythm guitar, and D.J. Rocco, on lead guitar.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 1, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

I wanna be viral

One day, D.J. came up with this goofy little chord progression on the guitar. We called the song "Drama (in the Restaurant Business)." I figured it would be a good idea to make a music video of the song. It can be campy, just like the song.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 29, 2010; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Changing the world in a day

This guy changed the world and he was only in his 20s.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 29, 2010; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Record this for posterity

Recently, as I drove, I came up with some things that would make great blogs. The problem was that I forget those thoughts before I reached my destination. What can I say? I drink a lot.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 28, 2010; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.J. Rocco, the myth and legend

My bandmate, D.J. Rocco, is an Annapolis-based musician and lead guitarist for the band Maybe Not Even. His musical knowledge has been heavily influenced by guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 28, 2010; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hoping for higher pay

Most of our contracts are with the government and if contracts are frozen, my company might not take on any more full time employees.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 27, 2010; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

In search of a big break and a lawyer

They say that the entertainment lawyers are the best guys, or gals, to make you big because they already know and possibly work with some of the big names in the business.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 26, 2010; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suffering from wandering brain

I've got to start blogging again, learning new songs to play at my T-Bonz show and studying for my next exam.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 25, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stuck on my own bio

You would think it would be easy to write about yourself seeing as how you are the best source on the topic, but it's rather difficult.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 22, 2010; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

A case of 'roid rage could be next

I'm already tired and cranky, the last thing I need is a case of "roid rage." I like my room the way it is. I don't want any holes in my walls.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 22, 2010; 05:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stress is taxing my body

Last week I had bronchitis. Today I woke up to find half of my left eye blood red and irritated. I only hope I don't have pink eye.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 21, 2010; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tired and hung over at work

I don't know if the energy I got from breakfast or that first cup of coffee wore off, or perhaps the act of staring at a computer screen drained me of all ability to stay awake, but I am at the point of falling asleep at my desk.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 21, 2010; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

My back up career plan

Even if the whole rock star thing doesn't pan out, I'll be okay.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 20, 2010; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

A window into my world

For the 18 months or so, I have not had a functioning driver's side window in my car. I couldn't roll the window down on a beautiful summer's day. A couple of times I got pulled over and I was afraid I might get shot for trying to open my door.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 19, 2010; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Afflicted by a lowly common cold

I hope I'm not contagious because i have to go to work. I have never called in sick to work before and I don't want to start now.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 15, 2010; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hoping for Tom Brokaw interview

What does a guy have to do to get his story on TV?

By Jeff Kuehn | January 15, 2010; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do it yourself T-shirts for the band

D.J. and I have been getting some good response to our performances at our weekly shows at T-Bonz in Ellicott City so far, so I figured we could expand on our merchandise by including T-shirts.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 14, 2010; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sick and dreaming of summer

Once my band gets rich, I'm thinking that somewhere like St. Thomas would be the first place I would go.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 13, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pimp apartments and big jobs

The place I want to move to is $3,000 per month for a three bedroom apartment. Granted, this is the pimpest place I have ever seen.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 13, 2010; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

The high cost of success

It's pretty expensive to get a no-name act off the ground.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 12, 2010; 06:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

New year's resolution

I did nothing important all day.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 11, 2010; 06:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another year older

I officially celebrated my birthday with my family the other day. Since I was performing on the evening of my actually birthday, Monday, and since my favorite German restaurant, The Old Stein Inn, is closed on Mondays, we decided to celebrate it a few...

By Jeff Kuehn | January 8, 2010; 01:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

A little lite snack

Start with several mini potato rolls. Toast them up and then break out some peanut butter. I personally prefer chunky, but smooth works just as well.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 7, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sleep is for the weak

I could have slept in, but I needed to get up early to write this blog and do some last-minute studying.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 6, 2010; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

I need the practice

The biggest problem is that a band makes so much noise. In this day in age when so many developers are building houses on top of other houses, it's practically impossible to find a place where noise won't disturb others.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 5, 2010; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

No pain with novocaine

The whole time he was drilling, I had a pain in my tooth that was reminiscent of the ache you get from eating ice cream when your teeth are sensitive.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 4, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

A holiday hell

Tomorrow, I will have to suffer through holiday traffic on my way into work on Christmas Eve.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 23, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Contract shmontract

I just want to say that contract law sucks.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lying around like Brian Wilson

If only I still had that youthful desire to go out and play in the snow. Unfortunately my laziness kicked in and I sat around the house watching TV and playing video games.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 21, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blogging drunk doesn't work

Every time I read it, I picture some drunk guy giving this as a speech and I can't help but laugh.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 21, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A productive day, despite myself

I thought I was going to be useless at work today. Apparently, I was not!

By Jeff Kuehn | December 18, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Got to make that money

A recent night was a great example. It was almost 2:00 a.m. and I was blogging after performing.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 18, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Calling the cops is just plain rude

The cops knocked as we finished one of our songs. They asked us to be quiet, then told us that the music sounded good! They had apparently been standing outside listening to us play.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 16, 2009; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blogging while sick

I slept for two hours before I realized that I didn't do the four blogs I promised my editor that I would do.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 15, 2009; 01:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

A night out with what's her name

In the end, I had a great time and though I didn't get a phone number from any of them, I did tell them about my blog. Maybe they are reading it right now to see what their competition, the good old Washington Post is doing?

By Jeff Kuehn | December 14, 2009; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Contracts, lawyers and headaches

I'm in a situation that requires me to defend myself so that I won't lose out on a lot of money.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 10, 2009; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting drunk on the cheap

Open mic nights give you the opportunity to see the up and coming bands. But Tuesday night sucked. I don't want to sound cocky, but I can't help but criticize other artists when I go to these things.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 9, 2009; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Technical difficulties

I am taking the suggestion of my editor and keeping these next two blogs short so that I can spend the rest of my time studying for final exams, if I ever start studying.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 9, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fingers crossed to be valedictorian

I have a 69 percent going into the final. Luckily that is in the upper percentile and the professor grades on a curve. I need to get an A so that I can graduate with a 4.0 grade point average. I would love to be named valedictorian

By Jeff Kuehn | December 8, 2009; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not a public service announcement

I don't know how this went from me talking about getting a new bassist to me ranting about achieving goals, so I apologize. I feel like I should say something about drugs. You know, "This egg is Lisa's brain, then she did drugs. Now, I'm smashing into her brain with a frying pan because that's what drugs do!"

By Jeff Kuehn | December 7, 2009; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

I hope I don't wake up in Boston

I have never called out sick from work. There was that time I went with friends to see the Orioles play the Red Sox in Boston. We left late to come back. I called the restaurant and told them I got drunk and woke up in Boston.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 3, 2009; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Soup for the stressed-out soul

I had heard for years that chicken soup helped you feel better when you were sick. I wondered if this had any merit, so I decided to check it out. It didn't take me long to find my answer.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 3, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Booze, music don't always mix

Fortunately, I was able to remember everything I did, so I wasn't suffering from any gaps in my memory. But I still felt awful.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 2, 2009; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Uninspired on video story line

I should have realized that the scenes that I drew wouldn't be that good. But it probably doesn't matter how good it looks, as long as the idea is captured for what I want the video shot to look like.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 1, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Encounters on the road to success

One of the coolest guys we've met so far is Josh. We randomly met him at Cocoa Lane during an open mic performance. He played the violin. We played a set together. We called ourselves "Dixie Normous." That was his idea.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 1, 2009; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Spielberg's heels

Many bands use the Zooms to record themselves practicing. Others use it to record legal sessions or presentations. I have even seen people using them as microphones in place of their camera microphones so that they can get a better quality sound for their videos. Which brings me to my main point. This Zoom also records video.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 30, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Doing double duty

I have been scrambling to complete my semester projects. Like most things, I just kept putting it off. In one class, I have to develop a security policy for a fictitious company. The project is 50 pages long. Oh, and it's due on Monday.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 25, 2009; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Welcoming back a close friend

Ultimately Jason joined the marines, while D.J. and I formed the band Maybe Not Even. While Jason was stationed in California, he met a girl and got married. He is planning on returning home next year. I can't wait for him to move back.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 24, 2009; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Playing at work

I think that is why I love performing music so much. When I have had a long day and I feel like strangling someone, I just come home and play my guitar and everything goes away. When I am playing on stage and people are singing every word that I sing, it is the most euphoric feeling ever.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 18, 2009; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Add television to my star

It's fascinating how much time and effort and how many resources are involved in making a television program.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 18, 2009; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ideas come from everywhere

In our bathroom by the gym and engineers' desks, the reading materials focused on men's health and technology. On the sales/executives' side of the building, there were Forbes and Fortune magazines.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 17, 2009; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

In search of the Brad Pitt in me

If I can get to my Brad Pitt-esque body back that I had in high school, then we could really sell some CDs.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 16, 2009; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

I just had sex with a celebrity

If I had started this article with the sentence, "I just had sex with a celebrity!" and then went on to detail how I accomplished this awesome task, you would have been more inclined to read it than if I had titled it, "Titles: An Observation Of the Impact of Titles on Consumer Spending."

By Jeff Kuehn | November 13, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

As long as I get mine, we're cool

I work part time for a company as a network engineer and am finishing up an associate degree in information security, so you know I have some nerd in me.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 13, 2009; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wanted: bassist ISO band

Everyone says that the most difficult thing to do in a band is to find a good bassist.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 12, 2009; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Living for my fantasy

After this weekend, I am beginning to question whether fantasy football is the best leisure activity for me.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 11, 2009; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video killed the radio star

I might just give up on computers altogether and go into the music video business.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 11, 2009; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eat, drink and be merry!

You don't see total strangers drinking and partying and dancing like gypsies with one another anymore, except at a Dave concert. It's as if Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and Hunter S. Thompson have all channeled their auras through Dave's music.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 10, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Censorship? That's for Quakers!

I realized that with such things as the Internet and satellite radio, I had completely forgotten about censorship and that it still even exists.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 6, 2009; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

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