Band Camp

I’ve gone to band camp. Or, at least to bandcamp.

I’ve been searching for a while for an easy way to post my music to the internet. Mostly just to share with friends. I thought that I would hack the music into this blog but mostly that just ended with the failed music section containing scraps of lyrics and occasionally-functioning-but-mostly-broken links to mp3s.

My friends (and probably some hackers) know that I generally just upload files to a media sub-directory and then e-mail out links to people I think might be interested in the songs. Admittedly, not very high-tech and certainly not very effective for long-term sharing.

So ever since my friend Ben told me about bandcamp I’ve been intrigued. A website designed to allow easy uploading and downloading of music. Customizable enough to make it interesting but formulaic enough that it is intuitive to use.

I’ve been poking around over there on and off for a couple weeks but tonight I made it official. I redirected geoffcoats.com to band camp. So now I can just upload songs to that location and any interested parties can download mp3s for free. Or, if you feel like throwing me a bone, you can download high-quality versions for 99 cents. So head over and check it out. I have a couple songs there and will be adding some old ones as well as some new ones (as I write them).

The developers over at Bandcamp even provided an easy mechanism for embedding songs into other websites (like this one):

<a href="http://geoffcoats.com/track/midnight-in-the-marigny">Midnight in the Marigny by Geoff Coats</a>

And if you are a musician, definitely check out bandcamp. The developers are doing some very interesting things over there.


I Got That New Guitar Buzz

National Tricone Series 1 Resonator Recplicon

Until my friend Pat dropped this guitar on off at my house just prior to Christmas, I hadn’t thought much about playing or owning a resonator. I always liked the sound but had pigeonholed them as blues or slide guitars and that was pretty much it.

When I told Pat I was looking at getting a nice flattop, he dropped this off and told me to hang onto it for a while. A deft move on his part.

Once I started playing it I realized that it is a much more versatile instrument than I ever imagined.

Beyond that, the craftsmanship is superior to any guitar I have played. Unflinching attention to detail and pure dedication to quality. I don’t know who the guys are who put these together but I am certain that they are a special bunch and that they care about these instruments. I have heard that they only make around 400 guitars per year. I don’t know if that is true or not but given the sound and feel of this instrument, I could be true.

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