Friday, June 14, 2002

oh boy, jetlagged like crazy!!! spent one week in Germany, which means: it takes you three days to overcome the jet-lag, then you spend one nice day and then you get ready to leave again....anyhow: dreamt of being on stage and performing, it was quite exciting!!! but in fact: I will be performing this Saturday with a student of mine from Santa Cruz, so it will actually become a reality, my long stage absence will be over. Germany was intense and productive, updates and summaries to follow!! gotta go back to work, just announced, that The World would be with Lisa Mullins, while it is with Marco Worman....jeeez, how avoidable if I had read the Dacs (Drax needs to read the Dacs).
see ya all...

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

I remember random things about my grandmothers lately, for example: when we rehearsed for Samuel's Dream at my dad's house once, Samuel came down from Tuebingen and Erian, our trusted bass dude showed up. My grandmother was doing work in the garden and asked us if we wanted some lunch. We denied at first, politely, stating that we had to practice the new material blablabla because of the upcoming tour and radio interviews and so on. but then we actually got very hungry later in the day and since the name of the game for my grandmother ( and I am sure that goes for any grandmother in the world when it comes to selling food to the kids) is persistence, she was ready to go: she prepared wonderful "Putenschnitzel", meaning turkey-schnitzel, and she made about 12 of them. We were 3 guys and, well...we ate..and ate..and finished all!! We suddenly got very sleepy, forgotten was the upcoming tour, the new tunes, the radio interviews, the live TV appearances, we....just..took a HUGE nap...Isn't it interesting that that story sticks to my mind these days (among others which I am planning to share with you), such a feel of family, although she got on my nerves a lot of times, my friends always thought I had the greatest grandmother in the world!!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

one more thing: like an idiot I forgot to bring almost ALL important documents to the immigration hearing in San Jose yesterday. No joint bills, rental agreement, no nothing. Halfway there we realize it nd are about to turn back, but we decide to go to INS and the officer was actually very cool and allowed us to mail in all the missing documents. What a crappy preparation for this important thing. I could have been detained and maybe deported? Well, I think, there is more obvious fraud couples running around like Renee who married the Chinese gentleman 20 years her senior with no English skills at all....anyhow, so that was that and in other legal news: I was in traffic court again for my speeding ticket: there was actually a warrant out, can you believe it?????? Oh man, that would have been a riot that they arrest me for asking why they quote me a wrong amount for that stupid ticket.....
ahhhhhh...so much happened!! good and bad...my grandmother died form my mother's side, very sad! I wanted to go to Germany in the summer to see her again but that for some reason is not to be..at least we met her when we were in Germany, Dawn and I and I visited her often and we even went to the little park and took a stroll there. Well, the Drax family is getting smaller. I am still kind of down and my mind is occupied with loss. And: this horrible school shooting in Erfurt destroyed my idealism about how safe Germany is!! I can't say that anymore, the disillusion of young people everywhere in the world leads to these horrible deeds. We need to look at the root already as a society!! It really puts me down, it is just very depressing all this things!!
On a positive note: I produced some Country and Western for Britas son wedding and sharpened my transcribing skills and I even faked a pedal steel with my BlueD strat!!! WOW!!! Sounds goooood!!

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Had a GREAT jam at Stu's house with the kids!! No kidding: just a little
loop with 3 chords, a minor third apart and Leroy doing a great
minimalistic funk line on bass and Tim drumming like a possessed madman.
It was in fact quite extraordinary and did I record it? Of course not,
idiot me...I did not bring my MiniDisc!!!Anyhow, it was great and it
showed clearly, that without a lot of theoretical knowledge
people/kids/... can make music together. We even did a Chick Corea type
unison break part where Tim delivered a polyrhythmic drum solo (without
him realizing the polyrhythmic implications I am sure) which was just
great!! I guess I am repeating myself..anyhow: we jammed away for almost
one hour, reaching climaxes and bringing it back down. I am definitely
impressed and next time I WILL RECORD THAT STUFF for them mainly to hear
what they achieved.
OK, so long for now, see ya!!!
BD

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Oh my dear lord...promised to write...did not....Well, now that I announced on my soon to be officially opened website bernharddrax.com that this journal will feature daily updates I better keep my word, right? My wife and I just came back from a little European vacation that was just sooooo enjoyable..yet short!! two weeks, a time period in which the average American traveller visits all main European tourist attractions twice we just stayed in the Munich area. We hiked to Kloster Andechs, had great weather in the beer garden, ate Steckerlfisch, a whole fish of course straight from the grill and had a brief encounter with hostile cattle thanks to tour guides Bernd and Christof. We went to Salzburg via the BOB (Bavarian Overland Train), where for $15 you can take 5 buddies and ride the luxurious train to a variety of Alpine destinations....just incredible!! No cars, only public transportation, castles, churches, landmarks en masse, man, I tell you, I do not even remember half of the sites we saw..cultural overkill so to speak and only to be balanced through intense shopping sprees in downtown Munich: candy, clothes and books. On a very sad note: my grandmother dies just a few days before we left San Francisco. I could not get to see her. The funeral was quite hard! My dad picked some very nice music from Vivaldi and Tschaikowsky for that. I met so many relatives. It really is strange that the family only gets together when somebody dies. My uncle Franz and his wife Cara came all the way from Denver. I visited my other granny in the old-peoples home frequently too and I hope I can go back in the summer. What else did we do? Well, we did a lot with Bernd and Vera including getting caught on the S-Bahn without a valid ticket, but: the guys let me walk!!! WOW!!! Normally they are hardcore and you have to go to their office and fill out paperwork etc. and get humiliated...but we missed the last train to Lohhof (Last Exit Lohhof...) and therefore had to stop by a McDonalds..Did not get to see Steffi much and Morbid Mike neither. Next time!! It is tough to please everybody. But: Roland and I had some good sessions of listening to music and drinking beer at Lukullus. We walked around the city quite a bit. In fact, the walking was so intense, that my feet hurt bad!!! As I said: no car for two weeks, man..Anyhow, we also attended Erwins wedding before we left in SF and had a great time with the family that would not talk...I am serious, I guess they did not approve but they still want to stay with the newly weds for 3 months for some reason!!! Then, when we came back I had no time to get over the jet-lag, went straight to working at KAZU, doing the morning show from 6 to 9, CRAZY, and stayed till 4 and then private students. I don't even know what time it is...but: let's not complain, I learn a lot and just gotta be careful not to neglect the finishing of my next album. Oh, another thing: Friday a parent gave me $20 tip for a lesson and at night we went to a Mexican restaurant where this incredible guitar player was playing around the tables with his trio. He is Joe Pass, man, it is frustrating how good this gentleman is! So I immediatly put the money to good use....see ya tomorrow!!

Friday, February 15, 2002

I should write more, should'nt I????
Well, I have been busy teaching and preparing the launch of my own website bernharddrax.com.
And: I am back in the gym!!! Cardio-Kickboxing!!! Can you believe it? It is tough, the first time around I thought I am in bootcamp and my arms and legs felt like jelly, it was depressing....but I will stick to it at least twice a week, things will change. I am not obsessed with fitness or appearance, but I just don't want to feel like a slob any longer!!
And: my students LOVE "Finally grow up", especially the younger ones, one girl in particular. I feel really honored about that. I was under the impression, that at that age (9) everybody is into Backstreet Boys and NSync, but she claims she hates them. And Britaney Spears, she hates her too!!! COOL!!! I am branching out with my fan base here, very exciting that is!!
They really relate to the lyrics and the sounds, I never ever expected that. Furthermore, my tunes from the first album are perfect for teaching melodic and harmonic concepts too.
I can't wait to start recording the next album.
And: I need new cables for my studio, have been going the Radio Shack route for too long, I mean, I am proud of the results, but the buzzing is getting so bad, the interference of the monitor is getting ridiculous.....appropriately I named my studio "Noisy Dorm Recorders": Nomen est Omen!
So there you have it, have a good weekend everybody and stick with me, those games I promised a long time ago will actually see the light of day prety soon on the Calamus website and my Berlin connection is finishing up the video clip too.