Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Re-strung the 12 string.

Here's one of my first serious paintings, It was inspired by my teenage vanity, passport photo's on a table, and a photocopy of my face. I used to do loads of them and eventually got banned from the library at college for it.
I was only 16-17 at the time, good painting though.

Today started with bright sunshine, I decided to re-string my 12 string guitar, no small task. I also used the opportunity to give it a good clean and wd40 the nuts, I also tried to lower the action by sanding the little bone peice on the sound board, but I was scared of ruining it, and didn't go far enough, so its still quite high. It sounds beautiful, and very loud. Its an Epiphone, but no where near as nice as the one Pete has. I tend not to play it because its such hard work, but today I did.

I worked on my new song as well, I don't know whether its finished or has some way to go.
Really looking forward to the ' In the Attic' tomorrow, 'in our pj's', its going to be a late one. I'm thinking of playing a song I wrote for my nephew Ryan, when he found out he was going to be a father at the age of 19. I've recorded this one in the studio, but only me and a guitar, and it stands up. The other song I thought I could play is ' My brother Shaun ', anyone who has kept up with my blog, has probably heard about this song. I have recorded this one, with Bob Pridden producing, Pino Pallerdino on bass, Gary Granger on guitar, John Rabbit on Hamond and piano and Zak Starky on the drums. How lucky I know I am, to have such amazing players helping me, Bob was brilliant. I have been very lucky, and still am. Hope you all get a good constant feed tomorrow, let me know what you think, and maybe even give me a shout.

mikey

11 Comments:

Blogger Gary said...

That's cool picture Mikey.

I'm looking forward to the show. Won't be wearing PJ's though..

I adjusted the action on my Martin the same way, I used an orbital sander, I had to take off about 1.5mm, it plays real nice. The lowden has a funky 2 piece bridge and I had to have that one professionally done. I know what you're saying about 12 string guitars, they sound so gorgious, but are really hard to play.

I ordered a decent condenser mike and a pop shield this week so I can get a more vibrant, bright sound on accoustics and voice.

You're so lucky to play with all these guys. Are you going to keep in touch with Foy Vance? Not sure if you knew him prior to Balham or not, I've ordered his CD based on hearing his voice sing I Am One. I was really impressed with his web site also, real arty.

Cheers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005  
Blogger AndyW said...

Mikey,
That painting is very cool.

I can't wait to hear your stuff on In The Attic tomorrow.

If you get a chance I would be honored if you listend to my instrumental New Spirit on my blog

Cheers
AndyW

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

mikey, i love the painting! its very indie. of course raleigh was an explorer, rachel said that as she wrote a song called "sir walter raleigh" another blonde moment for lucy kelly have had a ton of blonde moments on holiday.
i cant wait to hear the song about ryan. im sure its beautiful in every way as all your songs are!. my friend laura listend to plastacine and said its one of the most beautiful pieces she has heard!. your very very talented!!
take care seeya tonite i had no idea it was @ midnight never mind your all worth it
seeya blog buddy regards to everyone
love Lucy (tammy girl)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Seychelle said...

Hey Mikey, I love doing self-portraits too. I find I am my own best subject and I love the reaction from others. People say things you never expect. Hard to see the detail in the photo but I really do love everything about it. It's really fantastic for a beginning painting. I actually think it's my favorite so far that you've posted. Keep them coming. Oh god, restringing a 12 string IS no small task and I once attempted to restring my old classical guitar but found it wasn't worth it as I never could play...Charo I ain't...but I did have a yellow Pearl drum set for a while that I banged away on. Now I leave it to the pros like you. Can't wait to hear your new song. Does your brother Shaun own this painting as well? Are you working on any new ones? I hope to own an original Michael Cuthbert someday if you are ever willing to part with any even though plenty of artists I know never do, myself included. See you in the attic. Cheers, S

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Michael said...

Great picture! Sorry Ive been away from Blogville a little windy here to say the least I will start going thru previos posts and get back to mine michael :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Mikey, I used to photocopy my bare ass and boobs and would laugh so hard I'd cry. I'd leave the photocopies in places where my sisters would find them and just DIE at their reactions!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Hi Gary, looks like I needed you yesterday, I'll have to have another go at the 12 string.
I had never met Foy before, but got on with him really well, and such a beautiful voice, I'm sure we'll see each other again. Thanks mate, see you tonight.
Hi AndyW, thanks mate, I'll check out your blog very soon, cheers.
Hiya Lucy, I'm glad your back, and had a good time. I'm a bit jealous of you being so brown though. Thanks for all your lovely complements, you are a sweetheart. See you tonight blog buddy and take care.
Thankyou Seychelle, do you know, I wouldn't even know where to start looking for this painting. Alot of my earlier paintings have disapeared, but I've got loads of self-portraits I can post up for you guys. I'm sure you'll own one, one day in the future. If you truly want one. See you tonight.
Thanks Michael, so glad to hear your ok mate, that was all a bit scary for my liking. Hope the world returns to normality soon for you and your family, take care.
Ha Jessica, got any copies left to put up on your blog, he, he. Thankyou for your superb comments, they always make me smile, cheers darlin'.
mikey

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

When I'm in the office alone, I will do another one...a bare ass one. For all your viewing pleasures. All of us can enjoy the full moon no matter where we are in the world. Sounds heavenly!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Very cool painting Mikey. My dad does art as well as music. Garcia did to. It's interesting to see musical minds putting stuff on canvas.

Thursday, October 27, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Hey Jessica, can't wait to be bathed in moon-beams, go Jessica, go Jessica.
Thanks Justin, people always try and get people in box's, they say, are you a painter, or are you this or that? We are all more than just one thing, I'm glad you appreciate this, thanks mate.
mikey

Thursday, October 27, 2005  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Mikey,
You might consider tightening the truss rod some to help bring the neck up to the strings. Sanding is a good idea, but be careful. Not too much off though, and don't over tighten the truss rod.

Thursday, October 27, 2005  

Post a Comment

<< Home