The Flow of One Heartbeat – Gig Gab Podcast 175

Heart inside of Treble Clef – The Flow of One Heartbeat – Gig Gab Podcast 175You know that special moment when your band gets to that point where everything’s flowing and you operate on one heartbeat? Paul and Dave each experienced that this weekend in different ways and, of course, they share their experiences.

That’s not all it’s about, though. When you bring in songs for your band, how do you manage your expectations as to what that song should (or will) be when it’s ready to play? Not always easy, especially if the song means something to you separate from all that.

And, of course, Elvis Costello is on the minds of your two favorite weekend warriors… and a Nick Lowe story is thrown in for good measure!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 175 – Monday, July 30, 2018
  • 00:01:48 The Joy of Hard Work
  • 00:03:30 Feeling The Flow
  • 00:05:34 Going with The Flow
  • 00:10:21 One heartbeat.
  • 00:12:41 Finding the right vocal mic
  • 00:15:00 Elvis Costello
  • 00:16:44 Nick Lowe gets a check!
  • 00:18:35 Elvis on the mind
  • 00:20:24 Recovering from Mistakes
  • 00:26:08 Surviving equipment failure
  • 00:30:59 “When the world is running down…”
  • 00:35:49 You make the best of it!
  • 00:39:38 Do no harm.
  • 00:41:25 Triumphant at last!
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When Your Brain Starts Playing – Gig Gab Podcast 174

Brain with a guitar saying When Your Brain Starts Playing – Gig Gab Podcast 174Every show has a theme, and after your two favorite Weekend Warriors took a week off from podcasting, they’ve had a lot to think about. It’s no surprise, then, that the theme of this episode is thinking. When is thinking good, and when is it bad? How many gigs is too many, and what should you be thinking about during, before, and after each one?

What happens when someone else shares their thoughts with you? Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton share all of this – and more – on Gig Gab for you this week.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 174 – Monday, July 23, 2018
  • 00:02:14 The value and privilege of prep time
  • 00:06:05 Sometimes you play the show, sometimes it plays you!
  • 00:08:27 Your brain is not your friend
  • 00:09:47 Hamilton’s Law – Once you go to the brain, you’re dead
  • Jaco Pastorius: “Don’t think so much, man, just concentrate.”
  • 00:10:43 Learning to trust your gut and feel
  • 00:15:02 Telegraphing your feelings on the performance immediately after the show
  • 00:16:16 Dissecting with family
  • 00:17:51 When the dissection goes sideways
  • 00:21:28 What’s your note-delivery vibe!
  • Phish’s “No Analysis” rule
  • 00:27:36 You’re not reading each other’s minds all the time
  • 00:31:11 Playing the 90’s
  • Classic Albums: Nevermind
  • 00:42:20 Sometimes changing the song is the best way to stay true to it
  • 00:46:44 The intricacies of 90’s tunes.
  • 00:51:32 GG 174 Outtro

Buddy Gibbons: Building a Music Career – Gig Gab Podcast 173

Buddy Gibbons Gig Gab Podcast 173Drummer, producer, composer, and singer, Buddy Gibbons talks through his start in marching band, how traditional grip unlocked his entire career, and simply provides lesson after lesson for anyone wanting to create a living playing music. Informative, inspirational, and simply charming, Buddy walks through it all for Paul and Dave and all of you with his head held high. Press play, download, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 173 – Monday, July 9, 2018
  • 00:01:00 Setlist negotiation on headline gigs
  • 00:03:11 Buddy Gibbons, drummer, producer, composer, singer, you name it!
  • 00:04:17 The invisible rock star
  • 00:05:00 Always preparing for the next thing
  • 00:06:03 Music for television
    • LA Dodgers in-stadium music
  • 00:08:50 Marching band geek
    • Second band, first chair, never first/first
  • 00:10:14 Traditional Grip = First Chair
  • 00:11:07 Starting all over again in LA
    • Zildjian endorsement deals
  • 00:12:13 Don’t worry about getting a gig, focus on building your career
  • 00:15:30 Swimming in the Sharks in the Ocean?
  • 00:17:13 Surround yourself with great people
  • 00:19:00 Sponsorships vs. Endorsements vs. Artist Deals
  • 00:21:52 Classic Rock = Modern Country
  • 00:24:13 Marketing to the right people
  • 00:28:39 Marching infiltrating other genres – Creating a niche
  • 00:30:17 Glee is to thank for drumline re-introduction into pop culture
  • 00:31:00 Wanted to be a rock star… but this is what I do
  • 00:32:10 Nashville vs. LA scenes
  • 00:38:44 Don’t let the short game tempt you
  • 00:42:21 Clinics
  • 00:44:59 GG 173 Outtro

Choosing Happy Songs … and Which Drummers could have replaced Keith Moon? – Gig Gab Podcast 172

Choosing Happy SongsYou have the power to control your audience.

Well, kind of. You have the power to choose how you emote on stage, and there’s a lot of power behind choosing happy songs. Paul and Dave talk about this, and how to go about it. But that’s not all… outdoor gigs, goals vs. systems, and Dave’s process for learning and rehearsing for The Who’s Tommy are all part of this week’s show. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 172 – Monday, July 2, 2018
  • 00:01:21 Sweatin’ on Stage
  • 00:01:45 Playing on the beach!
  • 00:04:49 Managing competition vs. respect
  • 00:07:24 “How can I earn more of your business?”
  • 00:10:38 Some fans like clubs, everyone likes outdoor gigs!
  • 00:16:00 Goals vs. Systems
  • 00:18:00 Chicken vs. Egg in Band-related Systems
  • 00:19:47 Paul’s 90s upcoming night
  • 00:25:21 Choosing Happy Songs
  • 00:30:15 US Senate Passes Music Modernization Act
  • 00:33:33 The wives’ perspective
  • 00:34:28 Tommy rehearsals
  • 00:44:20 Drummers to replace Keith Moon
  • 00:50:06 GG 172 Outtro