Fifty Years!

Tomorrow marks fifty years (yep - 50!) of playing the Trumpet.

Also referred to as “the humiliating mistress” this instrument continues to humble me… each and every day. This makes me think of the comments by the late (and great) Dizzy Gillespie:

“Some days you put the Horn to your lips and every thing works - and you win. Other days you put the Horn to your lips and nothing works… the Horn wins. This goes on, and on… and on… and then you die. And the Horn Wins

Beautiful Dizzy X

"the Venue"

Earls Court, the Venue, early 1980s was an iconic performance venue for both local and international bands run by the supportive Joseph Gualtieri. During this decade he catered for some of the best live shows I've ever seen, let alone performed in. Downstairs was one of the best sounding live rooms in Melbourne. Joe was instrumental in the growth of Melbourne's reggae and roots scene, giving many new bands their first gigs. It was a wonderful surprise to meet up with Joe at Randy Borquaye's birthday jam, having not seen him since the Venue closed down and was demolished to make way for the Novatel on the upper Esplanade in St Kilda. Next door was "Bananas," another iconic live venue for Melbourne's music during the 70's and 80's. Venue owners are so important in the development of any music scene so here's a big thanx to Joe for all his support.


I actually remember when 256 MB of random access memory was enough to run both Protools (Vsn 4) and Logic Pro (Vsn 4) simultaneously, albeit a tad sluggish. I upgraded my RAM to 8 Gigabytes from 4 and the performance behaviour is incredibly better. Protools Vsn 8 & 9 has added virtual instruments (a la Logic) but has always been much more RAM & CPU demanding. Although a minimum of 2GB is recommended for these app's to run it becomes very apparent when utilising the virtual instruments that more RAM is essential.

Check out the prices for memory at RAMcity in Sydney. Not only are their prices very low but the services is equally "vaVroom."