Choose one, you can have bad breath, be funky, or have stinky feet? You have to choose one and why?
I choose feet, because I can keep my shoes on LOL.
Leave your choice below.
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The Passion of the Buttons
Where does that leave us today? Well anyone who has been following me knows that I am on protein shakes twice a day now. They are tasty, but when they wear off, the hunger strikes like a muther brother. I mean, think of a vampire who has been imprisoned for hundreds of years, emaciated due to the lack of plasma, comatose, pale, frail and weakened to the point of death. That is what I felt like yesterday, and it sucked let me tell you.
I was clawing at the strings of my intestinal fortitude, wrestling with my subconscious about taking a trip to Subway (cause if I am going to fall off I can at least join Jared right?) or going to steak escape to sink my teeth into a double meat triple cheese sub with delicious fries. I fought those urges and I went home and ate a chicken breast that I had left over from the night before. Then I got into a handful of sour cream and onion fries. Oh man those were soooo what I needed.
I was able to keep it cool after that, and I went and mixed a new song for my album that I am working on titled “Hoodstock: A Summer Of Thugs”. The entire time I mixed I was thinking about how damn good those chips were, then someone called me that was dropping a binder of some info to me that I needed to run outside and grab.
When I got outside, she looked at me and said “Oh my god, you just keep losing weight”. I said, “it doesn’t feel like it, matter of fact today has been rather rough.” She ignored me and called me an inspiration. That felt good because if I can inspire other people to get healthy (especially recording engineers), then I am doing the world a good service.
I walked the straight and narrow for the rest of the night and woke up this morning recharged and ready to knock back another protein shake. When I grabbed a shirt to put on though, I hadn’t realized that the shirt that I selected was way to tight to wear the last time I tried to put it on.
The buttons used to look like people trying to escape from a towering inferno, hanging outside of the building from their fingertips hanging on for dear life, caught in a tug of war between fabric and girth. I actually remember putting this shirt on and taking it right back off because it just wasn’t working for me.
Today, this shirt is loose and the buttons have found peace. For evidence, I took a picture of me clutching how much space I have actually gotten back out of the stomach.
In closing, I am using you all and this blog as my support system. My stomach is growling while I am writing this post but at least having someone to talk to about it makes it a little easier. While I am at it, you will never in your f-n life see more free food at your job than when you are on a damn diet.
Don’t forget me if I fail, I won’t forget you when I succeed.
-Chris “Godxilla” Taylor
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As an engineer it’s easy for me to sit here and just make records, never giving my health an overall look because the business is always churning. So I’m on this new diet and let me tell you. Glory brand pinto beans in the can are unequivocally the shiznit!
CHECK THIS OUT…..
The single from the Silverseed Album Tim Anderson mixed is out on YouTube.
Check out Silverseed’s new video, Sun Inside!
Chris Taylor has arranged a partnership with the Madison Urban Community Arts Network for our work study students. UCAN’s mission is to empower and unify youth and adults in the Madison area using urban arts, specifically Hip-Hop, through educational panels and workshops and events that bring the community together. They primarily serve adults, ages 18-30, involved in the local music scene.
World Record Production’s James “Fluff” Harley stopped by MMI Mpls yesterday to share some real world experiences and concepts with Paul Peterson’s Studio Recording Class. James is one of the premier mixing engineers in the country.
His credits include Quietdrive and New Medicine.
student / extern Matthew Nasalli will be helping to tech the Union Theater event. He excelled tech’ing last weeks’ “Rockstar Happyoke” show at the High Noon Saloon.
We make things happen EVERY DAY!
DID YOU KNOW……
Tim Andersen mixed the album “Four Daughters of Beauty” for the Minneapolis based band “Silverseed”. Mastered by Greg Reirson, the CD release party/concert is this Wednesday May 2nd at Cause Spirits and Soundbar in Uptown. The album will be played in its entirety at 11 PM. Come and hear a band that sounds just like the CD! (Trust me on this statement). Thanks
AND THIS IS REALLY COOL……
Chris Taylor arranged a Work Study partnership with Lussier Community Education Center in Madison adjacent to Jefferson Middle School and Memorial High School. Lussier has a much underused recording studio and several students who are interested in writing songs and recording. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Recording students and for the high school, middle school and elementary school students who spend time at Lussier.
THIS SOUNDS FUN……..
Paul Peterson played a sold out show with his family this weekend at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Mpls. “Patty Peterson and Friends” returned to the Dakota Jazz Club for this one night only performance. She appears with her band of locally, nationally and internationally well known musicians. Every time Patty and these extraordinary players perform at the Dakota it is a for sure sell out!
The EAV program at Madison Media Institute has become a training partner with The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance. ESPA has a certification program that will be integrated into our curriculum.
ESPA is affiliated with 3 nationally known organizations.
1. CEDIA – Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association
2. NSCA – National Systems Contractors
3. CEA – Consumer Electronics Association
Students should be able to graduate with a nationally recognized Certification as well as a degree upon integrating this into our program. We currently teach the ESPA material which should make for an easy transition and provide a good completion rate on the ESPA test.
We make things happen EVERY DAY!!
Ben Illies, MN Grad, landed a gig working for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board through a lead from Tim Anderson. He’ll be running live sound for a huge number of bands in Minneapolis, working up to 30 hours a week. It’s a great opportunity for him to earn some money while getting to meet a ton of new people every time he works.
MMI ON THE TOWN…..
On April 19th MMI instructors Nella Citino, Robert Gee and Tim Mickleburgh joined Hanah Jon Taylor in the Chula Vista Resort to act as judges in the 2012 SkillsUSA contest. They judged high school students competing in the categories TV and Video Production, Advertising Production and 3D Animation, and were impressed by the high standards of the winning entries. Hanah Jon Taylor was on hand to inform interested students of the opportunities available at MMI.
James Davis (JD) Minneapolis faculty, recently signed on to consult for the Major League Baseball team Washington Nationals; on a concert they are doing with mult-iplatinum country singer Dierks Bentley. It’s June 2nd.
OH AND DID YOU KNOW…….
Chris Taylor, Gary Paul, Hanah Taylor and Stev Briggs visited River Grove H.S. for a career fair. We talked with students and gathered leads. Steve demonstrated IP control (over IPad and IPhone) of a networked media player that that can store hundreds of movies and play them across a local area network. We talked about all of our programs at Madison Media Institute and had a very enjoyable day.
We make great things happen EVERY DAY!