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The Official Grasshopper Takeover Email Newsletter
It's a full moon tonight and the moon
is sitting low on the horizon right over the mountains out my bedroom
window. LA's hazily polluted skies have it turned a timid, bronze
color. It's very pretty.
In the next room, The World Series
is on TV and is turned up so loud I feel like I'm at a party and some
drunk dude is yelling in my ear trying to convince me of some other-worldly
truth he's just consumated. I'm not a big baseball fan, but if there
has to be a winner in the Series, I'm rooting for the Yanks.
I heard basketball pre-season is underway,
too, and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant is out for a while with a broken
bone in his left hand. I had floor seats at a Laker's game last season
and I got to see first hand how enormous Shaq really is. I think his
middle finger is bigger than my penis.
Football is apparently into its 6th
or 7th week and what I know is that the St. Louis Rams are undefeated
-- and looking pretty tough -- and the Huskers just got beat by Texas.
As a tried and true Husker fan, their loss hit the core of my being.
So, where is all this going? Well,
tonight, as a result of the Series game, I was thinking about sports
(and how I was never 'fit' enough to take part), and then I got into
thinking about the stadiums the events are played in, and then I was
thinking how fun it would be to play -- sports or music -- in front
of a stadium crowd of 75,000+ people, like The Who, Led Zeppelin,
The Beatles, U2, REM and, yes, football teams.
How cool would it be to hear the roar
of people calling out like God from an alien transmitter, letting
you know in their own uniquely fanatic way how they recognize the
meaning of what has brought thousands together? From a distance, the
waves of people would remind me of sailing for Atlantis and the colors
from the lights bouncing off the cool air would be a ride from Wonder
Woman through the Northern Lights!
I'd see thousands of smiles through
the night's haze, and everyone's teeth, by God, there are a lot of
teeth! All glowing invitations to the surging of their spirit.
And way above I see stars, and one
has my name on it. I think everyone has their name on a star, somewhere.
This is what dreaming is for. This is what it's like to dream. This
is what it's like to share a dream.
I didn't really have a dream until
I was 22. I was in college and about to graduate and did not have
a clue what I wanted to be when I "grew up." I felt like
I needed to be something. I couldn't hardly leave the University without
knowing what to do with my life! So, I thought and thought. I asked
myself questions. Foremostly, what in my life makes me happy? Of course,
family and friends and health would be the first things that come
to mind. But what did I like to do for myself and others that gave
me great enough reciprocation so that I could lead an overall happy
life? I had no real answers except for one: music. During this period
of youthful 'soul-searching' all questions were answered for me by
I love the feeling that overcomes me
when I have completed writing a good song. It's unlike any other there
is for me in my life. I get excited to share it with others as, in
many ways, it is a form of personal communication for me. It is really,
now, the only thing I know. Sometimes that scares me, but it is my
belief in myself and perseverance that, at the end of the day, reminds
me I am better for it.
In the recent past, there have been
people and friends and family that have said to me how they wish they
knew what they really wanted to do and, conversely, references were
made as to how "I was lucky because I was doing something I really
enjoyed." This is difficult to respond to, (especially if it's
not said at the right time). But, I think to myself, and would say
to them, that "everything is relative." I've come to think
that knowing, or not knowing, what you want to do with your life is
equally as challenging. Certainly, "knowing" doesn't make
life any better or any easier. Both provide the same rewards -- and
consequences. So, if and when, you are doing a little soul-searching
of your own, remember, who you are is not defined by what you do but
by the character in which you do it.
With thanks to all those who have helped
in the recording and production of our upcoming EP/CD, we are happy
to announce that Grasshopper Takeover will be releasing "Echo
Park" on Tuesday, November 23rd. It will be available at all
Homer's locations throughout Omaha and Lincoln, as well as through
our website for those outside the area. The disc will consist of six
tunes and, in my opinion, GTO has never sounded better! The songs
to be included on the release, in order, are "Esta Vida,"
"Hit Song," "Noel," "Pick it Up," "Forever
Young," and "Purpose." We are happy to be releasing
our 3rd project in 3 years and can't wait for you all to hear it.
If you would like to hear some advance samples, visit the
Music Page to hear MP3s of "Esta Vida" and "Pick
it Up," as well as the Band
Page to find out all the latest GTO haps and live
Recently, we have been bouncing around
the idea of putting out a GTO live disc. As a result, we have made
plans to record live our Thanksgiving and Christmas shows in Omaha
and put out a release, Grasshopper Takeover, Live in Omaha, by March
of 2000. The disc will include approximately 15 live tracks and 3
to 4 bonus studio tracks, including a re-make of "Tell Me"
from the first GTO disc and possibly a re-record of "The A-song"
from the Kind days. Also included will be, two new songs called "Take
Me With You" and "Sailing." We will be recording the
studio songs sooner than the scheduled release of the live disc, so
watch the website for upcoming MP3s.
Those interested in being linked to
our site, please send links to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out www.garageband.com
and vote for GTO's tunes, "Pick it Up" and "Esta Vida."
Currently, if you haven't noticed,
our email mail list has been in flux. We appreciate your patience
and understanding. Thanks to Kent Radek for putting it back together
Special thanks to our web designer,
Wetjen, for his undying web support.
GTO would also like to thank Ken
Guthrie, graphic design, and Douglas Allenstein, photography,
for their talent and help on "Echo Park."
- GTO's pick for "Rad Website
of the Month" goes to www.talkmusic.com
- Our new favorite TV show is "Blind Date."
- Our current favorite band/artist is Gabriel Mann.
- James' hair is purple.
- I shaved Bob's head the other night and it looks rad.
- I'm still skinny.
Take care of yourself and others.
May rock be with you,
grubb / GTO