A personal annual resume`

It's difficult to summarize one's year in a few words, especially for one who doesn't keep a life diary (oh a blog doesn't count if you may ask).

I believe that my major 2006 highlights in a nutshell, in chronological order, were the following:

1) Formed a band, White Crimson, and have been gigging around and writing original stuff. Actually it's my first rock band which I have really faith in and give it a certain priority in my life...
2) Departed from my best buddy Keith since we took separate ways in our career (although we do still meet)
3) Resigned from a company in which I've been working three years, and joined a new company which was only operating for 5 weeks at my time of joining (crazy eh!)
4) Bought (and learning) my first motorcycle

Maybe you had a more interesting year, or a more boring year than mine. But nonetheless I wish you are still in control of your life and look forward for next year. This is my personal greeting to you guys. I deeply wish you a Happy New Year!

BMAs Best Singles

Today I've just happened to view the Bay Music Awards (BMA) on television as Eden's Arena was not honored by my presence two weeks ago since I wasn't able to attend. I was really surprised and dismayed by one of my favorite local artist, and the BMA itself - how come an artist could win the Best Single award if that single is not hers, or in music terms, its a cover of another artist? I am referring to Ira Losco who has won the Best Single award in 2006 BMAs through Lisa Miskovsky's cover, Driving One of Your Cars. For 2007 I'll ask my band to cover some song by Queen for the BMA...maybe it will be our ticket to local fame heheh...

Nonetheless, I still prefer the original version :)


That double bass is really nice!

(Oh i didn't notice Jennifer Aniston in the background)

Viva el torrento!

I switched from the conservational P2P (kazaaa, limewire, emule, ares) software to BitTorrent and it's definitelty the way to go. Read more about torrents here.

A dream coming true

When I was younger I saw a rock band playing at Luxol bar and from that instance I wanted to be a rockstar and transmit my passion of music and bass playing to all those people. The moment has come, and tonight we, White Crimson, are lucky enough to endorse the main act at the Luxol music bar during the presitigous Live at Luxol last event. Another band, Explicit, will be playing before us to warm up the people.

Lost, now what?

Yesterday i saw the twenty third, i.e. the last, episode of LOST season 2. I was addicted to both seasons for the past four weeks. You can consider me a LOST fan as well :p

...waiting for the third season to be released!

Who are White Crimson?

I decided to post a biography of my band, White Crimson. Since for the past weeks we have been doing a lot of gigs one might have heard about us by now:

White Crimson is a Maltese blues oriented hard rock jam band. The band is heavily influenced by groups such as Led Zeppelin, The Jimmy Hendrix experience, Queen, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC, The Kinks, and Guns 'n Roses.

Friends Gordon and Duncan grew up listening to classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s such as The Jimmy Hendrix Experience, The Who, and particularly Led Zeppelin and AC/DC; these were their father's records. They also listened to bands like Guns 'n Roses and Queen which were a big influence during that time in their youth.

After both of them started learning the guitar, it took them several years to decide to form a band. In the course of several frustrating auditions, it was around September 2005 that Gordon found James, their new bassist. Although he goes by the silly nickname Jelly, he turned out to be an experienced and mature musician. Around two months later, Rigmor showed up. He was a very compatible drummer, being powerful and energetic despite his young age; he was fifteen years old at the time. Unfortunately James had to quit the band due to further studies in his career. The band remained still incomplete but with Duncan and Gordon on guitars and Rigmor on drums, the momentarily 3 piece band was already making some rock cover versions including Guns n’Roses and Led Zeppelin. Auditions to find a suitable bassist and a vocalist continued for several months without success.

On the 14th March 2006 there was a pleasant turn over - James returned again to fill the missing riff together with John Mark (Vocals), another experienced musician with a very nice attitude. This was an important day for the creation of the band and White Crimson was formed with the complete 5 piece line up. The band took their name from the colours of the national Maltese flag.

White Crimson aims to be one of the leading Maltese rock bands playing both covers and original music.

John Mark // Vocals
Gordon // Guitars
Duncan // Guitars
James // Bass
Rigmor // Drums

The Pudding Guy

For some reason this morning I remembered of a movie I saw a couple of years ago, Punch Drunk Love and did some research on Wikipedia to help me remember the movie plot.

It was then that I stumbled across The Pudding Guy...you might need to read it twice to understand the concept as these sort of schemes don't exist in Malta. But hey, that guy was smart! And now that i have read this I might watch again Punch Drunk Love because the first time I've seen it there were many things which I didn't understand.