Needful Things by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Great book by Stephen King. King does a masterful job of juggling a huge cast of characters. Perhaps the main character is the town in which all of the players live.This story is a pretty compelling, if bleak, glimpse of human nature. Perhaps a…
Talking about the second Freestyle Gargoyles album recording session with special guest authors and director.
Talking about recording a new album with the Freestyle Gargoyles and The Space Balrogs. The worlds of writing and music collide for one night of fun and creativity.
Playing bass and singing can be difficult. Slowing it down and working it out is the key.
Continuing to compose the steampunk tango. Adding horn lines, bass, and phonetic vocals.
Composing the last song for the Rustmonster steampunk album, a tango.
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you read only one Stephen King novel in your life, perhaps you should chose Dolores Claiborne. King, since his first novel, has been a master at writing strong characters. This one stands out as one of his best. Not often does an author…
Four Past Midnight by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Four excellent novellas from the master of horror. King manages yet again to corner readers in the dark and send chills up their spines. These four stories cover everything from murder to deceit to terror to the human condition. King has mastered the…
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you are not a Roald Dahl fan, there is something wrong with you. Sure, we have all seen the movies: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, perhaps even Witches. But have you ever read the books? Dahl expresses his…
I was trimming levels in the studio yesterday. I picked up my guitar and played this song during sound check. I decided to post it on soundcloud. Why not. The song is called Sparrow, written by Joe Henry, probably my favorite song writer.
Talking about how to handle when a large scale creative project goes cold.
From raw idea to song, finishing up the arrangement of the steampunk funk song, ACDC.
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff My rating: 4 of 5 stars In the face of so much dystopian fiction, this story goes a different direction. Yovanoff presents a gruesome world whose occupants are difficult to understand. Although this novel fits in the YA fiction category, be warned that there is some pretty severe profanity in…
The Steampunk Opera continues. Rustmonster gets a new sound tonight.
Winter Moon by Dean Koontz My rating: 3 of 5 stars Koontz delivers the goods again with yet another extremely creepy tale. This one handles the line between life and death in a heretofore unseen way. Nothing cerebral here, just a great yarn with plenty of prickles up the spine. View all my reviews
I create. I can’t help it. Am I adequately compensated for my creations? That is a good question. Like many who create, I work in 2 separate spheres. My profession demands creativity on deadlines, video production, sales copy, industrial scripts, graphics, and event production for live performances. I find this kind of creativity rewarding in a way; it pays the bills. But I have to be honest, I gain little artistic fulfillment from such endeavors. Cliché, I know. But often, truth is nothing but cliché.
The rif for a new song hits me as I wake up this morning. I rush to the studio to record it before it leaves me.
Rustmonster goes steampunk. At rehearsal, Rustmonster rehearses one of their latest songs, an overture called March of the Fools.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Do not miss this book. The turn of the 19th to the 20th century sits in America’s history as an important time for business, technological advancement, and cultural progress. The…
Perhaps creativity itself also thrives in clutter. For me, whether it is writing, composing, filmmaking, or building a prop for a stage show or movie, the creative process begins with an idea. That idea grows into a mess of junk, rattling, sprawl, and chaos. Just when the whole thing is about to explode, I get to work making order of the mess. This means stacking, dusting, putting things where they belong, and polishing.
About phonetic singing and converting the sense of lyrics into words during song writing.
Starting a new song feels like a new beginning. This new song will feature a saw/theremin waltz.
Talking about finishing the score to a new Rustmonster song called Clock Man, also about progress on the custom drum set for the live performance of the upcoming album.
Regarding creative doldrums where one is tempted to hang it up and move on to a new project. Only discipline can push a creator through to the end.
Talking about composing music and capturing great ideas as they come.
Talking about building a custom found percussion instrument.
Fly on the wall view of a Rustmonster recording session from mediaRif’s Studio.
Music night with the band, Wednesday night, a tradition for over a decade.
I recently read a novel by a well-known author (who shall remain nameless), a household name. It astounded me at how many rookie mistakes this author made. It has been said that one can learn just as much by reading a bad book as a good one. So, in lieu of my terrible experience wading…
Regarding composing more steampunk music for the upcoming album.
Vittorio, The Vampire by Anne Rice My rating: 1 of 5 stars Long ago I gave up on Anne Rice. I enjoyed her work when I was a young man. But it seems I grew up. By the time I had given up on her, I had decided she wrote down to me. I found…
Thinner by Richard Bachman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another classic by the master. King infuses Gypsies into American culture with ease. He’s incredible at colliding opposing worlds and smashing his main characters right at the point of impact. A slight warning, however: with this book, like so many others by King, it is…
Discussing the art of resisting the temptation of jumping ship on a current project for another project.
Talking about how the 3rd performance of the Zombie Rock Opera went at LTUE. More LTUE today. And getting down to arranging.
Talking about building the steampunk show from the ground up. Rustmonster hires a master welder to create the ultimate found percussion drum kit.
A glimpse into the raw composition of a steampunk song. Minus tracks and experimenting.
Talking about composing the 6th song for the upcoming steampunk Rustmonster album.
Craig discusses the new Rustmonster album, a steampunk opera, that he is working on. He also reveals the date at which Rustmonster will be debuting the entire album as a live performance.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars There are several things Stephen King does extremely well. We can now add hard boiled detective fiction to the list. Mr. Mercedes follows a retired detectives investigation of a sociopathic killer. The characters, as usual, are profound and well drawn. This one is a…
The Monster Hunters by Larry Correia My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, what can I say? After reading Monster Hunters International, I am a big Larry Correia fan. This guy writes like water. His pacing is perfect. This book starts hot and never lets up. If you like guns, teeth, blood, and plenty of…
Funk Toast was probably the most musically fulfilling groups I have ever played with. I finally finished editing a reunion performance. It has everything to do with my latest novel, Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show.
Responding to a question from a VLOG viewer about novel writing software, I talk about the pros and cons of writing with Scrivener.
I’m opening up my daily log as a forum. If you have any questions about writing, music, or film, feel free to friend me on facebook at facebook.com/craignybo. IM me any questions and I will address them on camera.
Revival by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars In his novel, Revival, Stephen King takes readers once again on a wonderful journey. King, always a master of voice and multi-dimensional characters, delivers the goods in Revival. This novel follows the entire life of a man, from boyhood to adult. From religion, to relationships,…
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Flynn understands the mind of a sociopath. Her research comes through loud and clear in her book, Gone Girl. In her book, she creates a set of compelling characters then bends her reader’s perceptions of the motivations and actions of these characters. This deeply…
The indie experimental band Fasba Fpel invited me to come play on their 32nd album. That’s right, their 32nd. So how do they do it? They record and release everything they do. They get together weekly and record a 40-minute jam session and release it to their fans. I had a blast with these guys.
The end of the year is upon us. I swear, the older I get, the more it seems like years fly by like long weekends. Time is relative and for me it strikes and is gone like lightning. With a new year, it is essential to set new goals, to write them out and put together a plan to accomplish them. I plan to do so, partially in this article. I urge you to do the same.
I was honored to have the band Fasba Fpel invite me out of the blue to come and record an album with them. This band is remarkable in one way: they record an album every week. I was featured as the bass player on their 32nd album.
Cell by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great book. Stephen King shows his masterful ability to create a set of believable characters and fling them straight into the fire. This book gets going on page 1 and doesn’t let up until the end. He could easily write a sequel to this book,…
Craig talks about being a “hired gun” bass player in the Kevin Forbush band and about playing with other musicians.
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