Friday, January 06, 2006

F1rst P0st d00d!

Welcome to my brain. I'm here to pimp my writing and music in a public forum. As of yet I have no shame.

OK. Feeling a little shame.

That was quick! My name is really Max Grant (and yes I've had people doubt that, for some reason I can't comprehend). To get it out of the way, I am Max, Maxie Pad, Maxwell House, Max E. Padd, Max Factor, Max Headroom and on and on and on. There was a litany I used to recite when someone came up to me with a particularly witty take on my name, postscripting it with "I bet you never heard that one!"

Trust me. I've heard it.

I am here to exercise my suppressed frustration with writing and telling people what I think. If you feel you are being grabbed by the lapels and shouted at, well I have that effect on people. I am an aging GenX-er (that happened fast!) with a literary axe to grind. I have been writing stories and songs for about 15 years now, and I want out of this little box I'm stuck in! It's dark in here.

If you would like to peruse my blatherings you may discover and purchase them at As of this writing the only thing that's up there is a CD I recorded about 4 years ago with my unprofessional musical friends in a band called Boojum. The name stuck out at me from the back cover of a Lewis Carroll poem The Hunting of the Snark. "For the snark, you see, was also a Boojum." I have this thing for interesting names and the syllables that comprise them, and we'd been picking over one of those Stupid Band Name lists for about three months.

The CD is a wholly homemade production. We recorded everything in-house, and I do mean in our houses. The price of digital recording equipment in late 2000 and early 2001 was dropping precipitously, and I took advantage of this and some unexpected cash to get me a 16-track digital studio, which I still have. The great thing about these devices is that aside from some levers and knobs, the only real moving part inside is a hard disk drive, which can be had for a song.

I didn't know a lot about mixing when I mastered the Boojum CD, but all in all I think it sounds fair. Tony, Alan and I are currently mulling the idea of a second CD, with the lessons of the first all firmly learned.

At any rate, I hope to use this site (and eventually my own domain name) to launch not just some of my music but a novel or two as well. I will blither more on that topic later.