Random Rants

Hope to make some music and perform more in 2012

2012 is here.  I’ve got the itch to bash the skins.  This coming year I’m hoping to do some composition, recording and most of all some live performances.

One problem… I’ll need a band.

Details, details.

Musicians Random

Lost one of my favorite clients

Rest in peace Kristen Merrill. Kristen was one of my best and funnest clients back in the studio days. Below is the obituary, because they obituary sites are slime bags and charge money to keep the piece up for more than a few days.  I’m not sure why they chose such terrible quality photos of Kristen. I’m sure they have plenty good ones to choose from…

Kristen Dalton

Kristen Maier Merrill Lewis Dalton (Byla Saliva)
Oct. 5, 1951~Nov. 21, 2011
Kristen Merrill, who could recite Lord Buckley and Tom Lehrer, belt out rock ‘n roll, write perfect parody, melt you with a smile or a snide remark; she-of-the-smart brain and the smarter mouth, who loved to party, who brought such wit to life, died and left all who knew her with an empty space in their hearts, but grateful to have shared her singular life.
The nut didn’t fall far from the tree. Her father, Charles Smith Merrill, was an eccentric entrepreneur. Her mother, Marion (Ronnie) Merrill, was a beauty and a celebrated wit. Kristen remained close to her mother through her high school years in Oakland, and through the years the two of them rented out apartments in their sprawling Millcreek mansion. Some of Utah’s most remarkable characters rented from Ronnie and Kristen, although none were as remarkable as they.
Kristen could sing. Aficionados will remember Rowboat, Steamboat, the Bel Aires, the Kristen Merrill band, and the group that was most like her, the Saliva Sisters. For thirty years, she was the wit, the provocateur and the booming, velvety voice of Utah’s most irreverent trio. She boldly took them where no girl group had gone before.
Kristen was interested in stuff, especially bugs and plants, and seemed to know something about everything. She held court at parties. She charmed strangers in bars. She was the funniest person in the room. She was the perfect eccentric aunt to her friends’ children. There were chickens in her yard. She should have written a book. She shouldn’t have died so young.
She is survived by her husband, Guy Dalton, who loved her deeply; her stepchildren, Nick, Aujelle, Anthony and Amanda Dalton; her half-sister, Nance (Steve) Kohlert, her brother, Mark (Linda) Merrill. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Kevin Lewis, her mother, Marion Merrill and her father, Charles S. Merrill, her half-siblings Mary Lou Lundquist and Richard and John Merrill.
Remembrances can be posted on Face book at the Kristen Merrill Tribute Page. You can also learn how to help defray costs of the service. Thanks.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held Sunday, December 4, 5:00 – 8:00 at Pierpont Place, 163 West Pierpont Avenue (240 South). Service at 5:30. Open mike. Cash bar. In lieu of flowers, tell a joke. And, Kristen, we didn’t love you or nothin’


Wow I stopped by my own blog here and realized I haven’t posted the entire calendar year of 2011.

I have been doing a little playing, mainly on the Zendrum but some on the kit as well.  I’d like to get back into live playing a bit, but don’t want to spend two nights a week in “rehearsal.”

Another goal is to get some music recording going on.  Just personal stuff.  Haven’t written any new tunes for a long time.


I’m still alive

My posting here is dwindling yes. So are gigs in the audio engineering world, partly due to the economy and partly because I’m retired from that world.

I’m playing some gigs, recording some albums and still around the music biz so check back occasionally. You just might hear about some nut job musician doing something boneheaded.

Boneheads Musicians Random Rants

News flash: Michael Jackson had lethal levels of drugs in his body… no shit.

I never saw the light with Michael Jackson and his whiny little girl voice. I also don’t see the fascination losers people have about him.

The big news today on the front page of is that Michael Jackson had lethal levels of some sort of drugs in his system.

Gee really? Ya think that’s why he died?