An update on Northern Daydream 3: Future Proof Past, my new jazz fusion covers project

A while back I posted about Northern Daydream 3: Future Proof Past, the third album in my series of jazz fusion covers.

This album is going to consist of a set of covers of songs written by Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. With at least one original and a bonus mashup thrown in for fun. And, of course, a YouTube video of the recording of each track.

At the time of that original post, I had recorded 3 of the songs. Now I’ve recorded three more! That’s one each by Herbie and Keith, plus the bonus mashup.

First, there’s Keith Jarret’s “Grow Your Own”:

That was followed by a goofy mashup idea I came up with when I was doing a bass subbing gig with a local big band that was playing “The Chicken,” a James Brown tune popularized in jazz circles by Jaco Pastorius in the early ’80s. The goofy part is that I mashed it up with Pearl Jam’s “Alive”:

And, most recently, I did a somewhat-mashup of Herbie Hancock tunes. Which is to say, I did a cover of his 19/8 space jam “Hidden Shadows,” released in 1973, but I threw in ’80s-style Linn Drum samples, along with shoehorning the melody of his 1983 synth pop hit “Rockit” into that unusual time signature:

What’s next? Well, I’m still working on it… but whatever it turns out to be, it will be a Keith Jarrett composition. Or, compositions? Hmm… we shall see.

Rest assured, however, that the following will not be a part of the album…

Chewbacca sings (again)!

Christmas with Chewbacca
It’s back!

In 1999 I created Christmas with Chewbacca, featuring a jazz waltz rendition of “Silent Night.” A few years later someone came along and took the audio track and used it on a very popular YTMND site.

I’ve been featuring the original Christmas with Chewbacca page for years, but it slipped through the cracks as a part of my most recent redesign project. But now… it’s back!

Here’s the magic URL:

Pass it on!

The Fit is go!

That is, our two-for-one even trade on a new 2009 Honda Fit is (a) go! We love our orange 2008 Fit (which we’ve only had for about 8 months), but our 2000 Civic has been sitting in the garage untouched for about three months now. Clearly, despite juggling transportation for SLP’s job, kids in kindergarten and Montessori school, and my own freelance work, we are still a one-car family. Convenient access to the light rail and my own scheduling flexibility (and willingness to shuttle people around) definitely help in that regard.

So, with winter fast approaching and a single-car garage, we’ve decided it’s time for the Civic to go. It has served us well for nearly nine years, despite nearly meeting its maker (which the deer did, alas) about 4 years ago. But now, what can I say? We’ve moved on.

As I said, we love the Fit. So when I made the mental leap that a possible way to rid ourselves of the Civic would be to try to get an even trade of both cars for a new one, there was no doubt that the new one would also be a Fit. Honda’s made a few of our requested improvements (not that we actually requested them, but they must have read our minds) to the standard package this year, including a USB iPod interface, a passenger-side vanity mirror, and ten — count ’em, ten — drink holders. You wouldn’t think a car that seats five would need that many drink holders, but I can tell you, when you’ve got two kids in the car, the drinks-per-person ratio is higher than you might expect.

I checked Kelley Blue Book for the trade-in values on our cars, and determined that we should be able to pull off an even trade — zero dollars exchanged — including a few additional (entirely utilitarian) dealer add-on accessories. No clear coat though.

We went with Inver Grove Honda and were extremely happy with the whole process… and we got our deal! Our new red 2009 Fit will be arriving in a couple weeks.