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I'm Becoming A Lounge Lizard

I can tell that I've been using my iPhone too much because my right hand has been hurting a lot these days.  I know it sounds weird, but it's true.  In some ways it's good.  It's a reminder of DON'T TOUCH YOUR PHONE UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY REALLY NEED TO.  Which, in most cases, I don't have to use my phone.

I played at the Lizard Lounge last night on a moment's notice.  There were spots available so I jumped on one.  I think I've only missed two Mondays since March 16th.  One was to go skiing and the other one was because of rehearsal (and my inability to grab a slot last minute).  I love spending my Monday nights there.  There is always a great crowd and great performers, and it's a great space to try out new songs.  I haven't done that in a while.  I've got some tunes in the works that I'm finishing up hopefully soon.

Until then, enjoy the temporarily titled "Passports and Calling Cards"


Earplugs

As promised - a list of custom earplugs:

Etymotic Musicians Earplugs

I have these.  They are the best thing I've ever bought outside of my guitars (my MONO cases are a very close second).  I don't know how I survived without these.  I go to a lot of shows, play a lot of shows, rehearse a lot - I'm around loud music a lot.  These are infinitely beneficial for me.  I look forward to retaining most of my hearing for my life thanks to these (and Eddy McGrath).

I have the 15dB filters, in case you're wondering.

Northeastern University in Boston can make these for you.  They're worth every penny. You get a hearing test first and then they make the molds.  It takes about three weeks to get them.

Others:

Sensaphonics 

Westone - My friends in Filligar have these for their in-ear monitors.

They're all really a variation on a theme.  If you want in-ear monitors, then I'd look into Westone.  I recommend something - I highly highly HIGHLY recommend doing something to preserve your hearing IMMEDIATELY.  Once it's gone, it's gone.

A Musician's PSA

Oh my!  It's late.  I went to see my voice teacher's band play tonight.  It was awesome.

It had been a fair while since I'd been to a show that required earplugs.  In 2011, as part of my Health and Wellness class, I bought custom-made earplugs.  They are the best investment I have ever made - my MONO cases are a very close second.

I cannot urge you enough to buy custom earplugs if you are a musician - or an avid concert goer.  Once your hearing goes, it's not coming back.

Please.  Please please please PLEASE I BEG OF YOU GET EARPLUGS.  You will thank me later.

I'd post options but it's 2:30AM and I need to sleep.  I'll post options tomorrow / today.