Amy Mantis


"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."

Ah yes, that classic quote from various sources.  Well, why not dance about architecture?  I know several very passionate architects.  I bet I could get at least one of them to dance about it.

This post is going to be messy.  The rest should be better.  I really have no idea what I’m doing.

Oh, for starters, in case you don’t know, I play guitar and write songs.  I play guitar in and write songs for Canary.  Canary’s a rock band from Boston.  We can be found at, and we recently released a video here.  I hope you signup for our mailing list and subscribe to our YouTube page.  Shameless self promoting done (for the time being).

I guess we’ll start with what I did today, musically speaking.

After nearly a year of having the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus and George L cables (the custom kit), my pedal board is finally resembling a pedal board.  My friend Brian helped me put it together (thanks, Brian!), and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  I’m not much of a gear nut for various reasons, but I’ll definitely be acquiring some more pedals in the near future.  Here’s a list of what I’m planning on getting:

MXR CarbonCopy Analog Delay
MXR Blue Box (I’ve been on a huge Led Zeppelin kick, not that that’s anything new)
JAM Ripple
The Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face
Wattson FY-6 (this is pretty much the closest thing to Pete Townshend’s Univox SuperFuzz, the pedal he used for Live at Leeds aka the best live album ever.  If you disagree you’re lying to yourself)

Here’s what I currently use:

Fulltone OCD
Xotic EP Boost
Crybaby Classic Wah
Boss TU-3

And I’m currently borrowing a Fulltone Fat-Boost.  So far I love it. 

If you have anything you think I should look into, drop me a line at  I’ll be messing around with it for a long time.  Probably for forever.

For amps I have a Blues Junior and a 1986 Marshall JCM 800 - the 50 watt combo with a Vintage Celestion 30 speaker.  I haven’t gigged with it in a while, but that’s about to change for multiple reasons.  The main reason being I want to.

I didn’t really practice today.  I made noises with pedals.

Onto the writing portion of today’s entry.

Canary’s gearing up to go into the studio in early 2013, and we need to finish up a few more songs between now and then.  We’ve been working on a song for a while now called “Forget The Question.”  The idea sprouted from Brian (same Brian) and me one evening back in September.  Three months later after writing a bit with Naomi (singer) and Alex (keys player), I think we’ve got something.  At least 85% of something.  I was asked to revise the lyrics a bit.  So I did.  Right now I’m waiting on Naomi to get back to me about them.  They might work, they might not - kind of like this blog.  I’ll keep you in the loop on both.

That’s all I’ve got today.  Except for what I’ve been listening to.  Today’s top artists are:

The Clash
The Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys
Joni Mitchell
The Guess Who

I’ll post at a more reasonable hour later.  If nothing else, this blog should help keep me on task.  I also need to set a time limit on these posts.  I think 15 minutes will do.

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