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Hello filmmakers

Thanks for visiting my website. I am finishing up an album which I have been working on for about 10 years, and I need help in the last step: videos and presentation.

I’ve done just about everything with this album from the writing, production, engineering, and even mixing. I just got my masters back from my friend at Birdfood Studios and I’m ready to put together a release plan.

This is going to be my 3rd and possibly final album in a series I have named the “Daily Thumbprint Collection.” The first album in the series was released in 2008, and a follow up in 2015. Both recordings were built around live drums using sequenced parts. I also created the graphics and design elements, did the layouts, and released on my tiny creative music label. Throughout these projects, all I could think about was writing a full record with all live instruments. This is that album. It’s the culmination of years of travels, life experiences, and includes performances with about twenty+ fantastic musicians I have met along the way. I want to do it justice, and that means using the music to tell stories. To do that, I need to meet and collaborate with some filmmakers to help me create stories to go along with the music I have spent so many years crafting.

The album is totally done, however, none of it has been publically released. 

I can say that it is 100% instrumental – no lyrics at all – and I am again the drummer throughout. It’s very rhythmic; it’s orchestral; it’s sometimes heavy and moody. I started writing for it in 2008 right after my first release, and over the course of about five years, traveled to several cities around the country to replace all the sequenced parts with live musicians. All parts were recorded in various locations like living rooms, college campuses, studios, and sometimes even warehouses or storage sheds. It’s full of strings, horns, woodwinds, electronics, piano and keyboards, heavy guitars, harps, lots more… it’s nuts, but it works. Then life and other musical projects happened, and several years went by before I finally had the focus and fresh ears to finish mixing it this last winter.

I am likely going to self-release or joint release in conjunction with another friend’s small creative music label. While I feel strongly that anyone I work with should be paid, I am entirely self-financing and my budget is limited. If it helps, I am also a web developer and open to discussing trade options. No matter what, I am open to all conversations and the first step is to listen and say hello.

For any and all that are interested, please email hidden; JavaScript is required (or visit www.calebdolister.com) and I will send you a private SoundCloud link to check out the album.

Thanks!

The Resignation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

I think it’s time to requesting the resignation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, for ignoring 22 million complaints about removing Net Neutrality and for impeding Freedom of Speech on the internet.

The concept of self-care on the road

I’m thinking about writing about self-care on the road as my next essay topic.

Clearly, we all understand that with age comes the inability to bounce back from hangovers, but I think there’s a lot more to maintaining health on the road than simply cutting back on the partying. Yes, diet is a major factor, or jet lag for international trips, but I think the root concern everything leads to is sleep.

I remember that touring while in my twenties was easy. I could be sick as a dog and still party my way through a tour; all the while sleeping on floors and eating like crap (if at all). I remember making up lost sleep during the daytime in the back of the van, or simply not worrying about it. Naturally as I age, the party is less interesting and I gravitate more towards finding regional cuisine and drinking nice coffee instead of staying up late to drink with the locals, but at the same time I find it increasingly difficult to actually fall asleep while on the road. This is a major concern. I feel like the patterns I formed during younger years are extremely difficult to break, and no matter how nice my hotel is, it’s a struggle to get comfortable.

So what are those patterns, and why do I struggle to sleep now?

At least for me, this seems to be one of the harder topics to figure out and correct. I’m lucky that I managed to escape touring in my 20’s without an affection for drugs and I am proud to say it was never my thing. And even though I consumed more than my fair share of Jameson, I wouldn’t say that I need to drink to sleep. In fact, I’m becoming more and more cautious with drinking and enjoy cutting back, even while traveling.

Still, I can’t explain the sleepless nights while touring, despite feeling entirely exhausted after days of gigs and travel. I don’t remember sleep being so difficult while traveling. In fact, I remember sleeping decently in horrible conditions.

I’m landing on a few issues that I think are factors:

Comfort and cleanliness
The only thing worse than not having a hotel, is having a hotel that is filthy.

Boozing
To drinking or not to drink. Certainly sleep can be attained by passing out drunk, but the long term issue is the body builds up a tolerance and more and more drinks need to be consumed before it can sleep.

Stress
I still work while traveling. Many nights I have to play the show and head back to the hotel to get a couple hours of work done. There are times where this gets really tricky.

Self-Prioritization 
For me, self-prioritization on the road is that moment when you show up in a town and things are clearly not what you expected. Perhaps the venue messed up and put the whole band in a hostel room – together. Or maybe the following day has a 9am flight, but the “free” place to stay is 2 hours from the airport. Self-prioritization is the choice to pull out the credit card and instantly make your life a little bit easier by getting a room, hiring a taxi instead of taking the train, etc. However, this can be really hard to justify when the money you earn is less than when you are spending. It’s even harder when the rest of your band wants to go cheap and you need to move as a unit.

I’m going to continue thinking about this, and if enough comes together I’ll turn it into my next essay.

 

Some new videos

Some new Kandinsky Effect videos

 

 

And here’s something really cool… I found this footage on an old backup hard drive. Originally, we wanted multi camera angles and would have put out a DVD… but the band was kind of on its last legs and the project ended up in limbo. Unfortunately, this seems to be the last remaining footage, so I decided it’s better to put it out there for the people that want to enjoy it.