After playing a long weekend of shows, I found my harmonicas were becoming increasingly difficult to play. I was drawing (sucking) really hard and not hearing any sound out of one of the reeds. I thought it was completely bent or busted. Then I remembered the last time I cleaned them. Well... I couldn't exactly remember. Maybe 6 months ago? Forgetting to clean a wind-instrument for half a year is NOT a wise practice. I saved myself the $200 of replacing my harmonica set by cleaning them with warm water. Where would I be without you, warm water? Dirty, poor and helpless. Please clean your harmonicas and keep them to yourself. I don't want to play your harmonica, and you shouldn't want to play mine.
2011 changed my life. I never thought I would become a professional musician over the course of twelve months. I performed nearly 500 shows in my beautiful state of Minnesota. I played on the streets, in sandwich houses, coffee shops, tons of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, ice cream parlours, anywhere and everywhere! I've learned more about myself in 52 weeks than all my years on this planet. I've created more friendships in 365 days than ever before. I truly learned the value of money and starved because of it. I understand myself and what I must do to survive on this earth by entertaining people with music. I have never been more excited about entering a New Year. This is going to be an amazing journey.
Today, October 21st, I celebrate my 400th (and 399th) performance as a solo musician at my old hometown coffee shop, Dunn Bros. of Farmington. I'm not expecting balloons or cake, but it will certainly be a thrill just in knowing how far I have come as a musician.
I've recorded a new album called 'Corner Coffee' available at all upcoming performances by Ben Aaron.
New songs from The Ugly Mug recordings from Farmington. "Talkin' Ponzi Scheme Blues" original song and video uploaded!
-October 6th, 2008. I completed a new instrumental using electric guitar tracks entitled "eLECTRIC". Haven't played that guitar in a while.
Meanwhile I revised an old song "Waiting for Her" and took out the vocals. It is also an instrumental until I can run into someone who can help sing. That was about waiting for someone special to call me back. Took them 6 hours to call back, but I made a damn good chord progression out of the process.
Put a few new pictures up from when I was recording the songs.