Well, I have been working toward getting rid of my smart phone for a long while now. I am not one to get taken up with online addiction easily, considering the fact that I have gone more than a year without social media prior to starting A Martyr’s Oath as a music project.

The internet is great. I love watching lectures by people I respect. Or even documentaries on things I didn’t know. Beyond this and the GPS functionality of the smart phone, the phone doesn’t really take up much of my time. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t addictive.

Hard to put down.

That is why I am finally making the switch to a WIFI free cellphone.

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This just seemed like the right time for the Light Phone, in my opinion. We have a new year just days away. Why not kick of 2020 right by setting myself up to have less digital distractions and more time in the real world.

I won’t be getting my phone until March. Regardless, the purchase has been made and I am on my way to living life with a lot less distraction. So, what is the Light Phone?

Well, here you go…

Because of this decision, I will be losing some stuff. For example, my AMO Instagram will be getting shut down at some point. Which is sad, because that is where the majority of my fan-base is settled with more than 1,250 followers. Even still… it will be worth it if I lose a few fans in the process.

I think the main thing I will miss just thinking on it right now would be photos getting sent via text between family members. That is probably going to be the hardest one to get used to.

I recommend everyone consider this phone.

My bass guitar ate the dust for the last time. Over the course of the last few months I have been having issues with it. And well, after my third trip to the repair shop I was finally told I should probably just dig a hole and bury it.

And so, I did.

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As a result, I got a super slick 5 string.

I am really excited about this new bass. It has way more pop that the last one and I really do think it will bring a little more edge to the mix. Although this is an epic upgrade, there is a pretty lame downside. Now that I have upgraded the bass, all of the bass takes for the current EP that we are working on are no good. I now have four songs that will need to re-track all of the bass parts.

It’s annoying. But, in the long haul it’ll be worth it.

Studio upgrades are always fun!

Now that I am finished mixing and mastering for the upcoming full length release, I thought it was time to do a little remodeling in the home studio space. Seemed like as a good a time as any. Logically speaking it was the best time. I’d rather be unplugging and moving stuff around in between projects rather than during one.

So, that’s what I did. Got a brand new table set up so that my monitors would be at the proper position. I also got a guitar rack so that I could put all of those clunky cases in the attic.

Here’s the before and after…

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I am very excited about the upgrade, because this new table has twice the space as the old one. Imagine having a laptop opened up and running in the midst of all that stuff on the smaller table. It was a cluster to say the least. That top table was so short that I couldn’t even put my legs under it, for crying out loud.

A clean work space is a happy one.