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CSUMB Staff!

I've recorded with some amazing CSUMB staff, all of whom are in working bands around the Monterey Bay. 

CD Packages Arrive! 

It has been a long time since I first wrote the song in May 2011, to recording the tracks in the summer, to recording the interviews in the Fall, but today Otter Athletics received four packages from Disc Makers containing a total of 1,000 CDs, all paid for through pre-orders.

Kirby Garry then started a Google+ Hangout for graphic designer Kevin Garcia and myself (I was at a conference in Denver) to open a box, randomly pull out a CD, open the case, look at the disc, and finally play it on a laptop. The…

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Championship Banner 

The official national championship banner now hangs in The Kelp Bed in the Otter Sports Center!

Busking On the Quad 

In anticipation of that night's homecoming basketball games, I went out to the Main Quad of CSUMB and set up my mic and guitar amp in front of the Dining Commons in the hope of creating a flash mob to rally the students.

I played both "Birdie In Hole" and "Hotter Than An Otter," and Tawni Luczo tossed out Athletics merchandise. Although we had maybe a peak of about 15 people (including Otter mascot, Monte Rey), there was a point where they were dancing on the tables in front of the DC!

We also saw Vice…

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CD Release Delayed 

We had originally tried to piggy-back on top of Homecoming on Friday, February 17 to have the official CD Release Party for Birdie In The Hole, but post-production has stalled the event.

The opportunity to maximize our turnout would have been because the NCAA championship banner will be hoisted during that night's women's and men's basketball games against UC San Diego.

We will eventually try to hold an event that will include creating a 30-foot putting green, to experience what Dylan had to do at the…

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First Draft of CD Artwork 

Kevin Garcia released the first draft of the CD artwork for Birdie In The Hole. We're pouring over it for corrections and fixes, but this marks how close we're getting to a CD release. Well done, Kevin!

Here's the full gallery.

Oskar Is In Town! Record Him!! 

As luck would have it, national team member and CSUMB alum Oskar Nystrom is visiting us from his home in Sweden, and we got him in the studio at CSUMB's Music & Performing Arts department for a recording of his thoughts during the tournament last May.

This is such great news, because we originally not been able to contact him and thus include him on the commemorative CD. It always seemed like a huge loss, but with this opportunity, the band is back together and we have a Track 4!

National Anthem 

To help promote Birdie In The Hole, I sang the national anthem before tonight's CSUMB women's basketball game against Chico.

Direct link to video.

Ottermedia Plays Birdie and Hotter! 

CSUMB Professor Steven Levinson played all CSUMB-created tunes today on the Ottermedia internet radio stream, featuring faculty, staff and students who create music.

I dropped by around noon for an in-studio interview and an exclusive spin of the latest mix of "Birdie In The Hole" as well as "Hotter Than An Otter." Here's a picture of the monitor, with Professor Levinson on the right.

Professor Levinson was particularly impressed with all the staff involved in the "Birdie" project and thinks he could…

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Recording the Coach and AD 

Today Otter Athletics recorded NCAA DII Coach of the Year and CSUMB Director of Golf, Jason Owen, and Athletic Director Vince Otupal for the eventual Birdie In The Hole CD. Interviewer Patrick Kelley sat down with under the production of Music & Performing Arts major Nadia Shilansky and MPA Professor Andrew "Drew" Waters. Drew and Nadia set up a studio in the lecture hall of the Music Hall, using equipment from their permanent studio, and Drew will mix and master the tracks.  

Next up will be use Google…

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