Los Angeles Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. Sunday. I worked on Saturday, so couldn't make it to this one or the one in West Los Angeles. I have only been to the W.L.A. one once and would have liked to go again. I remember it being very hip, though it is even more inconvenient to get to than the two in Venice. It is a "how far from the freeway," kind of thing. That's okay, I needed the work. I was very jammed up for time on Sunday also. Really I should not have gone to Higashi Honganji at all, but it is only downtown, which is a reasonable distance for me. Not nearly as easy as Pasadena, but doable. I took the Pasadena approach - arrive right before the dancing, get a few songs in, then hit the road. I ran into Dr. D. A. Wong, who encouraged me to get in the line and dance. I am glad to say that I am pretty much at the point that I don't need encouragement, just a place to step in. If you don't know the dances well, it matters who you get behind and around. You need someone in your line of sight that knows what they are doing. Dr. Wong pretty much knew what she was doing.
Over the years I have collected what I call "exotic" instruments. Basically they are primitive aerophones. By now I have a lot of them. I keep buying them, because I keep finding intriguing ones. It is a broad category. I occasionally question my sanity. Of course, I create my own opportunities to use the instruments on gigs or special pieces like "Fanfares and Arhoolies." But once in a while I get a legit gig that actually pays money. That was the case this past Monday. I had a recording session for the video game company Riot Games. I've done a couple of other sessions for this organization over the years. Each of them has been a call for primitive aerophones. If you've played League of Legends, you have probably heard some of my instruments. It was a two-hour session. My lips were pretty shot by the end of it. For the most part these instruments have appreciably smaller mouthpieces than what I am used to. I decided that the experience needed a burger for a happy resolution.
|This is a popular Obon. Lots of familiar faces.|
|No chili rice at this on...|
|so I had to settle for a tamale with chili.|
|The tamale was an acceptable alternative.|
|Slow cooking the chicken teriyaki.|
|The big drum for the dance.|
|I rented a vehicle to make it easier to get the instruments to the|
studio. I took 40 instruments in all. Most of them got used.
|The Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Brothers in Burbank.|
|The walk to the studio.|
|Contractor and fellow aerophone player, Noah Gladstone.|
|Composer Kyle 'Kole' Hicks (center), Noah and myself |
celebrating the finish of a successful session.
|The big and/or long horns - Rag Dungs and a Clarin de Cajamarca.|
|and more aerophones.|
|Clarin de Cajamarca. It is from Peru and over 10 feet |
long. They made it in sections for me. There was no other
practical way to get it here.
|A Rag-Dung. 8 feet long.|
|Sauces for the skinny fries.|
|Skinny fries on the side, onion strings on the burger.|
|The Manly Burger at Umami Burger in Burbank, CA.|