Benji Flaming

Ah, spring!

The year is off to a wonderful start! After a January/February tour of the warmer southern states, Monroe Crossing returned to MN for a week or two, before flying out to Tacoma, WA, for our first appearance at the Wintergrass festival (where I was introduced to a marvelously eclectic band called The Paperboys – who I’d highly recommend). We were also in-town this year to perform at Minnesota’s own Winter Bluegrass Weekend, which gave me a welcome opportunity to spend a bit of time with some of my very dear friends in the MN bluegrass community. Last weekend, the band was down in Rochester, performing The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass three times with the fantastic Choral Arts Ensemble there.

The recording studio which my friend Todd and I have been working on for the last few years is tantalizingly close to being operational. A bit of paint, flooring, trim, and electrical finishing are all that separate us from a beautiful workspace. Then, of course, will come the task of convincing all of our equipment to cooperate after years of neglect. ;)

In February, with the practical challenges of recording in an apartment being what they were, and with a proper studio seeming so close to readiness, I decided to delay finishing my solo banjo CD. Over the last week or so, however, I’ve decided to push forward and finish the recording at home, impracticalities notwithstanding. I am now 2/3 of the way through the recording process, and I am optimistic about finishing within a week.

I realize that this news update has been a jumble of bland and disconnected paragraphs, and I’m quite grateful if you’ve read this far. I will attempt to avoid such ghastly writing in the future, by posting smaller updates with greater regularity and higher frequency. :)

(Archived blog post from 2009-05-14)

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