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Nate Bennett's Music (and More).

Howdy there!

If you're here to check out some music, scroll (way) down... there's actually a lot of material down there in the basement, but lately I've decided this area up here is the ideal place for me to load up with a nice bunch of text-o-rama.

Most of it is a bunch of 'news' (at least to me) that I am really excited to share with the world, but I have to admit that I am posting some ongoing medical journal update-type-stuff here to try to catch up as any of you wonderful (interested) people as I can at a time with 'press releases' about some of my heaviest yet most incredible and wonderfullest personal news EVER... Believe me, I'd like to call up absolutely everyone I know and tell y'all the whole entire story note-by-note (because it's getting stranger yet somehow better all the time), but for me repeating all of these crazy details over and over that many more times will make this whole thing an even more surreal experience than it already is, and for me sometimes reality already seems to be a precious commodity! I've decided that I can at least attempt to get all the basic news info out there to anybody curious enough to drop by this site and check in on me, though, and that's my intention, so if you are one of those folks, thanks to you for thinking of me and for checking in on me. The first post that I put here was on April 11, and I have now updated it once, on May 16. I'm just going to keep adding posts 'journal style' so if you've been here before just scroll down 'till you see the most recent post.

April 11 2014

Anyways people... things are weird now but they appear to have a healthy likelihood of getting even weirder, it seems. I'm at a point where I have to reassess how I will approach everything, and of course for me a big part of my everything has always been music. I have to admit that it’s been a while since I have managed to get around to updating this page, and this is really just one of a number of examples of my recent slippages in the game of outwardly projecting an image of someone who is taking an independent approach to the music business aggressively and seriously… what can I say, I haven’t exactly had all of my systems working flawlessly in harmony together at every step lately.


One part of my life that I can say is clearly working right has been the development of my wonderful loving relationship with my now wife-to-be Amy, who has swooped in to save my days with her brave heroic support and I am SO fortunate to have her at my side! I’m already honestly not sure I’d still be here without her help and her love… thank you AMY!

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For anybody that hadn’t heard all the recent health-related stuff—most folks that know me understand that I’ve been known to have some pretty gnarly seizures on and off over the past handful of years. Well, I had some ‘studies’ done last year at Stanford U Hospital (about the best there is). In the fall it all came to a climax with a 10-day-long study during which the Stanford Neurology team put 7 wires about an inch or so deep in my gourd while they watched me having my seizures and then finally concluded that I was not a candidate for corrective surgery (National Public Radio interviewed me and did a story including the procedure, if you are curious). I had been informed before going into that study that there was about a 15% chance of this outcome, so at that point I just did what I could to return to my job as a UCSC Dining Manager while trying to get back into as many of my previous regular life-patterns as I could (knowing that odds were that I could expect more seizures, based my history). Well, not surprisingly, I’ve had a few. Most have been manageable as usual, but unfortunately the last big set happened while I was at work and got me yet another very conspicuous ambulance trip to the ER (which was my trip number five—though I’ve also ‘waved away’ the ambulance twice after coming out of seizures as well).

Anyway, I had to follow up with my neurologist after the ER visit before I could return to work, and when discussed all the details I was told I am now done working (meaning I am really officially disabled). This was a smack in the face but was not exactly a total surprise to me—don’t get me wrong, it sucks, I just figured it was likely to happen at some point based on the number and severity of my episodes lately. What was a surprise, though, was when my phone rang 3 hours after that first 'heavy duty' appointment (at 7:15pm in the evening) and a voicemail was left by one of my favorite doctors from over at Stanford informing me that due to recent medical developments (like new device approval) I AM NOW A CANDIDATE FOR SURGERY!

I was not expecting to hear this information--when I left Stanford last fall I was told that the first possible new 'pacemaker'-like devices suitable for my specific problem were being developed at that point in time but were still around 2 years from being available for suckus like me. So naturally, one of the first things I did was go to Stanford Hospital's site, where I immediately noticed this brand new little video anouncing new breakthroughs with surgeries for stopping seizures... and get this: I AM IN THE VIDEO!!! Now don't rush everybody, form a single file line... my part in the film is minor (it's just some 'aesthetic' footage recorded during my stay up there last fall that I ok'd for use to help boost ratings). What I noticed about the vid that caught my attention was that it had JUST BEEN posted that same day, which proves that my first being told I'm disabled at my local doc's office and then finding out just THREE HOURS LATER that I'm now going to be getting major brain surgery over at Stanford was a complete coincidence/twist of fate/insert whatever you believe here________!!!!!

Well, wowsers…. what can I say…. I’m going to do my total best for us Amy. I love you so much and I want so much more.

My first consultation with Stanford about the big procedure is over a month away from my writing this, so now I will have to stay alive and busy and fill out some medical and disability related paperwork I’m sure. I have to admit that I have not really touched my music seriously since before the procedure I had last fall, and it seems very distant when I hear it now. I’m facing a bizarre situation now that’s pretty much identical to the sitch I was in before I began my job at the University about 8.5 years back—I am being told that I am no longer able to do my usual, customary job for income while at the same time I’m surrounded by all these instruments and pieces of music gear I’ve saved up over the years. It seems almost to not matter whether or not I suck or can remember anything, I apparently once again have both tools and time on my hands—at least at the moment while I (WE!) wait out the big one. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing with the next bit of time but I’d like to be productive somehow… hmmm...

May 16 2014

Well, as I thought might happen, waiting for the news I've been wanting to have to share with everyone has been an anxious time period. This is really not anybody's fault, it just takes a lot to get all of the ducks to line up, especially in a complex situation like the one Amy and I are in, as it turns out.

This is not to sound like I'm complaining, mind you all! I still have to look at things as what I really am--the luckiest man I know.

Since I last updated this info, we've had our 'big day' of consulting with the doctors that will be handling the next surgery(s) at Stanford and we got to ask every rambling and frightened-sounding question we could come up with... don't get me at all wrong, I'm real proud of both of us overall considering what a flood of heavy info we swam through together that day. It seemed to go by relatively easily, but yet of course it also managed to be just what it had to be--a prelude of the serious and very real tests to come.

Well, we spent a good long but solid day last Tuesday at Stanford meeting first with Dr. Jamie Henderson, Stereotactic and Functional Nuerosurgery Specialist, next with Dr. Lawrence Shuer, Nuerosurgeon/Professor of Nuerology, and finally withmy main Stanford Neurologist Dr. Kevin Graber, Clinical Associate Professor of Nuerology and Nuerological Services, and we now have official 'game plan' as far as the surgery itself goes. Since that day, we've just been waiting to hear from the surgery scheduling system to get the dates so we could, well, make our plans first and then announce to everyone... along with a (simplified) little description of the surgery(s) of course.

Welp, here's the real lowdowns for y'all: I'm checking in Weds. June 4, 2014. the first surgery is on Thurs. June 5: at this step, I'll be "carved like a pumpkin". A circle will be cut out of the left side of my skull (it will be large, sorry I don't have the full dimensions or whether or not it goes around the ear, etc.). As the piece is out, several seizure-sniffing devices will be implanted directly into the left hemisphere. During the last procedure I had last fall (the Bilateral Craniotomy, as you may recall), we 'narrowed down' the area that the seizures are are coming from, but now we need to get them 'down to the milimeter' so that the team can decide how exactly to procede with the next surgery. Also at this time, a series of mesh nets will be laid accross the surface of the left side of my brain that also will help pinpoint the area(s) that the seizures are coming from, called the seizure's 'focus' (or 'foci', as it apparently may be in my case... I'll get to that). Next, I'll be temporarily 'stapled' shut and then again I'll be strapped into a bed and observed for a week, as I have seizures, which will be triggered as they were in my previous visits (I plan to go off like the real good kind of fireworks if you know what I'm sayin'!). If I'm ever going to have to have a seizure again, this will be the time to do it, because I (again) need to be observed as it occurs. What we want during this stage of the game is for the seizures to get mapped out so well that I will spell out clearly for the team exactly what part of my junk is bunk and which part of the fruit is the proverbial bad spot so they can break out with the serious melon-baller. Finally, then,that heavy-duty week-long stretch will be topped off on the following Thursday June 12 with a Resection** (which will combined of course with the implanting of the freshly FDA-approved inter-cranial 'pacemaker' known as NEUROPACE). **Note, just to be clear, because it was one of the basic-sounding questions that I had to ask myself--a 'Resection' is a medical term that means part being taken out.

Now, I'll have to take a sec to explain some whys and whats here, because of course most folks don't maybe understand some of the finesse points, and really my own understanding is only pretty basic, I have to admit. I've gotten to where I explain it like this--first of all, the whole thing is really about two main parts when you look at the picture of the desired final results: the cutting part and the implant part. So, I'll start with the cutting part: To begin, it looks like we have the seizures narrowed down to 3 basic areas--two are operable areas and one is not, because operating in this area can cause strokes. For this reason, there is a two out of three chance of that I'll be able to get a resection, though Dr. Graber feels more sure that it is in the operable 'anterior' region. Part of what is contributing to all theories on the table is the consideration of my previous super-powerful MRIs from last year that helped to point out several details about my brain, including a small 'lesion' (scar) on the left side that was probably caused by a concussion I had got at age 2--you all probably know that part already--it also pointed out that an area of the left may have slighty under-developed while my right hemisphere grew slightly larger than the left overall... Well, apparently what (may) have been going on in here is that part of my brain began to seize, perhaps at a very young age, and then that area may have caused neighboring areas to 'learn bad habits' until they also began to seize. I look at it like there's an area that's a 'bully' and that it 'bullies' two other areas into being it's 'helpers'. What we plan to do, then, is to completely remove the bully from the scene (because it's now only causing probs for the rest of the brain at this point), but then hopefully we can 're-train' the other areas into behaving like they should. This is where the 'Neuropace' will help, as I'll explain--it is to be implanted at the same time as the resection is handled. Now if we really luck out, the seizures will stop completely at that point without any further discussion. However does appear that this is considered a litsted likelihood, and I was told to expect to need to stay on the meds into the future as well (I had kind of already been figuring I'd be hearing that one, but I can always hope, right?). As far as the impacts of the resection, Dr. Graber explained that if all goes well with it, I may have some migraines/double-vision for a couple of weeks as I heal but will (hopefully) return to 'normal', though I may loose the ability to smell with my right nostril (after all the trippin' I've been doing lately I was like "you mean you could maybe stop the seizures and all I got to give up is the smell on one side? SO LET'S ROLL WITH THIS, you know?!?!?" Believe me, I've been thinking I'd maybe hear worse on the warnings side for sure, so that was some good news to get).

Now about the Nueropace thing I mentioned--deep breath here: Yes, the corny mechanical prophecies are all soon to be auto-fulfilled as I truly am now slated to become a genuine cyborg--I just don't know how you could get any closer to machines than this--I'm going to put a link here to Nueropace's site for those of you who may be curious about the details, and there are many, but I'll try to make it brief here: it's a two-part gizmo--part is for listening/monitoring/tracking seizures and part is for shockin' when it hears 'em. A window gets cut in my skull on the upper left about half-way back where a hearing-aid-sized unit gets implanted, and then the skin is sewed shut over top of it. One of the internal parts looks kind of like one of the dail-type food thermometers I've used for years in food service (and of course I'm sure I'll be using again real soon...), and it goes in kind of laying under the left hemisphere of the brain. The other part is a strap that circles up over the external surface of the left side of the brain. The strap has several 'nodes' on it, so the unit can be adjusted somewhat to focus in terms of what area is being shocked, and the unit is also adjustable as well as regarding how much juice is used. Ideally, what would occur during a seizure is that the unit would at first sense it starting up, and then would function to 'bitch-slap' me into not having the seizure--possibly entirely without me knowing it. Then, the other benefit (and really the most solid of all the possible positive outcomes of the entire party when you look at it) is that Nueropace records all of the activity and it is reported in a weekly upload to my doctor so that the unit (and or my meds/patterns etc) can be adjusted specifically to fit the seizures themselves. So, let's put it another way--if after all of this next adventure I was still having seizures about the same as I do now, we would still get the 'data' from them that could help point out other important matters, like if I'm having them while sleeping but not knowing it, or if something I'm eating messes with me, or if I need to do more or less of whatever at whenever times of day, etc... so really that info is conceivably very good stuff to have to work with (not to mention the all the direct inspiration for crazy sci-fi creations I'll certainly have to work from!). I'm also glad to know that Dr. Henderson was part of the team that designed the unit, and he clearly is proud of the advance and has strong confidence in its success--at this point there's only about 200 'test-bunnies' out there with working Nueropaces and the oldest working unit is 7 years, so we don't have any data to work with on long-term effects etc., but hopefully we won't have it in place longer than around 6 years. Ideally, we will have tracked and trained the remaining good parts of my noggin into stepping right in time by then so it is actually not likely to be left in place longer than that. Also, it contains a battery that needs to be changed about every 1.5 to 2 years, depending on how often you are being shocked, and changing it requires a 'light' surgery (just a quick drop-in for a numb, slice, replace, sew up thing) but eventually that causes scar tissue-issues so Dr. Henderson feels we can only probably get 3 battery swaps before we need to take the next step, whatever that turns out to be (and hopefully it turns out to be NOTHIN). One final Nueropace thing to mention as a quick 'btw': I just happen to be Stanford's first 'Neuropace' recipient. ISN'T THAT THE COOLEST!!!! So honored.

Now don't anybody get me wrong here--this next round of surgical procedures is something that Amy and I have had to consider in terms of all the outcomes, and again it's very heavy stuff. We have discussed all options of all the different kinds of tools and methods available to us and I do believe that as cutting-edge as all of this may seem, I am very fortunate to have access to it and the team that can use it to help me, and I can't wait to prove to all and have proven back to me that it was all worth doing! One of the main insights that sealed Amy and my deciding to go ahead with this next round was when we asked Dr. Graber during our consultation about the more 'blunt' of all the stats regarding the posible outcomes, and he told us that all of the entire list of surgical procedures this upcoming fest involves, along with everything else we've done so far at Stanford, stacks up to be statistically less dangerous than just ONE of my seizures. Now y'all can see why I call myself lucky so much. I'm not only lucky to still be alive after all of these seizures, but so damn fortunate to have my sweetheart at my side. I don't know why she is so brave, but it appears that she's my number one reason to believe this whole ride makes sense so I'm ready to get this event on and over so I can get back into the planning for our Upper Penninsula of Michigan honeymoon!

Okay, so now that I've got those dates I'm not sure if I'll really have more updates until the surgery(s), but I will post if so, and I'll probably keep this the 'update' zone and just post links back here over on facebook every now and then. I'll try to reply to people directly if I can, but I'm a little disorganized lately and I have to admit that I've have some internet connectivity issues at home lately that I'm just getting figgurd out, so sorry if I've been hard to get ahold of... I don't mean rudeness, I'm just bumbling a bit lately with lots on mind, you know? I LOVE YOU ALL, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN'T MET MY AMY YET, YER JUST GONNA LOVE HER WHEN WE DO ALL GET TOGETHER! As you'll see, we're just SO perfect for each other.



June 14 2014

Howdy hey everybody! I'm finding this kind of hard to believe but somehow someway I've been in this bed here at Stanford for a week and two days at this point... Amy brought me in for the first surgery on Thursday of last week at 5am, and somehow after a big blur of time and tasks I am now finally getting online to post what the heck is going on (finally). If you have been checking here for updates, I can only offer my apology for keeping you waiting for so long--after all, I was supposed to have my second round of surgery the day before yesterday--but it has now been delayed until Monday (June 16th) because I have not produced a good seizure with all of this 'mapping' stuff in my skull yet.

As we had planned, I went through about a 5 hour long surgery that started at around 7am and took a team of (I think?) four surgeons to complete. It was explained to me that during the procedure I had some 'abnormal' brain activity that caused the doctors to decide that they needed to put in a significantly larger number of probing wires in the left side of my brain than what we initially had planned. I don't fully grasp all the what's and how's of the thing, but I now have something like 120 leads coming out of my head leading into the 'seizure mapping' apparatus which is constantly recording my brain activity. Most of those attach to the 'grids' of electrical 'mesh' that are laying on the surface of the left hemisphere, and some are also 'deep probes' that are listening in the lower areas of the brain as well. My head is wrapped in a large 'crown' of bandages and a 'snake' of wires comes out of that and feeds into a pouch of computer connections that sits at my side. I'm in the same room I was in for the last procedure in the fall of last year, and I've been kept tied in my bed with my hands restrained so that when I 'go off' I (hopefully) won't be able to start ripping stuff out. I had to agree to stay in the bed, fully restrained, until this part of the procedure ends, to keep myself safe. I've got a pulse monitor on one finger and an IV apparatus in my right arm (which has been moved around to 3 different spots since the first surgery). I've also got a few tabs taped on my bod in a few odd spots, but at least now that it's been over a week the pain from all the stuff has become more tolerable and I only need a couple Tylenol every now and then to keep it all bearable... it was considerably more painful at first and I'm grateful that I can deal with it all without being on tons of dope because the whole experience is surreal and cloudy enough without being on tons of pain meds. I had spent the night after the surgery in another area of the hospital (called 'post-op') as I came out of the anasthesia, and man that part was a lot rougher for sure--I was in a room shared by several other patients who were also recovering from surgeries (one was a lady that was in some kind of delerium and kept singing/moaning all night and drove the rest of us patients and staff nuts!). I had the 'joy' of having a catheter (please don't think I'm recommending that fun) and I was on heavier doses of IV pain meds as I kept puking over and over... I was so thirsty but every time I tried to take in any liquid I'd start another round of barfing to I was mostly hydrated by the IV drips. Sometime around 2am I had a seizure that was followed by about 2 hours of 'post-ictal' confusion, from what I understand, but that whole time period is now kind of a blur for sure in my memory. Unfortunately, at that point I didn't have the leads hooked up to the 'mapping' stuff so that seizure didn't help show the doctors what they were looking for at that point, and now we are all just waiting for the next one to make this whole thing pay off with the info that can show the doctors where the prob is exactly coming from so that the 'resection' surgery can finally (hopefully) be enabled. All of the doctors that were part of the first surgery have dropped by my room to check on me a number of times and I feel like even though they are clearly busy, they are a great team of caring folks that are really pulling for results with this; from what I understand they decided at some point on Wednesday that I would not be able to get the second surgery on Thursday, so they had to do a whole round of 'shuffling' with other patients who where needing procedures also, and that was when I was informed that my procedure would be moved until Monday--and if I have not had an 'adequete' seizure to enable it then, the procedure will then be on Thursday. Doctor Graber explained that they have seen lots of this 'abnormal' activity with the probing they are doing but it is not showing them the clear picture that will be provided when I finally have the next big grand mal. All of the doctors have reassured me that they are not surprised by this delay based on my patterns with my previous two stays last year, so I guess I just gotta roll with the game, you know? Clearly, we all have way too much invested at this point for me to just get 'closed up' without getting the results we are striving for, but man, I have to admit that I am really hoping I don't have to stay tied in this bed for like a whole nuther week!

My Mom (Laura) and sister Emily arrived on Wednesday last week from New Mexico to take care of me, and now they are staying at my place in Santa Cruz and coming up to see me for several hours daily. Amy has been coming up to see me often also and she spent the night here with me Thursday night, which made yesterday the 'big day' for finally being able to introduce her to them (yee hah!). I have to admit, I'd like to have been able to 'entertain' them all in a more relaxed sitch, but hey, it was a real pleasure to finally get those hugs around and do a little hospital bonding, you know? I'm pretty sure they all really dug each other, and today they will all be coming back up here along with my Aunt Pat from Sonoma, which will be nice and family-style... hopefully we will do the lunch thing again together and maybe we'll all even manage to play some good old Eukre (though I have to admit it's been a while for me and I might be a little rusty on the trump-thing). After our visit I think they will all head back to my place for an evening of cooking and bs'ing together in Santa Cruz and I'm thinking they will probably have a lovely ladie's day together for sure--and it should give them all a nice chance to visit and talk about me in my house while I sit here trying to produce the goods! I love them all, and I'm sure they are going to have a really interesting and memorable day together and hey, what can I say, I'm just glad they will all get that time to enjoy together, even though I'll be stuck here.

This week has of course been really weird, but definitely has been interesting... on Monday morning I met Sandra (a student of Dr. Parvisi) who brought a bunch of computer equipment into my room to monitor me with through several kinds of tests that were pretty neato... she came back during the daytimes each day of the week and recorded my brain activity while testing me with little jars filled with cotton balls that were saturated with aromas as well as testing me with memory/reaction-time related tests on Monday and Tuesday, and then she brought two German exchange-students named Christian and Elaine on Wednesday and Thursday who tested me with several types of tasks that were pretty cool also, including a 'gambling' kind of test where I had to quickly choose which way to split a 'jackpot' with another (imaginary) person based on maximizing a 'payout' for myself repeatedly; a 'shapes'-related memory/reaction test where I had to quickly respond to flashing pairs of colored polygons; and finally a "musical expectancy" test, where I was played short peices of Bach piano music and was asked to 'rate' the peices on a scale of 1-6 based on how well I thought the final chords concluded the peices. Yesterday, Sandra came back to take the equipment out and was very sweet and told me that it had been a real pleasure to have my help with this area of research, which was flattering to me and I told her I was glad to be of service and hoped that we all could contribute to expanding the overall understanding this disorder. I'm not sure what all I was able to help with exactly as far as this area of research goes, but as with my previous stays here at Stanford I was glad to be utilized for any brain-function releated research that could potentially help map and treat seizures and allow any expanded 'view' of how the brain works. During the session we all had on Thursday, Elaine got news that her grant for a PhD had been approved... she was very happy and I congratulate her for that. Clearly all of these students are on the 'cutting edge' of this area of medical science and I have much respect for all of their work and was glad to be able to contribute something to all of their efforts.

Well, at the moment it is now like 4am--I've been off of my epilepsy medication for days and I've been sleep-depriving and drinking coffee every night trying to set off the seizures but I suppose I'll stop to post this and get a little shut-eye in before my fam comes back to visit in a few hours. Thanks to all of you for checking in on me--hopefully I'll get some time to drop everyone a howdy on facebook also tomorrow... I just glanced at my email and it appears that there's a whole lot of great folks wanting an update from that angle. Thanks to all of you for checking in and saying hi and again, sorry I haven't updated sooner but what can I say? It's still all getting stranger and I don't mean to be a stranger but I'm working through a range of strange dangers as you all understand. Blessings, everyone.



As far as the music posted on this here page goes… I’ve decided that since I can’t exactly be sure how often I will be getting around to updating it in the near future, I’ll change it up a bit at this point by posting a couple of the more basic old ‘crowd friendly’ tunes from each of my projects, as well as hopefully getting around to putting up a couple of live tunes when I can. This way, hopefully the site will be all set up to be a nice reasonable demo for a while just in case I don’t make it around to updating it again for a few... Also, it’s been real nice to have those videos there at the bottom so I’ll leave that working, too. (Thanks again to Spilly Chili’s Bowl of Rocks for hosting Nate’s Action Playset for those two shows!). Thanks to everybody again for dropping by and please do continue to check in every now and then for updates… I’ll try to keep a few handy because I really do appreciate all the incredible, constant support and my intention has always been to keep in touch, though I have to admit I don’t always manage to get back to everybody promptly as I would like to, ya know?


Have a listen! Here's a few tracks from Red Dam, my first solo cd. It was pretty much completed by 2000 but for a number of crazy and none-good-enough reasons it wasn't released 'till 2008.

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Word I Heard
Infidelity In The Air
Fortune Cookie Say
Same Bad Night
Word I Heard
Infidelity In The Air
Fortune Cookie Say
Same Bad Night

Some long-ago crazy brilliant dreamers helped me make this stuff:

  • Timothy Buetler- drums and backing vocals (higher parts)
  • Pete Nowosad- backing vocals
  • Dianne Stasser- lady vocals
Most all of the recording and mixing work was done with Mike Formenti at quilted fish records in Bonny Doon, CA.


But wait, there's more! These are songs from Mechanical Conspiracy, my second cd. I started recording it to keep myself busy during the last stretch of time I found myself 'officially' disabled back in 2005. It was finally released along with the first album at a fabulous dual-CD-release party that Nate's Action Playset ripped up at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz CA., way back in 2008... as some may yet remember still.

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All My Machines
Jack's Dilemma
Chin-Chin
TidbiT
All My Machines
Jack's Dilemma
Chin-Chin
TidbiT

This album was a real 'team effort'--a whole new posse finally sprung into Action to Play some Sets:

  • Tim Buetler (again)- acoustic and non-sequenced electronic drums
  • Andrew Fedders- Electric Bass Guitar
  • Jen Bowen- Alto Sax and Backing Vocals
  • Delisa Lewis- Trumpet
  • Kris Yunker- Piano and Electric Piano (on Chin-Chin and Jack's Dilemma)
  • Wendy Lang- Vocals, Snoring
This one was partially tracked at home, finished with all kinds of help from some of my very favorite people including my bro Bryan (roomate for years) and longtime qfr co-conspirator Tim Gard. Lots of the critical recording and mixing work was done with Mike Formenti at quilted fish records in Bonny Doon, CA.


Still got room? Maybe a few tunes from Next Times (most recent project) can finish you off...

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Drugs Are
A Ride
As Always Is
Drugs Are
A Ride
As Always Is

These great people helped make these tunes come true:

  • Tim Gard- Baritone Sax on Drugs Are, Trumpet on As Always Is
  • Brett Wiltshire- Bass Guitar on As Always Is
  • Wendy Lang- Lady Vocals on all tunes
Lots of the recording and mixing work, as well as all mastering, was done with (you guessed it!) Mike Formenti at quilted fish records in Bonny Doon, CA... pretty much a habit for me at this point.


Well, I gotta admit, I don't exactly have my marketing department machinery working any better than any of my other machines, if you know what I mean. What I can say is that I still have a few CDs laying around, so if you're going to see me somewhere and would like one or ten of them just let me know and I'll gladly bring you a few.


Here are some fine performances from the two appearences of Nate's Action Playset on the fabulous local Santa Cruz TV show Spilly Chili's Bowl of Rocks:

Fortune Cookie Say
Antidote
As Always Is
All My Machines
Chin Chin
Tidbit
Same Bad Night
Where?/Edge

Also, you can check out even some more dang live audio material at natesactionplayset.com! Tunes tracked at various rehearsals and shows featuring my Action-Pals Wendy, Kris, Larry, Brett and Tim are posted for your enjoyment.


If the mail link isn't working for you, you can possibly still maybe reach me via theenatebennett@gmail.com, I still get around to checking it every now and then.

Thanks again for dropping by--AND THANKS TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE FOR ALL FORMS OF YOUR SUPPORT, LIKE KEEPING MY WONDERFUL LADY AND ME IN YOUR BEST GOOD THOUGHTS, KEEPING US SAFE AND SHELTERED UNDER THE RIGHTEOUS COVER OF YOUR KARMIC UMBRELLAS, SENDING OVER THOSE HUGE DEEP BASKETS FILLED TO BURSTING WITH FRESH HOMESPUN POSITIVE WAVES, PICKING UP ALL THOSE LONELY PENNIES THAT ARE LAYING THERE FACING HEAD'S UP WHILE THINKING OF US WRACKING UP SOME KIND OF OBSCURE LUCK POINTS DIRECTLY FROM YOUR THOUGHTS IN A PARALLEL DIMENSION EVERY TIME YOU DO IT, WHATEVER YOUR SUPPORTING THING IS WE LOVE YOU FOR DOING IT AND ARE TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY GRATEFUL TO ALL THE UNIVERSE WHICH OF COURSE CERTAINLY INCLUDES YOU.

Peace!