Welcome to your basic (hopefully) dependable supply of

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 update-type-stuff here to hopefully catch up as any of you wonderful (interested) people as I can with one stroke with a single 'press release' 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 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.

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...



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!