Crash Test Dummies Blog

Written by Brad Roberts

04 Jun

HOTEL ROOM REHEARSAL


doing a rehearsal at our hotel in portland. murray pulver has joined us for this tour. we’re playing the songs with him for the first time, and he is smokin’! this is gonna be a great show tonight!


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04 Jun

HOTEL ROOM REHEARSAL


doing a rehearsal at our hotel in portland. murray pulver has joined us for this tour. we’re playing the songs with him for the first time, and he is smokin’! this is gonna be a great show tonight!


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04 Jun

HOTEL ROOM REHEARSAL


doing a rehearsal at our hotel in portland. murray pulver has joined us for this tour. we’re playing the songs with him for the first time, and he is smokin’! this is gonna be a great show tonight!


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02 Jun

Truck Stop Yoga



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01 Jun

social networking


well folks, i gotta tell you, this whole social networking thing is getting a little onerous.

i like to blog but i’m on twitter and facebook as well as this website crashtestdummies.com.

for those who care, i’m twittering as CTDbrad. of my two facebook pages – one is for brad roberts and one is for crash test dummies, i’m going to just start posting on the dummies facebook and hope to get “refreinded.” you can go to the ctd facebook site any time at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2736315572&ref=ts.

this is a rather dry entry. in other news, webmaster jerry brace has eliminated my spam problem, so it will be much easier for me to read your comments, which i appreciate enormously.

all for now

b


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01 Jun

Web-suck


if you love “south park as much as I do, you may have seen a recent episode in which stan gets “sucked” into facebook when he tries to shut down his account.  it’s a great episode on many levels, and I’m facing it right now. I now twitter both as lordpigface1 (brad Roberts) and CTDbrad (crash test dummies). I also just learned I have not one but two facebook pages set up by the indefatigable

Jerry Brace, may pal and webmaster. I had been participating every now and then. now that I’ve bothered to find out about the crash test dummies facebook page, I’ll visit that one two. that’s right, two twitter names and two facebooks. I’ll bet jerry will come up with a way to streamline them all into crashtestdummies.com. I really don’t know about that stuff. he makes it all possible.

the touring has been enormously pleasurable, with tons of die-hard fans showing up and buying the record. we have t-shirts AND – panties! if I flog the panties onstage, people buy ‘em, but if not, they seem not to consider it. I’m proud the name of my song is on the asses of all the women who so kindly bought them!

I get SO MUCH spam – 100’s of posts every day that it’s hard to keep up with your comments. I’ve approved and replied to some of the more recent ones.

thanks to everyone who has come to our shows. it means more to us than to you!

later folks

bard


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28 May

truck stop yoga


i have developed what i call “truck stop yoga”. it is intended for long driving days. when i’m touring with crash test dummies on the road, i’m doing long drives nearly every day.

the first key piece to truckstop yoga is to do it with your back to the wall. you don’t want people behind you, as this makes you vulnerable to ogling and attacks. a wall in a low-traffic area of the truck stop is best.

secondly, use the wall as a boundary. if you need to lean against it for a pose, do so. i have lousy balance, so i use the wall to get me into tree pose.

thirdly, do standing poses only. this is because the ground is dirty. (i also wear my shoes, to avoid broken glass).

finally, keep the poses simple. basic poses hold just as much power as do the more exotic variations. hold the pose longer, using each breath to tweak your alignment and move into the pose more deeply.

the best all-purpose pose is this: stand with legs wide. clasp hands behind the back. bend forward, taking your arms with you. hold for 5 breaths, deepening the pose with each breath.

doing truck stop yoga saved my back. and i’ll be at it again come june 4th when we begin to tour again!


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21 May


hey folks – long time no blog. this is the first time since our tour started that i have had the chance to sit down and look at my email. the road has been tough, physically, but the shows make it all worth while. we’ve had excellent crowds, and the trio sounds spectacular. nothing but glowing reviews from the audience at least.

this is the end of the first leg of the tour. we resume in june on the west coast of the USA. looking forward to all that greenery :)

ellen has taken her cd on the road with us and is doing very well. and she looks better than she ever has. she does 3 songs in the set, one, her own.

playing ‘two knights and maidens’ is something i haven’t done for a long time. fans seem to enjoy it. it’s a blast for me. one my favorites to play.

we’ll be doing a canadian tour in october. when the dates are firm, i’ll let you know.

i’ve heard some very touching stories from people about our records. i tend to forget that music is a trigger for memories, much like one’s sense of smell.

a gentleman who served in the gulf war told me that he and his shipmates “lived” off of our record during the tedium at sea. and while i don’t like war (who does?)
it meant a lot to know that my songs and our records have helped people through tough times. i need to remind myself of this every time i’m feeling “washed up”.

the t-shirts (and panties!) that my wife designed are now available through the store on this site. they are very beautiful, and they also make it possible to pay for touring. so if you want to keep me on the road…you know what to do.

thanks everyone for reading.

all the best

brad roberts


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12 May

Blogging for Magnet Magazine


Series of blog posts for Magnet Magazine…

From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: Yoga – 05/12/2010

From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: The Chi Machine
– 05/12/2010

From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: “The Writer”
– 05/11/2010

From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: Mice
– 05/11/2010

From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: A Good Loaf Of Sourdough Bread
– 05/10/2010

From The Desk Of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: My Wife
– 05/10/2010

Q&A With Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts
– 05/10/2010


08 May

toronto


hey folks

just got back from a press and promo trip in toronto.

all went very well. there is real enthusiasm and energy around this release. it pleases the old man. we’ll get out to canada in october.

in the mean time the US dates are about to begin. we will have the new record for sale, also ellen reid’s record, and some gorgeous new merch designed by my wife.

so many of you have posted thoughtful comments. i try to keep up with them, but they are sandwiched amongst literally thousands of bogus spam crap. i’m sorry if i miss your post. and if you don’t hear back from me, i’m just to overwhelmed with input! i really appreciate all of your kind words.

hope to see you soon.

bard


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