Zuma

Musician, Songwriter, Bassist

e-mail me
zuma@zumaz.com


Recording in a world class studio next to George Michael...life is good.

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Uploading videos takes time and expense. I actually stopped taking computer repair clients to put together more videos. For those of you not yet ready for bass guitar lessons (above) or if you just want to help me out, I have prepared a Paypal Donate button. No amount is too small. This helps me cover costs associated with my YouTube videos. Dying to hear a particular track figured out? Need a jingle? Need some killer bass lines? Need a ballad written about your honey? Send me an e-mail and let's talk! Thank you all for the wonderful support!

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Below are some of the other websites I am a part of. Check 'em out!


My main YouTube channel.


My other YouTube channel for miscellaneous uploads. Watch me in high school!


My original tunes. Although you may know me solely as a bass player, my real passion is bringing my songs to life.


My old band Date with Dizzy. We were signed to Interscope/EMI but alas, we didn't make it through the machine. We may have reunited someday but Denis (lead vocal) passed away (see farther down the page) and Schmed (guitar) moved to Montana. Tom (drummer) was last spotted in Humboldt county.

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...returned from recording the new Holliston Stops album at AIR studios in London. It was a completely awesome experience. Click here for some exclusive photos.

Our project in London was actually being filmed so here is your chance to catch us in action! Follow us from my garage to AIR Studios. A must watch! The video as presented here is a "DVD rip." This means I took the DVD and made one compressed file out of it. Bottom line - to keep as much quality as possible the file is a relatively large download. I suggest right-clicking on the graphic below and choosing the old "Save link as" trick. It's about 350mb so start the download and come back in a while. One more thing, if you can't play the file, try installing the DivX player from Divx.com. If you love the music consider purchasing the album from iTunes. Just search for "Holliston Stops."



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I had the pleasure of working with my good friend Amy Jo Johnson a while back. We played some live shows throughout Los Angeles as a duet consisting of acoustic guitar, bass guitar and vocals. On what seemed like a whim, Amy decided to release one of the Ghengis Cohen performances. The title of this raw performance is aptly named "Imperfect." This ain't no polished production! Just naked, honest emotion...

Support Amy and I! Click below for soundclips.



Amy's main website: http://amyjojohnson.com

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In various forms my bro' jVibe has always called on me for my bass playing services. You can hear me on several tracks on the new Loyalty and Honor CD. For info on this latest jVibe production please visit:
http://www.loyaltyhonor.com

Also, some more info about myself from the ebboy.com website (another jVibe production):
me on ebboy.com

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The rest of the page...

Years passed, randomness, oddities...............


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Check out my Amazon wish list:

My Amazon.com Wish List

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One of my favorite rhythm sections - Funky ass bass!


Runaway (live from abbey road)
Uploaded by Alesia26

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This rim belongs to the first vehicle on the show "Overhaulin'." It was parked outside Original Parts Group in Huntington Beach, CA. (Photo courtesy of Froosh Media ™)



My bro' and I.

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In memory of...



Denis Boder February 15, 1973 - October 19, 2003
Click here for the Tribute pages.

Update: I put together a posthumous video for Denis's birthday (February 15). There are two versions. Most people should click here for the video. If you are on a Mac or prefer the Quicktime format click here instead.

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My old website...trip to Japan and Choc the Rock pages

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Click above for a direct link to The Date with Dizzy archives

Date with Dizzy on MySpace

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Fotos de Jalpa - My trip to the homeland of Jalpa, Zacatecas in Mexico. Click here for pictures of my cousin Jorge's wedding. I miss them all!

I always manage to find myself in situations that require the most obscure solutions. Case in point: The Speedstream 5100B DSL modem and Linksys router nightmare.

Click here for my first wishlist! Fun fun fun! Edit: I am reading this again and I realize I should really consolidate this one with my new Amazon one. I guess I am kind of a list freak sometimes.

My old pal Baxter left me the funniest answering machine message. If you like Sci-fi you'll get it. Have a listen by clicking here.

My buddy Josh Grange e-mailed me some "Childrens' Books" pics that were umm...not for children. That did remind, however, of this classy Sweet Pickles book (Thanks Josh!) :


This is the real book cover, no joke. I did love those books.
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(Those are pilcrow signs up above)

I finally had the sense to actually write down my random thoughts last week. I was inrigued with four recurrences I must divulge. The first was obvious.

Why do we think of the most incredible, amusing, and relevant thoughts and NOT write these gems down the moment they chance upon us? We're always left with, "Damn, what was I thinking?!" or "What was I going to tell you?" As an artist always fishing for lyrics it is MOST annoying to know you had that perfect line and you fucked it all up by letting it get away...

...Moving stuff around is how I spend most of my time. Just maybe, it's what we do as people. At first I just thought of moving stuff as in: "I move the couch here, I move the chair there" and "I clear this space to clean that space and clear junk to add more junk," but then it became fascinating. When we eat we just move shit around (literally). What do you do at work? Move boxes here and there? File paper here and shred them over there? Tell your drivers to move a bunch of stuff from their trucks to peoples' houses where they'll move it around some more? This could go on forever...

...Not enjoying or using what we have has to be the most wasteful and idiotic thing I do. Have you ever bought something and just let it sit in the package for days, weeks, months? I still find CD's with the wrapper intact! What about buying something you dreamed about like a big screen T.V. only to be too afraid to use it? If it breaks it breaks, life is too short to deny ourselves. Maybe this started back when I ate my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Brooklyn Elementary. I remember vividly eating my crusts first because I was "saving" the good parts. Yeah, yeah, I know lots' of you did that too, see what I mean? Don't get me started on not taking advantage of our own talents...

...Okay, this one has bugged me for a while in a way I just can't explain. Not everybody does it but many of us do. I, for one, do this but I feel strangely compelled to tell myself I shouldn't be doing it. When we're watching something funny or extremely fascinating with other people present, why do we turn around and look at them? C'mon, you've all noticed it but have you really thought about it? Are we saying "Hey look at me, I'm so happy! or do we just feel the need to acknowledge some sort of primitive bonding? Maybe we just want to know if anybody else thought it was funny. Who wants to be the only one, a lonely laugher? What about the people who don't do this at all? Is there something wrong with them? What are they thinking? Are they in their own little world? The next time you are watching T.V. or enjoying a movie do me a favor and let me know how many times you observe this phenomena. Tell me I'm not crazy!

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Here are my plans for the Chevelle. This is my only car at the moment. It is a 1966 Chevy Chevelle Malibu with a 350 engine and TH-350 automatic transmission. Musclecars rule!

I put together a nice little tutorial/editorial on a question I am often asked. I want to record my own tunes and start a home studio, what should I do? Click here to find out.

Another tutorial on something that was bugging me for a long time...hot rodders and math amateurs click here.

I came across this cool program called Studio Buddy. It's really not a program I would say, really. It's more like a database of short how to articles. Anyhow, the makers say it is free to distribute so I made it available for download here on my website. Click this link for the file. If you are on a Mac, click this link instead. Even if you are not a musician you could stand to learn a thing or two. Dilate your mind!

Ever had to clean your LCD screen? If you have a laptop or a new flat panel monitor you may be amazed at how hard it is to find good information on this seemingly trivial subject. Even a brand new Samsung 17' flat panel I bought recently didn't include cleaning instructions at all! Let me make it easy for you. Don't go out and buy overpriced cleaners. Just mix half a capful of alcohol (isopropyl that is, not Jack Daniels!) with half a capful of water. Then use a micro-fiber towel to dip in the solution. Proceed to clean your screen(s) in a circular motion. Be very gentle. If you don't have a micro-fiber towel then just use the softest cotton you have and again, be gentle. That's it! UPDATE! Use pure Isopropyl alcohol from the drugstore not "rubbing" alcohol for best results. I found some that was a 91% solution (with the rest being water?). Apparently the rubbing alcohol contains some oil for comfort and you don't want to be rubbing this on your electronics. That being said I have used the regular stuff and it didn't seem to cause any harm to my monitors. Don't sweat the small stuff!

I was reminiscing about how much I missed this incredible bass sound on the early Date with Dizzy demos at Rumbo. Click here for a sample of the sledge hammer on glass! For you techies out there it was John Baxter's old G&L bass going through an old Ampeg SVT and an SWR Henry 8x8 cab hanging on for dear life.

A while back I recorded these INCREDIBLE lion roars at Out of Africa wild animal park in Arizona with my Sony Mini-Disk recorder. The park has since moved closer to Sedona. This recording was captured from the original location at the last campout. Click here for pure bliss and turn it up you pussies!

Did you ever wonder what the hell Missy Elliot was saying in that "Work it" song? Well, it bugged me so fuckin' much I chopped it up in Cool Edit Pro and here are the results in mp3 format: First clip forwards, First clip backwards, Second clip forwards, Second clip backwards.

Check out this link for the new "Zuma" game!

Love those Quizno's ads? Check out this link for the original idea this guy had back in 2003. Apparently the ad firm for Quizno's saw this and turned it into those commercials.

I wasted an hour of my time this weekend playing this crazy game called Takagism. Maybe that's not even the name of the game. I don't really know what Takagism is to be honest. If you figure it out let me know. Click here for the game. UPDATE: I can't click on the "+" when the guy points to it. Help me anybody who figures it out! UPDATE: I have to give credit to my cousin Azam who figured it out. Azam is autistic but he has a knack for figuring these things out. Some people would call him asymmetrically retarded. It's easier than you think people. The clue is "be patient." Oh, wait a minute, Azam is not really retarded, I just had to make fun of him because I love him so.

Older ramblings and (sort of) new stuff

A day of hell

How I discovered my path.

A photo and a sketch.

Musicians click here for an A440 soundfile to tune from! Loop it in your digital audio program and use your ear!

This is what happens when you go to IHOP at midnight.

Don't mess with U.P.S.

Damn I miss that car!

Listen to a bass I no longer own.

Clip of my funk bass style mixing it up with an Alesis SR16.

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