Friday, March 13, 2009


He sits near
I feel the warmth at my side
And within
A guitar fret that suspends over my soul
Hands slide up and down over the neck
Moving quickly as the melody
Your song vibrations passing between the frets
While the other hand
Gently plucks
At my heart strings


I love recording. It is such a quiet yet loud process. Songs that you have created within your mind, songs that you have played on stage, suddenly play without you. You press a button and there you are- but you are actually sitting with your mouth closed in another room. Odd. It really is the coolest thing about music. I could pass away tomorrow but I will still be here- for you to play over and over in your car or on your ipod.

I get impatient in the process of recording it is true. I hear what it should sound like in my head but I know it will take days or maybe a month for that to happen. I think I should do some painting because I am sure I will drive Tony crazy with my impatience. He is doing such a wonderful job as our engineer and producer- he is such a talented man with such gifts, his biggest one being patience and dealing so sweetly with a cold and my impatience. To do what he does takes knowledge and skill and so much time and yes... patience. But his love for the music is strong and we all know that we are creating an album that we can be very proud of, something we did all by ourselves.

Tomorrow we take a break from all this as Tony is doing sound and Dave has his directing debut for a new TV pilot- should be great fun for them... something I will pass along to you after they have finished it. To say that we are just musicians would be a lie because we all do so much more, and the creative outlets are just endless in Los Angeles.

So as I listen to the click and the never ending edits that Tony has had to do on the drums, I realize how lucky I am to have such wonderful creative friends and band mates. The road to the finished album may seem long but I would not change a bit of it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wall of Tom's song 'TRUE' on MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory!!

Hey there everybody!! Cool news for Wall of Tom- our song 'True' was picked to be on MTV's 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory'! If you have not seen the show it is pretty funny and super cool every Sunday night on MTV. You can download the episode 'extreme Timmy' on iTunes for $1.99 and watch the fun unravel on the show... wait until the last 2 minutes of the show and there is our song- 'True'! It is actually the funniest part of the show and they really use the song well- it is a great showcase for our music!
Unfortunately buying the episode is the only way for you to hear it- or you can wait until the season comes out on DVD... but don't worry- with every purchase on iTunes we are getting paid too so every penny counts!!

Fun news for us as we are working on the new album- Thanks MTV!! Remember you can check in with us on our blogspot 'the Walls of Tom' for weekly updates on the makings of our new album!

Thanks so much to everyone... and yes we have been getting your messages about our live shows for the Hollywood Speakeasy- don't worry we will be back out there playing live VERY soon!!

Tommie V
Wall of Tom

Monday, March 2, 2009

Another rainy day in Hollywood

Yep it is another rainy day in Hollywood. We seem to be having a lot of these lately. Funny too because yesterday was the most beautiful spring day. I was so fooled that all our rainy days were behind us. Now I know that Los Angeles needs its rain fall and I am pretty sure we are in a drought but hey.... I like sunny days. I grew up in Oregon. It rained a lot. I mean a lot. Like sideways rain... that is actually my favorite.
So thankfully on Rainy days we can still do some recording.
We have the best assistant engineer... he is very fuzzy.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Quote from Martha...

This is my all time favorite quote:

There is a vitality- a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is Unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist though any other medium and will be lost.
~Martha Graham

What that means to me? Go out and get the mother f*cker!!!