The 2019 Cap2Cap ride is in the books. I rode with my brother Jeff, and we had good weather after rain threatened to dampen the event all week. It was overcast and cool with temps hovering around 70 degrees, prefect riding weather. I haven’t checked the total number of participants, but there were over 800 riders in our 52-mile group alone. There were other options: 100 miles and 23 miles as well as a family fun ride. The proceeds went to support the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. The Capital Trail is a 52-miles multi-use paved path that runs from Richmond to Williamsburg.
We ended up riding only 47.6 of the full 52 miles. It seems we missed a turn that would have added the addition 5 miles. We were hooked up with a paceline of riders who had taken a wrong turn earlier in the ride and were adjusting their ride accordingly. Oh well. Close enough. We had a great ride and it was perfect training material for the MS Ride coming up the first weekend in June. I’ll be back next year, of course.
The guitar solo on “Peg” from Steely Dan’s 1977 album “Aja” was played by Jay Graydon. A bunch of other guitarists, all virtuosos and all studio vets, gave it a shot before Fagen and Becker gave the nod to Graydon’s take. It’s a classic and elusive to get just right. In this video Jay Graydon walks us through it. More about the process of recording “Peg” is here. I should add that the drum part by Rick Marotta is almost equally as classic and revered. But then, that could be said for so many Steely songs and parts.
I recently voiced a spot for K&N Filters. It’s neat seeing these in their finished form because you usually just have to interpret what the client is after and navigate your delivery based on direction and context. They did a great job with this and their direction was spot on. This spot and more are also on my voiceover website at jaysmackvo.com.