Month: October 2014

Hooked up


Today I get hooked up for 4 hours and then I’m given a bag to take with me. Looks like nap time for me.

Derrick, out.

Rich Caldwell guitar - Brick House Recording Studio Corpus Christi

Erase – Project song by Rich Caldwell and Derrick Perrin

In the year 2000 or 2001 I was running recording sessions at The Brick House Recording Studio in Corpus Christi, Texas. I got on-board there after my band UPC had recorded there. If you ever want to get close with a group of friends I suggest locking yourself in a recording studio for a week. If you survive the week you will have friends for life. One of those friends was Richard Caldwell.

Brick House Recording Studio - UPC band

The band UPC at The Brick House Recording studio – Corpus Christi, Texas 2000

Rich was big into running live sound and I had desires of running recording sessions. We naturally hit it off and could sit and talk about transistors and resistors all day and night.  One day he called me up and wanted to hang out at the studio. We broke out the guitars, keyboard & turntables and just started messing around. At some point we decided to start recording.

Rich Caldwell - RICO on guitar at the Brick House - Corpus Christi Texas

A few hours had passed and we had the basic song layers tracked out. Rich told me to setup a microphone because he had some lyrics. So I set him up and hit record. This is what came out of his head. No lyric sheet no notes, just Rich Caldwell and a microphone in a dark room.

The next weekend he came back into the studio with me and we mixed it down. Nothing special other than a great time with a great friend.

Lyrics to Erase by Rich Caldwell & Derrick Perrin

Saving my self, Watching my room

Watching the sun chase down the moon

Cigarette burns, burns in my mind

Thought from the past leave me blind

they leave me blind


Lost in my self (my Self)

Lost it from you (from you)

Had to be quiet

Not quite what to do

Heaven away, heavens in you

lost in my mind, I think I’m with you

I think I can too.


Erase, Erase

Erase You, Erase You, Erase You, Erase You

Erase You, Erase You, Erase You, Erase You

I think I’m with you, I think


Never returns

Tables that turns

Thoughts ________

Colors they burn

Burn in my mind, burn in my mouth

Sticks to my tong ,Thinks I’m clown

Erase mind

Erase my soul

Heavens a part

I think I’m blind

I think I’m blind

I’m not sure if I nailed all the lyrics but you get the idea. If I had to guess I would have to say the song is about a breakup with a girlfriend. After all that is why Rich was free to come play at the studio on a Friday night.


I miss my time at The Brick House Recording studio. Being a recording engineer was a dream job. I was able to take people’s dreams and make them into albums. Recording music is like being a videographer, you are documenting a story.  Rich, I’m glad I saved this file after so many years. I know there are a lot of folks who loved you and would love to hear another thing you touched. Thanks for being a great friend. I can’t wait till we meet again.

-Derrick Perrin

A Bad Hair Day

During this cancer process there have been a few things that have made it more real. There is a lot of denial that takes place. I have tried to be real about everything that is going on but sometimes you sit there and hope the doctors have it all wrong. You hope that the scan comes back negative and your life will jump back to normal. After my first MRI scan I could not get through another scan without shedding a tear. Each and every test or scan brought me closer and closer to putting the denial away and accepting the fact I do have cancer and this is my new life.

After all my scans and biopsy work, my next hurdle was walking into my hospital room. Up to that point I had been diagnosed but not treated for cancer. Now that I was there at the door threshold I was still thinking, “If they don’t hook me up to that machine, if they don’t start pushing chemo, I don’t have cancer.

My first run of chemotherapy came and went and I’m starting to realize I might have cancer. While in my stay at M.D. Anderson everyone kept asking if I still had all my hair. Knowing they were pushing hard chemo on me I knew it was going to come out somewhere down the line. I told Kendra one day in the hospital about my fear of my hair coming out. I didn’t have a fear of walking around with a bald head, but the fact I can still deny cancer up till that day.

That day is here!

So I was brushing my teeth and I decided to wet my hair and style it. I quickly noticed a few extra hairs in the sink. Oh crap, I’m loosing my hair. I know I have no choice of how my body reacts to chemotherapy but I was hoping to be one of the chosen ones who keeps their hair. I know this was just wishful thinking and that if I loose my hair its not the end of the world because I still have life. Check me out in this little video clip.

So there you have it, I’m back to being bald. This was my choice hair cut my senior year in high-school. Due to loss of weight and loss of hair I’m back to the same style and weight I was when I started my senior year.

So there you have it, the answer is YES I will loose my hair. Yes, I have cancer and yes I’m fighting everyday.


Thanks for the prayers

Derrick Perrin, the bald guy.

Pesto with Basil & Almond


In the blender jar today we have pesto made with basil and almonds.

I start with 2 cups of Basil cut from the yard. I add 1/4 cup of roasted almonds. All I had was raw almonds so I soaked then in the 2/3 cup if oil the recipe asked for. I subbed the olive oil for a 50/50 olive an coconut oil mix. I was also missing the Parmesan cheese so I subbed an Italian mix and a chunk of goat cheese.
I hit the blend and came out with a nutty pesto sauce that Kendra approved of. We will test it over pasta tonight.

Two solid work days

The past two days have been great.. Two full days of video production work. It feels normal for once around here.

On Tuesday the Big Box Pro crew was out shooting an apartment complex commercial and today we were in San Antonio at a doctor’s office for a shoot. Since I had the gear all setup I chose to shoot my daily cancer update on the pro gear. Enjoy.

I look tired here due to lack of sleep. Tonight I will be back to 8+ hours of good sleeping. I have that scheduled for the next couple of days.

Here are a few photos from the apartment video shoot on Tuesday. We were running a three man crew. Pablo snapped some shots while Jeff and Derrick shot.

Sony FS-100 video shoot with Derrick Perrin and Jeff Durrwachter

Derrick Perrin and Jeff Durrwachter run the Sony FS-100

LED light on location at a video shoot.

Jeff Durrwachter tries to high 5 a tv light

Thanks to my guys working so hard and making the back to back shooting days such a success.


Derrick Perrin - 1992

Cold ride home – Basketball trips

Here comes a throwback story from my childhood.

Back in the spring of 1992 I was an 8th grader and my brother James was  completing his junior year of high school.  Snoop Dog had just made his debut in the radio-rap world. My family has this thing for basketball and we were pretty good at it. James was invited to play in a high end league based in Houston, Texas. The basketball kids were the best of the best from the south east Texas region. Any given Friday night you would walk into a gym and there would be division 1 college scouts sitting there waiting to pick the next crop of freshmen college b-ball players. The logistics of getting out of school in the afternoon and making it to Houston on time were rough. We were prepared to hit the road running when the last bell rang. It took about 3 hours with no bathroom breaks to get there in time for James to walk in for the last 5 minutes of warmups.

To get ready for the trips I would have my pillow and blanket packed in the car so I could sleep on the way up. Once in Houston the games were always entertaining and worth watching. We would hit up Ninfa’s Restaurant and head back on the same night. That is right 6 hours of driving for a one hour basketball game. Did I mention we had a thing for basketball in our family? The end payoff for all the travel was a basketball scholarship that covered Jame’s full ride through his undergraduate degree and priceless family memories. The Houston basketball league trips evolved into a family road trip to Arizona. That trip will be its own blog post or quite possibly its own blog.

Plymouth Sundance Duster

Well back to the quick trips to Houston. One night riding back I woke up between El Campo and Victoria and being a smart ass kid I popped off to my brother who was driving. I asked, “Hey James do you think it can get any colder in here?” He didn’t say anything. He just reached over and turned the A/C on to max. My mom loves the cold so there we went down the road in a meat locker. I had my blanket and pillow and it was still not enough. Being the little brother you take crap to prove you are man enough to hang out with big brother and all the perks that come with that. So I just sat back and figured, If he can take it, I can take it.

The next 2 hours home were bitterly cold. I shivered, I shook, but I did not break.  I’m not sure if there was a true winner of the cold weather stand off, but we have a story to tell because of it. I was so happy to get out of that car and get into my warm bed.

Well that is the way I remember it.