I recently finished building a new bad ass computer HAL2019 (HAL). Hal easily handles audio so were back up and able to record 32 channels of audio (finally). Also since HAL is such a legit I bought a really cool video switching software package. With that Hal can switch 5 cameras of video which I have been testing for a few weeks. The final test is to record 32 channel audio, send a separate mix to the video switcher (just another part of Hal), switch those 5 HD video cameras and stream them live to the interwebs. All at the same time! Once that’s finished Live@Vern’s Place will back in full production mode. Yes more videos are on the way “I’m so excited”!!!

There’s always sumpthin.

Its time to apply more studio updates. I have been playing with a number of camera setup’s and have decided on purchasing a Black Magic video switcher. Once that’s in I will be able to match cameras and get a more consistent video presentation system. With the addition of the Presonus RM32 Ai Studio Live setup I have really decent audio and a very flexible studio system that I really like soooo. Onward and upward i guess?

New Session- New Players

This session was recorded in my West Seattle studio as part of an on going series of musical conversations called “Live@VernsPlace”. These sessions feature a variety of musicians that I have the great fortune and privilege to know and play with.
This perticular session was recorded on 5-26-18 and features following very talented individuals:
Rick Riday – Keyboards
Steven Enstad – Guitar & Vocals
Dave McClelland – Bass
And of course your host and Engineer Vern Lawton – Drums

Thank you all for listening.

Vern Lawton, Beat Maker on SoundBetter

OZone Sessions

Here’s a little something from Collin W Kinder’s OZone sessions recorded earlier this year @ Vern’s place



MonkeyBat dissolved 1.0

Here’s the last recorded MonkeyBat song.

Written by the now dissolved MonkeyBat somewhere mid 2015.

MonkeyBat consisted of:

Guitar – Scott Lewis,

Bass – Brian Todd,

Drums – Vern Lawton,

Engineered, recorded and mixed @ The Vern studios in West Seattle by me (Vern)

There are several other tunes that may be suitable for mix down depending. Its a work in progress and a labor of love not to be rushed.

Possible songs to be Mixed:

SAJ (Sweet Ass Jesus)

Phantom Limb


Hash Table

Air play

KPTZ will be playing a yet to be released MonkeyBat song “Pockets” on The Progressive Tracks Show this week, starting tonight night (6/22/17) at 8:00 PM on   After that, it’ll be played Sunday early morning (5:00 AM) on KPTZ, then Monday afternoon at 2:30 on Progzilla, and finally Monday night at 9:00 PM on KPTZ.   And, of course, the podcast will be available on next Tuesday.  All the details and links for tuning in are here if you want to share with anyone:

Mike from KPTZ was nice enough to approach me at Seaprog 2017 and had been trying to contact us since we kicked off the vary 1st Seaprog. He energized my enthusiasm enough to finish mixing Pockets and the rest of the songs for that matter. In return I slipped him the 1st unreleased copy of the mix. There are about 6 more songs to mix and a LOT of things to figure out how to fix so it will be a while till its done, but anything good takes time right?

Album #2

MonkeyBat is now officially on hiatus at least for the foreseeable future.  Since then I have begun going through the archives and am currently mixing album #2, cause well, “there’s nothing like a good #2″ :0) Rather than pay out all that angry cheese (mad cheddar) to have someone else who doesn’t know the tunes as well as I do, do it, I decided to invest in a 32 channel digital mixing system and mix it in house. I have completed mixing the 1st song “Pockets” and will continue mixing, fixing and overdubbing the rest of the songs. Its a labor of love and a tedious process so its gonna take some time and I’m in no rush.


Hey so somehow I launched the “Live@VernsPlace” (formerly Jazz Improv Sundays) series without even thinking about it. Just so ya know, the premise is to have local musicians come together and have a musical conversation. Then to record (both audio and video) in the best quality I can with what I have at the time, and finally to share that with anyone who is curious or interested. It is in that spirit that I offer you this.
This particular video was taken from a session at Vern’s place on Jan 27th 2017.
Sean Fisher – Guitar
Mark – Aaron – Bass
Vern Lawton – Drums (host)

Sunday Jazz Improv

Since I havnt been playing publicly lately, I have restarted the Sunday Jazz Improv Sessions. Here’s a Variation on a theme from Heitor Villa-Lobos who was a Brazilian composer, described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music”.

This was taken from A Sunday Jazz Improv Session on 5/8/16 at the Vern Studios featuring:
Sean Fisher: Guitar
Peter Tutak: Bass
Vernon Lawton: Drums (Host)