Tuesdays With Lazerbeak: TWINZ Edition!!!

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Welcome back to an extremely special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak: TWINZ Edition!!! Last week the wifepiece and I finally dropped our long anticipated double disc sophomore collabo, and the positive reception and critical acclaim for the project has been truly overwhelming. It brings me immense joy and ultimate pride to introduce Luther Bennett and Cameron Milo Mader into the world!

side by side

SO CRAZED. A few years back when our daughter Penelope was born I wrote up a sort of highlight reel play-by-play recap of the delivery week for our out-of-town friends and family (check that out HERE for reference), and I’d like to carry on tradition by doing the same for these two young gentlemen. Without further ado, I present to you: A TALE OF TWO TWINZ.

Last Wednesday marked the 38 week pregnancy point for a doubly knocked up Brittany (aka Killa Cam aka The Wifepiece). Just how pregnant, you say? Here is her belly not even fitting all the way into the camera frame.

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With TWINZ the doctors won’t take you past 38 weeks due to greater risk of complications at birth, so the hospital scheduled us for a Wednesday afternoon C-section. The night before we watched Jackie Brown and took in our last evening as a family of three, ready as ever to rapidly morph into a PARTY OF FIVE!

party of five

Wednesday morning we got all our bags together and were about to walk out the door when Brittany got the call that there was no room at the inn (shouts to that Old Testament reference), and we would have to reschedule for the following day. NOOOOO!

bags packed

After getting super amped up and mentally prepared for the delivery this news came as a major bummer, but on the bright side we got to spend one last totally free afternoon with our daughter Penny, which ended up completely ruling. After a quick Wikipedia search I also learned that Scatman John’s birthday landed on the following day, so I think pushing things back was probably all meant to bwee dot dot dotta dot (BAM! Dad Jokes 4 Ever). Just so she doesn’t feel left out of this post, here’s a pretty cool picture of Penny barking some pretty intense baking instructions to the line cooks in my mom’s kitchen.

penny salute

On Thursday morning we grabbed those bags off the couch and headed into the hospital for real this time. Here’s a shot of us waiting in the prep room.

waiting room

They brought out the legendary blue jumpsuit for me (love that thing), and things started to get really real. This picture may be the album cover to our first kids album.

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I’ll spare you all the gory pics of the surgery and crazy just-born purple looking babies, but suffice it to say that everything went off without a hitch. At 12:44 on Thursday, March 13th, Luther Bennett Mader was born into the world, weighing in at an impressive 7 lbs, 3 ozs. Right on his heels was the scrappy Cameron Milo Mader, born at 12:45 and clocking in at a surprising 7 lbs, 4 ozs (he was supposed to be the tiny one). For reference, that is exactly four times the weight of what Penny was when she was born. SO MUCH BABIES. Here’s a picture of Mom and Cameron (aka Cam&Cam) right afterwards.

cam and cam

Luther was born with some extra fluid in his lungs and had to spend a couple nights in the very swanky Special Care Nursery. Here he is luxuriating in his own personal suite.

lou incubator

And here’s a picture of me singing Babyface’s “Whip Appeal” to Lou once we were allowed to take him out of the incubator. I have no idea why, but that song has been stuck on repeat in my head for the last eight days. At this rate it is the only song these boys may ever know.

beak and lou

By Saturday afternoon Luther was given the green light to permanently come kick it with us. Here’s Mom and the TWINZ reunited after a long 48 hours. Lou is winning in the crazy faces department so far.

cam and boyz

Aaaaaaand here’s one with a very tired Dad. Shouts to my growing collection of Old Navy sweatshirts for getting me through this whole ordeal in comfort and style. No big rush, but I’m still waiting on that endorsement deal call back.

beak and boyz

Our first night of “sleep” with these little  guys.

first night

And finally, here’s Lou and Cam hanging out back at home with us last night. Looks like we’ve already got a super pro press shot put together for their upcoming self-titled TWINZ album. I’m predicting this could be the biggest brother band since Oasis (or at the very least Kings of Leon). Bring on those royalty checks.


And there you have it, A TALE OF TWO TWINZ! That about catches us up to this moment right now: Me scrambling to type this all up before the next scheduled feeding. The feeding/pumping schedule with TWINZ is no joke! I need to grow more hands.

I’ll leave you with a couple of very topical TWINZ Bonus Jams before calling it. This first one is from (you guessed it) Luther Vandross. Hard to describe how much this man’s music has impacted me, but hopefully you’ll get a little bit of an idea why by watching this live performance of “A House Is Not A Home” from the 1988 NAACP Image Awards. He vamps it out pretty hard and sings the whole thing directly to his mentor/idol Dionne Warwick, who originally sang the song first. It’s the last thing that I watched before we went to the hospital on Thursday, and it is incredible.

And here’s “Whip Appeal,” that Babyface song I was talking about earlier. Really you can just skip ahead to the amazing super long repetitive chorus halfway through, which totally rules. It would rule even more though if I could get it out of my head for even just a couple of days. The TWINZ need some new musical inspiration if they’re really going to rival the brotherly chops of Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo.


And lastly, I can’t think of another song title more lyrically appropriate to ring in this grand occasion than the Spin Doctors’ 1993 smash hit “Two Princes.” Sorry, you kind of had to know this was coming.

OK, that does it for real! Thanks for putting up with an entire non Doomtree related post about my kids. Moving forward I promise to keep any baby pictures down at the bottom with the Bonus Penny Pics, in case baby pics just aren’t really your thing. Believe me, I totally get it, I just have a ton of family that would pretty much disown me if I didn’t give them their weekly fix.

Oh, one last thing! If you’re anywhere near the Boise, Idaho area for Treefort Music Fest this weekend, come hang out with me and Sims on Saturday night for what may be my first and last Dad’s Night Out for many months to come. We’re flying in that night to play the Knitting Factory afterparty, and it should be a truly awesome time. Check out the flyer below for details and click HERE for ticket info.


Before I go, Brittany and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the amazingly positive baby vybez that everybody has been sending our way over the course of the last week. It really has meant a ton as we welcome these new recruits to the family. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday with some actual music news once I’ve had a little more time to (hopefully) get caught up on sleep. See you then!

— Beak

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