Archive for June, 2009

Nobody But You

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Marisa & Tim Part 3 (That’s all folks)

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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Marisa & Tim Part 2

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Marisa & Tim

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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Thought’s on Michael Jackson

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

A reader of my blog named Michael asked me to blog about Michael Jackson and he put a link which my settings didn’t even allow me to follow.  If I could I would post them here.  I did a search with the name of the link and I’m hoping this was the link Michael meant: New details about Michael Jackson’s Death Emerge Michael, if you read this put the link in an email to me and I’ll add it to this post.  My first reaction to Michael Jackson’s death was disturbed surprise; he’s younger than me though, not by much.  I wasn’t a fan growing up.  I heard in the recent media blitz that he’s credited with bridging the racial divide in music but, that wasn’t until the 80’s.  The Jackson 5 were firmly planted in the soul camp and my music of choice back then would now be called classic rock.  Though rock has it’s roots in the black community, it had been abandoned by blacks and embraced by a bunch of white English guys.  The teenyboppers of the 80’s , both white and black, were the ones who accepted Michael Jackson universally.  At that point it wasn’t rock and it wasn’t soul; it was pop.  Pop was a word that brought about images of bubblegum music or possibly Frank Sinatra if baby-boomers were feeling historical.  I guess Michael Blog-reader has put me in a position where I am forced to say something nice about generation x; they were more racially tolerant than boomers.  Generation x were also a bunch of greedy spoiled brats who weaseled their way into positions of power and castigated my generation as a bunch of pot smoking hippies.  I’m more upset with my generation allowing them to do it.  Those generations under 30 still castigate my generation as a bunch of pot smoking hippies but, at least they’re not all trying to be investment bankers and they have a social conscience.  They also respect the contributions of my generation in the fields of ecology, antiwar demonstrating (we were especially good at that) and classic rock.  Before I get too far too far from discussing Michael Jackson by focusing on his fan base, let me add one one impression I had of him before his 80’s solo career.  I was taking a course in college in the mid 70’s called The History of Rock and Roll.  It was taught by Peter Winkler who, I believe produced the Both Sides Now album by Judy Collins.  In the course he praised highly Michael Jackson’s music abilities though, that might have been just to denigrate Donny Osmond.  After I heard Peter Winkler on the subject of Michael Jackson I listened with an ear searching for that special genius that Winkler heard.  I’ve been struggling my whole life to reach high notes full voice and when I listened to Michael Jackson it brought back memories of what my  voice teacher tried to teach me when I was a teenager.  The vocal cords aren’t cords at all but, are folds that look more like lips.  There are a set of muscles that make them thick which when engaged cause us to sing in full voice.  When that set of muscles is not engaged we sing in falsetto.  What my voice teacher told me to do was to gradually engage and disengage those muscles to create a smooth transition between full and half voice.  Michael Jackson was a master of this.  He sang real pretty.

Daytripper

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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What is a moderate republican?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

When Arlen Specter changed from being a republican to a democrat I started thinking about what a moderate republican was and what was the real difference between republicans and democrats.  In many ways it’s just a matter of style and trivial perspective.  I suspect that for a lot of republicans they are anti-communist and the republicans offer a bias that is as anti-communist as you can get; even though democrats are not communists.  For that segment of the republican coalition they choose an ideology that forces religion on people over the communist ideology that bans religion; the democrats believe in freedom of religion and to that end try to keep it out of government.  I suppose a moderate republican would dismiss that part of the coalition as extremists.  The anti-communists consider any government meddling in economic affairs a form of socialism.  I’m guessing that a moderate republican would heed the lessons learned when 19th century robber barons glommed so much of the GNP that there wasn’t enough left to sustain the economy and so they tolerate a certain amount of government intervention; especially if it serves their own personal business interests.  Sadly, many democrats share that with the moderate republicans but, I suppose that’s what democracy is all about: the majority of the people deciding what’s in their own best interests and steering the government in that direction.  My own personal bias is towards a government that stays out of my personal life, my religion and keeps the robber barons at bay.  We still have robber barons but, they are global and the popular belief has it that they are Middle Eastern Sheiks.  I have my doubts.  I think they are Texas oil men who control the refineries.  In either case, I would like us to return to that economic philosophy that touted an ever expanding middle class and distribution of wealth over an ever larger segment of the population; a philosophy that seems to have been shared by every 20th century president with the exceptions of Hoover, Reagan and Bush II.  But, I could be wrong.  Maybe, wealth distribution is what separates moderate republicans from democrats.  I’m still trying to figure out what a moderate republican is.

Movie Editing Time Wasters

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

patchofgrasscoverfrwebsiteOne of my recent drafts on Bob’s Blog is an entry I was writing about Father’s Day. Father’s Day has come and gone so many times since I made my unreleased Patch of Grass CD that it’s likely I’ll be a grandfather before I’m ready to sell the thing. A lot of it has to do with the progression of technology and my own very slow learning curve. My first attempt at creating this CD was a profligate use of midi sampling. That CD was given to friends and family and anyone who might replace the midi samples with live performances. This is how the BoScoDen CD was born. I gave a copy to Scott and denis who picked and chose what cuts they wanted to render into audio samples. This last statement is a little unfair due to the fact that the BoScoDen CD is closer to a live album than a studio creation. There was very little editing involved in it’s creation. With the exception of three songs; gasholes, The G-String Song and 10 to 9 Jam, all the songs came from the Patch of Grass CD. I was a little surprised when Scott was expecting to use the cover I had designed for the Patch of Grass CD on the CD we created. It really didn’t fit since we the song Patch of Grass wasn’t on the CD. My concept of the The Patch of Grass CD was inspired by a person who had set up huge speakers on his deck to entertain himself while he did yard work. I wanted to create an album for this purpose. It didn’t take me long to realize that men over the age of thirty don’t buy music. Hence, my chosen audience would only receive this performance as a present; specifically, as a Father’s Day Present. I may have 30+ men in mind but, I have to market it to women and children. At this moment, I’m waiting for the new version of iMovie to finish doing what it has to do to work before I can make the Patch of Grass video. There was about 50 minutes of stuff left for the upstairs computer to do and I’ve been writing for 35 minutes so far.

Strange Bug

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
This is not a worm

This is not a worm

Just to the right of my right foot there is a critter that looks like a worm. It has a hard shell and a whole lot of legs. I don’t know what it is and I’ve never seen it before. I let it live. I hope that wasn’t a mistake.

I found this in Wikipedia I think it might be a Black Millipede.

Playing at Popeye’s Pub

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Playing at Popeye’s Pub is probably the most satisfying experience I’ve had in recent times. Part of the pleasure is derived from the places total lack of pretense; the owners and managers lack a particular vision of the place that prompts other proprietors to propel from the premises anyone who performs an act that they proscribe. In other words they are there to sell drinks period. There might be certain amenities that a prospective patron might find lacking but, the sense of freedom I find there is priceless. I suppose it’s in my nature to try to please an audience and my advanced years might allow me certain liberties that others might be denied but, in the five or so years I’ve been going to Popeye’s I haven’t seen it. All I see is people having fun in a really free environment. I can be myself if I can figure out who that is and Popeye’s Pub seems to be a really good place to find that person.

Sarah at Popeye's Pub

Sarah at Popeye's Pub