Archive for August, 2010

$250,000

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I have trouble thinking of a situation where anyone doesn’t want their income to go up and their expenses to go down.  At least not until I got halfway through the previous sentence.  There is, of course, the bigger house and fancier car which equates with bigger expenses but, that’s a trade off balancing act between income and expenses; so, let me rephrase my initial statement to: everyone would like a bigger gap between income and expenses provided that the income is greater than the expenses.

I started thinking about this partly because of all the brouhaha about deflation and partly because of a political conversation I recently had with a republican small business owner.  He was opposed to big government and gave as an example for this opposition his observation that with big projects he was able to bill at a much higher rate for his time than he could charge for a small project or individual.  His point being that big government inevitably leads to wasteful spending.  I can’t argue with the fact that big government could very likely put more money in his pocket.  However, is it really wasteful if the main purpose of the project is to put him back to work and put more money in his pocket.  The president seems to be working with the figure of $250,000 as a reference point for those people who need or don’t need help.  Considering a 40 hour work week with a 2 week vacation our small business owner would have to bill at $200/hr. and not deduct any expenses to look back fondly on the Bush years.

How Many Bassists does it take to…

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

In the past year and a quarter Steve and I have had close to a dozen different bassists play with us in my basement.  I know I’m doing something wrong.  I’ve temporarily allowed comments without registration or approval and I’m going out for the day.  I really want to read what people have to say about this post so, you might have to read through a lot of spam to get to real comments.

Why Read Music

Friday, August 13th, 2010

When I was 5 years old my brother, who is 9 years older than me, gave me a beginning lesson in playing the cornet.  I learned to vibrate my lips together and what the tone I was playing looked like on the treble clef.  I doubt the lesson took more than 10 minutes.  I learned the simple logic of the staff which I will characterize as lines and spaces in which each line and space tells you which note to play.  There are another 4 symbols which tell you how long to play the note on the staff.  That’s just about it.  It’s simple, it’s logical and it’s really easy.  There’s hard music which is hard to read but, like body building you don’t start bench pressing 600 pounds.

Thoughts on bass

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

It’s been noted by psychologists that babies have a profoundly different reaction to their father’s voice from their mother’s voice.  Sounds in the lower register seem to create sympathetic vibrations in your viscera.  Human hearing is sensitive to vibrations from 20 cycles per second to 20,000 cycles per second.  Though most tones generate overtones, the lower tones generate more overtones in the audible range.  The overtone series over the course of 4 octaves outlines the chords based on the fundamental.  As the overtone series rises higher and higher from the fundamental it diminishes in volume and generates more and more dissonant tones.