What I learned about performing music (in the handful of times I actually have gotten to) was that you don’t have to play every note perfectly. Stage presence is more than half of what people remember. It’s the passion you have that is what makes the art awesome, and people resonate with that more than […]
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There are events in my life that have evoked immense feelings. These feelings are very much personal in that I cannot transfer them to another person in a loss-less format. Meaning, I cannot create the exact same feelings in someone that I felt myself during those events. And logically so – we are all individuals […]
Driving over the mountains this morning, the fog was heavy. Really heavy. It was hard to see through it. At first it was eerily beautiful, even comforting though cold and unforgiving. A pair of soft black gloves I’d purchased before the end of the year were my companions, along with the music coming from my […]
It’s becoming clear to me through the help of family and research that I grew up in a fairly textbook borderline, narcissistic, manipulative and co-dependent environment. It’s a hard reality to accept because as I read about these traits I understand that I inherited them and are a current part of me. Instead of fighting […]
I turbocharged my keyboard delay & response with xset the other day (‘xset r rate 200 50’). I’m finally getting used to the increased-rapid-backspace. Before I was really annoyed at both the delay and the rate in which I could backspace. This is nice, almost too fast but like driving a clutch you just get […]
(Instrumental acoustic guitar – work in progress) Lyrics: Your little white lies They’re passing me by You think I’m a fool You got things to do Your little white lies You don’t even try I was always there for you I’m so through with you I’m gonna rise above it So take your words and […]
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My favorite block from Between Angels and Insects (youtube): Because everything is nothing And emptiness isn’t everything This reality is really just a fucked up dream With the flesh and the blood that you call your soul Flip it inside out, it’s a big black hole Take your money burn it up like an asteroid […]
Reading comments on this Slashdot article and I found this very insightful comment by houghi regarding software user interfaces: “I liked it when each part of the software did its own thing and you could exchange it for something else, without any issues. Now we have a bootmanager that tries to do everything, starting a […]
“Hyper[insertwordhere]” is becoming annoying. I noticed this buzzword during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and it seems to still be going strong. It’s annoying, but also interesting as a study in popular journalism trends. Trendsetters can use words like this to ‘boost’ their stories and ideas because of the effect of familiarity and repetition. Which […]
I wrote this a number of years ago for a good friend when I was concerned he was going to commit suicide. It’s always been one of my favorites. My Dead Friend Why did you end it You weren’t an enumerate My dead friend You weren’t what you think I wish I’d taught you to […]
I’m currently listening to this for the first time since the mid-90’s (my brother owned this tape along with other Van Halen albums, my gratitude goes out to him for introducing me to then “modern” rock music and not just the oldies that our father’s jukebox played and the cheezy light-pop music of the local […]
I had a dream this morning about a building. I had to go to the bathroom I had apparently been working I.T. in floors 1-3 of the building for the entirety of my career (20+ years) I went up to the 4th floor of the building (toward the top). When I got there, there were […]
“Become a merchant in the gift economy” I am saddened this morning at a news story about a couple who had been cycling across the world who were killed by supposed ISIS members for no real reason other than the reported ‘they were non-believers’. However, their story is much more than that as I found […]
Maybe the Amish are on the right track after all. It’s going to continue to get harder and harder for the general population to discern between reality and a fabrication. I feel a recursive trend here. Maybe we really are living in a holographic universe.
A song from a long time ago that couldn’t be more relevant today in the United States (and around the world).. “Choices” (Mudvayne): Leaders are guilty of nothing They’re perfectly insane But if they’d point the finger at themselves Who would be left to blame Lead into grace Lead to corruption Ini-Mini-Miny-Mo A truth or […]
With a few exceptions I feel like lately I’ve gotten little respect in return for the respect I give others. What I mean by this is, I feel like I’ve gone just about as far as I can go to show and hint to certain people in my life that I genuinely care about them […]
When I was 5 or so I’d get to this point in the game every once in a while. It’s always stuck in my mind. Back then, “Shamus” was its own universe to me, an entire world in and of itself – and I’d found a “dead end”. It was mystifying to me, like standing […]
I don’t think “My Sweet Lord” sounds anything like “He’s So Fine”.
Because it’s a bittersweet symphony This life Try to make ends meet You’re a slave to money Then you die
I talk about Andrew Wood in this post. If you enjoy recent music history, this is a real gem.
Really good article regarding what it takes to shift soemeone[‘s|s’]opinion(s) given group mentality and a tipping point: https://www.asc.upenn.edu/news-events/news/research-finds-tipping-point-large-scale-social-change
“A US government report last year said the nation should invest more in supercomputing, to keep pace with China on defense projects such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic aircraft, and commercial innovations in aerospace, oil discovery, and pharmaceuticals.” But nothing about using it to study the global environment or, more specifically, reversing the trend of […]
Music is an ART, not an INDUSTRY.
I think I ‘sync’ more with 3/4 than 4/4.
“A lot of the time people aren’t really talking about the music itself- they’re talking about the social scene which surrounded the music. You’ll never be able to experience 60s Swinging London, late 70s Hip Hop, 80s Hair Metal LA or 90s Seattle for yourself. You can listen to the music, but that time and […]
I can’t stop listening to the songs these guys put out circa 2011. They are awesome.
Where sound lacks, looks help.