Archive for October 2009

Imogen Heap, Multi-talented Artist

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Imogen Heap

The good – A great new discovery for me

The bad – I didn’t discover her sooner

The ugly – Absolutely nothing

 

I first became aware of Imogen Heap when I read an interesting interview with her in the October 2009 issue of Keyboard magazine. But I’ve read a lot of interesting interviews with musicians whose musical talents or vision didn’t impress or connect with me. So I didn’t give Imogen Heap a second thought.

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Polls about your music listening habits and shopping preferences

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Three polls about how you listen to music, and where you get the music you listen to.

 

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A Stranger Vocal Recording – Take One

Friday, October 23, 2009

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The good – Nancy is learning Pro Tools

The bad – Not the best recording setup

The ugly – I’m out of practice

 

Nancy and I finally got our first chance to record my vocals for my new song, “A Stranger In Your Town,” yesterday (Thursday, October 22, 2009). Nancy has never used Pro Tools, or any other audio recording software. But she is an advanced computer user and picked up Pro Tools quickly.

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Working On Music…Again

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The good – I’m enjoying myself

The bad – I’ve neglected music far too long

The ugly – My chops are rusty

 

I started working on music again a couple of weeks ago. REALLY working on music—again. SERIOUSLY working on music—again.

I’ve been writing and recording music since I was a teenager. That’s more than 40 years! Gasp! It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, and has been my #1 priority during several periods of my life. But, unfortunately, not lately.

I’ve yet to finish that album—or CD, to use modern terminology—that I keep telling myself I’m going to do. I’ve got dozens of excuses why I’ve not finished it. Some of them are even valid. :-) But now I’m inspired, once again, to work toward achieving that goal.

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Walking My Cat Louis

Saturday, October 10, 2009

cats

The good – It’s fun and he enjoys it

The bad – He begs for it every day

The ugly – We’ve even gone out in the rain

 

For about 6 weeks now, I’ve been taking our male alpha cat, Louis, out for walks every day. I put a harness on him—one that goes around his neck and chest—and he’s attached with a leash. We stay on our property, walking up and down the driveway several times, and checking out his favorite spots in the front and back yard. The walks usually last around 15 to 20 minutes, although he would happily stay out much longer.

Louis is very well behaved when we’re out for our walks. He’s learned to go where I want him to go, most of the time. When it’s time to go back in, he’s even started to walk right up to the back door, willingly. He’s so cute when he’s outside. He walks up and down the driveway with such purpose, like he’s on a mission. He occasionally stops to roll on the driveway and sidewalk.

It all started when I would carry him outside with me when I’d retrieve the mail. He really enjoyed it, so I’d take him out for a “carry” almost daily. We’d stop and sit on the back deck sometimes, while I held him on my lap. We rescued Louis from a shelter, and we were told that he was accustomed to spending a lot of time outdoors, even though he had his front claws removed. We don’t let our cats (current or previous) outdoors, because bad things could happen to them.

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