Imelda May – Much More Than Rockabilly

February 4, 2011

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The good – A great musical talent

The bad – Her music is BAD (good)

The ugly – Certainly NOT Imelda

 

I first saw (and heard) Imelda May on the PBS (TV) special airing of Jeff Beck’s “A Celebration of Les Paul.” It was essentially Jeff Beck playing guitar with Imelda May’s band, doing music associated with Les Paul, and other music of the 1940s, 50s and early 60s era. There were also other special guests who appeared on one (or more) songs. It was a very nice show. Imelda May’s singing really impressed me. She has a great voice, and really nailed the spirit and emotion of those classic songs from yesteryear.

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Pomplamoose – YouTube Sensation In TV Ads

February 4, 2011

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The good – Fresh, new, enjoyable music

The bad – Nothing that I can think of

The ugly – Certainly NOT Nataly Dawn

 

You’d have to be living under a rock to not have seen and heard Pomplamoose playing their music on the Hyundai TV commercials that ran this past Christmas season. The ads seemingly aired on every TV channel—over-the-air, cable, and satellite.

For those who don’t know, pamplemousse is a French word meaning grapefruit, and Pomplamoose is a talented American indie music duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Natalie Dawn (Knutsen). Their music AND approach to their music career is both fresh and unique.

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Bye-bye Norton Products

January 19, 2011

The good – FREE at last

The bad – Norton products cause problems

The ugly – Norton’s incompetent tech support

 

I’ve lived with the hassles and horrors of Norton products on my Windows PC since I built it in 2005. First there was Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2005, a suite with anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection. I had some problems with it, and dealing with Norton’s tech support proved frustrating and VERY time-consuming.

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BP’s Oil Leak/Spill In The Gulf of Mexico

May 18, 2010

The good – Maybe citizens will finally wake up

The bad – Our government & corporations really don’t care about the environment

The ugly – Incompetence & corruption is the status quo

 

I was an Environmental Manager for a large worldwide corporation based in the U.S. The opinions expressed in this blog post are based on my 16 years’ experience as an environmental professional, and 50+ years of life experience as an American citizen.

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Now Walking All Three Cats

April 29, 2010

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The good – They enjoy it, & so do I

The bad – Twilight doesn’t like the harness

The ugly – Buddy gets spooked easily

 

You may have seen my previous post about taking my cat Louis for walks on a leash. Louis begs me every day to take him outisde. He is an old pro now. Cold, rain, and even snow do not deter him from going out, although he tries to find clear spots when there’s an inch or more of snow on the ground. He also doesn’t like being pelted with steady rain, and will stay close to the house, under the roof’s overhang, or on the covered deck. Of course, we always stay on our own property, walking up and down the driveway and around the front and back yard.

We rescued Louis from an animal shelter in 2007. Although Nancy wanted Louis to be “her” cat, he has definitely chosen to be loyal to me. We were told his previous owners allowed him to run outside, and it shows. He’s very comfortable outside, and has been since the first time I took him out. The only thing he shies away from is traffic. He doesn’t panic—that just doesn’t fit “The King’s” personality. He simply turns and starts walking back up the driveway, away from the street.

 

 

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Keyboard Synth Problem Just A Bad MIDI Cable

November 8, 2009

The good – Keyboard synth is okay

The bad – Lost recording time

The ugly – I thought the keyboard was toast

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The other day I pulled my Kawai K5000S digital additive synthesis keyboard out of storage to use in my recording session. I plugged in the power cord, turned it on, and plugged in a pair of headphones to make sure it was working. All was okay. I found a few sounds on it that I thought might fit a song I was working on. I turned it off, grabbed two MIDI cables, two audio cables, and connected the keyboard to my Pro Tools rig.

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A Good Data Backup Plan

November 4, 2009

The good – It can save your bacon

The bad – It’s inconvenient, time consuming, and expensive

The ugly – Even the best plans can fail

 

The other day I was retrieving Pro Tools session and audio data files for a music project I’m working on. I loaded the first of four CD-R discs which held the backup data. I successfully transferred all of the data files except one audio file, which contained a recorded instrument track. The error message said that the file could not be retrieved due to data error. In other words, the file was damaged. I made note of the name of the missing file, then loaded backup disc two. This time all files were retrieved except two audio files, both containing recorded instrument tracks. The error message was the same as before. I made note of the file names and moved on. I successfully transferred all files from discs three and four without issue.

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Imogen Heap, Multi-talented Artist

October 29, 2009

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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

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

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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