I've been shopping for a computer webcam and microphone. It's been an interesting adventure spurred by the finding that my accessibility software now allows one to use a webcam with a flexible stand in place of a separate closed circuit television for looking at documents, prescription labels and a lot of other things. The company sells a package of a pretty good webcam and stand with the option of a couple of different bases. However, i would like a webcam suitable, also, for recording…Continue
Harry first heard and met him at a charity event. Meghan called him and asked if he would play at their wedding.
He's a 19 year old prodigy. One of 6 of a family of classical musicians from…Continue
I had hoped to record something that I had performed for the Music section.
Unfortunately, I got a new laptop last week with Windows 10 and I haven't been able to make a video using it.
So, here is a musical memoir of my Vietnam experience.
A recent conversation with an old friend in which she didn’t know the meaning of, and had never heard the…Continue
the good news: THEY'RE STILL DANCING!
I dare you to watch this and not tear up - just a tiny bit. it's the greatest wedding video ever!
I'm working on an aux drive that has everything and the moon on it, and this was…Continue
I should have been a Johnny Cash fan, but I wasn’t. He was another Arkansan, had an outsider reputation, and had come up through hard knocks. On the other hand, his rich baritone voice lacked something; accuracy. I bought his duet album with Bob Dylan. It was almost painful to listen to it. Waylon Jennings, who was Cash’s roommate at one time, described Cash as a “song stylist” rather than a singer.
And then, by sheer accident, looking for something else, I found…Continue
this week has been hard. I'm sick - getting better but today I am exhausted, there are some family things - nothing major but when someone in my little family hurts, I hurt.
and then there are The Children - I am touched by how hard they're fighting, how earnest and trusting in the system...it's inspiring, but depressing, you know? why…Continue
LUBBOCK, TEXAS....CLEAR LAKE, IOWA
Rave on, rave on and tell me,
Tell me, not to be lonely,
Tell me you love me only,
Rave on to me.
I often say that I’m not much on religion, and that’s true, but I’m not without belief. I have a deep abiding faith in good. I believe that good is everywhere. Unfortunately, it is not the good things that people do, but the bad that gets all of the headlines.
‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interrèd with their bones.” Anthony at the funeral of Julius Caeser
Somehow, that overshadowing makes it hard to explain a faith in goodness.
I remember thinking, as I was studying plane geometry in high school, this is all very nice, but nothing is shaped this way. The world is not made up of circles, rectangles and triangles as pure forms. But, I enjoyed geometry because for some reason that I couldn’t identify everything made intuitive sense. How could that be? It turned out that the real geometry was a little mor complicated, but related.…Continue
finally found the song I kept hearing in my head that inspired the above painting.
this painting is titled: take me to the river.
the story is, as I was working on other…Continue
when I'm in the studio I like to listen jazzradio.fr. they play music I haven't heard in years like sammy davis jr who lately blows me away like crazy, plus music I've never heard before - like this one (below) by Paolo Conte.
As an aside, there's a cut they play sometimes of "Take Me to the River" not exactly the al green version - the singer is white - you know the type of stylist, she uses an anemic…
I love gospel music, I sometimes think more than any other genre. It's pure love and you can't touch that. Edwin Hawkin's "Oh Happy Day" is a stellar example of great gospel - unbridled vocals, spiraling exaltations and shouting and ultimately what you are in the presence of is magnificence and rejoicing. I wish I had that faith because if I did, this is exactly where I'd be - singing in a choir.…Continue
Nutcracker medley, Straight No Chaser (a famous a capella group) and Joshua Bell (a famous classical violinist)
The playing on this is insane.
There was a famous experiment done involving Bell in 2007, covered by the Washington Post. I described it in a comment a few years ago:
In 2007, this world-famous violinist went into a Virginia suburban Metro station…
What are all those X's in the title? They're a rhythm.
Try clapping that rhythm and see if you can identify it. Try it twice through, repeated exactly. The capital X's are accented, but each x takes the same length of time. They represent eighth notes in a four quarter measure.
If you're having trouble counting them, there are eight X's per measure. In the first, accents are on 1, 3, 6, and 8. In the second, 4 and 6. This is really syncopated: Natural accents are on odd…Continue