Archive for June, 2009

in case you are wondering…

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
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the new drum groove a day (see panel on right) is an idea I have been playing with for a while…it is currently password protected for 2 reasons;

1) I am trying to determine, in my schedule, if I can maintain a daily groove (write, record, produce, upload etc) for publication on the site…and not just do a groove – but consider other formats for various applications as well.

2) It will be a membership only access for a yet to be determined fee, which will give you full access.

the idea will be you will have online access to beats / grooves I produce – to use in your productions.
In all likelihood there will be quite a variety – as I personally love rhythm in many forms.

Here is a slower tempo beat 56 BPM as an example. I will occasionally publish other grooves too – free.

Click the blue arrow below to preview…then if you want to download the .wav click the i*groove image, and select save page as…


bonham drums and guitar solo…

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
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ok – so I was reading an interview by Page and Jones and they described the simplicity of their set up on When The Levee Breaks, possibly the most sampled drum beat ever. I took note of their description, went into my basement studio, recorded my drums, used a ribbon and tube mic acoustic mirror (on different levels of 2 story stairway) on sound forge – ran it through a delay, and compressed the works…I decided to add a guitar solo to test my shredding abilities – and really, this is not so much about melodic content as it is about sonic timbre – so here you go…it takes a few reps to gather the steam – and then rolls down accordingly…this one is called ‘hilltop’ .

banner idea

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
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new logo

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
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just thinking out loud here – this would be draft stage…


in the studio

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
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recording some guide tracks for a new song, also working on joy – which as mentioned earlier has gone in a somewhat new direction. I have a bunch of songs and tunes I am figuring out the best way to approach – especially with licensing looming and aspects of usability needing to enter into the equation. I suppose this is the question anyone who makes anything will have to grapple with…sounds commercial – but it has to be done to a certain degree by anyone who wishes to make an income.

I have a licensing deal…

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
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this is indeed big news for yours truly. It is the first time someone outside of my acquaintances has taken me on, and will lend a hand to get my music heard, placed and generating income. It was a lot of work and sweat (not to mention a 13 page contract), there were several times they might have said ‘no-thanks’ but I passed over each checkpoint, so I am happy to say I am yet another step closer to my goals. I am really very excited, and very thankful, and hope this will be followed by news of where and when you will be able to catch my stuff in this great big wonderful world. Further, I am still tweaking ‘joy’ …this is (as I had mentioned ) a complete redo – but I am making progress. I will also be setting some new audio tidbits for you regular visitors to enjoy in your own productions…more to follow. Have a great day!

music practice and muse news

Monday, June 8th, 2009
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I will be practicing today for band rehearsals, writing, hopefully, as well, as ‘joy’ is in a complete reworking. I have quite a few irons going into and out of the proverbial fire right now – with one or two initiatives that I had planned on launching needing a little more ‘heat’ if you will, and as usual, nothing personal, but even if you won’t. God willing I will be hearing some news soon on a rather big deal (to me personally at least) – but since the music industry is often so hyped – I am choosing a lower profile on this until some ‘James Madisons’ or even ‘Woodrow Wilsons’ show up. Then again, even if they did show – I am not even sure they are legal tender…

flight of lenny

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
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The Seaboard Parish (excerpt 2)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
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“Well, I will tell you. Be still, my darling, I won’t be long. In the time of the old sacrifices, when God so kindly told his ignorant children to do something for him in that way, poor people were told to bring, not a bullock or a sheep, for that was more than they could get, but a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. But now, as Crashaw the poet says, ‘Ourselves become our own best sacrifice.’ God wanted to teach people to offer themselves. Now, you are poor, my pet, and you cannot offer yourself in great things done for your fellow-men, which was the way Jesus did. But you must remember that the two young pigeons of the poor were just as acceptable to God as the fat bullock of the rich. Therefore you must say to God something like this:–‘O heavenly Father, I have nothing to offer thee but my patience. I will bear thy will, and so offer my will a burnt-offering unto thee. I will be as useless as thou pleasest.’ Depend upon it, my darling, in the midst of all the science about the world and its ways, and all the ignorance of God and his greatness, the man or woman who can thus say, Thy will be done, with the true heart of giving up is nearer the secret of things than the geologist and theologian…”

The Seaboard Parish (excerpt)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
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“Certainly not. Tell me what you are full of care about, my child, and perhaps I can help you.”

“You often say, papa, that half the misery in this world comes from idleness, and that you do not believe that in a world where God is at work every day, Sundays not excepted, it could have been intended that women any more than men should have nothing to do. Now what am I to do? What have I been sent into the world for? I don’t see it; and I feel very useless and wrong sometimes.”

“I do not think there is very much to complain of you in that respect, Connie. You, and your sister as well, help me very much in my parish. You take much off your mother’s hands too. And you do a good deal for the poor. You teach your younger brothers and sister, and meantime you are learning yourselves.”

“Yes, but that’s not work.”

“It is work. And it is the work that is given you to do at present. And you would do it much better if you were to look at it in that light. Not that I have anything to complain of.”

“But I don’t want to stop at home and lead an easy, comfortable life, when there are so many to help everywhere in the world.”

“Is there anything better in doing something where God has not placed you, than in doing it where he has placed you?”

“No, papa. But my sisters are quite enough for all you have for us to do at home. Is nobody ever to go away to find the work meant for her? You won’t think, dear papa, that I want to get away from home, will you?”

“No, my dear. I believe that you are really thinking about duty. And now comes the moment for considering the passage to which you began by referring:–What God may hereafter require of you, you must not give yourself the least trouble about. Everything he gives you to do, you must do as well as ever you can, and that is the best possible preparation for what he may want you to do next. If people would but do what they have to do, they would always find themselves ready for what came next. And I do not believe that those who follow this rule are ever left floundering on the sea-deserted sands of inaction, unable to find water enough to swim in.”