Thursday, May 28, 2009

REMIX!

I love my son's toys more than my own sometime.  As simple as they are, their lights and sounds make me want to play with them even more because I can turn almost any toy into a jambox.  Need me to remix a count to 4?

"Wha...wha...wha wha wha wha one...two two two...thr thr thr thee...four four four four"

Want to me to remix the sound of a barn animals?

"The cow goes moo...the cow goes moo...the cow...the cow...the cow...the cow goes moo"

I'm totally gonna live sample these toys in some of my songs!

Currently listening:
Classics for Kids
Release date: 1993-06-08

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Signs That the Crowd Is Digging You

Just did another acoustic set at Inner Town with Static Republic, and let me tell ya, the love we felt tonight form the rest of the folks there was unique .  Here is a quick review of how the show ran:

- We got introduced by the hostess Lily tonight.  We took the stage to an audience that was indifferent to us being there.  So, I took the mic and thanked the entire crowd for their rousing support.  I counted 9 people clapping. 

- We started off with "=2US".  It was a bit off-kilter as we ended up doing a weird hybrid version where we took the verses and choruses form the original arraingement and  interjected parts from the current arraingement.  No one knew the wiser as we plugged away.  Shive shook his money-maker, i.e., his fists clenching shakers and a tambourine , thus, keeping time and making the song sound much more magical.   We killed the song and I counted 8 people clapping.

- Then came "Waking Dream".  I beat on the guitar to start a rhythm with my Loopstation and then looped the bass line with it.  We layered more guitar stuff and added the percussion to it to lay a solid foundaiton of sound.  So, we kicked butt on this one also.  I counted 2 people clapping .

- We decided to end the set with a new version of "Model Well".  It has a lot of Dave Mathew's Band funk and energy in it.  It was fookin' fun to play.  Shiva and I threw down parts together and playewd off each other.  I even stood up during this one to give it the energy it needed.  7 people clapped for this one. 

- Lily got up and in her own way roused more support for SR from the rest of the joint.  I counted 9 people total clapping.

Needless to say, it's probably the last time we'll play there for a while.  It sure as hell was fun to play and fight for those two-handed accounted applauses. 

Currently listening:
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
By Limp Bizkit
Release date: 2000-10-17

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Leadership Haiku


To be a leader
Decisions are hard to make
Respect and love first
Currently listening:
Relapse
By Eminem
Release date: 2009-05-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Twitter and Facebook Are Killing My Blog

I have to accept the reality that my interest in my own blog is waning .  With a plethora of other sites/tools to share my experience with others at my disposal, posting blogs on MySpace has become arduous. 

Two and a half years ago when I got onto Myspace, it was the height of bringing together all social interaction together in one place for me to not only promote myself in various artistic realms, but also give me an easy place to get in depth about my life.  However, Myspace has become more and more restrictive with the disallowing of various useful HTML tags, shoddy/non-existent integration with other apps such as Twitter or 12seconds.tv, and the fact that the different kinds of profiles they allow don't all offer the same features, .e.g, my comedian profile cannot run the new templates as a regular profile, makes me want to not  to spend time on my blog here. 

Back to the title of this entry.  I'm still trying to figure out my peace with Twitter.  I see it as a status updater and due to the amount of tweets I send out in a day (5-10), it can pretty much suppliment the day-to-day reporting of my life easily and concisely.  However, if I want to go into depth on any given subject, a blog is more appropriate.  However (once again), Tweeting about anything worthwhile "steals" my thunder/passion to delve into anything more substantial later.  Facebook, as uncustomizable as it is with individual profiles, has really enhanced their user interface in siuch a fashion to keep information easy to enter, read, and find.  MySpace has made some strides there but it still has a way to go especially in their event planning and displaying friend status information.  Thus, many more people are on Facebook now than Myspace.

I don't know what to do about it now.  I may switch to another blogging mechanism and leave MySpace in a state where I refer people to a completely different area.  I'm interested in what Web 2.5 is going to look like in the next few months.
Currently reading:
Against the Machine: How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce -- and Why It Matters
By Lee Siegel
Release date: 2009-03-17

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