Saturday, August 6, 2011

By Request:, Female Anchor's and Guests' Upskirts

  During a fire alarm at work, I noticed a man trying to look up my dress.  I guess its just a hazard of being a girl:

Song Writing

  There has been an off and on debate on the originality of several established song writers recently.

  I was very excited about the first song I wrote.  But, by the time I got home on my bike I realized what I had done was write the Brian Wilson's/Gary Usher's song "409" with different lyrics.  ( and )  It was an important lesson.

  Its not unusual to start off writing parodies and "sounds a like" songs to learn the craft, but you can't mistake those efforts with a significant achievement.

  As you work on your craft (And, it is a craft; not magic that makes it work for you.), you begin to figure out not just music theory and poetry, but what appeals to others as it is "mass" communication. 

  Gradually, you'll begin to notice the work of other composers and players.  For example John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix both blew their share of minds.  I remember listening to Dave Brubeck the first time.  Brubeck loved odd time signatures in both his original and re-arranged recordings.  One thing I learned is how a good song could be improved and that a good song can be changed in any number of ways without being ruined.

  At this point, composer should consider taking up a second or third instrument.  Not only will this make you more apt to gain work as a player, but it will force you to look at music differently.  If you don't want to learn a new instrument, perhaps buying instructional DVDs on other instruments, amps, and recording techniques would be good.

  Hopefully, at some point you learn to make things unique.  For example, McCartney and Harrison used to talk about adding "jazz chords" (9 chords; diminished chords) to convey additional emotion and add distinction to a song.  For example, 7 chords tend to imply movement in the Western mind so they can create a dynamic tension.  Two things the Beatles did a lot was mix common chord structures and change time signatures.

  At this stage in your development, it would also be good to investigate other art forms, the artists themselves, and the stories behind their works.

  To really be successful, the creative person must be able to go to that odd place where creative people work.  This realm of the mind is one of both extreme concentration and child like wonder where rules are suspended and brainstorming can run wild.

  When you combine your skills with your disciplined mind, you should find yourself having a level of songwriting craft that makes it look easy to others.  However, don't feel bad if you can't write "Help" in ten minutes, because someone said you need another song.  One practice technique is to write a song a day while in different frames of mind.

  At this point, song writers usually have enough skill to write in the style of other song writers or re-write the songs of others to the point where most can not tell.  (You know, take a sad song and make it better.)  Some of the clever song writers will take elements from different sources, such as a century's old poem and combine it with a traditional melody.

  To the causal listener, these types of songs sound original, but other musicians can usually figure out the influences even it it is in a different key or time signature.  Hopefully, you have a fellow musician with enough knowledge that they can determine if what you have is an original song or if other elements of the composition have to be changed or if the Producer can just mask the run of the mill tune with a wall of sound.

  "The Greats" typically make a leap to another level where even their peers are stunned by what they do next.  Revolver was quite brilliant and underrated, but Sgt Pepper was so stunning in composition, arrangement, sound, and appearance that it set things differently from that point forward.

  As you get older, the genius moments occur less often, because of the nature of the mind.  Competition for your time and attention is normal as you age.  Sadly, so is the decrease in faculties.  Later, the memory starts to fade.  (Hopefully, your Producer will remember that Randy Newman song if you don't.)  It doesn't help that the entertainment industry is fast paced and the world is high on content.

  Successful well known song writers have a pressure to deliver product that can frustrate and delude their work.

  New technology is a big driver in all types of innovation, so consider if each innovation is right for you.

  Another thing that I've found helpful for promoting creativity is getting a life coach to help me work through problems or to help push me into exploring other aspects of my personality.

  Here's Christina Aguilera working with her life coach:
  (I wish I could sing like this beautiful girl!)

  OK, for you a field trip to a national park might be more like it.  But, just like in a relationship, you will need to shake things up from time to time for you and, hopefully, your audience.

  Another thing, its OK to have fun:  Here's the Beatles:

  Later:    No, its not Abby Road.

  I can't find the one recorded in the Memphis Hotel.  I suspect they're really deep in the rum and Coke on that one.

Some Different Female Shave Fetish Shots.

I think this is such a cool look I got it, but not totally shaved:

I love watching blondes get head shaved.  She actually looks better bald:

Latina gets aero look for World Face Off:

Very compelling Face Off hair shaving vid.  Long hair and tons of product and makeup cost money and impact the environment per this group:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hot TV Anchors

Something for you "info babe" fetishists.   I bet in less than five years, this will be common on US TV.

Years ago, a local anchor wore green leather.  As this was the first time anyone wore leather it got quite the reaction including some saying it wasn't professional.  Eventually, it all worked out for her, her leather, and her much younger boyfriend.

About as close as American TV gets now:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Shaved Female Vids

Cuckolding Web Sites to Check Out

Do you remember when I predicted cuckolding for five percent of the population?  Well, its not as public as I thought it would be and I'm one year late, but we're there.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Open letter mostly to the Transgendered

If you recall, I volunteer as a community organizer with in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.  I wrote this letter to an upset transgender (TG) person who essentially wants to know what do do about discrimination as she is tired of waiting to be equal:

When the Democrats had control of the entire government they failed to take the opportunity to guarantee TGs equal access to housing and prevent job discrimination.

These two inexpensive things would have allowed TGs to have better lives and to integrate with others thus showing they aren't that different after all. However, the Democrats aren't going to fall on their sword for three tens of a percent of the population which is basically broke.

Sadly, the GLBT movement is generally led by people with no feel for the political process. The best they seem to be able to do is try and copy the black movement, which suffered from different forms of prejudice, and, on occasion, quote Marxist philosophy which no one takes seriously anymore. In turn, political operatives use GLBTs for fund raising and action, but they have no intention of helping them. I call it the "long con." I have taken several runs at these people, but they live in their own world which is funded by donations by often poor TGs. (Last study I read said the disabled were the number one economically disadvantaged group, followed by TGs, and then gays...)

Most people are fixated on unemployment (It would have been better to help GLBTs in "good" times.), which is understandable, plus they do not see GLBTs as part of the American fabric. (In fact, most people think they don't know any TGs...part of why coming out is important.) The tools tried so far don't address these problems. In fact, I think the only think an outsider that has helped is Oprah who got regular folks talking.

One of the problems with the parades is the supposedly sympathetic media picks out the weirdest people to show on TV undermining the whole process. Though gays support TGs and bisexuals more than straights, it might not be as by as much as you might think. When you march in a gay pride parade, you're marching for gay rights; not TG rights. Often, viewers do not understand the difference anyway. When I brought up the problem with parades and how they should be re-focused or discontinued, I get told I don't understand its "part of the culture." Yeah, so are show tunes, but they haven't helped either.

The way the polls have moved, I think TGs (and bisexuals) would be better going it alone. To a certain extent, this has happened. I was surprised with how many well know singers have come out as bi in the last year.  (I've also been somewhat surprised by the non-reaction to Rhianna and Britney singing about leather sex and similar adverts.)

TGs can help themselves a lot by not being fixated on their situation and not being so narcissistic, because re-enforcing the stereotypes.

Sadly, things like this amount to slow and steady progress, though you have to be prepared to make your move if you see an opening.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Which Instruments?

When I was a kid, most of us were lucky to have a beginner guitar. In my case, I wore out the original bridge and two sets of tuning keys on mine before I got a professional instrument.

But, several have asked me how many instruments do you need?

Professionals often have several guitars they are comfortable to use as backup and to address the needs of the different styles of music they play. For example, a "classic rock" player might have two Gibson Les Pauls and one Fender Stratocaster along with an acoustic guitar or two.

If you're a hobbyist or play in a "tribute" band, perhaps what you need is an instrument, amps, and effects similar to your idol or just ones that captures your fancy. Just remember, that buying an instrument like your idol won't automatically make you sound like him. Beyond talent and playing technique, I find other things including body mass can influence your sound.

If you're a collector, then you need to buy what you like of course, but be mindful of which instruments are likely to gain in value over the time you plan to own them. I suspect that most of the instruments popular with "baby boomers" are already about maxed out in value. I'd target a Jackson Randy Rhodes and early Paul Reed Smith guitars. Just remember, they all need to be maintained, kept in a controlled and secure environment, and played.

If you're an artist yourself, it important to be hip to the classic tools of the trade as well as the latest things, but you might find that a mixture of products best addresses your needs as your goal is to sound like you and not the Rolling Stones. One thing I've found is that experienced players tend to look for certain things in "their sound", so they often sound "like themselves" even on instruments that don't belong to them and could be of marginal quality.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Instrument Stomp Box Review

What are the key stomp boxes to own? Not only does this depend on your guitar(s) and amp(s) combination, but your style and manner of playing. Yet, there seems to be some items that last.

I started playing before you could buy a compressor in a pedal left alone an optical model. However, for many guitar and bass players think it is the most useful tool you can have. To me, the Robert Keely Compressor, which seems to be an update of Ross, is the only one worth buying, but you might also want to check out Demeter or Visual Sound. The Joe Meek model looks very interesting. Some old units squeeze the sound so much that it colors the sound which can be fun.

Old school electric bass players might want to check out enhancers such as the BBE, or Aphex. I thought the Aphex was hard on batteries and less modern sounding.

They can be temperamental, but part of the fun, a geranium 60's Fuzz Face is helpful. Silicon Fuzz Faces are more stable, but brighter and heard on many classic rock albums. Many like the old green Maxton/Ibanez 808/7 overdrives. Keely makes a version of both of these if you use them a lot. A Bixonic Expardora should have a good version of the Fuzz Face and acceptable version of the 808 if you flip the switches right. Besides, the Bixonic is a work of visual art and how can I pass up the opportunity to own something with "bi" in the title?

Early hard rock often featured a Treble Booster. Good luck finding one of those, but several builders make copies. Be sure to get one with a tone control or a switch you can flip. Divided by 13's unit has different profiles from which you can select.

Frantone Cream tone pedal in pink with a Fluff control. Again, how could I pass that up? Arteffect has a killer David Gilmour era recreation I love.

Later, some guitarists, like Randy Rhodes, started using the "script logo" MXR Distortion +. For a while, the new ones didn't sound too good, but the one I bought last year is good.

My wild card for semi-clean tones, for Tom Sholtz, some EVH, and otherwise, is a Takky distortion. Its a high end Japanese boutique thing. I got it from Mesa Engineering. Often, if I'm not sure if I will need a pedal, this is the one I will take along. Possibly even a better all around, especially for single coil guitar players, is an overdrive called the Suhr Shiba. It has a mode switch and it can be controlled remotely by your guitar tech if you have one.

Many older players like Digital Music's Sparkle Drive, which allows you to blend clean and overdrive tones, or the Full Drive 2.

Digital Music also makes a version of the Jordan fuzz tone called a SuperFuzz. It can be too wild, but sometimes I use it for rougher Boston tones coming from Barry's Dirty Finger pickup equipped Gibson SG. One of the guys in the band had one of these guitars and its very evil.

I've been known to set up a Mu-tron on a dark setting and play side. It is an un-worldly sound as if George Harrison joined Sabbath.

I also like the Red Witch pedal.

Back when Ed came out, it was hard to replicate his tone. One inexpensive and acceptable metal solution is to take several pedals set at a moderate level and hook them together. I showed a this to a kid at Sam Ash using varies models of Digitechs. He said, "Wow!" The salesman walked over and said, "How the fuck are you doing that?" How do you think we did before modern amps?

Many of the players in my age group built their sound seemingly around one brand of pedals. For example, I'd guess Ed liked MXR and Slash like Maxton. I think Slash even used a Maxton EQ for overdrive. If you can figure this out, then it could be a real help at nailing the tone of certain players.

I don't have any metal guitars, so the Digitech Metal pedal is helpful.

At the risk of sounding like I went over the cliffs of Dover, the appropriate battery is important in these effects, because that's what they were designed around in their era. Instead of the old red EverReady batteries, you might try a lithium 9 volt instead as they seem slightly hot and last much longer. My understanding is there is a version of these in a smaller plastic case that you have to order. Meanwhile, get them at Lowe's.

Some overseas have complained it is too hard to get boutique guitar pedals. Well, if you live in Asia you might look into Takky or Moon. I just got a copy of an Orange Treble and Bass Boost pedal from guys called Arteffect in Israel.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What's In with the In Crowd

Recently, I was talking to female rubber fetishist from the west coast. She was giddy over how many girls are screwing their "under 23" boyfriends from behind. While not typical, she thought it was increasingly common.

I once overheard a girl yell in club: "If you want to fuck me up the ass that's fine, but I get to do it to you. Its your decision."

I agree with Elise Sutton that many men are changed after being penetrated anally. So, if this trend goes wide it is a major development in the world of sexuality.

Speaking of Elise Sutton, recently, she received a letter purportedly from a woman who teaches sexual education at an all girl school. The teacher surveyed her students within guidelines and found several surprising results. Following up, she found a large number of the women were virgins especially among her "advanced placement" students. Upon further questioning, it turned out they are telling the boys to get down on the muffin if they wanted some lovin'. And, the boys were complying.

If young women start demanding cunnilingus without giving their boyfriends any expectation of further sexual activity, then this is an amazing shift in sexual power. Also, it could be a milestone on the way to normalizing bisexuality and cuckolding among American women.

The Film Found in the Woods

Back in high school, we found boxes of movie film in a wooded park. We mentioned it later at lunch and I joked it might be a porno movie. Someone else thought it might be creatures from the deep.

After school, some of the boys that lived near by found and retrieved the film. As it worked out, the parents of one of the boys were gong to be away that Friday night.

Another said, "Great, my folks have a movie projector."

No, I didn't get an invite to the first F* Film Festival.

I waited in anticipation for Monday morning to find out what happened. Would the mysterious film be blank, ruined, a family picnic, an old horror classic, porno, JFK, or space aliens? It turned out to be porno. But, just not any porno.

I still don't know what was in the film, because the guys that watched it refused to talk about it. No bragging? No story telling? No one tells the secrets of Porn Club?

By the end of the school day, the rumor was several of the guys got sick watching it.

I asked around, "What could be so bad in this film?"

It sounded like the film contained boat load of bukakke images.

"What I heard was there was cum everywhere...I mean like all over her face", one friend of Porn Club reluctantly shared with your curly haired correspondent.

I still don't know the name of the film.

No word if Jackie or Donna ever found out about any of this...

Donna, did you ever find out one of your Baptist boys buried two Playboys in the park behind his yard, LOL?

How times change.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Beatles Carnival of Light

McCartney said most of the Beatles' material has been released. He added the unfinished post-Beatle Lennon songs were too poor in audio quality to fix with the tools available before Harrison died or that Yoko would not agree to let them use them.
He said one Beatle cut remains unreleased and it is called
Carnival of Light. It is similar to the electronic piece Revolution #9 that many think simulates an LSD trip.

Like #9, I suspect Carnival of Light features tape loops, backwards tapes, and tracks played on an early analog sampler called a Mellotron the use of which Paul pioneered. (This keyboard was famously used on the Elton John's song Daniel.)

McCartney said Harrison did not feel like the track merited release. But, I suspect for legal reasons the track will come out ten years after the Love album.

I once made a parody of Revolution #9. I suggest you try making something similar as I did learn a lot about editing, composition, textures, and audio manipulation.

In fact, I ended up manipulating myself.  One piece of mine used heavily edited versions of other's compositions. Much later, I realized this piece was about my desire to perform fellatio. Not only was fellatio rare then, but I thought I just liked girls!