Saturday, August 6, 2011
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.
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.
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.
I love watching blondes get head shaved. She actually looks better bald: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkbvdQW1JVY&NR=1
Latina gets aero look for World Face Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxy7Z_uynLk&feature=related
Very compelling Face Off hair shaving vid. Long hair and tons of product and makeup cost money and impact the environment per this group: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pch11lmrMs
Saturday, July 30, 2011
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.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
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.
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.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!