Hi all! It was a strange week last week. Well, maybe not: it is winter in New Hampshire, so cold! I have several major projects at work, so busy! Anyway, in some ways a lot going on, in others not much at all. But one thing I did when stuck inside was play music. When I say “play”, I mean on a keyboard with my fingers.
I wrote and recorded two songs last week. One was a simple, and somewhat silly, blues. The other was, well, I’m not sure, perhaps a prog-pop instrumental? You can read about it and listen here and tell me what you think it is. Even without a genre, I like it :)
I do enjoy playing, writing and recording music, so that I was able to make two recordings in one week made for a very good week.
Hello and Welcome! Come on in (close the door quickly!) and I’ll get you a nice large mug of steaming dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or a (very) hot cocoa. By my adjectives you may understand that it is a wee bit chilly out there. I think it was -8 F/ -22 C when I got up this morning. But don’t worry, it has warmed up significantly! Yep it is now a balmy -1F/ -18 C! OK, it is early and it might hit 22 F/-5.5 C later in the day. So, yeah, come on in and warm up a little. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.
I drove back to New Hampshire Saturday evening, cutting my trip to Cape Cod a little shorter than usual. I had a few things to do Sunday, so…. We had snow on Sunday night into Monday, but it rained all Monday morning. Yuck. Several inches of slush. It was wet and nasty to clean up, and then it all froze. So, yeah, it’s pretty icy out there.
My wife took the dogs up to Maine for the week, but I still did a few walks a day on my own. That being said, I didn’t get as much exercise as I would have liked. I had an appointment Tuesday morning. Work was super busy. The cats needed a lot of cuddle and play time.
Back when I was chatting with Resa, I had a few ideas for music running around in my brain. I did do the recording of The Great Blue’s Blues, but the other blues based song I had thought of was still in my head. Last night I finally had a chance to go back and play with it. I don’t know if I’d call the results “the blues”, but I like it a lot. I hope you do too:
So Resa posted some photos of a great mural of a Great Blue Heron. Now, I love me those great blues, so I had to comment about it. And, of course, talking about “those blues”, the subject of The Blues came up. So, after some discussion, I knew I had to play Resa some blues.
Without further discussion, here is The Great Blue’s Blues:
Hello everyone. It was an odd week. The weather was, well it is January in New Hampshire. Enough said. One of the things, although I did get out a bit, no matter the weather, and I did a lot of blogging and spent a lot of time on music, I also did some reading, perhaps a little more (non-news/current events reading) than average. And it was different…
When I was a freshman at Ohio State there was a comic strip, Thorn, by a man named Jeff Smith in the student paper. To say I picked up The Lantern each week only to read “Thorn” would be an understatement. I had little use for the paper once the comic was gone.
So, here we are xx years later and I finally decided to read Jeff Smith’s magnum opus, Bone. “Bone” was originally released as a series of “comic books”, but makes up one story. That story was complied into a large graphic novel (1300 pages), “Bone”.
Hello and Welcome! Come on in. It is frigid out there and the wind is howling something fierce. Here, I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa to warm you up. Better? Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the Edward Gory mug as being close to his house on Cape Cod.
So I drove down here Thursday evening. It rained all day Friday (Cape Cod was the only place on the East Coast to get rain, and it was pouring when I got up at 5:30 and was still raining when I checked at 8 PM in the evening (I could hear the wind after that, but didn’t check the rain situation). It was 25 degrees (F) cooler at 8 PM than it was at 5:30 AM – the temps just fell all day and then all night.
It was a cold week up in New Hampshire and will be a colder weekend. It has thrown my exercise routine off, and I feel it. I did walk the dogs a little, and played with them. I did some strength/weight exercise, but no cardio. Besides that, last week was a super busy week at work. I had massage on Wednesday. I read a little. I played music, though not as much as I would have liked.
In early December I watched a documentary on the band The Sparks. Don’t know them? They have been around for about 50 years and have helped change music several times. The band is really two brothers, Ron and Russell Mael. They have a distinctive look (Paul McCartney did an impression of Ron on his Coming Up video. Russell sported a new hair cut in the late 70s that was copied by everyone, from Duran Duran to Depeche Mode) and a distinct sound (usually odd!). All of their songs have a twist or a joke to them. I would say that they are much easier to enjoy if you get the joke…
I have always known about the band but rarely heard them. In fact, I think I heard their Propaganda album twice when I was a teen and based most of my knowledge of the band on that, even though they are the truest musical chameleons of all time.