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Simplicity, beauty and harmony

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What if I told you that right now we are floating around in bliss manifesting in little physical realities created by you.  You are literally creating this present moment but forget this every time you manifest.  Everything and everyone is one and all is well and fine and we will eventually return to be in the presence of the creator.  The most high will pat you on the back and welcome you back when the ride is over.  You go back and join  everyone in bliss land.  Just don't break a bunch of commandments while you are here and get stuck here.

The bad news is that there are folks that don't want you to know this.  The good news is it is true.

Back to our regularly scheduled program.  Last night my niece stopped by my studio and introduced me to her friend who turned out to be a wonderful singer as is she.  They blessed one of my songs with the most exceedingly beautiful harmonies spontaneously.  It really let me know that I am on the right path.

Music heals the soul.  Tune in …

Music, Life, Art

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I am very often reminded how blessed I am to be able to create music on my own terms.  Not long ago, going into a recording studio to demo out ideas was out of reach for the average musician costing thousands of dollars.  Traditionally an artist would have to be signed to a major label in order to record a high quality record and distribute said recording.  The playing field has definitely been evened out.

Unfortunately after checking my ASCAP and CD distributor earning statements recently, I see the obvious trade-off.  The era of getting rich off of royalties from a platinum selling record appear to be long gone.  Several established recording artists refuse to put out new music as a result.

I guess in the end it boils down to what music meant to you in the first place.  What is it that you were trying to accomplish?  I guess if money was a primary motivator, you are out of luck.  The fame is still there even if there is lint in your pocket.

I pretty much always viewed music as sac…

The Physics of Sound Pt 2

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A musical note has two meanings.  The first definition is a reference to the pitched sound itself.  The second is a reference to a symbol in musical notion that defines the pitch and duration of a note.  The pitch is the quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it.  The higher the frequency the higher the pitch; the lower the frequency the lower the pitch.


The next major characteristic of sound is the timbre.  Timbre defines the unique tonal characteristics that distinguishes it from another. Timbre has four primary characteristics; attack, decay, sustain, release.

The envelope of a sound has the following components and would look something like this: Attack - The time it takes for the note to reach the maximum level.Decay - The time it takes for the note to go from the maximum level to the sustain level Sustain - The level while the note is held.Release - The time it takes for the note to fall from the sustain level to silence or zero dB.

The Physics of Sound Pt 1

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There are a myriad of pathways that one can take toward becoming a musician.  Some of us learn from family members, friends, books, instructional videos, listening to other musicians and so on.  Very often however we begin our journey with a teacher in or outside of an educational facility.  We are often initially taught the fundamentals of reading standard music notation and taught the techniques to recreate the tones and sounds that we see on paper without actually understanding what sound is and how it works.

According to the Encyclopedia Britanica, sound is; a mechanical disturbance from a state of equilibrium that propagates through an elastic material medium.  
Sound is defined by ANSI/ASA S1.1-2013 as "(a) Oscillation in pressure, stress, particle displacement, particle velocity, etc., propagated in a medium with internal forces (e.g., elastic or viscous), or the superposition of such propagated oscillation. (b) Auditory sensation evoked by the oscillation described in.&q…

New Studio Recordings and Setup

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I finally have everything set up including a few new pieces of gear, primarily the Focusrite 18i20 which I am using as my primary preamp and recording interface.  I simply cannot say enough positive things about this piece of gear!  I also acquired a Presonus Audiobox for a simple portable studio set up that I used while recording down in the Gulf of Mexico remotely.  I am planning to write about that later. Other additions have been a Gretsch Broadkaster drum set and more gear by Nady, Shure, Alesis and ART.

I have been working with two great and longtime friends Mike Briggs on bass and Forrest Robinson on drums.  Mike and I have been alternating between his studio in NC and mine in Atlanta.  I have primarily been using previously recorded tracks from Forrest from an album we started for our old band OVid.

I am working on two different albums; one acoustic and one electric.  It is funny to me to think that Forrest and I play metal but really have never put out a truly heavy or metal…

iSing to End Homelessness Vol 2

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We are in the planning stages of iSing to End Homelessness Vol 2.  We will be running another campaign via Sonicbids:
https://www.sonicbids.com/find-gigs/compilation-ising-to-end-homelessness/ .  We are accepting entries from most genres and really looking forward to releasing Vol 2 later this year.
The first album was a success and featured some wonderful bands and solo artists from all over:
Elli Espi -  "Lako"   New York, NY Jodee Lewis-  "St. Clair County (Featuring Robbie Fulks)- Chicago, IL Adrian Gabriel -"Rely On Me" - Orlando, FL Chase Gassaway - "Certain Circles" - Austin, TX Beth Marie Anderson- "Choose Me" - Qualicum Beach, BC Frank Hurd Band - "Light" - Raleigh, NC Marathon - "Ghost of Ours" - Lebanon, PA The Weak Need - "Holding Nothing Back" - Hamilton, ON Tracy Clark - "Smile" - Orlando, Florida The Rand Experiment - "Build the Temple" - Atlanta, GA
A special thanks goes out…