Wednesday, August 29, 2007
A guy at work has that pic tiled as his wallpaper on his computer. Yep, a cheery little message.... it actually does crack me up a bit....
So here's a shock, Soul Amp is a band of scumbag liberals.
But, oh what joy to listen each day to all the wonderful regurgitations from AM talk radio and "bible study".... nothing like a big heaping dose of anger and intolerance. Also get to enjoy greed in the name of God and religion. Lovely little closed up minds filled up with a big pile of fear of the different. And let's not get started on science... but no matter and no use getting too upset about it unless they start directly f*cking with me.... I do see glimmers of hope now and then of the light beginning to sparkle... so I keep up the dialog.
We all have the dichotomies inside of us... what's real and what we have made up in our heads .... and what we want for ourselves at the expense of others and how we ignore the obvious truths around us... and we rationalize our asses off to feel good about ourselves.
Here's a song about that (yep, a bleeding heart liberal song...."It's another stab in the back"). This is the original version. The Strip Mall Heaven version is a bit different:
If the line, "A child's hand gathers in a fist ", doesn't give you the chills, then you're made of stronger stuff than I am.
Hey, I like this quote from Nick Talbot of the band Gravenhurst:
"I don't offer any answers in my music, or ideas about politics. You don't want to end up with a garage full of 'Thatcher Out' T-shirts do you? There are things you can say about the human condition that are more constant than that, like the human desire to have things explained, and our battle between rational and irrational."
So I don't think of Division as a political song... it's a human song!
Oh and since we are peace loving liberals, here's some flowers for you (thank you E!):
Monday, August 27, 2007
Have an excellent week!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
It's an acronym a friend of mine came up with at work since it seems like there is always a lot of uncertainty about how long we will have our jobs...and lately it's just gotten a lot worse....
It can be pronounced by just saying each letter or saying "hide C".
My friend tells me it means "Future employment training 101".
Of course the reference is to the idea of a "fallback" job at the ubiquitous evil empire....that empire being the cancer that invades small town America and munches it up and moves on once the downtown is dead to force people to drive to the next SC and leaves behind hulking, empty, monoliths where once the shopping carts roamed blissfully sucking up the falling prices.....
and we all know that there is only one mother ship store... and that we enter through a space-time continuum... how else can you explain how identical each of them are? I always worry that they'll forget which portal I entered through... but then, I digress.....
Another fallback job provides this expression from my friend:
"Can I super size that fatso?"
... and There are other cynical expressions and acronyms to get us through our cynical, jaded days as our greedy "leaders" slowly suck the life out of us....barely keeping us alive so that we may serve them yet another day until it is time to throw us away...... perhaps I'll share these expressions with you at a later date....I do have to admit, in my case, I like the golden handcuffs. I often enjoy coding applications for the people I work directly with and I have it pretty damn good... and that's what makes that looming uncertainty such a pain in the *ss....
Anyhow, it's Friday! I apologize that I leave you for the weekend on that negative note, but then I bet a lot of you can relate....BTW, I'm going with the jaded corporate job theme on Monday and give you all one of Brad's songs, Banner Day, in two versions......one of which is just me and Brad and a drum machine... hahaha... you'll have to check it out....
Photos of Mushrooms in Wisconsin at Sunset....the giant pancake mushroom pic....there's a fungus among us....
It's 4 AM as I'm posting these. Can't sleep. I'm liking listening to Ripples from the Stone with these pics.....it's on just by happenstance since I opened the main soul amp page and that's what plays when you open it... anyhow, it seems to fit.... sad and hopeful all at once....
If you like, check out the Soul Amp top ten tunes:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Getting around the corners... The Wood Gatherer, Jules Bastien-Lepage... Best Song....Brewers baseball... Old Man in a Painting... Capuano Quote
"...I know around that corner is some good times, it's just hard to look around that corner."
And speaking of Brewers, here's a spooky sort of bit to this whole story. I was searching for info on the painting and came across this link at mam.org. Check out this pdf http://mam.org/pdf/Brewers.pdf. It lists the favorite art pieces of some of the current players of the Milwaukee Brewers. Turns out that one of the players, Damien Miller, says it's his favorite piece at the musuem. The funny thing about that is that there are those (a few of whom are very close to me) who think I look like Damien... they call him my cousin.... hmmmmmmm......
Here's his pic:
So I would have to call that an example of synchronicity.
Do you think I look like him?.... I don't think I do.
OK, talk to you later....
And... Go Brewers!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Bonfire Blues.... What Chord is That? Burned out Bonfire Photo - Bratfest Jam - Williams Bay WI near Lake Geneva
Bonfire Blues an mp3
The "saying goodbye" changed the vibe....
Here's another tune from that jam session:
Another bonfire pic:
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Photos of Smashed Fingernail - Smashed Finger and Fingernail is recovering after 3 month... Strange pic of a finger...
After three months, my smashed finger is slowly but surely healing. The fingernail is growing at an angle, but there are signs that behind the crooked part a more nomal looking fingernail is forming:
Here's all the posts documenting the smashed finger saga (in reverse order):
- finger and fingernail fully recovered!!!...1 year and 4 months later....
- fingernail recovering...5.5 month update....
- fingernail recovering...4 month update....
- fingernail recovering...3rd month update....
- fingernail starting to grow back - about 2.5 months after the smashing.
- fingernail coming off - about 2 months after the smashing.
- update 1.5 months.
- update 2.5 weeks.
- stabbed the finger to release the pressure.
- smashed a finger.
Anyone with a story of a smashed finger, I'll be happy to post it. Just drop an email or feel free to comment on this post or any of the others.
Here's one from a reader named Gordon:
And in the meantime, feel free to distract yourself with some delightful music from my band, Soul Amp:
Friday, August 17, 2007
Strange Surfboards Floating in a Denver Bar pic - Elevator music - Bratfest Geneva WI 2007 - jamming on a Wurli while getting bit up by Mosquitos.....
Surfboards Floating in a Denver Bar - photo by Mike Fisk
And yet another from the Love Shack Brat Fest jam:
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Someone called out Spyro Gyra at the end of this tune.... hmmmmmm.....
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
My legs got bit up by mosquitoes as I played... so I suffered for my art =).....Anyhow, here's a Zoom H4 recording of one of the tunes we came up with on the spot. Special thanks to the crickets for providing a subtle rhythm element which we seemed to unconsciously hook into. I also the dig cars going by adding a swooshing sound:
On the Zoom H4, I had the mic set on medium gain and used the windscreen since we were outside and there was a bit of a breeze. I had the Zoom H4 mounted on a tripod. I recorded to MP3 192kbps because I was worried I would run out of space on the card as I had recorded a bunch of other stuff Saturday night (crowd noises, fireworks, screams... etc). I imported this into Sonar and then ran it through Ozone's CD mastering preset (the one with harmonic exciter and space enhancer). Enjoy....
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Anyhow, here's some pics of his Wurli 214... it's the lovely green school model:
We also have a Wurli 200 that we used a lot on Strip Mall Heaven.... It was rescued before being thrown out and Brad did some repairs on it to get it working again.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Milwaukee Alternative Band records New Jam using Hammond M3 and Motion Sound and Traynor amps.... Heaven Sent You... it Rocks!
It was recorded at 24bit/44.1K to wave using the Zoom H4 sitting on camera tripod. After downloading it to the PC, I loaded it into Sonar 5.x and used iZotope Ozone 3 on it to pump the volume using the Loudness Maximizer (intelligent mode). I also used the stereo imaging feature to fatten up the stereo quality. The H4 was about 8 feet from Brad and I and about 12 feet from M2's drums. The room had a fairly nice reverb to it that is captured on the recording.