Friday, April 25, 2008

Top Ten Songs from Milwaukee's Soul Amp - Wisconsin Top Ten Songs

Just released the Top Ten Songs from Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the band Soul Amp.

They can be found here:

All the free music can be found here:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Oldies from Soul Amp's M1 - soundtrack material - music for movies - muscial paintings

I was going through some of my old files trying to clean some stuff up and I ran across some old tunes I created about 5 years. And so I posted a bunch of these M1 Oldies at:

Check them out if you like. I posted a couple of my favorites individually so that they get podcasted. There's a lot of stuff there. Some of it pretty weird. Some of it New Ageish. Yep, so if listen you can here some of the crap I did back then in our current music.

Unfortunately, I was going through a rough period then and at one point I deleted a bunch of my old tunes. So only a couple people ever got to hear those. So it goes.... Here's one that got saved though (back then I frequently named tunes with the date I wrote and recorded them):

Maybe someday I'll give it a proper name. It really needs to be re-recorded anyhow.... Enjoy.

New Age Soul Amp - Ok Not really - an Oldie from M1.... painting musical pictures....

Yep... it's a bit New Ageish... but I was thinking more along the lines of painting pictures with music. So here ya go:

Soundtrack... movie music... oldies from M1... oldies from a Soul Amp musician

M2 you might like this one.

I wrote this for a friend of a friend who was going to do a movie, but it never got made. Maybe M2 can use it for his movie =)

It's pretty weird and spooky.....

Another sailing inspired Tune - another M1 oldie

Here's another oldie from the M1 archives. It's another sailing inspired tune... it's a worth a listen... I think some of these could be redone and used for sound tracks. Back then I would write and record a tune in betwen 1 and 2 hours. Whatever came into my head... overdubs and very few retakes. Some came out a bit cheasy but I like some of them still. Here's a tune inspired by sailing with Bradly:

Halloween tune - Oldies of M1

Here's a strange one that I created on Halloween night in 2003. I'm pretty sure that I stayed up that whole night. I walked around, almost got into fight with a drunk, wrote a resume for a friend, and composed and recorded this tune. Pretty crazy times. I was going through a lot back then.

Anyhow, here ya go:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Soul Amp Lyrics - Lyrics on sailing, corporate greed, addiction, shut-ins, vandalism, suicide, modern love, death, rocks, rivers, driving, excuses

Soul Amp Lyrics can be found on the Soul Amp site. They are in two place. The lyrics for Strip Mall Heaven are found here:

Strip Mall Heaven - Soul Amp - Lyrics

And here are other lyrics to a bunch of other songs:

Other Soul Amp Lyrics

You'll find all kinds of great poetry there: Lyrics on sailing, corporate greed, addiction, shut-ins, lonliness, suicide, modern love, death, divisions between people, excuses, vandalism, rocks, driving, growing up, violence, ice, clothes.... basically all life has to offer. Have fun digging around in it if you dare. You might find something there that sheds some light on the human condition... well at least the conditions of 3 very oddball rockers. Enjoy.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Greed and Lost Jobs... a short story of millions and layoffs...

Here's a short story. It's a true story.

A company was sold and the executives walked away with sickening amounts of money. It was about 20 people who were grossly enriched. Many stock holders also won this lottery, but the 20 people directly benefitted hugely from their brilliant decisions of cutting back on operating costs by cutting workers (human beings) and thereby improving the bottom line.

Maybe this story will bore you as it happens everyday. But I'll tell you it to you again if you'll listen.

No great vision was needed. No desire to motivate and empower the workers to make a better company through growth in innovation and new products. The company was sick inside, but looked much healthier from the outside and so was sold for an ungodly amount of money to a much bigger company.

The 20 people walked away with millions and millions. You would be shocked by the amounts. Or maybe you wouldn't. And in our weakened economy created by the 20 people and all their thousands of friends (yes only thousands, not many of us get to share in that level of greed), the company is now going through round 5 of layoffs. Expenses must be cut. The only way is to cut the workers.

Yesterday one of those workers was let go in the morning. She was one of hundreds. She was not forced to leave immediately but was allow to stay for the day. She spent the day cleaning up all the work she had been doing for she had been lately working overtime (no extra pay for salaried workers) to enrich the company's leaders and stockholders. She could have left the minute they told her about losing her job. But she stayed and worked to get as much done as she could; to leave things in the best state as possible. She worked into the night and I thought, how stupid. To give so much for no return. The 20 people would never have done that and I think they would think her stupid as well.

But I was wrong. It was not stupid. It was noble. It was doing the right thing as painful as that might be. She is an older worker without a job in a weakened economy.

The 20 people did not do the right thing, and yet I feel certain they are enjoying their blood money.

And so I say pray for the noble people and the greedy people and will have hope that someday it won't be like this anymore.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

There has been much confusion about which soul amp we are. We are the rock 'n roll, alternative jam band soul amp. We are at We have the dash in our url.

Just so you know....

While you're here catch the top ten tunes: