My Favorite Guitars

My all time favorite guitar is my pumpkin orange Gretsch. Its part of their value line of guitars – not the cheapest but much cheaper than their pro line. Its made in Korea, and its fit and finish is as good as the only “pro” guitar I own. This is a good part of why its my favorite – its off the scale as…

Revolution: Spaceship Earth

I’m reading a great book about the American Revolution by Rick Atkinson called “The British Are Coming”. I’m interested because using Ancestry, I found out that I have some British and German relatives who were in America before, during and after the Revolution. As we approach August, Summer is already 1/3rd done. Back to School sales start and swim meets go through their final…

Haunted Camera

I received a new Golden Age R1 Active MKIII Ribbon microphone today and wanted to test it against my trusty AKG microphone, the first test was with a mandolin. Turns out, the two mics complement each other very nicely. The song was just a jam, at first it didn’t sound like a blues song, but the bass line just had to go bluesy –…

Camera Obscura

I think I’ve worn out that coffin thread, so I’ll switch back to photography. Photography is one of my hobbies, and along with music are lifelong and soothing to my soul. Cycling and weight lifting round out my absolute favorite pass times. I’m glad I’ve lived a life where I had to learn how to process film and paper. Don’t get me wrong, I…

The Coffin

Surprise! While the title suggests this might be a spooky story, its not. Its a bit macabre, but more funny than macabre. After my Mom passed away, I took care of my Dad. One thing we had to do was go “shopping for caskets”. When the lady selling the casket asked my father what he was thinking, he said ” Make mine with wheels…

Psychobilly Butch

Butch is a bad assed Psychobilly Goth guitarist. He sings in a coffin microphone And plays a Flying V that he carries in a coffin guitar case

Holoch-Buzzard Cemetery

In York County, Nebraska, there is a family cemetery called the Holoch-Buzzard Cemetery. A distant relative had moved from where he immigrated to on the east coast to Nebraska, where he got a 150 acre tract as part of a homesteading act. His name was Christian Holoch, and he was originally from the Stuttgart Germany area. He is a great Uncle of mine. That…

Ribbon Microphone

I’m going to get a Mic that excels at voice and recording Mandolin. I love writing lyrics, but I’m way too self conscious about singing. I do need to try. Come to think of it – I need to try drum box programming and sound design. Some of my electronic gear has sat way too idle. This song has a piano part that I…

GO!

I wrote my first Golang or Go program – which is a really cool computer language that Google sponsored, and where a few heavy hitters (from my day in the field) were co-developers. The language is a really nice combination of C and Python, and by C, I mean Kernighan and Ritchie C. This makes it so easy for me to quickly pickup. Best…

Devolution and Magical Thinking

While the name of this song is revolt, its actually the lack of people protesting where their very survival depends on it. Instead they protest that which saves them. I’ve never seen such a mass suicide, but Jim Jones and Jonestown was a minor precursor. Witness the Red States who are on a dangerous bender to NOT have people vaccinated. See the GQP rally…