More Songs About Miniature Things

I have a new song written with a great guitar and Farfisa organ part. Ill add a baseline and one other part to accent the end if the song – perhaps Solina synth strings or choral or maybe my favorite “old radio” tack piano part. I really like keeping space in each part so its not as busy as many (most?) Of my songs…

My First Homebrewed Marionette Controller

Today I made my first Marionette Controller – and I chose a European “upright” design over the horizontal “airplane” design. It just seems the leverage might be better – but perhaps in time I’ll try the other type. I’m getting really close to being able to start photographing and filming my creepy marionettes – and scoring music to them. Its all big fun –…

Technical Puppet Theatre

I finally have my art studio and puppet theatre cleaned up, and a nice floor in place. Now I can work on the finishing touches. I purchased a Technical Theatre book and it is helping more than I expected. It reminds me of all the details I’ll need for photographic lighting, backdrops, microphones, motorized puppet gear, etc. By the way, being a one man…

(My) Piano Appreciation Day

Although I’ve always liked the piano, lately I find myself re- listening to rock songs that feature piano parts where (while usually a short passage), the piano made the song. One such song is “Seeing Other People” by Belle and Sebastian and the other is “Outdoor Miner” by Wire. The piano parts match or exceed any guitar hero rock god solo – and as…

Lumbering Melancholy

It took me a few days to write this song because I tried to write a slow song. That lead to a “lumbering” pace to the song, and the parts sounded almost like a dirge at first – until I spiced it up after the first half. I probably should have introduced the more upbeat ending sooner (that’s when the song gets a lot…

Unintended Sabattical

We signed up for our Covid Vaccinations today. They opened it up here in Contra Costa County to those 50 and older. The economy is about to boom – people are booking vacations and travel like its the dawning of a new era, because it is! Restaurants, gyms, movie theatres will soon be packed. Life will be different from now on, but in a…

Happy Ana Lemma Day!

Today is another precious day, a day to rejoice in. A few posts ago, I showed my “Tiny Desk Studio”, and you might have noticed the Geochron 4K digital clock. That clock / map is the only thing left from my Ham Radio station – which turned into my music studio. On that map is a cool thing called an analemma – which shows…

Play the Lap Steel Like a Fretless Bass

Lately I’ve learned to play several instruments in ways that are not typical. For example – the Lap Steel sounds a lot like a fretless bass, and a mandolin sounds like a piano. Play the lap steel Like a fretless bassRe-inventing new sound scapesNew ideas to chase Play the violinLike a lap steelMake new soundsMake it surreal Play the mandolinLike a pianoHammered DulcimerPerhaps an…

Songs in the Key of A(rt)

Bathed in the art of light Heard in the Key of A My life of art is waxing Life of science is waning 40 years in the Trenches Just about to shift my gears Making music, making art How Ill spend my final years You don’t get older, only better Never waste your precious time Paint your pictures, sing your songs Smell the roses,…

San Francisco Surreal Dreams in Color – Circa 1984

Flashback! San Francisco between 1984 and 1994 was perfect. I was in my 20’s and did what people in their 20’s do. Besides work, I lived an artful life. I had some great fun with fellow musicians and artists. One fun time stands out, and this photo – rendering is the picture worth 1024 words.