Songs in the Key of A(rt)

Mexican Lilly Seed Pod Cluster

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, drink the wine

Chorus

Like a kid in candy store
Every day’s earthly delight
Time proceding, moving faster
At the speed of sound and light

Surreal Windows

Just a quick ditty for today . . .

Saved By The Bell

My “Tiny Desk” Studio

Today started out as a frustrating day at work – but in “The 11th Inning” I pulled a rabbit out of the hat – and I was saved by the bell. While I was tired – I still – and always do – have fun playing some music. Today I just wanted to play piano sounds and some synth sounds – with the usual very lazy use of one repeating drum box pattern.

Geez – I’m liking playing keyboards / piano almost more than anything else. What a wonderful instrument – you can play bass and other chorded rhythms or solo parts – its like an orchestra in one instrument.

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.

The Secret Life of Seed Pods

Mexican Lilly Seed Pod
Swamp Maple Seed Pod

Now you see em’
Now you don’t
Yearly passing parade
You never see them

Time marches on
Spring Ahead
Turn time forward
Seed pods on parade

They steal forward
With seeds in their pods
Like tongue in cheek
They sneak past you

This year they were caught
Red handed
Glad handed
Lovingly so

The Freedom of Getting Older

Youth is Wasted on the Young

When I was young I had to spend a lot of time investing in my career, then young family. I also had my own one man consulting business.

In my 20’s, when just out of college, I’d say for 10 years being cool or hip was important. That was a very silly waste of time. That meant I had no time to actually do anything personal of any long lasting value (besides work).

Now, as I am quite a bit older, my career is doing fine and I’m the expert I always strived to be. I can do things so much quicker than when I struggled in my 20’s and 30’s. Experience, and dare I say wisdom are golden in life.

But the best thing personally is that I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, my music, my art, or any aspect of my self.

This has been unbelievably freeing. I don’t finish songs. I write just enough to bring a demo tape to an imaginary band. I sometimes don’t finish art projects or writing lyrics or poems. There are so many unfinished projects that never make it to this blog – they are buried deep in my many notebooks.

My virtual world is not online. Its offline. Its in my home recording studio just a tad bigger than a dining room table. Its in my art dungeon basement. Its on my backyard saw horse work bench. Last week a big beautiful brown butterfly with white rimming its wings landed on my work bench, and it hung out with me for quite a few minutes. I said nice things to it and thanked its visit. It was truly magical, and you’ll never, ever get that from the internet.

I’m having way more fun than I did in my yoot. Chalk one up for The Old Guy.

Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny Comes But Once a Year . . .

In the computer world – if someone wants to cause trouble when writing code – they leave an “Easter Egg” in the code that causes trouble for anyone who has to support that code after the offender leaves the company (disgruntled or gets fired). That person usually gets away with the crime . . .

The rioters who breached the Capitol, and their Klown Kaptain Kommander didn’t hide Easter Eggs when the poor sport loser lost in a landslide – because they were all too stupid. They wore “I Did It” on their foreheads for the whole world to see in plain daylight. Idiocracy anyone?

“I’ll never get caught”, he said
While live streaming his insurrection
He’s a stable-boy genius
“Trump Won The Election!”

“I’ll never get caught”, he said
After trashing his Ex
He’s a stable-boy genius
Ex turned him in to the Feds

“I’ll never get caught”, she said
Shouting through bullhorn in hand
She’s a stable-girl genius
Her image shown across the land

They did it for Dear Leader
A Circus Clown Theatre
20 Years Hard Time
For their Cultish Crimes

Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos – The Sheet Music!

I’m learning that there is a fine line between noisy gibberish and Organized Chaos. I’ve been trying to extend past the “normal” 3 minute pop tune song structure or soundscape – but I tell ya – its a real challenge.

The completed piece – I’ve shown each of these before

Every now and then I seem to stumble on something that works. This tune is “OK” – but it was an eye opener – in that I can point out what worked and what doesn’t. Since each of my songs is a test, only a test, my sound experiments – like my art experiments are enjoyable more from what I learn than what the end product is.

That’s what keeps my interest.

Schadenfreude

Just for laughs, I purchased the mobile app called Stop Motion Studio – mainly because I can start experimenting with stop motion nd practice with my silly phone – before I try it “seriously”. Also – the phone is easy to try a thumbnail sketch and then when I have something that looks interesting – I can set up the serious camera and lighting gear and then spend the hours I will need to to get it right.

This song is called Schadenfreude – its not something I usually am into – but I have been enjoying the aftermath of January 6th – and I sure hope Karmaic Justice is served on an ice cold dish.

OK – I now can start thinking about stop motion and do some research – its obvious I put zero effort into this puppet guy – I just used a bunch of photos and strung them together – but it does serve a purpose – to get my mind thinking and asking “So what exactly is this Stop Motion, and what are the best starter hints and tips?”.

Basement Puppet Theatre

The Puppet Theatre ended up under the house

No music today – it’s been a huge weekend wrapping up getting my basement art studio / puppet theatre set up. Its been weeks in progress, actually, but I’ve completed the really “heavy lifting” work – like laying down subflooring and flooring, building work benches and sanding and staining the puppet theatre – which now just needs a little last paint and stain touch up here and there.

My version of the “Greek Theatre Masks” or Tragedy / Comedy masks . . .

I have my first art work that will be reviewed by the puppets – in that frame. Its the finished “Combine” that I started a few weeks ago – now committed to the 8 x 10 wooden panel.

These photos are not that great – just quick shots with my camera while I was cleaning up – I’ll do everything better justice soon. I’ve got a lot going on right now – and its all fun. I’m maybe a week away from starting to do stop motion videos of creepy puppets and scoring music to go along with the images.

Terrible photo – but it at least gives an idea

OK – I hope to be able to start filming maybe even starting next weekend. Fingers crossed . . .