Working on something

I’m still playing with Harmony Assistant, it’s kicking my ass.  I didn’t get my sounds in the mail today.  I need a good celeste; can somebody send me one by e-mail?  I’m only half kidding.

Mystery Song 023

…has now been posted. Last week’s mystery song was "The Rib" by Jeannie C. Riley.  Ripped it from the vinyl, sorry for the pops ‘n’ hiss.

Plink Plunk

I got the Harmony Assistant CD in the mail today from Myriad.  Not the one with the sounds, that’s coming separately… this is just the program itself on CD, plus a bunch of extra stuff, music demos and trial versions of all their other programs, etc.  Also a folder full of tutorial videos, kick ass!!  That’s exactly what I wanted, short of having one of the authors coach me in person.  :-)

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Glued to the computer

My head’s been totally buried in learning all this music software, and figuring out how to use it with this keyboard I just got.  I bit off way more than I can chew, for sure, but that’s a good thing.  My brain is exploding… I have so much to learn before I get to a point where it’ll be easy and natural for me to work on a song this way. I’m new to everything!  I don’t know jack about MIDI, for one thing.  And it’s been 17 years since music school so I’m pretty rusty on notation and theory in general. I have all these primitive chord-charts and lyric-snippets laying around and I can’t quite figure out how to translate them all into this sheet music / MIDI format.  But I’m getting there little by little and learning how to control it a little more every day.

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Dum dum, I sat on my thumb

I hurt my right thumb.  Jammed it good, I just kinda sat on it when we were getting into the cab on the way home from the airport.  Smooth move!!  Now I’m having a hard time lighting my lighter and grabbing things with my right hand.  It’s not super painful but it sure makes me appreciate the usefulness and utter necessity of those stubby little things we’ve got.

Back from Cincinnati

We’re back home now.  Everything’s fine and Elsa didn’t shit or piss on anything while we were gone, whoo-hoo!  It was a nice relaxing trip.  John’s brother-in-law Pete (son of Jno) took us to Guitar Center yesterday and I got me a little keyboard, an Oxygen 8. It’s bigger than what I wanted… almost as big as my old blue SH-101, but it’s a MIDI controller only, no sounds of its own.  I had a few hours last night and this morning to try to get it working with the notation software I just bought.  It took me way too long to figure it out!!

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Space shuttle, oh no

I just found out about the shuttle being lost.  God!!  I’m glad I didn’t see it live on TV the way I did with the Challenger explosion.  That’s been fucking with me ever since.

More music geekery

The other night I registered the Virtual Singer plugin for Harmony Assistant, so now I can compose Pete Drake-y vocal parts without even recording ’em.  I also ordered the high-quality sounds CD; the default sounds are kinda crummy even for demo purposes.  My obsession now is to find a tiny MIDI keyboard that’ll hook up to my computer, so I can control the software that way instead of trying to do it with the mouse-pointer and "virtual keyboard".  I want something pocket-sized, like the old Casiotone toys ("Pocket Calculator"?), but it needs MIDI, which of course those things never had.  I’m trying to find something like that on the web, but they’re all so huge.  Definitely not pocket-sized.

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Harmony Assistant

I just bought this music-composition software called Harmony Assistant.  I’m waiting very impatiently for the reg-code to arrive in my e-mail.  I downloaded it this morning and started playing with it, and got sucked into it right away.  I spent practically all day with it, and got frustrated when I realized the demo version won’t let you save more than two parts.  Can’t wait to get the reg-code so I can unlock all the features and really learn how to use it!  I’m hoping it will inspire me to finish some new songs… god knows I’d better if I want to keep on claiming to be a musician.  I know at least it’ll help me get my 5000 song-fragments more organized, and that can’t hurt.

Mystery Song 022

I think the very best mystery songs are the ones I rip from my own vinyl collection.  I was lazy last week and posted a song I’d gotten off the internet somewhere, probably back in the Napster days.  It was "Huggin’ and Chalkin’" by Hoagy Carmichael.  An exhibition of terribly poor taste, and this week’s song isn’t much better.  But I shan’t be talking about that until next week.  :-)

Just another manic Monday

Shit, I can’t get that song out of my head!!  Must think about my antidote song instead.  "You can dance if you wanna…"

John was wondering aloud why my site’s been "off the air" (his words) for the weekend.  I dunno!  I blog when I blog.  There wasn’t much to talk about anyhow… it’s been cold as hell so I don’t wanna go anywhere.  John’s two ex-bosses are coming over tonight for a little TV party; he’s making lasagna.  We’ve been doing a lot of cleaning around here, you’d think our parents were coming over or something.  I don’t think we have anything to worry about but it’s always good to have an excuse to straighten the place up.

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Where’s Opal?

I used to follow All My Children for a few years in the late 80s / early 90s, and oh dear, now I’m hooked again.  ‘Cuz when we got TiVo, I decided to try watching it for a few days to see if I could possibly understand what was going on.  I set up a season-pass thingy and figured I would delete it soon after.  But I didn’t delete it, I’ve watched every show for a few weeks now and it’s making enough sense that I keep watching.  I am really confused about all these characters though.  There are some characters I remember and lots that I don’t.  Remember back in the nineties when Erica found out that her father was a circus clown?  Heheh.

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Mystery Song 021

I posted a new Mystery Song. Last week’s song was "A Thing Call The Jones" (sic), a funky jam by Chico & Buddy, and I certainly hope you enjoyed it.  I don’t even have the vinyl; I had to rip it off an old mix cassette.

Brilliant idea of the day

Holovision!  Just like TV, but in 3-D.  Oh, somebody’s probably thought of that already… they’ll probably put one on the market a month from now.

Info madness

The new version of URL Manager Pro is sweet. The author fixed a bug that was annoying me a lot, a bug that would cause the titles of dragged-in URLs to be lost.  He also got it working with Chimera awhile back, and now it works in Safari too, inasmuch as that’s possible.  Safari doesn’t yet support the Shared Menus protocol, so it’s a hack, but hopefully that’ll change soon.  There’s so much about Safari not to like.  Topping my personal bitch-list are: (1) no tabbed browsing; (2) no bookmarks subscription; (3) no password manager.

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