There are tragedies which are befalling families, friends, communities and countries worldwide.
Some are borne from injustice, some from unforeseen occurrence. It is the proximity, however, to a person which causes some truly intense pain.
Diane Bernstel wasn't someone I was friends with. I don't pretend to have known her. I could probably count on my fretting hand how many times I've spoken to her. I do remember, as I would walk into Ehrhardt's, seeing her big smile as I would be in the middle of a set break or perhaps just walking in.
She was the event planner at Ehrhardt's and touched many lives in our local community and abroad. When we play there and a wedding party would come up, they were always in a great mood due to Diane's diligent and thoughtful planning.
Why am I finding myself affected by this? ...
Many might view recording as unrelated to the musical experience, and some might even say that recording detracts from the musical experience - that all music should be produced acoustically and live. I would agree that live performance is a necessary aspect of musicianship and it is good to be able to rely on things that need no external power besides your own kinetic force and passion. However, many do not realize the benefits of recording.
"That's what I sound like?"
When a person hears their own voice on a tape recorder for the first time, the sound of their voice might frighten or disgust them. At the very least, it confuses them - what they hear inside their head is completely different than the sound proceeding from their mouth.
Although the timbre of the human voice does indeed differ from what we hear to what ...
In case you didn't know, Microsoft is offering an excellent upgrade price to Windows 8 pro from Windows 7. It's 40 dollars, you can pay via PayPal and get a 2GB downloadable file which you can burn to a bootable USB drive, or a DVD, and then install from there. Ultra convenient.
One amazing thing about the upgrade is the ability for Windows 8 to retain your PROGRAMS from your Windows 7 installation. This is basically unheard of for a Windows major upgrade. That was the deal maker for me. Before that, I saw a better file transfer dialog (with multiple threads and pause buttons!), a revamped and bigger "start" experience (where it basically takes over the entire screen and with more info), a snappier interface, and some other interesting bells and whistles. It certainly seemed painless and worth it.
I downloaded the update, on my ...
Why do you play your music? Do you do it just for fun, for the enjoyment of others?
Personally, I do it for a couple of reasons. I love to write my own music for myself, and if anyone else likes it, that is an added bonus. There is something calming about hearing myself scream and express personal statements and feelings.
When I play covers or "party" music, I love watching people dance, and appreciate real, live music happening right in front of them. I love being able to take old songs in new directions, and extend solos into jams (still cringe when I write that word... haha). I am not a "bar" type of person, as many know. I am also not really into dancing. However, when I am playing, I am being social in a bar, whilst "kinda" dancing with my guitar. As lame ...
...after an extremely difficult week at school, I have a new perspective, and a new plan. And a new video recording setup!