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Recently while we were driving around in the car, I decided I wanted to listen to some Jim Croce, so I pulled out my phone and told it to find my Jim Croce collection.

It wasn't there.

Ok, how did I miss ripping my two CD Jim Croce set into the computer? I don't know, but Gretchen found it and things finally settled down enough that I was able to rip it and transfer it to the phone. This meant that while I was distracting Katie with computer games this evening, Jim Croce could be playing in the background on the computer speakers.

And that was a happy thing.

In other news, Gretchen and I unpacked seven boxes into the bookcases in the living room tonight. And a box of DVDs into the family room. And I think a couple of other scattered boxes...
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Two thoughts after the Billy Joel concert on Thursday night:

  • I really need to get my guitar out and write something.
  • I really want a horn section. :)
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    It took a bit of doing, but I am back in the office upstairs with everything wired in -- except for the home phone, which I forgot in the basement and can be easily retrieved later. All of the rooms upstairs have been more or less put back together. I still need to move and wire the bedroom computers, but that is going to wait until tomorrow, as I have tickets for the Billy Joel concert tonight down at Wrigley Field.

    (Yes, I cleverly managed to buy one ticket for tonight's concert on our anniversary. Gretchen has approved of this, as she would rather be at home than have me drag her to the concert. :) Also, we went out for a nice lunch today...)

    The floors are looking much better. Sanding is now underway in the dining room, library, and connecting hallway. When that's done, all that's left is the family room through kitchen section in the back of the house and our long national nightmare will be over. :)
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    For those of you who are in bad relationships, or have been in bad relationships in the past, and are in good relationships now or hope to be at some point in the future, here is a lovely Christmas song by Home Free, the a capella group that won season four of The Sing-Off.

    I hope you enjoy it.

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    And now I've managed to successfully configure the mixer so that I can monitor a mixdown in Cubase using the mixer as a control surface and I've rendered a song from the Cubase mixer into a WAV file that can be further processed. Mind you, I didn't do anything fancy like introduce effects, because the effects rack in Cubase Essentials is a bit limited compared to what I'm used to, but there's a complete song that was recorded from the mixer to Cubase, mixed in Cubase, and saved.

    I still need to reopen lanes to play with them, but other than that, I'm ready to go, I think.
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    We went out to Lisle for their Eyes to the Skies festival today. The weather was excellent, which was a bonus.

    This year, they had an excellent selection of bouncy castles, but they were charging for them. I decided to pay way too much for unlimited wristbands for the girls, which was still cheaper than I suspect it would have been had I paid by the trip. They also had a rock wall and a bungie jump (sort of a modified baby bouncer for older kids) which would have cost still more ($5 for the rock wall; $10 for the bungie bouncer) which I declined to provide for Katie and Julie. :)

    Concerts were good, including American English, an excellent Beatles cover band that we've seen fairly frequently around here. The fireworks display was halfway through their set and [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I decided that it would be best to wait until the concert was over and the fireworks crowd cleared to go home. Sadly, the people who stood in front of us on the sidewalk during the fireworks stayed there for the entire second half of the concert. Last year, the police and security were moving people off the sidewalk and the lawn between the sidewalk and the pond, but not this year. Ah, well.

    We had two little girls sleeping on our laps by the time the concert ended, but there was no line for the shuttle bus to parking, so we made it home in good time.

    And a good time was had by all. :)
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    Via Instapundit, it appears that women think that men are more attractive when they are carrying a guitar. There's no word about other instruments.

    Although I sort of suspect that a banjo may not have the same effect...
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    Oh, I know several of my friends who are going to enjoy this article. (By way of Instapundit.)
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    Via Instapundit, here's a mashup of a couple of familiar tunes by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

    Tweet!

    Feb. 17th, 2012 01:06 am
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    It is perhaps a sign of being a music geek that having recognized that the pattern on Sheldon's whiteboard labeled "Bird" was, in fact, a series of musical notes that I then had to wind the DVR back and pause it on the screen so I could play the tune.

    After a moment, I decided that it would be easier to raise it by a half-step, at which point it became much easier to play on the guitar, moving into the very reasonable people's key of G -- as opposed to the annoying key of Gb. Which I suppose wouldn't go very well with wind chimes that were clearly in the key of C. And it's remarkably musical, although I have no idea what the tune was. It sounded vaguely classical, but that doesn't prove much...

    But if that's what the mockingbird was singing, he had good taste. :)

    Bang!

    Mar. 3rd, 2011 03:43 pm
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    By way of [livejournal.com profile] alymid, here's the hand-drawn version of the intro to The Big Bang Theory as sung by the Barenaked Ladies. I hadn't realized that they sang the theme...

    Bang!

    Mar. 3rd, 2011 03:43 pm
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    By way of [livejournal.com profile] alymid, here's the hand-drawn version of the intro to The Big Bang Theory as sung by the Barenaked Ladies. I hadn't realized that they sang the theme...
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    Wandering through Sam's Club some weeks ago, I found a Halloween themed CD of Kids Bop, a series of albums that Katie and Julie are fond of where kids sing a variety of popular songs. Since [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise is fond of Halloween music, I snagged it for her, figuring she could use it as defense against demands for more annoying music from the girls while driving.

    It turns out that "My Friend, the Witch Doctor" has lasting generational appeal, as it's the girls' favorite song on the album. Then there was the mild bowdlerization that occurred to the cut of "Werewolves of London".

    I leave to your imagination what happened to "Time Warp". :)
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    Wandering through Sam's Club some weeks ago, I found a Halloween themed CD of Kids Bop, a series of albums that Katie and Julie are fond of where kids sing a variety of popular songs. Since [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise is fond of Halloween music, I snagged it for her, figuring she could use it as defense against demands for more annoying music from the girls while driving.

    It turns out that "My Friend, the Witch Doctor" has lasting generational appeal, as it's the girls' favorite song on the album. Then there was the mild bowdlerization that occurred to the cut of "Werewolves of London".

    I leave to your imagination what happened to "Time Warp". :)
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    Before I could leave for lunch today, Katie insisted that I turn on Rock Band and sing "Eight Days A Week" for her. I may have created a monster.

    In a good way. :)
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    Before I could leave for lunch today, Katie insisted that I turn on Rock Band and sing "Eight Days A Week" for her. I may have created a monster.

    In a good way. :)

    Rock Band

    Oct. 13th, 2009 11:19 pm
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    Rock Band: Beatles for the Wii arrived just before we left for ConClave. I carefully did not open it on Monday, because the cleaning lady was coming on Tuesday and increasing the amount of mess around seemed counter-productive.

    Tonight, I set it up and we gave it a try. Katie is interested in the drums and guitar, but we have to get her to actually pay attention to the game long enough to do something.

    Of course, she's not three yet. :)

    Rock Band

    Oct. 13th, 2009 11:19 pm
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    Rock Band: Beatles for the Wii arrived just before we left for ConClave. I carefully did not open it on Monday, because the cleaning lady was coming on Tuesday and increasing the amount of mess around seemed counter-productive.

    Tonight, I set it up and we gave it a try. Katie is interested in the drums and guitar, but we have to get her to actually pay attention to the game long enough to do something.

    Of course, she's not three yet. :)

    Da Concert

    Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:25 pm
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    Last night was the second of the two scheduled Elton John / Billy Joel concerts at Wrigley Field. It was fairly clear that I saw a different concert than the Tribune reviewer did. Or maybe I just like Billy Joel better than he does. I certainly appreciated Joel introducing the various members of the band.

    And when it comes down to it, I simply like Joel's music better than John's. Not that there's anything wrong with either of them, it's simply a matter of personal taste. And when Billy Joel sings a song like "Allentown", I'm reminded that my grandfather was a coal miner all his life until he lost an eye to a continuous mining machine that threw a piece of rock and that my father, despite spending twenty years in the Air Force, was a coal miner both before and after that, although a member of management the second time around.

    In any case, I'm glad I was able to hear them both.

    Da Concert

    Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:25 pm
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    Last night was the second of the two scheduled Elton John / Billy Joel concerts at Wrigley Field. It was fairly clear that I saw a different concert than the Tribune reviewer did. Or maybe I just like Billy Joel better than he does. I certainly appreciated Joel introducing the various members of the band.

    And when it comes down to it, I simply like Joel's music better than John's. Not that there's anything wrong with either of them, it's simply a matter of personal taste. And when Billy Joel sings a song like "Allentown", I'm reminded that my grandfather was a coal miner all his life until he lost an eye to a continuous mining machine that threw a piece of rock and that my father, despite spending twenty years in the Air Force, was a coal miner both before and after that, although a member of management the second time around.

    In any case, I'm glad I was able to hear them both.

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