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For those of you who don't do the Facebook thing (or who haven't friendified me there!), you may have missed the news that my friend will be having a Grand Opening for his music store this coming Saturday.

Of course, if you haven't been reading me there, you probably don't know that I am in a band, so it would be a complete surprise to discover that we're the house band for the venue. Anyway, to catch you up, I am the bass player for Chronic Dysfunktian, and we'll be playing a few classic rock tunes, and inviting people to come up and jam with us ~ or to do their on thing on the open mic. Mert's big bad drum kit will be on the stage for you drummer types to play, and our vocalist and guitarist Chris will be hosting the affair, as he owns the store!

When:
Saturday, October 1 ยท 11:00am - 6:00pm

Where:
Corner of Bridge St & N. 2nd St
229 N. 2nd St.
Columbia, PA

Details:
Live Music, Food, Open Mic.

BIG Drumset & Full PA System will be set up and ready for you to join in and play with your Band, Solo Acts ..... whatever.

Buy, Sell, Trade, Consignments........ Browse....... but most of all........ Enjoy yourself here.

We look forward to meeting you & Doing Business with YOU.


(In other news, I still need to get a photo of me with the bass... it's been, what, three? four years? since I switched over to playing it (more)... the guitar icon will have to do... =)

The Facebook event for this can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=262264303813580
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Today's tune is off of the first Vollenweider album I heard ~ still my favorite ~ 1984's White Winds.

The first time I heard this album was at my friend Ron's house. I met Ron through the music store where I worked. He came into some money, and he spent it at the store. Bought 3-4 guitars, a bass or two, 3-4 keyboards, sound equipment, and everything else you need for a home studio.

We played around and recorded a track where he messed around on the keys and I played a guitar. And then, as a joke, we put the first two tracks from this album (this tune was the second of those) on to the tape following our performance. And, at first, you couldn't tell where we ended and where Vollenweider began.

Well, around this tune, where some of the other instrumentation came in, [profile] patrixa began to S - U - S - P - E - C - T something... =)



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He's back from his journey to far-off Massachusetts!

Here he is in a piratey hat from last Saturday's party, with a Rrrrrrrrrr for [personal profile] elionwyr:

Mr. B and the Piratey Hat
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Here's Erica and Ted one last time, with One Tender Kiss (The Lost Seasons)
from their first album, Love Poems for Dying Children Act 1:

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Here's the title track from Eclipse, featuring Erika on vocals:

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About fifteen years ago, a co-worker brought an unlabeled CD. Said it was this new group from France. As I do with these videos, he did with imported CDs. So I gave it a listen and liked it.

Turned out it was his wife Erika and their friend Ted*, and it was released shortly after that under the band name Autumn Tears.

Of course, you don't hear Erika on this tune from Eclipse ~ even the backup vocals sound like it's all Ted. Well, there's a hint of a female voice towards the end, but it might be the other singer...

More people need to listen to this stuff! =)

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Unfortunately, unlike some folks in New Jersey and further up along the coast in Massachusetts, we did not get thirteen inches of the white stuff. We only got three inches, so I went out once with Rachel along for the ride, and we did the client sites, and came back to do our driveway.

~ ~ ~

I had been concerned ~ well, suspicious really ~ that it would snow while I was up at the conference and I'd miss it, but I made it back in plenty of time.

Saturday, after the conference, I headed over to Worcester to visit some family, and hear a bit more about the Asian longhorned beetle and all the trees that were cut down to try to keep the pest from spreading. As mentioned in yesterday's semi-conscious post, I had dinner with my mom and her two sisters and with my grandfather's sister as well. All four of them were flirting with the waiter to one degree or another, so I spent much of the time shaking my head or saying "oy" or something like that. Despite all that ~ or, in all truth, because of it ~ the waiter took two "buy one get one free" coupons when it clearly stated one per table. So he made up the extra in his tip.

After getting more stuff from my great aunt to bring back for the kids, we went back to my Aunt Susan's and talked, looked at some pictures I had on the computer, and watched Blazing Saddles.

The conference went great, I learned a lot of useful bits of information, had a lot more bits that confirmed I was on the right track, and found a whole bunch of vendors that I'd like to work with. I went from having a couple of tentative contacts with possibilities to discussing things (one of whom has never gotten back to me) to a number of companies that offer viable solutions to all of the needs I had and then some. I've gotten challenged ~ both from the vendors and the sessions ~ to bring the skills I have up a notch or fifty, and that will benefit my customers greatly.

The section of the books I am currently studying ~ Edible Forest Gardens (hands down, the best books I've seen on permaculture) ~ is going in-depth into the structures of the soil and the soil food web, and that was a recurring theme in the conference. Although I had some soil-testing gear on my wish-list for the company, I'm now convinced that I need to up that in priority. I, at least, need to pick up one or two things and then expect to use a lab for the tests themselves. At some point, it will be important enough for me to make sure I can do the tests myself.

Because the general purpose solution worked in my yard, I was attempting to bring that to others (at least until that solution proved to be ten times as expensive as other commercial offerings) and I realize that, to be able to charge people, I need to be able to offer better service than a one-size-fits-some-and-hopefully-you solution, and actually be able to fine tune it to the specific needs of the site and desires of the landowners.

I did talk to some other vendors about permeable pavers, rain collection systems, and a few other things I had looked into and hope to be able to offer at some time in the future. I also made contact with a lot of great people in some aspect of this industry ~ the vendors, growers, landscape architects, some folks who were just interested parties, as well as fellow design-build-maintain contractors like myself.

Also, if you ever get a chance to listen to the Forest Service's Kevin T. Smith talk about anything ~ even if he's just reading off the ingredients list on a cereal box ~ go and see him. He is a great speaker, combining a depth of knowledge with an entertaining delivery.

Also also, one of the speakers from NH used "wicked" at least three to seven times in her portion of the talk, and that made me smile and think of the homeland.

~ ~ ~

I had mentioned, the other day, how I had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] firesign10 and family, and I have to go into a bit more detail. First off, I think Mr. Bear tried to adopt me. He showed me his Fantastic Four action figures, set up a game for me on his Leapster, and offered me the best bits of whatever food was on his plate. He also thought I should go home with them, and when he found out I wasn't coming over, he asked if we could set up a playdate. He's about a year and a half older than Mr. B, and if we could ever get those two together, they'd have a blast.

Conversation covered everything from work to commuting to bass playing ~ which reminds me, I should have mentioned this: [livejournal.com profile] firesign10, you folks should come to the Musical Day cookout on the 25th of May! (okay, really I should just announce that to everyone, but, in particular, you guys should bring down the basses and guitars and so on! =) (I should also verify if it's going to be on the 25th or another day that weekend, or, even, the next!)

Great people, and it was great to meet them!

Home!

Mar. 1st, 2009 06:44 pm
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Great conference, great visit with [livejournal.com profile] patrixa (who is, according to other family members, one of the "Witches of Eastwick" - along with her two sisters - and I ate dinner with all three of them and their aunt as well on Saturday night! =), and, on the way up to the conference, great dinner with [livejournal.com profile] firesign10 and family!

And I wanted to take a nap when I got home because I am exhausted, but I failed to be able to nap.

More details and so forth after I catch up on some sleep. Hopefully. I don't know if I have enough energy to chase after it for very long! =)
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Go see [livejournal.com profile] badriyaz at the belly dance show Saturday at 5pm! =)
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Go to the Goth Vampire Street Party on Sunday night and check out [livejournal.com profile] possibledust's band Twelfth of Never perform! =)
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Since 1991, with a few years off for bad behavior, I've been writing poems for our holiday cards.

Since 2003, [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas and Rachel have been writing poems as well, and we've included them as an insert in our holiday card mailings under the title of Poetry for the Winter Season, with the subtitle of Warm Winter Words from the Warrens.

This year was no different, and Warm Winter Words from the Warrens Volume VI was finalized mid-November. Instead of having one or more poems from each of the three of us, this year's edition has one poem of nine stanzas, or nine little poem bits... it can be read as three rows of three stanzas, left to right and top to bottom or it can be read as three columns, top to bottom and left to right. It can probably be read other ways, but those are the patterns we came up with. =)

Unlike prior years, we were not able to package the poem and cards up and get them out to the hundred or so folks on our list, and I did not make a Get-A-Card post to add all you great folks on to the list (or update addresses of those on the list). I had debated emailing the card - as a PDF - out to everyone, and putting up a post to collect e-mail addresses of those who wanted a copy, but then I realized I had a way to get the poem(s) out to everyone quickly and easily: by posting the PDF on the company website!

So here it is, in lieu of a printed copy inside a handmade card (and in hopes that I'll get plenty of work next year so that we'll be able to send out cards!)

Poetry for the Winter Season: Warm Winter Words from the Warrens

Peace, love, and good happiness!
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Omar Awqatty.

They pulled off their clothes, jumped into the Charles River, swam out to the car, smashed its windows, banged on the roof and heard tapping in response, pulled on an arm of a man trapped and struggling 10 feet under water.

For a dozen or so minutes -- just how long, they are not sure -- three would-be rescuers fought the Charles River and the clock in Cambridge Wednesday night in a heroic attempt to rescue two persons whose car had crashed through a guardrail and sunk.

They overcame the cold and the current of the river. But they lost to the clock.

When a tow truck pulled the car out of the water a few minutes later, firefighters found Omar Awqatty, 18, a talented artist and ...


The site that has the newspaper article from June 2, 1989 archived requires registration before they show you the rest, but I know it well ~ I still have the article cut out from the paper.

Amongst other things, what it immediately went on to tell you was that he was also a musician ~ a bass player, to be specific.

What the article doesn't mention is that his girlfriend, who had been driving the car, received a very short sentence, due to her mental state, for his murder, because they didn't know it was anything other than an accident at that time.

When Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident, two bass players made the short list ~ the one who got the gig and Omar. Some part of me actively disliked Metallica for that, after all, if he got the gig, he'd be on the road, and his girlfriend ~ who misread all his new healthfood kick and upbeat attitude as involving another woman ~ wouldn't have been able to drive him into the Charles and drown him.

There are very few events in my life that had a greater impact on me than when I heard that news within hours of the event.

I turned twenty the day after that article came out, and later that night I found myself in the role of taxi to one of my brothers friends. The drive required me to go along the Charles, and at that time my understanding was the accident had occurred on the Boston side of the river. We sat at a light and both received a chill ~ the effects were visible. The light changed, and we found ourselves driving past the missing section of fence.

A couple days after my birthday, I managed to write Talent Lost.

Almost twenty years later, the guitar he was going to paint for me remains in an unfinished state. The Boston Globe ran his obituary on the front page of the Metro/Region section, with a photograph of a portrait of Einstein he had painted. Had he lived, you might be familiar with his art.

Omar, even if Metallica had refused him, was still destined for musical fame and fortune. We had been discussing the possibility of a band, and I know there was at least one other project he was working on as well. Had he lived, there would have been more, and everyone outside of the Boston music scene would also be aware of his talent.

So, yeah, that is the celebrity death that has given me the biggest emotional hit.

Talent Lost

Dec. 8th, 2008 10:09 pm
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Talent Lost
By Everett A Warren
June 5, 1989

Dedicated to the memory of Omar Awqatty and Jimmy Arigo


Light falls on the child who lies waiting:
He opens his eyes.
Upon creation potential bestowed:
The gift of the Kings.

The child first walks among those in the sky:
He dreams of stars.
He sees far beyond the realms of man:
His voice is silent.

The mind awakens logical thought:
His dreams are false.
Knowledge of what is right hides dreamy worlds:
They fade into the past.

The dreamer still holds belief in his dreams,
He sees something hidden beneath the clouds of doubt.
His consciousness awake, he sees his dreams and holds them
In his hands, he reaches for the stars,
He works to make his dreams come true.

Duane Allman... Jimmy Arigo... Omar Awqatty... John Belushi...
John Bonham... The Big Bopper... Cliff Burton... James Dean...
Sean Donovan... Marty Feldman... Garry Hallman... Jimi Hendrix...
Buddy Holly... Robert Johnson... Janis Joplin... Andy Kaufman...
Paul Kossof... Martin Luther King Junior... John Lennon... Marilyn Monroe...
Keith Moon... Jim Morrison... Rick Nelson... Jamie Noyes...
Jaco Pastorius... Gilda Radnar... Keith Relf... Randy Rhoads...
Bon Scott... Richie Valens... Ronnie Van Zandt... Stevie Ray Vaughan... Sid Vicious...
And to all the others who died before they had done all they could.


Tears are brought to the eyes of the masses,
The legacy of one whose potential was so great.
Such an early passing leaves shattered lives behind
In our minds, he reaches for the stars,
Through our dreams his dreams come true.


Copyright (c) 1989 Everett A Warren

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Continuing with promoting Philadelphia Funk Authority, we have a promo clip...

On the plus side, the cinematography is far better than the other clips... on the other hand ~ and it's not really a negative, just a sidewise, it's got interviews and snippets and bits and pieces... so it's not one continuous tune.

However, if you're on the right coast and you need a band for a function, this is the band to get!



Disclaimer: I used to work with a vocalist that used to be in the band, and although I've talked with a couple of the guys in the band, they don't really know me, but since we're only a step away, I consider them friends. =)
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Head on over to [livejournal.com profile] popfiend's Casual Dress Friday... today's topic is:

Turn something from some other medium into a musical, and give the 3 show stopping numbers. You can just titles, but a few sample lyrics would be cool.

I'm running with a musical based on (okay, swiped lock, stock, and Cyclopean barrel from...) The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft.

Go over there, see what others are offering up, and join in with your musical-of-choice! =)
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Saw this meme going around a short while back with a big, long text explaining exactly what to do.

Don't remember the exact wording, restrictions, limitations, and whether or not a warranty was included.

Short version: list three things you've done that no one else on your friends list has done.

Thus we have:

There was only one record store in New England that only sold classical music. It closed shortly after I moved away from the area. Rick (Electric Gramophone's owner Roderick S. Oakley Jr., who, I just discovered a few days ago, passed away back in 2001) really liked piano concertos, and had heard of Stenhammer's but hadn't heard it. He special ordered Stenhammar: Piano Concerto No. 2; Aulin: Violin Concerto No. 3 in for me, and begged me to listen to it. I bought the disc for the Aulin, but had to admit the piano sounded damn good on Rick's demonstration-quality uber-audiophile system. Some time after that, I got Rick - the owner of the only 100% classical music record store in New England, mind you- to listen to an entire album of heavy metal on that system. And he played it at 11.

Or maybe 12.

I'm pretty sure he ordered a copy of the Stenhammer/Aulin for himself after listening to my copy, and I suspect he also wound up ordering in at least one copy of Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force for himself. And who knows, maybe one for the store.

~ ~ ~

More music on the next one. We'll stick with metal bands this time. Starting with Metallica. See, one of their biggest influences was Blitzkrieg. And only one member remains from their initial lineup - Brian Ross. While I can't claim to be the one who got Brian Ross and the guys to make their first trip to perform on this side of the pond, along with fellow New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts - and, likewise, Metallica influences Diamond Head, I can claim that, while Diamond Head did their part in the signing and festivities my friend held for them at his store (he was, by the way, the one instrumental in getting these guys to play here) I was discussing song writing with the guy who wrote a tune Metallica put on Creeping Death. I also learned a bit about Brian's tastes in music, and so when the band Artch took the stage I knew they were the kind of thing Brian would like, so I talked him into going to see them perform. And he liked them. I also knew Brian was a big fan of Judas Priest, and so I stood with him while Artch performed a cover of Electric Eye. And Brian Ross, who inspired Lars and James and crew, sang along. And, even though I didn't bring him to this country, he was in that room because I talked him into going there.

And that's pretty damn cool in my book.

Not only that, but he sang along spot-on.

~ ~ ~

I could probably do more music related ones - from "stealing" a girlfriend from Extreme's bass player to hanging out in their practice space to playing pool with people they went to high school with to commiserating with said bass player over said equally ex-girlfriend to getting aforementioned Rising Force vocalist into a NAMM show (he was briefly me long enough to get into the venue) to walking in on the bass player and guitarist of a certain unnamed metal act while they did lines with a few groupies in their dressing room at The Channel just to tell the bass player that a girl he was clearly annoyed with was madly in love with him and wanted to talk to him. Again. I could even mention how I made my live debut on stage with the percussionist who John Williams consulted with to write the score for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I had just been introduced to him, told he was a world-wide expert in that sort of percussion, and then, moments later he was on stage playing with me. Yoikes.

~ ~ ~

But, I'm not going to go with music for this third one.

My dad was an research engineer at MIT. One of his friends there was Doc Edgerton. Doc essentially created the field of flash and stop-motion photography.

He did this for me - using an M1, live and in person so that I saw that famous photograph, caught by the strobe, bullet hanging mid-air. It briefly made me pretty cool, as I had brought my entire 7th grade science class along for a field trip that I arranged, scheduled, and acted as tour guide for.

To honor Doc Edgerton, I coined the term edgertonian to describe that hanging moment in time, and I have since used it in poetry in fiction. Go forth, use the word, let it spread.
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What the Musical Day Cookout is:
Music. Food. Friends. Family. Music.


You listed "music" twice, where you gettin' all that thar music-stuff from anywho?
You. Me. Them. Everybody.


Bring your acoustic instrument - that lectricity stuff is limited, and [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas hogs most of it - and come and play those jazz, funk, and progressive metal standards - like "Partially Written Tune in Some Key or Another" and "We Don't Have a Title for this Song" - along with the Lefty Valdez Band. Having fun is mandatory, musical abilities are optional, and percussionists would be nifty and if enough of them show up I can set up a fenced-in area for them to run around in while they're not playing.

Further details:
When? That'd be the 'today' of this entry: Saturday, May 31st. As much as I try to get things started early so clean up and shut down happens before dark, that never happens. What time will the event be? If you show up before 9am, maybe 10am, you'll probably sit out on the porch for a bit. Other than that, I'll fire up the grill around 1pmish or so. Music will start as soon as we drag all the gear down to the front porch, unless we decide to play up in [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas' room or unless someone starts playing something earlier than that.

We'll have all kinds of food, all the usual suspects (burgers, dogs, as well as sausages and/or chicken) and maybe some other stuff like ribs. Use the signup sheet (that'd be the comments for this 'ere post) to indicate whether you'll be coming, what instrument you'll be bringing, and what kind of salad-snack-drink-dessert-so-on you'll be contributing to the feasting. In that way, you'll be able to see what others have and can coordinate so everyone brings something chocolate or something. =)

If you need directions - or want to verify that I'm in the part of PA that isn't a day away from you - feel free to e-mail me (ellyssian at Google's e-mail service).
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What the Musical Day Cookout is:
Music. Food. Friends. Family. Music.


You listed "music" twice, where you gettin' all that thar music-stuff from anywho?
You. Me. Them. Everybody.


Bring your acoustic instrument - that lectricity stuff is limited, and [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas hogs most of it - and come and play those jazz, funk, and progressive metal standards - like "Partially Written Tune in Some Key or Another" and "We Don't Have a Title for this Song" - along with the Lefty Valdez Band. Having fun is mandatory, musical abilities are optional, and percussionists would be nifty and if enough of them show up I can set up a fenced-in area for them to run around in while they're not playing.

Further details:
When? Saturday, May 31st. As much as I try to get things started early so clean up and shut down happens before dark, that never happens. What time will the event be? If you show up before 9am, maybe 10am, you'll probably sit out on the porch for a bit. Other than that, I'll fire up the grill around 1pmish or so. Music will start as soon as we drag all the gear down to the front porch, unless we decide to play up in [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas' room or unless someone starts playing something earlier than that.

We'll have all kinds of food, all the usual suspects (burgers, dogs, as well as sausages and/or chicken) and maybe some other stuff like ribs. Use the signup sheet (that'd be the comments for this 'ere post) to indicate whether you'll be coming, what instrument you'll be bringing, and what kind of salad-snack-drink-dessert-so-on you'll be contributing to the feasting. In that way, you'll be able to see what others have and can coordinate so everyone brings something chocolate or something. =)

If you need directions - or want to verify that I'm in the part of PA that isn't a day away from you - feel free to e-mail me (ellyssian at Google's e-mail service).


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