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Sofeya and the Puffins CD Release Show

Please come join us in the joy of celebration as we birth of our songs to the world.

Sofeya and the Puffins are an original blend of folk, rock, bluegrass, world beat, mystical rock and rhyme!

The New Deal Cafe, in the lovely community of Greenbelt, MD is not only known for having fabulous live music almost nightly, but also for their delicious Lebanese food.

For more information:
Facebook event page

Come and see us at Sofeya's Summer House Concert Series, opening for some awesome people...

We'll be playing in Linglestown PA, starting at 7pm on the following dates:

Friday July 18th, opening for Ginger Doss & Lynda Millard

Saturday August 9th, opening for Sharon Knight & Winter JP Sichelschmidt

Friday August 29th, opening for Wendy Rule
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I've posted this a couple of times on Facebook, but there's been a lot going along that just shows me I apparently don't speak mutant monkey... =P
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Did you know...

... that there's a feed on DreamWidth for GreenManEnvy?

... that there's also one on LiveJournal?

The one on DW looks purtier in the whole (at the above links), but they look pretty much the same when you view them on your reading page/friends page.

Also, the one thing LJ seems to do better than DW is handle the share. I've been trickling down posts from DW -> LJ -> FB, but DW's share feature just opens up a dialog to email the post to someone, while LJ's allows me to share to my blog, making it look pretty much like I want it to, with very little effort. Unfortunately, DW's feed got updated right away, while LJ's takes a while. Might just have been the timing of the post, and they both might only update every 12 or 24 hours or something. To avoid duplication of posts on FB (i.e. I post it, then DW -> LJ -> FB cascades down), I'm going to just do the share on LJ -> FB of the poems.

Also also, if you have mythic/natural type content you'd like to promote or share, let me know; I want GreenManEnvy to host the works of others, to the point that I'd love to have a post of my content be a rare event. I'm not opposed to hosting interviews or reviews of music, books, or art that hits on the focus of GreenManEnvy, and excerpts or entire (short) works (such as poems) would also be very welcome.
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I will be playing fretless bass on some traditional celtic tunes with the trio Wyndfall ~ Chris Laughery (guitar), Tom Reese (flute & pennywhistle), and Laurie Haines Reese (cello) ~ on the patio at Pub Dunegal (Mount Joy PA) today from 5-8pm.

Bring your instrument and play along, or bring your ears and listen!

The pub has great food and craft beer for your eating and drinking pleasure!
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I wound up getting some time on bass, guitar, and vocals last night.

Worked on a few things on the fretless. Right hand technique is too mongrelized to get smooth speed ~ independently, I can get decent speed from any one of the three, but they really need to play nice together (literally). I should probably do some scales and exercises. Never really did those on the bass. Listening to Steve Bailey the other day (not to mention nearly every other bass player of note) really inspired me.

Played a few different things, some Lefty Valdez stuff, mostly just noodling though, finding a groove here and there. I goofed around with Whitesnake's Still of the Night ~ root on the guitar part, anyway. Never even looked into what Rudy played on that (if it was even Rudy on the album... he might have come in later, like Viv and Adrian did for Sykes).

Switched to guitar after a while, and messed around with some heavier rhythms. Mostly improv, or my old tunes, with a bit of this and that here and there. Noodled about with everything from heavy blues to smooth jazz. Ryan asked if I could play Crazy Train, and I couldn't remember the riff at all ~ been a while since I played it! Brought up some tab for it and played a bit of it, and it sounded off. Found some other tab that was arranged the way I used to play it, and lo, it was much easier and betterer.

Went to karaoke for the first time in a long time. Put in Crazy Train for my first song ~ never sang that one before, and it went over well. Tracey had me sing C is for Cookie as well. Also sang Dude (Looks Like a Lady) and Love Lies Bleeding. Being able to invoke a genuine Wicked Pissa accent helps with the former, and there was a bit of an Elton John theme going on, so I had to go with the latter. Didn't quite nail the James LaBrie/Dream Theater covering Elton John thing that I was aiming for, as my lazy, out-of-practice vocalizer was having some disagreements with me, but that's the fun of it, right?
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When I write ~ especially prose, but sometimes even poetry ~ I like to listen to music.

Now, for poetry, which I often hear with a melody line, this can be tough. Generally, I'll go for something instrumental, or maybe with wordless vocals, or something in another language. I don't want the words I am listening to and the words I hear to cross their lines and end up on the same page. Unless, of course, that's exactly the effect I'm after...

Prose, though, is easier. And I've found I really like to choose music that supports the theme or environment I am writing about.

For instance, for the noir fantasy piece, the track list included some things from the 20's and 30's, some swing and jazz, as well as some modern swing bands. Even though the story wasn't steampunk, a lot of the retro sounds in steampunk lent themselves well to the list. I avoided the overtly steamy, mechanical stuff ~ airship pirates and clockwork mechanisms didn't quite fit in, but the jazz trumpet and noir movie snippets in other pieces worked beautifully. Because we're talking fantasy, and, in my case, this involved some Celtic mythology, I also tossed in some Celtic stuff, from bagpipes to harp, as well as some Black Sabbath tunes done in Latin.

The steampunk story went pretty much along genre lines, and the playlist is almost entirely bands that label themselves steampunk; the Aussie steampunk story mixes that, some stuff by Brother (a great band from Australia that plays Celtic rock), and, because the story has more of an adventure movie vibe, some stuff from, well, adventure movie soundtracks.

I was at a bit of a loss with what to do for a world that has a pivotal moment back in ancient Greece, essentially a steampunk world, where the story itself takes place in the Renaissance. The steam and gears aspect of steampunk music worked great, but, opposite of the noir fantasy, the 20s-30s noir stuff didn't. The music wasn't quite retro enough. Took me longer than it should to realize that the renaissance component could be met easily enough, so I started tossing some lutes at the list. Sure it's a bit more Baroque, but it works. Throw in some Dead Can Dance, Kitaro, and Andreas Vollenweider and we're good.
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Last night was an eighties set, because I planned it hoping Doug would be there to partake in (mostly) eighties pop type stuff.

First up, the closest thing to rock (from the planned stuff!), Powerstation's "Some Like It Hot". I think I did okay, but I had the unexpected pleasure (ahem) of having Robert Palmer join me for a duet. Not quite what I expected, and it threw me a little when I realized no, that's not just a backing vocal. So it was more of a sing-along than karaoke, but I still had fun.

Next up, was "Need You Tonight" by INXS. Had fun with that, but not really sure how well I pulled it off.

Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf" wrapped up the pop portion of the set. I did pretty good on it, except for eating just prior to singing and having a very short solo (5 bars!) in which to try to grab a sip. Missed the first line and a half coming back into it, but I think the vocals were much better for that quick drink.

I had one more pop tune lined up, but I didn't get a chance to even listen to it all the way through, let alone try it out once, so I skipped that, and had Tracey put in Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator" (think that was the first time I sang it ~ nailed it!) and then Deep Purple's "Hush" to wrap things up.
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All new tunes last night... some worked, some didn't.

Started things off with "Strutter", by Kiss, and I think I pretty much nailed it. Fun to do, and I might sing that one again.

Thought about it on and off, but I finally decided to do "I'm Still Standing", by Elton John, last night. Stacy says I did good, but I thought I was a bit slow on the uptake for the first verse and I perpetually failed to hit the timing on the second part of the chorus... always at least a wee bit off.

Did much better with Pink Floyd's "Time", although that has two very large instrumental sections that might keep that from being a karaoke tune again... although Tracie always likes those so she can have more time to head out for a smoke break!

Wrapped up the night with The Door's "People Are Strange", and nailed that one too.

Already thinking on what I can do for the next time...
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Not many people out last night, so we got in a bunch of songs. With all the coughing and hacking, it's been a few weeks since I sang anything new, so I decided I was going back to that format.

Started things off with Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good", then "New York Groove" from Ace Frehley's solo album. Next up was "Tom Sawyer" by Rush and the new stuff ended with "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas. Really tried to get the tone of the different vocalists, to match more of the feel of the song. I think I achieved that.

The only other song I put in for the night was "Cold Gin" by Kiss, really another Frehley tune, because everyone seemed to like it (and, hey, I've only been singing it since 1975 or 1976, so I should have it down by now... =) I had Tracey pick out whatever she wanted for the other tunes, so I wound up doing Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" and Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science".

Fun night!
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I noticed that some of the Mac and Windows transcription software seems a bit sensitive... case sensitive, that is.

The file extensions for audio files, such as .wav or .mp3, were choking up in some software and opening in others. After more than a decade of being desensitized to extension case thanks to various Windows products, and despite much more than a decade using the Mac and UNIX and Linux and other software where .wav and .WAV are not equivalent (at least at the operating system level), it took me a while to catch why this was happening.

I am so used to modern software (i.e. the applications, not the operating system) understanding that an extension is an extension, and the file type doesn't change just because .wav is not .WAV or, more importantly, vice versa. It seems that some programmers of audio transcription software aren't making much efforts on file type recognition. They are failing on the surface level: they will accept .wav or .mp3 (or many other file formats), but they are not able to comprehend .WAV or .MP3, when other software can easily understand them and not allow an extension (a legacy of ancient DOS history) to cripple them and prevent them from working properly.

So while the programmers are fixing that, they should also see about their installation procedures and register the software for the file types it can handle ~ on the Mac, this makes the difference between opening a file directly at the file, or having to go and open the app and then load or open the file...

Simple things, and they can be worked around, but, really, it all comes down to lazy coding...
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I did not expect to sing last night, but I did. I picked out a couple of nice, easy tunes to sing, on account of this cough really wiping me out... so I did Deep Purple's Hush and Thomas Dolby's She Blinded Me With Science. I let Tracey pick out the rest... and I said to stick with easy things to sing.

She picked out Sabbath's Heaven and Hell ~ so apparently seven minutes of Dio's voice is easy ~ Blackfoot's Highway Song (which I sang once before, but I'm still only a little familiar with it), and Domino by Kiss. I also sang the verses on Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil, while Laura sang the choruses. Stacy and I helped out Laura with the wordless vocalizing on Rolling Stones' Miss You, and I sang Metallica's One with Jesse/ie (some guy who thought I would be able to assist him with it).
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Another fun night at karaoke, with the added specialdyness of celebrating Stacy's birthday.

I had a list of four tunes set out well in advance, and then, earlier yesterday, I added about a dozen more potential songs to the list, so I definitely didn't have the "duh, what do I sing?" issue I did a couple weeks ago.

I started out with Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" ~ I was going more for the Heir Apparent vocal treatment, which was marred somewhat by having Garfunkel's part on the karaoke track. It wasn't there on the version I had listened to earlier in the evening, and it threw me a little, then I sang over it anywho.

Up next was Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" ~ of course, I sang it for Stacy, but I was also glad Jared was there. He's a Stevie fan, and wasn't there when I did "Livin' for the City" a while back.

The last new song of the night was "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones. Used to cover that in the last band, and it's definitely more fun to sing the lead vocals than those backups! It did feel kind of strange to be going through the tune and not playing the bass part, though!

I had one other new tune in, but I was looking for the Joe Cocker performance of it. It's been covered by countless bands, with lots of variations in arrangement and lyrics, so I didn't want to try one of the other versions that Tracey did have. I'll check out the one ~ I think she had about 27 copies of one of the other covers ~ and go with it. I might wing it and try one of the two versions she had that don't list an artist... who knows, one of them might have been Joe, one might have been Nina... or the original version...

Instead of cramming some more new tunes in, I went with whatever Tracey put in, and sang with others on a few tunes. Jared, Tracey, and I sang "Happy Birthday" for Stacy (others sang along too, but we had the mics!) Steve and I sang "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie. I gave Steve an assist on the chorus for Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills", which got us kudos from a guy at the bar. Stacy and I sang "Patience" by Guns 'n' Roses. I did another round of "C is for Callipygian" (with the first half being about cookies, the second half about things callipygian) and Deep Purple's "Hush".
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I plan on offering guitar and bass lessons via online video chat.

I still need to iron out the technical details on my side: the biggest issue is where I will sit to do this, as the easiest (the desk) is out because it would disturb Stacy's transcription work; the next is to verify that any particular service or app (Skype and Google Chat, first; I'm anti-AIM, and Yahoo! had too many video glitches last I used it) can work with the sound inputs and processing from the software I have. I also have to borrow Rachel's bass ~ I can certainly offer lessons on the fretless, but it's a lot harder to see the fingering positions when there's no visible markings!

My previous plan for lessons has been to offer one hour lessons every other week. This allows for a good amount of time to work on material one-on-one and a good amount of time to absorb and practice that material between lessons. I will still recommend this for most students, but without travel considerations, I'm open to more frequent scheduling and, possibly, different time frames.

Payment would be via PayPal (single lesson or multiple lessons) or check (multiple lessons), in advance of the scheduled lesson time.

I'm not quite ready to schedule anything yet ~ I want to work out the aforementioned issues ~ but what's the level of interest in this?
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So last night I was at a loss for what to sing at karaoke, and I put out a call for requests on Facebook.

Lately, what I've been doing is singing things once, than done. No repeat performances. I had noticed I tend to way-undersing something the first time and it takes me a while to sound decent at it, and so, by way of testing me (and torturing the listeners, who are hopefully fairly drunk anyway), I decided to do all new songs all the time. The theory is that, knowing I only have one shot at it, I'll hopefully convince myself to do it right the first time. And it kind of works, most times.

So the new tunes that I put in were Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming", Golden Earring's "Radar Love", and Aerosmith's "Seasons of Wither".

Tracey dropped "Another Thing" down one, and that kind of threw me. I thought it was lower, but I think I struggled more on trying to figure out what was going on, and it didn't come out nearly as good as it should have.

"Radar Love" came out great. If I do repeats, that's one I'd definitely do again.

Unfortunately, Tracey didn't have "Seasons", so she said she put me in for "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", which I've done before.

Stacy put two requests in that I did before I got to "Dude": "C is for Cookie" and Deep Purple's "Hush". I managed to work "callipygian" into the last chorus, because we all know that is really what C is for. "Hush" went over very well... there was a great crowd last night, and people really got into it. Had someone come over and shake my hand afterwards.

The round after that, I sang "Dude" and that also went over very well... although it was only my second time singing it, I feel it was much stronger than the first, and the first time went very, very well.

I mentioned that there was a great crowd ~ we had a bunch of Cramers come out, Mert and his wife were there as well, and Andy was there early enough to get a couple tunes in (always look forward to him singing Kiss' "God of Thunder"). We thought it was going to be an early night, but we wound up closing the place out and having a ton of fun.
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I shared Little Feat's "Cold, Cold, Cold" over at Facebook, on account of, well, being cold... of course, to warm up a bit, there's no better thing than "Rock & Roll Doctor"...

From Feat's 1974 album "Feats Don't Fail Me Now", probably my favorite album of all time... I picked it up at a garage sale some time in the seventies. On some subconscious, or maybe unconscious, level, the phrasing slide guitarist Lowell George, previously of Zappa's Mothers of Invention, uses has deeply and directly infused my own playing, even when I'm doing ridiculously fast stuff.

I've been wanting to do this tune at karaoke for a while, but the only Feats tunes I've done have been "Oh Atlanta" (off the same album) and "Willin'" (off two different earlier albums, the first with Ry Cooder playing the slide to cover for Lowell's broken hand, the second take with Lowell playing). Hopefully, some day I'll get a chance to do the tune... karaoke, or live ~ singing, playing guitar, or bass...



As a bonus, and because it's awesome, here's Bonnie Raitt, live on radio, with Lowell George sitting in... not much to watch, but something amazing to listen to...

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I was just about to post this to facebook, but let's try it this way... it should get to fb eventually!

Check out Juliana's new video...

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I may not have announced it here, but here is what it's all about:

There's going to be a lot more going on around these here parts.

I'm going to tie my LJ account in to my personal website, everettawarren.com, and use it to help promote my:

1) business support contracting services (web, programming, writing, editing, photography)
2) writing (poetry, short fiction, books, whatever else comes along)
3) music (several things in the works)

... and so on.

The posts with the "evsite" tag will be pulled for the frame on the site; I'll probably do something similar with the poetry and writing tags.

I expect that I'll be adding more posts intended for the site ~ which means writing about what I'm doing creatively (which I've always done here) and maybe a bit about technology (it's been a while since I discussed programming!) and business topics ~ but I'm also likely to start adding other content once I start showing up here for more than a quick read of what everyone else is writing... who knows, I may even get back in the habit of commenting again!
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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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The other day it was "Anthem to the Estranged" (Metal Church) in the shower.

Earlier, it was "Legal Assassin" and "Let the Monster Rise" from Repo: The Genetic Opera.

Now, it's been:

"Sledgehammer" (Peter Gabriel)
"Hooked on Rock n' Roll" (Peter Criss)
"Solsbury Hill" (Gabriel)
"I Didn't Know I'd Love You So Much" (Repo)
"Beth" (Kiss; Criss)
"Mr. Make Believe" (Gene Simmons)

Coming up:
"For Whom The Bell Tolls" (Metallica)
"You Can't Kill Rock And Roll" (Ozzy Osbourne)
"Gonna Get Close To You" (Queensryche)
"I Don't Remember" (Gabriel)
"This Isn't What We Meant" (Savatage)

... and I'd be surprised if I get through all of them. =)

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