Nov 13, 2011 Site
So, it turned out that one of the crossposting plugins that I thought was actually working wasn’t, which occasioned me not only fixing that one, but getting crossposting tools for ALL THE PLACES. So stuff I post here should now automagically show up everywhere. Whee! (Yes, I’m certain that this was worth a post.)
Nov 10, 2011 Site
So, my resolution for 2011 on this blog was to post more tracks than I did in 2010. Easy, right? I mean, I partly made that resolution because 2010 was so darned thin on the ground.
Well, as you can see, that hasn’t been happening. I’m not sure what explanation to offer other than that 2011 wound up being a really challenging year for me in the brain-function department. Coupled with that, preparing for the sale of our condo and move into our new house (happening later this month) involved tearing down my studio, and that lasted a lot longer than expected.
I recently brought home my Virus and, between that and software, have started working again recently. I’ve got a few stubs and ideas going, but it’s looking like I might have something new to post for you soon — hopefully this weekend.
Many thanks to everyone who’s been sticking with me here in the meantime. It means a lot to me.
Nov 19, 2007 Site
WordPress folks: Ever since (some version a couple of versions back), I’ve been unable to insert paragraph breaks while using the visual editor. It shows them, but then it gets rid of them when I post. I have to go into the Code view and manually put in paragraph tags. And if I have to edit the post at all, it strips them out again and I have to re-enter them all. This is, needless to say, kind of tedious. Anybody have any suggestions about that?
Oct 14, 2007 Site
Actually, the oblique reference in the title is not really appropriate at all, in that it implies crossing a line. It’s also inappropriate because I’m certainly not going to stop at this time.
However, and I don’t know if this affects other bloggers or not, but the thing that’s affecting my mood the most when I come to think about this blog, and probably the reason that I post here so seldom these days, is the spam.
You see, I was okay, well, fairly okay with writing a blog that virtually nobody reads, or at least, writing a blog that nobody other than a few people who do it just because they really care for me read. And the one day I received my first-ever comment on a post by somebody I didn’t know. I don’t even remember what post it was or what the comment was, but I was incredibly excited.
And that ended up also being the last one. I also haven’t received any by people I *do* know in some time. That’s okay — I haven’t posted a lot, and I’m generally okay with the idea that people won’t comment unless they really feel that they have something they want to add. The problem is that I now get comment notices every day — sometimes several times a day. And they’re all spam.
The gigantic flood of spam has proven to be the most disheartening thing about the whole process. I’m not entirely sure why it gets to me so much. I think it makes me feel, more than anything else, that spam is is all this will ever amount to.
I wish I had more to post about for you folks. I’ve been mostly just practicing with the Akai EWI 4000S. I was just doing basic scales, and I can now play two songs on it — Happy Birthday and When The Saints Go Marching In. I’m really starting at a basic level again, and I’m shocked at how poor my sight reading has become. That’ll all come in time. I haven’t been doing a lot of composing of new material, though. Life has been hectic, and I don’t want to lose any skills with the EWI, so I devote my spare time to that. The sound set on it is interesting, but limited, so I think I will need to explore the sound editor soon.
Jamendo hasn’t produced any more reviews. I don’t recall seeing the more recent albums come out on the “new stuff for you,” feed, but it might be that it doesn’t send you your own material. However, the statistics have been good.
I’m back home visiting my family, and I think that that reinforces the melancholy always. It’s the only time when I find myself consumed with what-ifs and regrets. I normally just “don’t do” regret, but I find myself, when I’m here, thinking all about it. What if I hadn’t quit piano? What if I hadn’t quit accordion? What if I had … done anything worthwhile with my youth while I had it?
Hopefully tomorrow will bring me back to the drawing board. I’ve been saving to upgrade some elements of the studio — Kontakt 3 upgrade, Logic 8 (Logic Studio) upgrade, an Apogee Duet audio interface to replace the MOTU 828. I think I’m ready to go ahead with those, and that might bring with it some inspiration and a drive to move forward.
Feb 23, 2007 Site
I have no idea if anybody is even reading this yet, but I think that the site is pretty much a ‘go’. At the very least, everything I wanted for an initial design is here. If there was something you were hoping for or were waiting for or if there’s just something that you think would be cool to see, feel free. The next step for me is to finish up Orchard Days and then revisit some old material to get it ready for sharing with the world.
Feb 7, 2007 Site
Yes, it’s been a goodly long time. I updated WordPress to 2.1, which I believe is current. After that there was a bit of a scare where it had been so long that I couldn’t remember my login credentials anymore and even the “I forgot my password!” link wasn’t much help. A little mysql hackery later, I discovered what userid and e-mail address I’d used to register, which got me as far as being able to use the reset screen.
My goal is to have the other basic pages of the site done by week’s end.