Having a Better Week

This is a much better week.

Last week, I got my first job on Fiverr. Upside!!  Ironically, that was the same week that my Tascam decided it would no longer work with Windows 10 or Ableton.  Fortunately, I was able to find a replacement. The people at Cascio Music were really, really great. I ended up getting a Focusrite Scarlett Solo. It’s red, it’s amazing, it is so much easier to use. I was able to finish the job a day early and the customer was completely happy.  🙂

That gives me a little hope, at least. I had severe doubts about playing again. It’s been several years since I played with a group. Having good feedback from someone who is not family or friends is encouraging.

Next, I need to get more videos up.  I’ve been tied up helping a friend with music samples for wedding music, but that’s been fun.  I also have rehearsals every night this week for a choral performance this weekend. It doesn’t matter, I feel like I’ve been productive this last week. I have the tools I need and I found out that I have services people might want.
It was a decent week. Hopefully, I’ll have another.  (Here’s a picture of the Scarlett Solo. I really do love it.)




I’m sitting on my couch feeling crabby. As I get older, I notice that part of that is due to the huge cup of coffee I have in the morning.

Otherwise, Im mainly upset with my Tascam. I have an ancient Tascam US-122L that I’ve used for the last seven years. (I think it’s been about that long.) I understand that it’s old. I checked the website for updates, but there’s nothing that will allow it to work with Windows 10. I tried starting up Ableton, but when I plug the Tascam in, the whole thing crashes and the program closes. I’m annoyed. Just to make sure I wasn’t being an idiot, I tried it with a different program. I tried Audacity, the tascam doesn’t show up. I tried Studio One, the software recognizes it, but won’t allow it to record anything. So annoyed.

Now, my only option is awaiting a few weeks until, maybe, I can get another one. I don’t even need anything super fancy. I wouldn’t have even noticed, except that I’m in the middle of putting music samples together for a friend’s wedding. The Launchkey and Launchpad I have work great so far. But I can’t record any live audio with those.
Im recording with the microphone on my phone, but the fidelity on it is crap and the sound is horrible.

On the upside, I recently downloaded Mobius. I have a sustain pedal for my keyboard that I was hoping to use with it. The goal was to play around with looping. That will have to wait until later. I can still play around with keyboard and samples, but any work with my harp will have to wait until I can get my microphones to work.

Note:  I also found this angry conductor meme while trying to cheer myself up. It worked.

Building a brand

I’ve spent a great deal of the last year trying to figure out how best to REALLY start working with my music.
I recorded stuff in both harp and piano.

I set up a youtube page

I set up Twitter and Instagram

Just today, I set up an account with Fiverr.

The conclusion that I’ve come to so far is that I need to start putting up more videos/music. Im getting frustrated with results based on a minimal amount of work. I think I only have about 7 videos up so far and one of those isn’t even available to the public because I haven’t quite figured out how I should be filming myself.

It feels like every year I have one of these posts where I realize that I haven’t written anything in a long time. At least this time I have most of my planning in place and there really is no excuse anymore to not go forward with plans.

I like the equipment I have. Since I rejoined a choir, I feel as if my feeling for music is coming back. Its not only a listening activity anymore, I’m getting my ear back. Its easier to hear how the music lines work together again.
The hard part is getting my hands back in shape. I’ve lost all my calluses on my fingers.

I need to get back in to a practice schedule. When I was younger, I had a scheduled 2 hours of practice a day. Now, as an adult, that is a little more difficult with longer work hours and having to be a responsible adult; feeding myself, cleaning the apt, paying bills, etc. So basically, this is the point where I have to decide exactly how much I want a career that involves music.  On the upside, I can genuinely say that Ive done something everyday this month to further that goal. Silver lining….

If anyone comes across this and has any interest, come take a look.

Fiverr:  https://www.fiverr.com/s2/8b1091563f


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Rain, Rain, Time to Play

While Im catching up on my writing and reading, Ive been planning out various projects in advance. It just feels more satisfying to cross tasks of a list instead of listing things as I’ve completed them.

I decided that the first book soundtrack project I would take on is the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey.  I already have one theme sketched out and Im looking through at two specific scenes that contain music themselves. So that would be three themes for the book which is a good place to start. The section that intrigued me most occurs in the land of Alba in the book and would primarily be vocal, though I might through a light instrumental in the background for effect, which leads me to my nex point.

I’ve been reading lately about aeolian windharps. They intrigue me.  The harp (or box with strings) is placed in a window or anywhere that will catch a gust of wind, and the strings resonate creating a unique sound. Ive been experimenting with a few of my instruments and this is definitely something I would like to try.

Here’s a video for an example.

Aeolian harp, windharp, same thing. This looks like fun and I want to try.

Yesterday we had a huge storm. There was rain and wind lasting most of the evening. What interested me more was the windiness before the rain came. It was strong enough, I thought to be able to play the strings on my harp.

Unfortunately, the rain came before I was able to finish setting everything up.  I have a covered porch, but that would not have been enough to protect everything, or prevent me from getting zapped by lightning.  There was barely a breeze where I placed my harp.  I’ll have to keep an eye on the weather and take all of my recording stuff to the nearby field next time. Im hoping that works out.

Instead, I was able to catch a moment or two of the rain falling with the birds in the background. The microphone I have really does pick up everything in the area.  Now that I know what kind of recording I can get, Id like to try having a longer recording of the rain. Maybe I’ll make up one of those meditation/soothing tracks that I hear everywhere on occasion.

What I would like to do when I get a chance, is see if it’s possible to write music to go with the aeolian recording once I get one. The music produced itself is random enough that it doesn’t really have a key, so I would like to play around with that as a track.

Unrelated news: I found a  small xylophone for children recently.

20160623_211634They call it a glockenspiel, but no..I refuse to call it that. Anyways, I wrote a tiny theme song a year or so ago called The Happy Peach (I still have dibs on that. Mine!)  and I wanted to find one of these to play the main melody. I have one, so it’s my new project to rerecord that track. I haven’t decided yet what Im going to do with it. It might work well for video intros if I branch out in that direction.


I’ve spent the last year generally ignoring this site. I’ve had so many ideas, both musically and career-wise that there just hasn’t been time.  Now it’s reached the point where I’m either going to actually do something with my music and the giant folder of ideas that i have, or I might a well stop. I already have a few pieces recorded that need editing, but I still have that giant pile of ideas.

I decided that what I really needed what some sort of organizational structure. I decided on….

Who doesn't love stickers?

stickers.  Really, who wouldn’t be motivated by these?

So now I’ve found myself in possession of a LOT of stickers. The plan is to fill out a chart with the numbers 1-100. As I write articles or finish and post a piece of music, I put a sticker on the chart. -I get to put one up now for this post 🙂 –

To help with the goal keeping, I put up a cork board with all my lists and charts and a little inspirational photo I made. That way I can cross tasks off as I go. It was pointed out that the whole thing feels a bit like the task board used in the show Silicon Valley. I’m amused.

This isn’t to fill a number, this will be more to motivate me. If it i daily visible, than it is more likely to get done.

Since I have a habit of planning things and conveniently putting them off, this should be a daily reminder of what I need. I need to do this every day. That’s the only to be successful.

I do have another music related site, Qualityhomerecording.com  That will be more about the process of recording and production/mastering as I learn it.  The focus of this site will be more about the music itself.

Since I do a lot of reading in my free-time, (and already have a lot books in my collection), I thought a fun project would be writing a theme or two to go with what the message of the book is, or in some cases, a theme to match a specific musical moment mentioned in the novel.

I may have mention this already in a previous pot, but like I said, I feel like Im starting over from the beginning here. I started this around two years ago, and now it’s time to actually make something of it.

1 down, 99 to go!  🙂