MyLoveForMusic002

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What’s going on Good People. 🙂 The cool thing about being exposed to different genres of music for me is that I pay more attention the arrangement, the musicians. Vocals catch my ear from time to time but I love discovering how instruments are used and instruments I’ve never known. This is not my regular type of music but I love it.

This playlist is classic rock and a couple of tracks from 2010. From Boston to Fleetwood Mac, this array of music is best to listen to this with headphones or noise reduction or noise canceling earbuds. The richness of the instruments and arrangements are amazing.
I have three tracks from rock tunes from the 2010 soundtrack “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. I have to get this soundtrack, the blu-ray movie, the Funko Pop figures. I love this movie for many reasons but of course what sticks out to me is the music. Two tracks from Sex Bob-Omb and the electronic tune from Brian LeBarton.

Toto, “Georgy Porgy” is a favorite of mine. You have some of Best of the BEST session musician on the planet. (You are missed Jeff Porcaro). The icing on the cake was the beautiful vocals of Cheryl Lynn. “Africa” is a tune where again the vocals (getting help from Eagles bassist and vocalist Timothy B. Schmidt) and the arrangement sticks out to me. David Paich and Bobby Kimbell has that perfect blend of subtle and directness and the bassline work by David Hungate.

Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” I remember watching this music video on SNL in the 70s . The vocal harmony is too cool. The tune “Urgent” was one of the 80s tune where it still kept that ol Foreigner spark from their earlier work. The saxophone work by the late Junior Walker kicked it into overdrive.

Another group that blew my mind growing up in the 70s was ELO. A group that combined rock and strings was so awesome. Jeff Lynn to me was a genius and playing this 45 on the stereo over and over drove my mother crazy.

Areosmith’s “Rocks” to me is the best album they ever recorded. This album introduced me to the six-string bass and on the track “Sick As a Dog” Steven Tyler played bass on part of the song. This entire album was raw from beginning to end.

The Police for me was one of those rare groups that when they split they went out on a high note. Their last album “Synchronicity” was top notch. Three great musicians: Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers were the perfect storm. The key person that always stood out to me was Stewart Copeland…his drum style is amazing; especially when it comes to the high-hat. “Message in a Bottle” shows off his gift.

Fleetwood Mac for me is a group the best of all worlds: great vocalists (Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie), stellar bassist (John McVie) and drummer (Mick Fleetwood), and Lyndsey Buckingham…when it comes to the guitar and his harmony vocals leaves this brother speechless. His unique fingerpicking style gave that “pop” to their compositions. “Gypsy” is that track for me is all I can say is “damn, the dude is bad.” On “Dreams” you can hear the vocal talents of Stevie, Christine, and Lindsey.

Boston was a combination of great talent of one man (Tom Scholz) but also when Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and of course Brad Delp was a force to be reckond with and their debut “Boston” album is one of the Greatest of all time. “More Than a Feeling” was all Tom, Brad, and Sib but “Foreplay/Long Time” has some great guitar work by Barry and organ, synthizer work by Tom.

MyLoveForMusic002 [Classic Rock]
[ To Stream Playlist>> mixcloud.com/darrenkeith3 ]
We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb

Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
More Than a Feeling – Boston
Sick As a Dog – Aerosmith
Georgy Porgy – Toto (feat. Cheryl Lynn)
Threshold (8bit) – Brian LeBarton
Cold As Ice – Foreigner
Turn to Stone – ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)
Get the Lead Out – Areosmith
King of Pain – The Police
Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac
Urgent – Foreigner
Africa – Toto
Message in the Bottle – The Police
Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Foreplay/Long Time – Boston

id drops: Mr. Fresh, tgrundy, 2Serenity, Brian Meeks,

underscore music under me voice: Todd Kelley & Nicolay

 

 

Today I’m 57 Years of Age

Team Taurus Baby ♉️

Today I made “another trip around Sun”. I’m thankful…I’m healthy, my Queen is healthy, I’m employed. Other things I want to accomplish, it can be done, I have to put my mind to it.

  1. I want to walk away from Facebook and I mean REALLY walk away from the platform.

I have no ill feelings about the site. It’s a free product which means I’M the product. I knew that years before joining and I have allowed many wasted hours there. Once I have DELETED my account and not just deactivated my account that will be proud moment in my life. I’ve deactivated many times and reactivated my account only to find no one noticed I was gone. That says to me, a) people have their own lives to tend to and b) the algorithm makes one invisible unless you have thousands of followers.

  1. Read more newspapers, and watch less “news” organizations.

Let’s be real. Not every event is “Breaking News” and there’s nothing new under the Sun. I need to spend more time in God’s Word and more time reading newspaper (or electronic) print. When you watch most events they’re hyped up and for me, unless it’s CBS Sunday Morning the segment is a let down.

Reading makes you use your imagination, makes you take your time, look up definitions for words. Not everything can be summed up in a matter of minutes. I’ve allowed myself to have an attention span of a gold fish and that’s not good.

  1. I want…no…NEED to lose One Hundred Pounds.

No if And’s and But’s about it. I have to for health reasons and I want to look better in my clothing. Let’s be real. We live in a superficial world. I want to drop the weight because I don’t want to continue with taking multiple high blood medications but also the better you look outwardly the more people feel you’re more in control of your life. This is our world and until it’s a “New Heaven and New Earth” this is the world we have to deal with…looks and appearance matter.

  1. Enjoying “The Moment(s)” more.

Going back to social media, I want to photograph more but with a camera and not a camera phone. I want to appreciate music more and listen to it with a sole music player and not use my phone. I’m going to strive to be less distracted and in tune with the time and place at that moment.

Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to all who were born on this day any Happy Birthday to all of the May babies. Have a Blessed Life.

What The iPod Meant To This Geek

I still have my 3rd Generation iPod. I need to have the battery replace.

If you haven’t heard, Apple announced the iPod Touch era is coming to an end. I never owned an iPod Touch but many people has shared their feelings (I feel the same way) it’s not the same as the “iPod” itself. The iPod changed how we listened to and felt about music.

For me the iPod provided a love for music in regards to creating a playlist to chill, to workout to when exercising, when creating music podcasts; heck, when writing a blogpost. I know it sounds cliché but it was truly my own “Soundtrack for my life.

We can listen to music on our phones but as my friend Doug said to me this morning,

“…When I have good music to listen to… I don’t want to listen to it on my phone, the phone has too many things on it that call for my attention to be away from actually listening to the music.

Listening to music on my phone is not the same. When listening to music on my iPod I’m “in the moment”. I’m listening to the instruments as a collective and at the same time I’m listening to the each musician play their part individually. It’s taking to a place and time that brings a smile to my face and warmth to my mind and soul.

I don’t get that when listening to music on my iPhone.

My Third Generation 20GB iPod

Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone because I can look up the artist, I can find which musician is playing with them on a track, who produced the track, etc. But as you can see, I’m being distracted.

Many times when I’m listening to music, a particular artist(s) I want to be in “moment”. That is what the iPod did for me when enjoying music.

As time went on Apple made iPods where you could watch videos on and that was cool. It still wasn’t a distraction because again it’s main focus was music. While writing this I believe…I know what made the iPod nice was because you couldn’t connect to the Internet and this is where (for me) the iPod Touch didn’t appeal to me. My way of thinking was “I want my phone to be a ‘phone’, my camera to be a ‘camera’ and my music player to be an ‘music player’.

You can still find iPods via Amazon, eBay, and other vendors (and I know they will cost you an Arm and a Leg). And I believe many pure music lovers will buy them and/or get new batteries for their iPods. For me at the the moment I will use my Sony Minidisc player to get that pure “music lover” experience until I get the battery replaced in my iPod.

Sony Net MD Walkman MZ-NF610 model. Music minidisc: Donald Fagen, Steely Dan, Doug Ramsay, Pat Metheny Group, Prefab Sprout, Michael Franks, Windham Hill Compilation

Thank You Apple, Thank You Steve Jobs and team for bringing a device that made many of us music heads happy and brought creativity in our souls by providing a device to make content whether if we were at home, on the road or in the field.

The iPod was a piece of technology that changed many things for the better in my eyes.

Social Media + Holidays = Superficial

Facebook and Instagram…set them ablaze

Yesterday was a breaking point for me…but in a good way.

Mother’s Day was Sunday, May 9, 2022. I shared my thoughts in regards to my Queen (which was a blessing); the words flowed out of me, I found beautiful images of my wife and posted them to IG and FB (which I deactivated Facebook a couple of months ago).

Then Wifey and myself took a drive to Clearwater (Florida) to celebrate her special day. The day was beautiful, the dinner was delightful, took photos of the restaurant, the food, captured images of for my Queen so she could post them…and all the while (for me) it felt so frivolous.

The day with my baby was magical but posting the activity felt superficial.

I kept asking myself, Why should I post it? Why share that private moment?

Then it hit me…there’s no need to share EVERYTHING. Just enjoy the moment…and I did just that and it was magical.

If you know me I will always love social media because I have met so many people. Although I haven’t met them in person but I have gained so much knowledge, from Doug when it comes to someone creating music, to Kenya and her love for lighthouses, to Ray and his love running. From photography, to podcasting (whadup Jason and EJ) to online friends from across the pond this medium is a Godsend for me.

But I have also allowed some terrible habits to creep in when it comes to platforms. From FOMO to TLDR (I just learned that phrase). And it has also made holidays for me feel trivial. To be honest I’ve felt this way about these days (that’s another blogpost) for decades and with social platforms it feels like a “chore” to share with everyone your activities for that day.

This may sound cynical to many but for me I feel a change has to be made by me because holidays are a day of spending money for no reason, rushing to places where it’s overcrowded just to post images to share with the world, “I was there, why weren’t you? (I know it’s overkill but you get my drift).

Doug and I were having a conversation via IM’ing and his Mom hit the “Nail on the Head” when she said to him,

“…Do you have to have your phone involved in everything you do, including sitting down to have a meal??

Very wise woman.

So, this morning, I deactivated my Facebook account (hey I shared my love in regards to my Queen so whoever was able to see the post, cool and whoever did not, tough) and I will uninstall Instagram and not use it through the week. For me those two I have allowed to kill my time (again, this is not the platforms fault, this is on me).

For me IG is a time waster because I get lost watching more videos ( I love cats) and copying memes to share than sharing photographs. And why is it we still can’t share links within a post!?! (Again, another blogpost).

For me at this time Twitter and Vero will be my GoTo platforms for the week. You can post images (no worry of losing the full size photo), you can post links, and I don’t get distracted with videos.

Just those two steps has brought a smile to my face and is making me fall in love with social media again because I’m learning what platforms truly work for me.

Happy Monday Good People. Take care.

Don’t Sleep On This Album

Double – Kurt Maloo and Felix Haug

Many people slept on this album. Their “claim to fame” for people in the United States was the track “Captain of Her Heart”; however, for me every track for me was beautiful.

I wish more would recording could have come from this duo but sadly Felix Haug died before that could have happened. If you can find this album you will not be disappointed.

Double (Pronounced “Doo-Blae”)
All tracks are written by Kurt Maloo and Felix Haug.

Tracks

  1. “Woman of the World” – 3:52
  2. “I Know a Place” – 3:40
  3. “The Captain of Her Heart” – 4:35
  4. “Your Prayer Takes Me Off” – 6:20
  5. “Rangoon Moon” – 4:01
  6. “Urban Nomads” – 4:55
  7. “Love Is a Plane” – 3:40
  8. “Tomorrow” – 4:35

Kurt Maloo – vocals, acoustic guitar (1983–1987)
Felix Haug – drums, keyboards, piano (1983–1987) (died 2004)

Credits adapted from the liner notes of “Blue”

Double – production
Phil Carmen – engineering
René Tinner – engineering
Christian Ostermeier – saxophone, flute
Bob Morgan – trombone solo on “Woman of the World”
Thomas Jordi – Fretless bass on “Tomorrow”
Liz McComb – additional vocals on “I Know a Place” and “Your Prayer Takes Me Off”
Hans Inauen – cover design
Barbara Davatz – photography (indoors)
Marco Schaaf – photography (outdoors)

Acoustic Alchemy – A Musical Journey

Greg Carmichael and Nick Webb

I’m a dinosaur when it comes to music. I know music lineup change over time due to death, the musician wants to go into another direction music wise but I cling to the music of the past.

For me, Acoustic Alchemy will always be Greg Carmichael and the late Nick Webb.

The blend of their nylon and steel string acoustic guitars has always taking me on a musical journey that warms my heart.

The Very Best of Acoustic Alchemy” is a great introduction for you if this is your first time checking them out. After that album I would see if you can find the LP, “Natural Elements“. This is I first was introduced to this duo. “Overnight Sleeper” will always be one of my favorite track. Such an uplifting and pleasant composition.

The playlist is from the “Very Best of…” album. You’re thank me later.

Enjoy. Happy Sunday.

Playlist 🌞
Mr Chow 3:06
Catalina Kiss 4:34
Ariane 4:53
Jamaica Heartbeat 5:32
Caravan Of Dreams 2:58
Playing For Time 6:02
Lazeez 4:52
The Stone Circle 4:16
The Alchemist 3:54
Shoot The Loop 5:17
Same Road, Same Reason 4:50
Cool As A Rule 3:48
Georgia Peach 4:23
Casino 3:50
Reference Point 4:30
Red Dust And Spanish Lace 8:47

I Love Who I Am And Him

I stole this from one of my FB friends page and I love it.

I love God’s Word, I love God’s truth, His way of thinking, I LOVE his Son. But I will never tell a person again that I’m a Christian.

Follower of Christ. That’s what I am. I’ve stopped referring to myself as a Christian. After 2016 I stopped calling myself that.

I would rather tell someone that I’m a drug dealer or pimp before saying I’m a “Christian”.

Many may differ with me but I know what God has done in my Queen and I lives. He has been an Healer, a Teacher, someone that has always made me look inward and ask, “Okay, what do you want me to learn from this event.

He has delivered me from situations that I knew I had no business venturing down that “road”…allowed me to make the mistake but never shamed me and never kept me there.

He’s molded me into the man that I am and yet I’m not set in my ways where it has stopped me from learning from others in a childlike state because I can learn from anyone…that’s a beautiful way to be going through life.

I’ve learned to not only forgive but not feel guilty when it comes to not having dealings with individuals that I know mean me harm. I no longer hold grudges because that’s a waste of energy and time.

I’m not going to front. After having so many people followed that individual that was in the White House and at the same time call themselves a “Christian” is sickening beyond sickening. Funny how people can view and treat people as “less than” and feel offended when you call them out on their actions and whine they are being persecuted and try to feel as if they’re actions are in the name of the “Lord”.

Naw, I’m good in my skin (Black American) and I know God loves me because he created me and no one can ever take that away from me.

In other news, I love Classic Scope and Classic Listerine.

You Slept On Me…Your Lost

Great image find Charles K Poole

This speaks to me on so many ways. I’ve come to realize when it came to me that over time I’m a “required taste” to people. Either you liked me or you didn’t…no in between.

There are some people you start off diggin’ them and over time you grow tired of them or vice-versa. I fall in the latter camp and that’s alright.

Maybe this comes from being an only child or maybe that’s the Taurus in me but I’ve never been an Extrovert. I sit back in the cut and feel people out. Many times people tell off on themselves in the first 20 minutes. For me I can determine if I want to deal with them or not.

If I had to choose a song that describes me it would be the tune by Michael Franks, “Long Slow Distance” (people that know me knew it would be a Franks composition).

In the end I’m an “acquired taste”. It took me decades to be comfortable in that zone and I’m cool with that.

Have a Blessed/Safe/Productive day Good People. 🌞

“I Just Want It To Work”

“… “It just works,” he said. “You’ll be happier if you switch.”

Sounds like me when I was fed up with my LG.

My Queen and other friends had been trying to convince me for years to make the switch.

I was like Ms. Benetti in many ways: I had an LG (my phone was the V10, I had issues with the phone lagging.

Other issues were after 6 months the infamous “reboot looping” began to happen (prior to that I had 4 LG phones do this to me 😔).

My excuse to not switch?

✨ phone was too small for my hands.
✨ had to use the stock keyboard.
✨ the iPhone had an internal battery.
✨ no Back Button (sounds silly now but at that time it was so important).

The deal breaker for me is when we were visiting San Diego, California. My Queen just purchased the (iPhone 7s Plus). 😃

The phone was larger. ✅
The battery life was nice. ✅✅
And…it just worked. ✅✅✅

My LG V10 had hit that 6 month mark and the issues began. Not to mention in order for my battery to last I had to go into the settings and manipulate most apps to not drain the battery.

Once we got back home I had to threatened to leave T-Mobile unless they ship me an iPhone.

Six or seven years later I can’t see myself using an Android for my main phone.

Android has some cool features.

To me their phone cameras are better.

You download podcasts by clicking the url link and not having to use an podcast host. 😃

There are other features that are handy…but in the end,

I just want a phone that works.

Breaking Away From The Garden Wall

Image from blogpost written about forthcoming photo sharing app Glass

The more I turn my thoughts to my blogsite the more I’m loving social networking. This is an interesting post in regards to a new photo sharing site that’s coming down the pike. Me and my Brother in Podcasting have had countless conversation in regards to this issue. 🌞

I know Facebook and Instagram is not going away but spending time on these platforms isn’t fun. I know what the two should be used for, a sharing tool only. I’m not going anywhere but my interactions on these platforms will come to a crawl because let’s face it, Facebook/Instagram is a place for “Influencers” and the algorithm for advertisers. Hey, it is what it is. The saying is true when it comes to free social site…when it’s free, YOU are the product.

I’m blessed to be an early adopter to social media because you can recall how it was, where it has gone, what made it fun and fulfilling and what hurt it and one has choices, no one is forcing to use FB or IG, that’s my decision but one has to stop whining about what’s not working. After a while it’s up to the individual to make the change.

As I’m writing this I was going to post this to Facebook but I caught myself. Why post this on a site where the algorithm is going to determine where to place this on the timeline (especially if it’s not in favor of the product). When you have done a certain action for so long you tend to go back to that habit. You have to force yourself to break that habit…some days will be better that others but the more you put in the afford to change the easier it will become.

As time goes on my footprint on Facebook and Instagram will become smaller and smaller and these places will be used to do what they have grown to be…to advance my cause and not the other way around.

And knowing that is a beautiful feeling within my soul.

Happy Friday Good People. Have a Blessed/Safe/Fun day. 🌞🌛✨