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

 

 

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Their House, Their Rules

I just read the USA Today “Talking Tech” article by Jefferson Graham. Interesting in some areas but most of it I’m like, “Meh”. I love being a geek but I’m thankful that I also have common sense. Many times tech pundits and neckbeard geeks are so rigid and judgemental when it comes to gadgets.

For me at this day and time when I read these “request” or “Wish List” I shrug my shoulders because in the end whether it’s Apple or Android these companies are going to do what they want to do.

I’m not an Apple fanboy but I do admit being an Android user for close to 10 years before switching to the iPhone I can’t see myself ever going back to using an Android phone for a flagship phone. With that said I would like to give my thoughts on his “10 Features”.

-Battery Life-

Again, coming from Android to Apple for me the battery life has been a Godsend. One of the main reasons why I switched. A couple of years ago my Queen and I were visiting San Diego (this was the time the 7s Plus just came on the scene) the battery life amazed me. At the time I had the LG V10 and for me I had to constantly place my phone in Airplane mode or shut down access to features in order to stop battery drainage.

I will be upgrading to the 8plus in a couple of months (I’ve been using the 6s Plus for about 3 years now). It’s time for the battery to be replaced and I will do that for sure. Trust me, people think the iPhone is horrible you’ve never used any Android phone.

-Unbreakable Glass-

This I will never understand. I’m not spending $700 (let alone $1000) on a phone and NOT purchase a case and tempered screen protector. To me that’s just dumb. It’s glass, it’s gonna break without some sort of protection. It’s like a person not buying insurance for their phone… you’ve spent close to a grand and you can’t spare a little more a month for protection? If you can’t do that you really can afford the phone in my opinion.

-Telephoto Lens and Night Vison-

I used to complain about this until one day I realize, this is a “Phone” and not a camera. If I want better quality photos I need to invest into a nice Point-and-Shoot camera or a DSLR camera. We are so spoiled when it comes to gadgets. I use my phone a lot when it comes to Photography but at the same time I know my limit. If a person really loves photography then they will buy a great P&S. If you want quality photos with your iPhone you can purchase two cool apps: Camera+ 2 or Filca.

These apps give you manual control when snapping images. If you don’t want to spend money for better quality photos then that’s on the user.

-Less Awkward Screenshots-

I agree. I’ve lost count when my Queen picks up her iPhone X and I hear the screenshot “click”. The 8Plus I will invest in because of this factor. Hold the Power button+Home button and boom…my screenshot is captured.

-Returning the Headphone Jack-

This request I can get behind. This is the main reason why I have held onto my 6s Plus. Again, I will be upgrading to the 8 Plus but I’m not spending $100+ on Bluetooth earbuds. My $30-$40 BT noise reduction earbuds does the job for me.

-USB-C Charging-

At first I whined about changing to USB-C until getting my hands on a iPad Pro and now I feel it’s time for Apple to move over to that charging platform. I give you that Mr. Graham.

-More Storage-

How much storage do you need? The latest iPhones has storage up to 512GB (again if you wish to spend over $1000). The 8 Plus has 256GB. My 6s Plus has 128GB. For more storage you have iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive. I store my photos on Flickr or Google Photos or you know, an external hard drives. The prices are very reasonable.

-Robocalls-

Another easy solution. Make sure you label contacts you know are real, the others you block. It’s not like we REALLY talk on the phone that much. It kills me when people whine about robo calls. When the calls come in you block them.

-Touch ID-

Buy the 8plus. Apple’s not bringing the touch id back until 2020 or 2021 (we hope). End of story.

The bottom line these are phones. I’m thankful for the other features and functions and Apple has made missteps along the way but in the end I enjoy the phone and take if for what it is. In the end it’s their house/their rules and in the end people will adapt. If we, the consumer really wanted change we would do with our finances and not our mouths.

From Apple to Samsung to Google, these companies know most consumers are all lip and no action.

If you wish to read the article I was replying to the link is below.

10 features we’d like to see on the next iPhone” by Jefferson Graham

Twitter: @jeffersongraham

USA Today, iPhone, 10 Features, Apple, Android, Google, Camera+ 2, Filca

Why (For Me) It’s Best To Receive Political News From Comedians In Today’s Climate

I watch DL Hughley and Late Night with Seth Meyers and shake my head. I become angry. Not at these gentlemen but at society. When it comes today’s politcal climate and racism night after night they split the truth and the next day when at work or out in about I hear nonsense about reality shows or other noise about what’s going on in the world. It’s like the world has tuned out and don’t want to deal with what’s going on in our country.

I try not to wear these feelings on my sleeve but it boggles my mind in regards to how more people are not angered about the hate and malice the U.S. is towards People of Color. People get more bent out of shape when an animal is hurt than when a homeless person is mistreated.

Last week we had two mass shootings and by this time next month it will be the thing of the past. Why is that?

I try not to be Chicken Little but where is the outcry?

It’s true, sometimes it’s best to be a fool than to have wisdom. When you have wisdom and see chosen ignorance and stupidity it will eat at you like a deadly disease.

I remember decades ago a wise man told me to read the book of Ecclesiastes. When first reading it I closed the Bible right away and I thought to myself, “This is a depressing book. What’s up with Mr. Cleo?”. Once I calmed down and began reading more it hit me like a ton of bricks. When you gain wisdom and knowledge it makes you more insightful and aware of your surroundings and it makes you more curious in regards to why people choose foolishness than peace. It made me think about how some people love being in that realm of just being lost in stupidity. A friend asked me decades ago what’s the difference between a “Clever Man and a Wise Man?” He gave me time to think about and gave me answer later that evening.

Do you know the difference?

I would give you answer but then again do you care? I’m leaning towards “No”.

I’m glad there are DL Hughleys, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colberts in the world. It puts me at ease knowing I’m not alone and I feel I’m not taking crazy pills in regards to how people are just roaming our country and not giving a darn about the climate of today.

I’m thankful that it has been instilled in me to know God for myself because if I didn’t know God the way that I do I would have walked away from Christianity in 2016 when trump was elected. I’m not gonna front, my faith has been shaking but then I remember what Chris Rock said, “Some people don’t get what’s coming to them.” Chris Rock says he’s trying to find God before God finds HIM but he didn’t realize in the Book of Proverbs King Solomon shares how some evil never faces judgement on Earth.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Many comedians are our Truth Tellers in this day and time.

Thank You.

DL Hughley Show

Late Night with Seth Meyers

I Love Meaningful Conversation Offline and Online

I began yesterday (for myself) to no longer “Like”/👍🏾/❤️ post on any social sites. For me this is the problem with social sites in this day and time. I have always left comments but by me leaving comments alone makes me stop and really take in the post or image.

I’ve always loved interaction with people… that’s my nature and at one point I was feeling bad about being this way but stepping away from these social sites for a minute and to begin reading blogs and articles made me realize we have a problem with interaction. Sometimes we hit that button and not realizing that a post maybe about a person hurting. Words matter. Take time to sit back and take some reflection and reach out to the individual.

Some people may feel I’m being over the top, again that’s just me. I enjoy genuine Interaction and if that offends you block me or unfollow me. It’s all good.

For me leaving a comment to let a person know how it made you feel goes a long because it shows you’re paying attention to the person. I wish there was a way for me to turn off that feature but it’s not so for me not clicking on it and expressing my feelings with my voice via words is my way of saying to you, “I dig what you posted and ‘Thank You'”.

I just love the art of true conversation. Sue me.

Lazy Sunday

Today is a WONDERFUL day. I’m off and enjoying this day with my Queen at Aquatica. The sun is now setting, the breeze is blowing all is right with the world.

I know I’m beating a dead horse (but I don’t care), I’ve come to truly appreciate weekends off. To be able to chillax on an official weekend day makes this so much better.

It used to be a time when Sunday rolled around the only thing I wanted to do was chill at home. Don’t get me wrong I will have days like that because I’m a Home Body but this Sunday I’m having fun, making my Queen smile and enjoy the sound of the machine making wave at Aquatica.

Happy Sunday Good People.

Some photos via Google Photos

Random Thoughts for Friday 02August2019

Good Afternoon/Happy Friday Good People on the rainy day but I’m happy and thankful. 😃

Today is my Friday. My for real FRIDAY. This is so beautiful and I’m so grateful. To have worked close to every weekend close for nearly two years was hard, especially when your spouse work shift is different. I went from working 4 (10 hours) days/off three days off (Monday thru Wednesday) then 5 days(8 hour shift) on/off Tuesday, Wednesday) to my shift now is a such a wonderful feeling.

In other news I slipped up in regards to using Instagram. I activated it for the sole purpose of reaching out to some individuals to gather their info and never heard from them. This makes me upset because either…

a) They’re really busy

b) They don’t check their DM

c) They just don’t want to bothered

Here’s my thing, if you don’t want to communicate, that’s cool…just let me know and I’ll move on.

Maybe it’s just me being a spoil brat, maybe it’s the algorithm (but I don’t think it effects DMs…or does it? I dunno.) But to me I’ve come to REALLY realize that if a person wants to have communication with you they will.

One thing that has always bothered me now is when you leave a comment many times now people just say “Thanks” or leave a “❤️”. For me that’s a huge brush off. No one is saying leave a 2-3 paragraph response but try and put some effort into it. But again, if people really wish to converse and appreciate you as a person the individual would make an effort to try leave more than just a “one word/two word” response. I’m not going to lie, that’s hurtful at times. Maybe that’s just me in my feelings but that’s how I feel.

I guess that’s why experts believe this is one of reasons social media has high percentage of people that feel lonely.

For me it’s really coming down to either deactivate IG or just delete the account altogether or when posting there to turn the comment section off because in the end no comments are left when I post. I wish it was a way to turn of the “Like” option.

More and more I’ve been using Vero (https://vero.co/dkwyatt) because it has that social feel to it. The creator of the platform will be adding a subscription to it and I’m down for that. As long as he keeps the algorithm out of the equation and I hope it doesn’t get flooded by “Influencers” I will continue to use this beautiful, well-made social site. Vero is beautiful from top to bottom in my opinion. From posting your thoughts to adding links to sharing your music and movies favorites.

Shifting gears I’m going back and forth again in regards to which phone I want to purchase for my upgrade: iPhone 8 Plus or Xs Max. I’m not going to the lie in the end it’s coming down to COST. The specs for the 8plus and Xs Max are the same. September is right around the corner and I know I need to make a decision. At first I told myself I want the larger screen for when I blog. (I find myself blogging more from my phone than my laptop) but then I would rather have a wider phone than a taller phone. I know I’m upgrading because the camera is better than my current 6s Plus. The specs are the same on the Xs Max and the 8 Plus. And I have to admit I dig using the fingerprint ID and I’m not into the Face ID feature and I love the Home button.

Well that’s it for me for now. Have a GREAT weekend everyone.

(I can really say that now. YES!) 😃

A couple of articles to check out…

Apple and Samsung struggle to sell us super-pricey smartphones

Ayman Hariri’s Vero social app to launch subscriptions in 2020

First Week Working A Regular Shift (Well…Kinda)

Today is my Wednesday…my actual “Wednesday”. For the first time in nearly two years Wednesdays were my “Sundays”; but now it’s the middle of the work week for me.

As in a previous post you know I now have the weekends off and I’m thankful. My work hours though are a “little” different. I begin my work in the early evening and leave work a couple of hours before sunrise. It’s cool for beating traffic but I can’t lie when I take my first break and lunch I get a little lonely because I’m away from home. Something about being away from your spouse at that time of the night makes me miss her. Usually I’m at home. Even if she’s in another room just know you’re there together makes the downtime peaceful.

The first four hours are the hardest for me. Leaving home and being away from my Queen it’s kinda lonely. After lunch and I’m rolling towards the back end of my shift it’s all good. As of now I work with a cool group of people so it doesn’t make working this shift as hard. I’m thankful.

In the end when it’s time to head home and to spend a couple of hours in her company and knowing now we have the weekends off together again is all worth while. 🙂

My First Sunday Off Work In Nearly Two Years

Good Afternoon/Happy Sunday, 😃

Today is a NEW BEGINNING. This morning I forced myself to get up and take a slow, peaceful walk though a park where I’ve been slacking when it comes to taking my exercise brisks walks.

This park is a beautiful place to workout or just relax. I’m glad I went early this morning because now it’s blistering hot. But being off the weekends makes this more enjoyable.

Something about having Saturdays and Sundays off makes my days off more legitimate…more acceptable. Weird but hey that’s how I feel.

I’ve photographed Cranes Roost before but it never gets old capturing images at this location. I’m blessed to live nearby.

Check out my images from this morning on my Google Photo page.