Thanks to Farcebook, these two articles about Finnish band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät came on to my radar:
Besides being awesome new (to me) enjoyable punk rock, I feel like it served as some sort of cosmic reminder, warning, or inspiration. Not only to me, but to everyone who happens to read this.
Not feeling a bunch of paragraphs today, so I will hit you with a bulleted list.
- Don’t ever let anyone tell you “no.” Don’t let anyone else set your limits. You can do whatever you set your mind to, and tell them to shove it.
- Don’t let anyone put you in a category. If you feel like you’re different because of your gender, race, orientation, religion, or a disability… own it, don’t let it own you.
- A little railing against convention, society, or any set standard is good for everybody. Punk rock can be all about a healthy expression of primal aggression.
- Learning about the lives of others who have things differently than you is incredibly enlightening.
- Someone with special needs like Down Syndrome or Autism with different abilities ought not be an object of derision. They have thoughts, feelings, and aspirations just like you. They get pissed off just like you. They rock just like yo
- Shattering expectations is the most badass thing you can do.
I’m sure there’s more, but you get my point. Notice little things like this in life. Be thankful for your insight. Be thankful that there are others out there reminding you to put forth your best effort. Learn something or learn about something often. Make some noise that gets heard.
Check out these videos.
I need to get my hands on some music & get a peep at this documentary. Anyone already have these cats on their radar? Tell me more!
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OK, so it’s been a while since I’ve been productively making music & actively writing songs. Apparently the bug never goes away. I have been thinking about doing punk rock-ish kids songs for a while. (The Sablowskis beat me to it!)
Yeah, there is the AiXeLsyD reunion gig coming up… whenever that is, and it doesn’t seem like Ernie and the Berts was all that long ago.
I saw a contest online last week and it sparked me to get my ass quickly in gear. Music Go Round in Monroeville is holding a guitar giveaway, and I have been mentally drooling all over Eastwood Guitars online for quite some time. The Side Jack is pretty awesome!
It would be really cool if you could help me win this axe by clicking “like” on this post: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=698216686929723&permPage=1
It may help to follow or like the Music Go Round Monroeville, PA Facebook page too. It has to be on that post on their page, no “likes” here or on my link(s) to it on my Facebook profile count. Voting is only open this week, they pick a winner on the 27th!
As far as the song goes, I threw it together in under an hour with a downloaded app for the tablet, using crappy headphones, the built-in mic on the tablet, and my acoustic guitar down in the basement. I think it shows. But, I still think it’s a hooky tune with some potential. I may have to recruit a few of the usual suspects or even some unusual ones to help me complete the process.
Molly is absolutely terrified of the Chick-fil-A cow. My guess is that other kids are too. Seems like we can find a whole lot more to relate to with some feet-tapping tunes!
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“Mollie Darling” (Will S. Hays) Evan Williams
So, a while ago… after we decided to name the baby Molly Mae, Bethany’s uncle had remarked to her mom that their family had an old record called “Mollie Darling” for the Victrola… which is now in our living room. Of course we had to check it out. We have the version by Evan Williams.
Me being me, loving song histories and “cover” songs (like the origins of “Hey Joe”)… This one is right up my alley. It’s got a neat somewhat convoluted history, and probably more than a few have claimed ownership of it. Google is pretty awesome, because within a few seconds I found some sheet music from 1871 in Temple University’s digital library, and a song history from Second Hand Songs. I even found some easy-looking guitar tab.
It looks like it’s been recorded several times by a bunch of different artists. The first one seems to be by the Haydn Quartet, but I can’t seem to find that version anywhere online. I can’t find the version we have by Evan Williams online either. The earliest one that I can find seems to be by Vernon Dalhart:
But, it’s out there several times, by several artists:
(A rockabilly one!)
Mollie Darling – Sheet Music (Cover)
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I need to step into the 00s. I know it’s already the 10s, but I’m obviously already behind. Yesterday I filled 4 giant under-bed storage containers (& one little one) with CD’s. I need to rip this veritable mountain of plastic to a more easily & instantly accessible medium.
Where is the USB port on this thing...?
I also have a pile of vinyl that I believe I’m set up to rip… I just have to plug everything together. Maybe after that, I’ll do my the last few of my cassette tapes.
For the younger readers:
First one to say iTunes gets a stinkpalm. I don’t like programs that “take over” and are meant for people who don’t know what they’re doing. I also dislike anything that asks me to “synch” anything. NO. I DO NOT WANT TO SYNCH ANYTHING.
I have a Google Music account that’s awesome, I might use it to store a bunch of the stuff I like to listen to. Google has a 20,000 song limit. I’m over that, no doubt.
I’ll most likely keep the CD’s so I have something to listen to when the grid crashes.
WinAmp (Old School)
I will most likely use CDex and Mp3Tag to get everything in order. I have experience with them and like them. They’re free. I also like WinAmp as a player. Yes, I still like WinAmp.
I’ll probably need a 1TB (or bigger) external hard drive. Where can I get an inexpensive yet reliable one? My usual spots are TigerDirect or NewEgg. Is there somewhere else I should try?
There are 1s and 0s on here? I don't see any.
It will make accessing the music any time I want much easier. I’ll be able to control the genres & tags, add artwork, and if I get crazy I can hook up something so I can play all of my stuff from any computer in the house. I also have an FM transmitter somewhere so I can
further destroy the sound quality broadcast to any & all radios in the house.
Re-buying probably isn’t an option for at least a quarter if not half of my collection. I have a lot of local D.I.Y. stuff and stuff from touring bands that I’ve never heard from again. Also; I’m cheap. I bought it once. I’m not buying it again. I think I’ve bought Appetite for Destruction at least 6 times. Two cassettes, 3 CD’s, & a vinyl. Does Axl really need another dollar out of me?
I’d try a service like Ripshark, but why if I can do it myself? Also; I’m cheap.
Sadly, my Insignia can’t handle any SDHC cards over 4GB, and it freaks out once you hit over 2000 songs. Maybe I can put a backup drive in my car & hook it to my stereo, to play my entire music catalog at will? I’m getting ahead of myself.
Have you done this yourself? Are you thinking it’s time to do this too? Do they make a 2TB iPod yet? Should I go with mp3‘s or rip to something else? AAC? FLAC?
So many options. I suppose I’ll finish the entire project some time in 2015. I’ll still be quicker than PennDOT. If the world ends before I finish this, I’m going to be really upset.
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