Excellent! I got to extend availability of Naiad Theme on iTunes, Amazon & many more digital stores for another year thanks to Sherry Sherrard-Jackson and Cliff Francoeur! Below find a convenient player widget to use for prelistening and sharing. Thanks so much, guys!
Upon my asking, these old analog photos emerged from the vault of my home folks’ personal nostalgia collectibles: Pictures from the first ever public gig I played with the first band I played in. We called ourselves ‘Icarus’, which is the name of an ancient Latin myth figure, who builds himself wings to fly. Upon drawing too near to the sun, his wings made in part of wax melt from the heat and he fatally falls to the ground. Errrm… what were we thinking when picking that name…?
This is totally awesome! The principles governing music explained from a scientific point of view and experience. Wow!
Here’s a quick note to let you know that I’ve decided to keep MC# around on iTunes and other digital stores. I have updated my music page accordingly, where you can conveniently follow the links to the respective stores for digital download.
Thanks for your continued support, folks!
Must be the scorpio in me that drives me to get to the bottom of things as far as possible. So as large parts of the world’s population get ready to reassure themselves of a narrative of hope, I’d like to pay my respects to that phenomenon by coming from a much different angle, albeit arriving at similar conclusions as articulated in the Gospel (short for “good spell”). I just treated myself to this fine interview with one of the most brilliant researchers of our time, Dr. Stuart Hameroff, whose research results offer a plausible ‘vehicel’ for the accuracy of the Gospel coming from a strictly scientific angle and employing nothing but hard evidence which his lifelong and recent work has provided (next to the results of adjacent or related research).
There still isn’t any die-hard ‘proof’ for the truth of the Gospel and its message of hope. BUT – there is more and more evidence even in the realm of researchers firmly based in materialism that we are indeed “the light of this world”. Personally, the Gospel scares me more than it provides comfort. I don’t exactly know why and how that is, but that’s how I’ve been feeling about it pretty much from the beginning. Nonetheless, to all of you out there, who like to question everything like I do and rely on their own thinking instead of that of others, treating yourself to this very fascinating interview with Prof. em. Dr. Stuart Hameroff might add a new aspect to the message of hope coming from the Easter Ascension narrative. If nothing else, I think it’s very inspiring reading. Enjoy!
I am deliberating to discontinue having my individual tracks availble on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other popular digital stores and upload an EP instead (five tracks so far, they’ll go for 4,99 on iTunes as far as I know – I can’t set the price, they do). The other option is to let availability of my music expire on iTunes, Amazon & others and rely on Google Play and bandcamp instead.
Pls. check the below options for answers, which will be completely anonymous. If you got a minute to spare, I’d appreciate you helping me out on making this decision Thanks for your support!
As a mini reward, here’s one of the tracks we’re talking about:
This excellent Teen Jazz Interview with Composer Andrew Balogh – YouTube. by Shannon Kennedy, who asked very intelligent questions, answered a lot of questions for me, which I wasn’t able to answer myself without going there and finding out and possibly falling on my ass. No need to do that any more. I now know without a doubt where I don’t stand and won’t stand any more in this life. Acceptance just took on a whole new meaning. Didn’t see this coming, but o.k. (I think).
I can subscribe to everything Shannon and Andrew say and that’s pretty much how I’ve operated myself many years ago – when the passion was there. It’s no longer there, I’m simply too frustrated with life in general and with how the business goes in particular. I just don’t wanna do it any more. Since I’m an “all or nothing at all” kinda guy – nothing at all it is. Screw all that shit.
Another trip down memory lane triggered by reading this wikipedia entry:
I remember meeting Michael Cretu in 1987 when I was an intern with AKAI Professional. One day our head of distribution came into the office, all glee with pride to have Mr. Cretu visit the German distribution offices in Karlsfeld, and had me draft an endorsement contract for him in English. (While I was working there, next to my regular chores I translated the bulk of all business communication with Japan headquarters and was often called upon by one of the managers, which is probably why he trusted me with this task of writing up the endorsement agreement). As I sat there typing up the list of equipment Mr. Cretu would walk out with, I must admit that my heart was bleeding with … uhm, not exactly envy, but some kind of daydreaming or longing. For as long as I can remember, I would have loved to see myself in exactly the role Mr. Cretu had in his music projects: Composer & creative lead, producer and general project lead with a number of record breaking hit projects he produced back in the day. That’s where I was silently headed – or so I thought
I had applied for the job with AKAI Professional coming from a reasoning that I might find opportunities to make good contacts into the professional music production and recording scene, thus following an inner roadmap of hopefully becoming a session musician and co-writer/co-producer at some point. Mr. Cretu however had all major talent of the time already on speed dial, so he didn’t exactly need me. Plus, I didn’t have enough time with him to discretely and considerately enquire about such options. What he rather needed from me was this endorsement contract while he was given the company tour and later did his “shopping” in the warehouse (which was the other part of that job I was to take care of that day ). Over the months I worked there, I did connect with a few major names in the music scene, though, amongst others Michael Busse, their former keyboardist for Munich based Pop-Rock band Spider Murphy Gang, who was in the process of tracking for a solo album after having left the band a short while prior to being introduced to him. When he visited us on a different day, we kind of got along fairly well and I found the courage to actually approach him about my plans, which in turn led to him inviting me for a collaboration at this home studio, where he worked on said solo project.
The rest of the time there is a blur, as I desperately wanted to get away from the company as soon as another valid option presented itsself for me. I cut that time short though by quitting after six months, when my own big head got in the way of the bigger animals at the company. I think I just fast-forwarded what would have happened anyway, which is getting fired sooner or later. Luckily, after a series of odd jobs, I soon landed me a year-round gig with a touring band based in Switzerland and made a very nice living from performing with them.
Oh well… Sweet memory lane
I think I have to keep an eye on this. The features sound awesome!