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Ancient Musical Adventures

Should I start at the beginning? Or continue from where I left off? Decisions decisions. Such is life. I’ll start in the middle then.

A long time ago there was a group of like-minded people who loved playing music. Not just on a record player, but with musical instruments as well. They were friends from high school, various parties and a friend of a friend. Sometimes they created, other times they destroyed. Not intentionally of course. It just worked out that way. Along the way they were fortunate enough to record some of the tunes they worked on together. Not always great not always bad. They are what they are. 

So I created a page on this website to showcase these dinosaur tunes. Just for historical reference as these tunes appear no where else in the world, that I know of. Most of the musicians have moved away, a few have passed and some just moved on to other aspects of life, family, children.

You can get there from the home page or use the link below:

Dinosaur Rock!

So, fasten your seatbelts for a reverse trip into the past – 35-45 years ago.

cj

More tunes and photos on the way!

Well, I never. Of course I have said that many times before. But this time I mean it. Or not. Wishy washy guy. Oh well.

I have been searching through old tapes and photo boxes. Somehow, new items to post keep popping up. Maybe if I stopped searching this madness would stop. But what’s the fun in that? SO, possibly at the end of this month, or beginning of next month, there will be more stuff added. Yay!

One item of interest is the photo of Old Hologram on the Blast From The Past page, also on the top of this page. The members are left to right: Carl Jasper Hoffman, Jeff DeYoung, Win Meyerson, Ken Ferrante. I had forgotten about Win briefly playing with us. Jeff DeYoung believes he was in a band called “The Dark” at the time as well. I looked him up and he is doing quite well! You can check out his site here: Win Meyerson

It’s nice to see how some people have gone on to wonderful careers and contribute good music along the way. I mostly play music for my critters. They seem to love it and even sing along now and again. I know what you’re thinking. I should record it and post a few tunes here with them singing along. But I can’t do that to you. The magic and amazing wonderfulness would hypnotize you into a state of compliance. You would only be able to listen to this music and nothing else. Forever. So you see, I’m doing you a favor…

Found a couple of these, pictures of a band Doug Goodwin was in. Doug was my keyboardist in URONE and also makes a few appearances in Old Videos Found. He’s on the right in what looks like a blue suit. Yep. Without him, there was no band in my humble opinion. He was the best part of it. I’m sure the other members would argue with me but I have opinions. I believe in treating people the way they treat me. Be truthful, honest, have integrity and bring me ice cream (sugar free) and I will be a pal for life! (smile)

See you back here soon. Got a Klondike bar calling my name…

Doug’s Band “Solid State”

Censoring Dislikes

Ok, so I was watching some music videos that were just awful on YouTube. Not to say my videos are great (which they are) but these were pro releases with big bucks behind them. I wondered if I was the only one who thought that way.

I watched a few helpful videos about how to repair certain amplifiers which were great. Some were an outright waste of time. Then I remembered, “hey stupid, check the likes dislikes right below the video” And to make a short story longer, I did just that.

Where in the heck have I been? Under a rock, in a cave, The Sahara Desert? Yup, there’s a dislike button right next to the like button showing ZERO totals or counts. The like button was showing positive likes. But where did the “dislike” count go? It was time for some quick research and also to find a way to uncover the “dislikes” totals.

Sure enough, YouTube decided to stop displaying the dislikes saying it was unfairly targeting the creators. Well, that’s the point I would think. If a content creator made crappy videos and the public pointed this out using the dislike button, perhaps they would learn from this and make better content. Or not.

But YouTube said the creators were being ganged up on by groups maliciously targeting their videos. Well, guess what? That’s part of putting yourself and content in the public eye. Expected. And if your content is controversial, what would you expect? Every person in the world to bow down and respect you and your opinions?

Crocodile tears are crap. YouTube removing the totals is absolute crap and creates more problems than it solves. But hey, I’m just one person in the Universe that believes that. There may be others, there may be some that think I’m full of crap. But I’m old enough to remember a time when speech was free and information available in troves. Now with YouTube censoring conservatives and anyone who goes against the current government, along with twitter and google (who I admired until I found out they were censoring any speech that they didn’t agree with bt those in charge)

Imagine my surprise when I found out that I wasn’t alone! There are millions, yes millions of people who hated the change. Voices carry. And some clever programmers figured out a way (maybe temporary) to put those totals back.  A simple plugin that you can add to your browser. YES! It works. Just finished trying the extension in my chrome based browser “Vivaldi’.

What a difference it has made! I can now avoid the crap videos and also see how many are with me on current events.

Here’s the link for chrome users (all browsers based on chrome should be able to install it) Click the link below for firefox etc.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/return-youtube-dislike/gebbhagfogifgggkldgodflihgfeippi

Click here for other browsers

While I could write a book of what big tech is doing to change the freedom and voices of all people on planet earth – I won’t because we live it everyday. If you can’t see it, you may never see it. It’s like the people that wear a mask in their cars as they drive alone. Nuff said.

A Short Story

Yup, a short story, that may or may not be true. Although I will have a notary public come by later to authenticate my fabrication of the facts. And why would I, who has never been a professional writer, call upon another to justify the words being tossed about like flies around a picnic? Wish I knew and if I did, I would tell everyone. Until then, this story starts like all the other stories in the world (at least the ones that are true…)

Once upon a time, there lived a bread maker. He would spend the entire day, well, at least during winters long – long evenings, wondering how the world ever existed without bread. At the time he was contemplating the aforementioned, he had never heard of celiac disease or other afflictions which, unknown to him and perhaps many others, caused a “snippet” in time. Much akin to a bout of hiccups or giggles that seemed to never end. 

There is so much I don’t know about the universe” he said, almost silently, while wishing for an answer. “Perhaps I shouldn’t wonder so much” he thought out loud. Although thinking out loud was the same as talking, the distinction never quite rang a bell. “If I could only live for one thing and one thing only, it would be heavenly bread. Perhaps sourdough or homemade melon bread“, he cried hoping there were others in close earshot of his musings. 

 Without pausing for an answer, he looked down, noticing a package, a clear cellophane package with a twine twist wrap to seal in the aromatic flavors contained within.  “Excuse me, did someone leave this here?” while slowly turning in a circle, scanning the faces of those nearby.

 The “snippet” in time was now a moment to be reckoned with. For inside the clear cellophane wrapper was twelve homemade chocolate chip cookies. Definitely not sourdough bread or even focaccia.  Certainly this was not the one thing he lived for or spent his days contemplating about. 

Reaching down he picked up the twelve chocolate chip cookies wrapped in cellophane to examine the intricate twine twist wrap holding the package together.  “Hmm…” he thought. “Not sourdough. Something else entirely. But what? Dare I unwrap this carefully tied twine to explore the contents?” he mused.

Of course there was no turning back now, so without any fanfare he unwrapped the cookies. Coming from the center was an aroma that couldn’t be denied! Amazing, with hints of floral yet sweet with temptations of love carefully bundled. At first, he could not believe it smelled almost better than his precious sourdough heavenly bread. Almost he thought. Before passing judgment, maybe taking a small nibble or bite would help determine the nature of this “snippet” in time.

Almost immediately, he was smitten with pleasure beyond words. The chocolate chip cookies, which were homemade, rivaled the best the universe had to offer. 

His world had been turned upside down. For previously, the reason to exist was for sourdough bread. Now, there was another reason to exist. Who knew? Perhaps the cookie maker knew? Or the “snippet”?  

To prevent himself from going utterly insane, now that he knew that sourdough bread  had not cornered the market or tamed the universe, he came up with a reason why. A reason why the two could exist together without destroying the fabric of time or galaxies.

Just because. 

 

More Songs and Videos added!

Yup, more songs and videos added. Just like the title says. Scattered throughout the site for your listening and viewing pleasure. Or not. You decide.

Found a live performance of just me playing an acoustic at Kern River singing “I Lika my Fishies” – heck, that’s gotta stun the crowd of disbelievers thinking I had never gone camping before! In fact, I found a whole dang camping video which I plan on posting (down the trail).

I am hard at work, when time permits of course, cataloging old tunes and videos to find items that have made it through the ides of time. Sadly, not all them have. 

Enjoy the day!

Complexity Magnified

Did you know there is a “Complexity Science”? I sure in the heck didn’t. Where was I when degrees were being handed out like lollipops at a dental office?  I was most likely coming down from some high of another science called “Magnifying Science”. Where in the heck did that come from? They are breeding like kefir grains. Which I happen to love, but, sadly, I managed to decimate the batch I had. Which isn’t easy to do, it turns out.

What does that make me? A Kefir Killer? Is there going to be a new movie starring a woke actor/actress describing the dangers of Kefir Killing and how the world is gaining .00001 colonies of various bacteria and yeast cultures due to my ignorance in the care and feeding of the little critters? In my defense, they lasted almost a year, until my focus completely shifted to other issues of life. No, you were going to say sauerkraut but I was way into sauerkraut before this Kefir walked into a bar and sat next to me.

So, Complexity Science. Just what is it? Apparently it applies to just about everything.

  • epidemiology and infectious disease processes
  • healthcare organization
  • general practice and “the clinical encounter”
  • biomedicine
  • health social science
  • health geography.

There. That cleared it up. Pretty much. Or not. The above was taken from an ncbi.nlm.nih.gov article. I payed for that. So did you. Feel better now?  I sure do.

And I’m still not closer to understanding even with the “magnifying science” added to make it bigger. This reminds me of studies about older men who eat steak and then watch tv. The average study is about $50,000. Why? Does knowing this enrich my already vast knowledge of the universe? Not really. Except for the researchers. They were enriched. Sometimes I get a prize in a box of cereal which is WAY COOL!

How about can women have orgasms while riding a bike? $250K for this one. Well, if they can, I’m sure for it!  And yup, I pay for that too. But do I want to know? Nope. Nope. Nope. Oh well, if anything I am reminded it’s about time to start water kefir batches again. Tasty and healthful.

If you’re a woman, you can ride a bike (healthy) , drink kefir (healthy) and have an orgasm ($&^%#awesome) at the same time. THE SAME TIME! (contemplate that for a minute. And then stop.) Complexity magnified! How cool is that? Without even thinking about “Complexity Science”. 

Until next time, the meditation shop is closed. (smile)

Added another page!

Yup. Added another page to the site.Blast From The Past which has songs from various bands and musicians I’ve played with. I will try and update as often I can, however I have so many projects in the works that I get overwhelmed. But what a problem to have, right? (smile) 

I enjoy writing music, which has been on a back burner this year as projects took me in other directions. But when I started to repair my gear and found oodles of tunes I had forgotten about, it was my eureka moment. PAY ATTENTION to what you want to accomplish in life. Or eat really good food. Both high on my list. (smile)

Also updated the post old videos – found with another Gray Efford Band tune

Enjoy!

Finished lyric video!

As you know, I found a version of Stephen Wolfe Smith singing another song of mine from years back. Early 1990’s. The song “and if” has been recorded by a few different vocalists over the years with Laurie Bentons version (amazing singer!) located on this site as well.

This was a great surprise as I had completely forgotten we had recorded this until I was listening to some dat work tapes I found after finally repairing my dat machine. Since I felt the collection would be incomplete without his version located in the “no promises” page, I spent a few nights making a quick lyric video.

COMING SOON!

Many years ago, when I was recording almost everyday, one of my favorite tunes was a ballad I had written when I was in between girlfriends. Yes, I was a lonely guy. However, my life was filled with interesting and talented singers/musicians. One of them was Stephen Wolfe Smith, who passed way too early. He was a great singer and overall nice guy! 

I have a page here on the site dedicated to the tunes he performed. No Promises

During the early lockdown, I spent some time putting together music videos of the tunes he performed for me.  Earlier today, I had repaired my DAT machine and started listening to some of my archived tunes and SURPRISE SURPRISE! I had completely forgotten that Stephen had recorded vocals on this tune. 

Currently, there are three lyric music videos with him singing. Yup, you guessed it. Soon there will be four. It will take some time as I am quite busy being well, uh, busy. As I get closer to finishing, I’ll post the song title etc.

Until then it will be a mystery.

 

No Connection…EEK!

So, about a week or two ago, I was hiking with my faithful companion, the Chupacabra, when I realized that a telephone pole on my hiking path was NOT CONNECTED TO…anything! Scary, spooky and you guessed it, very Night Gallery-ish.

I remember this episode where the phone keeps ringing and when answered, a voice from beyond the grave would speak. The phone lines had been damaged in a storm and one of the telephone wires had landed on a  grave.

A great commercial for phone service! I looked to see if there were anymore poles in the vicinity. Nope. Just this one all by itself. Why was there a telephone pole connected to nothing in the middle of my hike?

The answer was not forthcoming. Was it even worth the time to contemplate? Nah. My Chupacabra thought is was strange too! Since there were no headstones I could see or unearth, I moved on. Still, brought up a memory from long ago…

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