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Labor Saving Devices

Or:  Why Our Modern Lives Are Crazy
(well, mine, anyway)

The Babbage Difference Engine - a mechanical precursor to today's electronic computers

The Babbage Difference Engine – a mechanical precursor to today’s electronic computers

I set aside an hour Monday morning
to address various “desk chores”
that have gone neglected
for the past week or so.

I know now
why I put these things off.
Bear with me here.
And tell me:
Does this sound like anything
that has ever happened to you?

The first thing I needed to do
was submit documentation
to my “Health Savings Account.”
They wanted me to account
for the $800
that I put on the account
for some dental work
I had done a couple of weeks ago. Read More

Introducing: The Joy of Making Music

Live Performance Photography for Nashville

Pru Clearwater

Pru Clearwater

Today I’m hanging a “virtual shingle” for one facet of my photography business. Find it on the web at

TheJoyOfMakingMusic.com.

Ever since the Internet started tearing up the the music business in the waning days of the 20th century, we’ve been hearing that music is now about the live performance more than the recording.  Musicians used to tour to sell records;  Now they give away downloads to attract an audience for their tours, then sell CDs and merch at the shows.

With live performance becoming the focus of the business, it is essential for touring musicians to have high quality photographs that convey the essence of their shows and the experience they offer their current and future fans.

I’ve been an a avid photographer all my life, and in the past few years I’ve shot a lot of shows around Nashville. I’ve nailed down some techniques for “getting the shot” even in the most crowded and poorly lit of conditions.

Capturing the essence of live music is something I enjoy doing, I seem to be pretty good at it, and I want to do more of it.

So I’ve come up with the ‘Caught In The Act Pack’ — a  very affordable package of my services as a club and concert photographer.

To learn more, kindly follow this link to TheJoyOfMakingMusic.com. to see a slide show of my best work over the past few years. Follow the links there for details on the deal.

Keep it in mind next time you go to a show.

Maybe I’ll see you there. I’ll be the guy with the cameras…

Omnivore’s Delight?

Really?  Chicken-flavoured vegetarian ham??

It’s fine with me if vegetarians don’t want to eat meat.

But why do they insist on naming their food after it?

Why don’t they just call it “Processed Plants” or “Packaged Edible Flowers” ?

Photo source unknown; found it on the Facebook.  And the guy whose page it showed up on, he doesn’t know where it came from either.  That’s why I try to put a © watermark on all the stuff I post there, for whatever good it does.

The Long Players: “After The Gold Rush”

File this one under “Only In Nashville” :

Bill Lloyd with his 1970 copy of Neil Young's "After The Goldrush"

Bill Lloyd with his 1970 copy of Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush”

Tonight Ann and I and about 500 other boomers who came of age about the time Neil Young released “After The Goldrush” (Spotify) converged on 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill in downtown Nashville to listen to “Nashville’s Supergroup” – aka “The Long Players‘ – perform that seminal album in its entirety.

This is something that happens in Nashville several times a year.  Musicologist and A-player Bill Lloyd (once of the 1980s Music Row duo “Foster and Lloyd“) gathers some of the finest players in this town – which is to say, some of the finest players in the world – to perform a seminal record from beginning to end.  While the basic band remains the same, different vocalists take the stage to sing each song.

I think this was my third “Long Players” show.  The first one was a recreation of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited.  As if that wasn’t enough, that night a keyboard player named Al Kooper sat in on the Hammond B1 organ.  Yes, the very same Al Kooper who played on the original recording in 1965.  Like I said: “Only in Nashville.”

The other “Long Players” show Ann and I went to was a performance of The Beatles “Rubber Soul.”  Needless to say, that one was a “boomerfest singalong” much like tonight’s show was.

I photographed the whole “After The Goldrush” show tonight and uploaded all the photos to this album on Facebook.  I hope you’ll stop by and have a look.  And while you’re there, please “Like” the Cohesion Arts page.  You’ll be glad you did.  Well, I certainly will be.

Thanks,

–PS

(BTW, you may notice that the copyright watermark on these photos says something about “thejoyofmakingmusic.com”  More on that next week….)

 

And You Think Photoshop Is Deceptive?

Check this out:

 

I can’t tell from the YouTube page what the software is, but it’s the most impressive portrait (and video?) retouching software I’ve seen yet.

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 2.28.27 PMWait a second… maybe I’m the one being deceived here.

In mean, I can’t even tell for sure if this is software… maybe it’s just a music video for a band called “Boggie” and this is their song “Parfum.”  Maybe the vocalist is singing to us (in a language I don’t recognize) about the evils of photo-retouching.

For once, Google wasn’t much help.

I know… I’ll go check The Onion…

If annybody else who knows the secret… post a comment, please.

– – – – – –

Update 140126: I know the answer now. Popular Photo has disclosed that the video is, indeed, a music video for a Hungarian pop singer named Boggie.  So me – and the friend who sent me the link in the first place, among the the fools.

You would think that if such software actually exists, I of all people would know about it by now.

What I’ve Been Listening To Lately – 140123 Edition

This album by Pat Metheny is perfect “whistling while you work” music:

I’ve been listening to it via Spotify because, well, that’s what I listen to mostly these days – because their library is so much larger than my own (by several orders of magnitude) and because the embed codes Spotify supplies make it easier to share what I’ve been listening to than, say, iTunes.

The fact of the matter is, I purchased this CD long and have it already burned into my iTunes Library. So the good news for Pat Metheny is that I’ve already paid for the CD, now he’s getting more cash from me to listen to the Spotify stream. Fractions of a penny, I know, but still, it’s more than he would have gotten if I was just listening via iTunes.

Oh and, yes, I know all about the new BeatsMusic service and I’m anxious to try it out, but Beats is built on the old MOG service; I was a paid MOG subscriber until about a year ago, but my free account still exists, and it’s entangled with the Beats login protocols.  It recognizes my User ID – it even let me reset the password – but Beats crashes when I try to log in.  Maybe I’ll have something to say about it if they ever figure out how to let me in the door.

Mayhem At The Movies and The Unsuspension of Disbelief

nogunsThis story about the guy who wound up dead after texting in a movie theater  made the rounds of the social media networks last week. I let it go by the first  couple of times I saw it. It seemed implausible at first, but now that I have digested the heart-wrenching details, it seems all too familiar.

I don’t know how you feel about people who light up their cell phones in a darkened theater, but my first thought was: “that coulda been me…”

Not the guy getting shot.  The guy doing the shooting.

Because I’m the one who has too frequently had to ask the asshole sitting near me to put their cell phone away during a movie. Read More

Welcome to the “Weekly Digest”

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 6.16.42 PMThis is for the vast legion of subscribers to my e-mail list.

A couple of months ago, you started receiving an e-mail notification whenever I’ve posted something new to this blog/site – typically once a week.

Starting now, I intend to post a lot more to this site.  Rather than giving all of my best stuff away on Facebook, etc., I’m going to post it here first, and then distribute to my social media networks.

So starting at about noon today – Wednesday January 22, 2014 – you’re going to be receiving one weekly missive from me with links to the seven or so best things I have posted in the previous week.  Some of the items will be links and comments;  hopefully there will be a weekly ~1200 word essay, you’ll get some photos, and maybe a link to some new music. Whatever strikes my fancy during the week and makes it through the Wednesday filter.

If you are unclear what you are subscribing to, read this.

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

LIstening to this excellent discussion of the issues around “Net Neutrality. It’s amusing to hear the guy from VerizonCast going through verbal gymnastics to make the case that more corporate control of the web is in the end-user’s interest. His organization is called “Free State Foundation.” A loving nod to Orwell…
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