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December 12, 2005


I like it. Give a listen. smile

Update: The thing I like about Pandora is that it's not influenced by what is popular. There aren't any big record labels pushing their stuff down my throat. At least, that's the impression I get.

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Watermelon Songs

December 2, 2005

Todd Gehman, a robot at the Robot Coop and 43 Things, participated in NaSoAlMo (National Solo Album Month) 2005. He wrote and recorded Watermelon Songs. Way, Way Cool.

I'd love to do something like this, but the only way I could is if I turned off the internet for a whole month. heh!

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100s of LPs to MP3

September 8, 2005

I have 100s of LPs that I collected when I was a teenager and into my 20s. I want to digitize them and get rid of my turntable. Then I could get a smaller stereo system to replace the behemoth I have now. Not to mention reclaiming the space the LPs take up.

This is a major project, though. I don't have all my CDs ripped to MP3 yet. I probably need to finish that first and several other of my 43 Things.

On a slightly unrelated note... What was the first CD you bought?

I think my first CD was Boston's Boston because I thought it would sound awesome on CD. Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was an early CD purchase, too.

See more progress on: Make MP3s from my LPs

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Hot Apple Pie

June 30, 2005

My high school friend Sparky was playing guitar with the Charlie Daniels Band for a while. I saw him on TV once. Now he plays guitar with Hot Apple Pie. He's on the far right in the picture on that page. Thanks to another high school friend, Wade, who told me about that band. smile

Tonight, I was looking at the new music on iTunes this week, and the Hot Apple Pie CD was on the front page. Here's the CD cover:

Hot Apple Pie CD Cover

How fun is that?

Here's a picture of Sparky on our tour bus when he played guitar for my church choir:


Sparky's the best guitar player I've ever met. It seemed to come so naturally to him. A few days before a church talent show, my friend Mary and I got together with him to learn "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" for the show. He learned the guitar by ear after only one or two listens (and that's a *long* song). Amazing. I think I have that performance on video somewhere. Not very good quality, but good for memory jogging. smile

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CDs to Buy - Rodger Wilko

June 11, 2005

As I mentioned in an earlier post today, I heard a great band playing at the Executive Surf Club in Corpus Christi and was too nervous to go in by myself to listen. I did some Googling and found out it was Rodger Wilko. They're from Manchaca, Texas which is not too far from where I live. I found their CDs for sale. Note to self: Buy at least one of these CDs.

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Songs That Have To Play Through

May 22, 2005

Rob started it, and I'm playing along. As Rob puts it:

Even on my own mix CDs that only contain songs I like, I come across songs that I don�t care to hear at that moment. This particular occasion made me think about the handful of songs I come across that I almost always repeat and that I never skip over, change channels if its on the radio, or turn off.

I fussed over my list for more than an hour. It got up to 37 songs, but after I put them all into a playlist and listened some more, I whittled it down to 28. I decided that was the magic number since my birthday is on the 28th of April. Here we go:

  • "Ender" by Ash Can Painters
  • "Desperately Wanting" by Better than Ezra
  • "All Too Familiar" by Bill Derome
  • "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith
  • "A Little Like Lightning" by Colleen Jameson
  • "Mr. Jones" unplugged version by Counting Crows
  • "Color Blind" by Counting Crows
  • "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House
  • "Change (In the House of Flies)" by Deftones
  • "Never Is A Promise" by Fiona Apple
  • "She Says" by Howie Day
  • "Guide Vocal" by Genesis
  • "Ghost" by Indigo Girls
  • "On and On" by Longpigs
  • "Never Die Young" by Lori McKenna
  • "If You're Gone" by Matchbox Twenty
  • "To Sheila" a Smashing Pumpkins cover by Mick OD
  • "Kite" by Patty Griffin
  • "Daughter" by Pearl Jam
  • "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel
  • "Sofkuri's Room" by The Push Stars
  • "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead
  • "Don't Wanna Know" by The Refreshments
  • "Cannonball" by Rhetoric Tuesday
  • "Disarm" by Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Birthday" by The Sugarcubes
  • "Winter" by Tori Amos
  • "Love Reign O'er Me" by The Who

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Audioscrobbler... One of these things...

May 17, 2005

I've been playing with Audioscrobbler.com. My music players (iTunes and Winamp) report to them what I'm listening to, and they build charts for me. They also give me recommendations based on other people's similar listening habits.

Here's this week's weekly artist chart for my listening habits. One of these things is not like the others...

Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Sarah McLachlan, 10000 Maniacs, Stabbing Westward, Tori Amos, The Partridge Family, Smashing Pumpkins, Cranberries

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Tori and Matt

April 19, 2005

Thanks to Irish Kelly, I actually got out into the world and did something fun this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Kelly rented a cruiser, and we headed north to Dallas. We scoped out our ultimate destination and then went searching for food.

At the far end of my favorite Six Flags roller coaster (Judge Roy Scream) sits Humperdinks. They have *great* hamburgers. Kelly had a brew pub beer. I'll let her comment on that. You can see Humpberdinks on the left side of this roller coaster picture.

After dinner, we headed to the Nokia Theatre where they must make $300 trillion dollars on parking. We were there to see Tori Amos and Matt Nathanson with 5th row center seats (again thanks to Irish Kelly).

The timing was right as we weren't seated for long when a funny boy with messy hair came through the curtain with a couple of guitars. Matt Nathanson was so cool. His voice and the way he played his twelve string were inspiring. I even bought a couple of his CDs the next day.

Then came Tori. Woo Boy that woman has talent. Not that I didn't know it already, but seeing it from the 5th row is awe-inspiring. My favorite songs from the show were "Winter," "Silent All These Years" and "The Beekeeper." The first two probably because I fell in love with her music way back when Little Earthquakes came out. "The Beekeeper" was a favorite because it touched me even though I'd only heard it once or twice before.

"Do you know who I am" she said
"I'm the one who taps you on the shoulder when it's your time
Don't be afraid I promise that she will awake
Tomorrow somewhere
Tomorrow somewhere"

After two encores, the lights came up, and it was time to head back to Austin. But first a stop at the Fina station with a goofy name that I can't remember for a trip to the potty and a Coke with Lime. What a great trip to the potty, too. Anyone insecure about their looks should stop off there for an affirmation that they look marvelous.

I was home again at 4:00 a.m. Pretty good outing for an old girl, eh?

Thanks, Irish Kelly!

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The Women are Done

March 27, 2005

I spent quite a bit of time this week ripping CDs to MP3. I started with CDs by women or woman fronted bands. No reason for that... it just seemed like a good place to start. Some of the bands: 10,000 Maniacs, Abra Moore, Fiona Apple, Bjork, Alanis Morissette, Serena Matthews, and Joan Osborne. I found out my Jill Sobule CD is messed up, but I got most of the songs off it. I couldn't get a song called "Train" to rip, so I'm struggling with whether to pay 99 cents for it on iTunes or go without. Will it really make that much difference in my life? I'll sleep on it some more.

See more progress on: Convert my entire CD collection to MP3

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The Process of Ripping Songs to MP3

March 19, 2005

I go through spurts of ripping CD songs to MP3. I haven’t done it in a few months. It’s tedious because I don’t like to rip every song. I like to listen to the songs and filter out the ones I don’t care for much. I can’t tell how many CDs I have left to do because I haven’t been organized enough to know the ones I’ve ripped and the ones I haven’t. Maybe I’ll work on this this weekend. Whooot!

See more progress on: Convert my entire CD collection to MP3

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