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It's Here! Pancake Bellyache

December 12, 2010

My NaSoAlMo album is up: Pancake Bellyache.

There's nothing groundbreaking in it. And by that I mean there probably won't be any surprises. I didn't stretch myself with the music. It's pretty much all folk rock chick stuff except for Jargon which is mostly my Korg keyboard laying down the beats. Serenity Hymn is churchy sounding music.

I didn't write any angry songs this year. I guess I'm pretty content with life right now.

Whatevs. Enjoy!

Pancake Bellyache

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October 3, 2010

  • I spent the afternoon recording a vocal for a 24 minute song. I got about 66% of it done. The place where I left off is a high singing part and my voice got tired. I'll rest my chords and try again another day.
  • If the Houston Texans had won by less than 3 today, I would have won a little bit of dough. I would have won a little bit of dough if they had lost, too, but I didn't want them to lose.
  • I've started using reading glasses. I know now why people wear glasses at the tip of their nose. I love my tip-of-the-nose glasses. They make me feel wise. And they make the display on my iPhone so crisp I can almost feel the edges of the icons.
  • Today would be my Mom's 79th birthday. She's been gone 15 years. I might have those numbers wrong. In any case... Happy Birthday, Mom.

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October 2, 2010

  • I won a $50 gift card in a Dallas Morning News drawing. I'll probably use it for groceries. I haven't been grocery shopping in weeks.
  • Lately at work, I've been doing more phone support than I used to. It entails working on the computer while talking on the phone. I asked for a headset for my phone, so I could have both hands free. The cost to state taxpayers was going to be $66. Amazon.com has a headset for $20, so I opted to spend the money myself instead of asking the state to pay for it. The $66 headset is the only headset the state could buy because of a contract. This is where government contracting goes wrong. If the $20 headset I buy is a piece of crap, I'll take that statement back. Not all government contracts are like this. The state can get some software titles for less. So, anyway, Texas... I saved you $46.
  • Speaking of Texas... The Texas/OU game I'm watching is painful. There's just one quarter left to turn it around. Hook 'em!
  • I've been practicing a vocal for a 24 minute prog rock song. I'll start recording it tomorrow. I like it!

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September 24, 2010

I think of stuff to write all the time. And then I don't write.

I think about getting sick or just old and wonder if there will be anyone to take care of me.

There's a drip in my chimney. I asked a roofer to fix it, but he couldn't see anything wrong, so he caulked something and didn't charge me. I was happy he didn't charge me. I still have a drip in my chimney. Someone at work offered to help, but didn't say when. Unless he brings it up again and offers a day and time to come, it won't happen. I'm not good with asking for help.

I feel helpless at work sometimes because I used to have the tools, know-how and access to fix problems. I got pushed out of that job. On my current project, my job entails relying on others to do the work and performing damage control. I'm not good at that.

For the most part, I don't identify with Christina on Grey's Anatomy. But sometimes, when she lets us below the surface, she says things that I would say if only I knew how to say them. I think I might be like her, just not as ambitious and not as blunt.

I've been told that my cover of Squeeze's "This Summer" was played as part of the walk-in music to a Chris Difford show. I've also been told my "One Way" album was played as walk-in music at the Paramount Theater when Jon Anderson played this month. Pretty cool.

I don't like shows with laugh tracks (Big Bang Theory). I also don't like shows that have a fake documentary style (My Generation). I do like that new show, The Event. So far.

That's all for now.

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Remnants of Life

November 21, 2009

osiris_the_rebirth_remnants_of_life.jpg Osiris the Rebirth released a prog rock/space rock album recently with my voice on a few tracks. I've only heard the tracks I'm on and clips from others, but it sounds fantastic, and I'm looking forward to listening start to finish soon. My former music partner from Raspberry Silk, Milo Black, produced it, and everything he does is fantastic.

It's available on iTunes and at Amazon. I'm on these tracks:

The UK Amazon.com has a super review of the album (scroll down).

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June 7, 2009

I'm singing on a new song from Osiris the Rebirth which is a reunion of the band, Osiris, that Miles Walsh (aka Milo Black, the silky half of Raspberry Silk) used to work with. It's called Dragonslayer, and it's available on the Osiris the Rebirth MySpace page. More to come.

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Just Some Stuff

April 11, 2009

  • I got a tiny tree a couple of weeks ago. It started as a stick with roots, but shortly after I planted it in a pot on my back porch, the leaves started sprouting. It was a real joy to see the progress every day. One evening this week, I watered the little tree and marveled out how much growth it had. The next morning, all the leaves were gone. My best guess is that something ate them. It really took the wind out of my sails that day, and I'm not sure that I've recovered. I don't know why it affected me so much.
  • My out of the house adventure today will include Waterloo Ice House for chicken fried steak and eggs, and Target for toilet paper and Lipton onion soup mix.
  • I watched the pilot of The Unusuals. Amber Tamblyn and Adam Goldberg attracted me to it. It's quirky and looks like it has a lot of potential.
  • I wish networks would stagger the television season. There are months when there's nothing new on. And then months when I can't keep up.
  • It wouldn't be April in America without taxes and my song Tax Lady Blues.

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I'm #3! I'm #3!

December 20, 2008

Independent artists submitted 17 songs for Coverville Idol: Squeeze this year. Listeners were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite three, and my song came in third. Yay! Honestly, it was a total shock to be in the top three. If you like Squeeze or even only remember that one super popular Squeeze song, I recommended downloading the podcast and listening to all the covers. Then go to the virtual tribute album and download your favorites. The tribute album will only be available for a limited time due to licensing issues.

My favorite track is "Hourglass" by Lucky & Generous. A couple other favorites are "Goodbye Girl" by Zapruder Point and "Slap and Tickle" by MC Slap & DJ Tickle. And then ask me on another day, and I'll call a different one a favorite.

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Coverville Idol Featuring Me!

December 9, 2008

Coverville podcast Episode 532 features Coverville Idol which features a song from me! Brian Ibbott invited indie artists to submit Squeeze cover songs for the show, so I recorded "This Summer." One of the cool things about Coverville Idol this year is that all the songs are available for download on a Squeeze tribute album page in addition to being heard on the podcast.

Plus... you can vote for your favorites! Scroll to the bottom of the Squeeze tribute album page for a link to the voting.


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Finished NaSoAlMo with time to spare

December 2, 2008

I finished my National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo) album, "Dead BBQ Grill," on Saturday night, a day earlier than the deadline, and spent Sunday working on my Web site in anticipation of releasing it. When I say "working on my Web site," I mean doing maintenance on the whole thing (not just the music related bits). But I think that was pure procrastination because once I finished the album, I kinda wanted to put it behind me since it had consumed me for the month of November. Read: I didn't want to talk about it.

Kim Novak's Dead BBQ Grill Album MP3s I plan to do a wrap-up post to talk more about the individual songs and the process, but for now, here's Dead BBQ Grill in all her glory. Or most of her glory since the Squeeze cover song I recorded isn't available. You'll have to listen to the Coverville Idol podcast later to hear that one. I'll let you know when that's scheduled.

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Blogs are only for Google rankings?

November 7, 2008

This article about blogs says bloggers should shut theirs down and start using Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Apparently, the author of the article thinks that people have blogs solely to attract readers. That people sit and agonize over what to write so they can compete with The New York Times. I run into the same kind of misguided impressions when people talk about independent artists. They believe we're all trying to compete with Radiohead and Carrie Underwood. Maybe some are, but I'm not.

Some of us write because we like to. Some of us make music because we like to. Some of us make Web pages out of that content because we like to. It doesn't matter if we get a lot of readers or listeners. It's the creation and expression that's important. The folks who read and listen and comment are a bonus.

I don't see the appeal of Facebook. At All. Twitter caught my fancy, though. Maybe because it's quick and easy. Myspace is simply awful. Flickr's cool, but I simply don't need it. 43 Things has something special in that the writing is guided by goals.

So no, I'm not going to shut down my blog.

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How songwriting works sometimes

November 6, 2008

Here's a glimpse into how songwriting works for me sometimes.

Last night, I recorded a new guitar track. It's just some chord progressions that came out of my fingers when I picked up my guitar the other day. I put that guitar track in my iPod.

On the way to lunch today, I played it on repeat. I tried to sing along with it with nonsense words. Sometimes I have to just hum. Sometimes I sing the same lame words I sing every time I do this. (I can't remember them right now, but they come out when I'm trying to write). Sometimes, something unexpected comes out.

The unexpected came out out of my mouth today in the form of "the look on his face." At first, I dismissed it, but then I thought it came out for a reason, so I'd better go with it.

I started thinking of events or movies where a look on someone's face was meaningful. I wanted to think of something in real life. I even switched it to "the look on her face" to see if something would come to me. That seemed even harder.

Eventually, Kevin Costner's face came to me. It was that look on his face at the end of Fandango when he sees the girl dancing. Oh, how I love that movie.

At lunch, I continued listening and tried to come up with the verses and chorus. I remembered a few things from memory from that movie, but decided I really need to watch it again.

I came home thinking I had it on DVD. No. I looked on my old VHS tapes. No. I looked to see if TiVo had it on radar soon. No. I looked at Amazon to see if they had an Unbox download of it. No. I've never figured out bittorrent, and the last I tried, it made me cuss, so... No. I ended up ordering the DVD from Amazon, and even payed more to have it shipped to me by tomorrow than the movie itself cost. That was probably stupid, but I only have a few more days of staycation left, and I'd like to finish the song before I go back to work.

So there's how songwriting works sometimes.

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Less than a week until NaSoAlMo!

October 27, 2008

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I'm so excited! And to think a couple weeks ago, I didn't want to do it.

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Any Song Will Do

September 1, 2007

Kim SingingNew Song - Any Song Will Do
Stevie Wood, a friend from back in the days when MP3.com was all about showcasing the indie artist, asked me to sing a duet with him. It's a good, old fashioned rock n' roll song that gives you a clue why a lot of guitar players pick up the axe in the first place. Fun!

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Three Degrees from Kevin Bacon

June 12, 2006

It has come to my attention that I'm hotter stuff than I thought I was. I can prove that I'm three degrees from Kevin Bacon. Here's the path:

That quite possibly makes you at most four degrees from Kevin Bacon. smile

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Shadow of a Girl and Two Days

March 25, 2006

About four years ago, I wrote Shadow of a Girl based on a script for a movie called Two Days. The movie was written by Paige Carl Griggs. He stars in it and used that song and at least one other in the movie. It's being screened in April at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

You can hear my music in the trailer on the Two Days Website. You can hear the acoustic guitar intro to Space Needle in the beginning, and then you can hear me singing Shadow of a Girl in the background of the bar scenes. How cool is that?

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