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Not selling CDs

December 6, 2009

I've been feeling like removing another layer of clutter around the house. I gathered up 39 of my CDs that I thought I could let go, and went to Secondspin.com to see how much they would pay. Most of them were 10 cents. I'd rather throw the CDs away than sell them for 10 cents, especially when I have to mail them in and pay postage. Ten of them were worth around $2.00. So just for those after postage, I'd get about $16. Doesn't feel worth it.

I've never been big on doing a lot of work to get rid of stuff. I just want it gone. Maybe I'll take them to Goodwill and write them off as a charitable contribution. How much would you value them for charitable purposes? $1 apiece?

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Just some stuff - LwB, Jobs, NaSoAlMo, Coffee Bean and Pomplamoose

September 30, 2009

A quick update for youz guyz:

  • When I muster up the energy to write, I usually write on the Lunch with Brian blog. Today, I wrote up the visit to Perry's Steakhouse we made earlier this month.
  • I've changed jobs again. I'm back to doing what I did around 2002... Java programming and general techie data type support. It's a lot less stressful, and I'm sleeping much better at night.
  • National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo) is just a month away. I'm already getting excited about writing and recording another album!
  • I haven't been to Starbucks in a couple of weeks. *GASP!* It's because I started going to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I prefer Starbucks mochas, but the pastries and iced teas at Coffee Bean are far superior. Chocolate chip scones, chocolate croissants and Round Rock donuts plus teas like Japanese cherry, apple roiboos and 10 gallon black. Great way to start the morning!
  • A new favorite band is Pomplamoose. They do fun video songs on YouTube. Today's video includes a puppet playing the kick drum on Earth, Wind and Fire's September. They also have a fun cover of Beyonce's Single Ladies that's been making the rounds on the interwebs.
  • Next up? October!

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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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CD Baby Shipping Instructions

December 6, 2008

I love CD Baby. I ordered CDs from them this week, and in the shipping instructions, I asked if they would put a smiley face on the packaging. An excerpt from my order confirmation:

Order # 4478124
status: paid

#### ORDER # 4478124 ######

Will you put a smiley face on the packing slip or somewhere on the packaging?

This is what I got:

Smiley face on outside of CD mailing box

The CDs I ordered are Wheel of Style and Bushsongs from One Black Lung. Wheel of Style has 22 songs on it! I'm looking forward to listening to them.

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It's time for the RPM Challenge!

February 1, 2008

But I'm not doing it. tongue

My friend b-Man called me out last night for not posting to my blog for a month. So... Hello World!

I have two friends doing the RPM Challenge where you make an album during the month of February. My new friend from the November NaSoAlMo challenge, Rusting Willpower, and my blogging friend b-Man. There are over 1900 people/bands signed up to do it. Wowie!

It's kinda fun to listen to some of last year's music if you've got time to kill.

I still haven't recovered from making my NaSoAlMo album in November. But as a show of support for my RPM Challenge friends, I'm committing myself to writing and recording one song this month.

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Three Helenas (not to be confused with Three Marlenas)

December 19, 2007

I was listening to the old iPod this week and a song by Sordid Humor came on that I might have only heard one or two times in my life called "Helena." I liked it, and I thought, "Hmmmm, I know two other songs called 'Helena', and I really like them, too. I should blog about it."

Hence ...

Helena by Sordid Humor

I bought the Sordid Humor "Light Music for Dying People" CD because Adam Duritz sings backing vocals on some of the songs. He sings backing vocals on "Helena." I heart Adam. Other Counting Crows members helped with these songs, too.
don't let me break your heart Helena
don't let me break your heart Helena
don't give me presents and don't give me praise
you're gonna let me dig my very own grave Helena

Helena by Nickel Creek

I heard this song many times before I really listened to the lyrics. Then I was fascinated and disgusted all at the same time. I think the teller of the story is a married guy stringing another woman along. At first he's apologetic and sweet. Then he reveals his cold-hearted nature. It's men like him who give men a bad name.
Helena, don't walk away
Before you give me back my heart
If it were mine, it would be yours to take

You look so sweet waiting for me
While I wait for her to give me any reason to leave

You're not that sweet
And neither is she
Go ahead and tell her anything you want,
'cause, Helena, guys like me never sleep alone at night

Helena by My Chemical Romance

I'd heard of My Chemical Romance because lots of youngish girls love the lead singer, apparently. I didn't give the band a second thought until someone said she listened to her little sister's My Chemical Romance CD, and it wasn't that bad. She said, "In fact, it was damn good." So I listened to Helena, and it was a song I'd heard often on the radio, and it was damn good. I don't have any idea what it's about, though.
Well if you carry on this way
Things are better if i stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight

And then there's Three Marlenas by The Wallflowers. If only the little Dylan had named it Three Helenas, it would have made a great ending for this post.

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Listening to Lori McKenna Tonight

April 20, 2007

I think she's brilliant.

Don't tell her that I drink tea and not coffee
I'd prefer it if you didn't talk at all about me
Even in the brief casual chat
Don't tell her how I loved your smile or things like that
Well what if we meet on some cross town street
And you'll introduce us, and we'll finally meet
And I'll be alone when you're walking away
And I'll be wondering what she's gonna say
Well I know we'll never be the way we were
But don't tell her
I can't stand anybody knowing me the way you do
And I can't stand the thought of her knowing you
~ Lori McKenna, Paper Wings & Halo

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Let's Smile with Gina

April 3, 2007

gina_glocksen.jpgSmile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

I enjoyed Gina's song on American Idol tonight. She has a beautiful smile.

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Please may I keep my blogging club card?

August 9, 2006

Just some stuff:

  • I went to Mandola's Italian Kitchen for lunch (first time). I was reading the menu and thought some pesto pasta sounded delicious. Then I thought, "I'd rather get something with meat." I continued to read the menu and finally settled on Eggplant Parmesan. I'm glad no one was holding me accountable for that previous thought about meat. I forgot it about two seconds after I thought it.

  • I recommend the Denver Post's "Lyrics Undercover" podcast. Each one is short (less than 10 minutes), and as the site says, "each week Brian gives us ... a podcast that looks behind the words of well-known songs." You don't have to have an iPod to listen. Just download the MP3 file and listen on your computer if you want.

  • I also recommend the FX series "30 Days." It's from the guy who did Super Size Me. Each show, Morgan Spurlock or someone else spends 30 Days experiencing something new to them. The one I watched last night had a guy who was laid off from his job due to outsourcing to India go to India and get a job. He got to see how the "new" jobs there are affecting the people of India.

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Fourth of July, Asbury Park

July 8, 2006

I'm a regular listener to the podcasts The Best Radio You Have Never Heard and Coverville. This week, I downloaded the Fourth of July edition of Coverville. In this edition, there was a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fourth of July, Asbury Park" by Richard Shindell that's fantastic. I'm not a big fan of Springsteen, but when I hear other people doing his songs, I hear what a great songwriter he is. He can really paint a story.

I found a streaming version of the song on Richard Shindell's website. It's the last song on his Courier CD. Great stuff.

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Podcasts and The Best Radio You Have Never Heard

May 25, 2006

I'm intrigued by the idea of podcasts. For those who don't know what one is, it's just a long audio file (MP3 or whatever) with stuff in it. It could be a talk show or a radio-like music show or really whatever audio delight someone wants to put together. You can download it and listen. I suspect it got its name because you can load it into an iPod and take it with you. An example is the weekly "Lost" podcast where they have interviews with cast and crew, previews of upcoming episodes, etc. Put it in your iPod and listen on the way to work or whatever.

I've made several attempts to find a podcast that I enjoy. As much as I'm intrigued by the idea of podcasts, I just haven't been able to get into the swing of it.

This week, though, I finally found one that I like. It's called The Best Radio You Have Never Heard, and it's all music. The one I downloaded was "Anything Can Happen Day" from 5/1/06.

I knew I was going to love it from the very first two songs: Bruce Cockburn's "If I Had A Rocket Launcher" and Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays." Right now, at 1 hour in, I hear World Party's cover of The Beatles "Happiness is a Warm Gun." I can't wait to hear more!!

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One Vision

May 8, 2006

I got a replacement iPod after the one I bought a few weeks ago broke. So I'm listening to it today at work. I barely pay attention to lyrics, but one popped out at me just now. Queen's "One Vision" is all about getting everyone on the same page. Here's a sample:

Give me your hands,
Give me your hearts,
I'm ready,
There's only one direction,
One world and one nation,
Yeah one vision

Okay... rah rah rah. Good touchy feel stuff, right?

Then at the end it says,

Gimme one night,
Gimme one hope,
Just gimme,
One man one man,
One bar one night,
One day hey hey,
Just gimme gimme gimme
Fried chicken

heh! Goofballs. happy

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