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03/09/2021  — 

Song-A-Day 2021: Mile On Ice

I'm about to share a video pulled together from clips that I shot on Feb 20, 2021 while recording 'Mile On Ice' for the 2021 Song-A-Day adventure. If you know me, you already know that I've been writing, recording, and sharing a new song every day in February as part of the Song- A-Day project. At this point in February I had already written about 20 songs so I already had the workflow and mindset in place to go from raw idea to 'song' very quickly.

In this example, I was able to create a couple guitar tracks to go with drums & bass before adding #vocals. The #performances and the recordings are messy but that's kind of the point - I want to generate and capture an idea before dinner time. In this case it worked out - the tune has moments that I'll hang onto: a killer #bass line, the shift from the hook to the chorus... even a couple lines from the lyrics would probably make it through a rewrite.

Believe it or not, part of what makes this whole thing work for me is turning off the #critical part of my brain and letting the ideas roll. You can hear a lot of self-critical stuff bubbling out of me, but even though I have #doubts about the '#goodness' I gotta accept it for what it is (and move on). I don't really evaluate the work (as a whole) till I give it some time. Coming back to a song after a few weeks lets me hear it with fresh ears, appreciate the strengths, and let me imagine its next (better) form. The whole point here is to #create and boom- there it is!

So give it a spin and let me know what you think. If you want to hear more, go here:

More Song-A-Day music: http://songaday.netscrap.com Go find the #bands: http://doubleplusalright.com http://blert.com http://instagram.com/greacen http://greacen.com

06/04/2013  — 

CTA- the most important part of your page.

Guess what's the most important part of your web page (or mobile app)...

08/18/2009  — 

Absurd Film/Foodie Moment

Just watched Diamonds Are Forever for the first time in a while. I forgot just how kooky and absurd this movie ended-up. It's especially bizarre given the fact that the previous film (On her Majesty's Secret Service) James got married (zoiks!) and then his new bride was killed in an alpine drive-by shooting!

How do you follow that drama? Well with the absurd duo: Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd of course. Give Rosencrantz and Guildenstern a bottle Château Mouton Rothschild, a timebomb in an ice cream sandwich, a flaming kabob jab that goes horribly wrong.

SEE?

Seems like there are other foodie chips melting through the Bond cookie.

12/25/2008  — 

Merry Christmas!

I hope you are happy and healthy this holiday season. This year we went back east to my parents' home for the holidays. Highlights:

  • Great seats on the flight. Thanks Granny.
  • Snow. immediately.
  • Bethelehem was beautiful.
  • A great (though chilly) day in NYC
  • Quality cousin time.
  • A quick trip to weyerbacher.
  • Happy girls on a fun Christmas morning.
  • Wintery-mix-gate: a tin found under Jon's pillow. All the chocolate chips gone.
  • Introducing the concept of 'Anti-Santa' who comes to steal presents from under your tree. That's why Santa will occasionally wrap presents using the same wrapping paper as gifts from family members.
  • The hot water situation.
  • This year's Christmas Crusaders production.
  • The Ham-bandit.
  • Good (great) news of baby Schulman's safe arrival.
  • Good (great) news of Malone's progress.
  • cafe from cosmic.
  • E's tearful (but happy) nite-nite call from auntie L's.
  • JM's idea about picking up girls at a bar by making racy cats-cradle shapes.
  • More to come... I'll add it as we do it .

To all our bay area family and friends, we miss you and kwill see you soon.

07/29/2008  — 

No Effing Way

A friend passed on a link to this trailer today. Take a peek only if you're really brave:

This reminded me of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco's attempt to rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the "George W Bush Sewage Plant."

Don't you think both of these efforts will backfire in about 10 years? Stone's film will end-up glorifying W., his life becomes a redemption story blazing a path for future presidents to follow. The renaming scheme will seal W's legacy as an environmental crusader who dealt with the tough problems of sewage treatment and toxic waste.

Also, where's Will Ferrel when you really need him?

05/01/2008  — 

Geo Quiz

02/19/2008  — 

Still playing catchup

01/31/2008  — 

Jon Brion on Eli Somethingoranothers

01/29/2008  — 

GoFish spilled, again...

01/21/2008  — 

What's the Greacen?