by bill - 2008-04-15 ( culture / music ) [html version]
by bill - 2008-04-22 ( culture / music / radio ) [html version]
Online Radio stations
from Don (ca. 2010)
As broadcast radio continues to drive itself into self-extinction with their worship of mediocrity (the new American disease), there's a new type of radio called satellite radio. You can buy a satellite radio for your car and subscribe. Not sure about availability for your area. But you can go to www.xm.com and listen to some good programming, free on your computer. All their programmers are supposed to be really into whatever type of music they program, so it's music by and for music lovers, apparently, rather than music haters ... I mean businessmen.
from Don (ca. 2010)
I finally broke down and got XM Radio for the car. Read, listen or watch the rest here: www.xm.com and listen to what kind of stations they have. Only $200 for a Delphi setup at Best Buy, plus $10 a month. The Loft and XM Cafe are probably my favorite stations. Deep Tracks has the lesser-known oldies. Quite a few hard and alternative type rock. Also there are the various decade channels, which are all hits from that decade. There are comedy channels and talk also, but I haven't checked them out yet. Good jazz, blues and classical. Haven't heard a commercial yet, but some stations supposedly have some. There's no going back to FM! I don't even consider FM to be MUSIC anymore - it's just advertising and noise. Anybody who drives a lot (lives in So. Cal) NEEDS this. The Delphi receiver's the way to go because you can move the receiver around from car to home or to another car.
Old Music, Newly Uploaded
by bill - 2008-10-01 ( culture / music / piano ) [html version]
[Updated: 2022-06-09 01:02:15]
Here's some piano music I've composed over the years, mostly from the late 80s and early 90s. I rarely play nowadays. None of the compositions (if you can call them that) had names until just now. And none of it is very professionally played or recorded, but it's all I could do!
Still, all rights reserved by me. Feel free to download and play them, but if you use them professionally/monetarily in any way, you'll need my permission first.
Almost -- Almost (part 2) -- Awesome Drum Solo -- Big Decision -- Catch Me If You Can -- Cowboy -- Life is Usually Good -- Midvale Avenue -- Never-Ending Suite -- Over and Under -- Pondering -- Ride 'Em -- Sad But Hopeful -- Stumbling Speedskater -- Through the Tunnel -- Twinkle Toes -- Uh Oh -- Watch Out
Mr. Happy's 18th Annual Unusual Christmas Music Podcast
You can "tune in" via your favorite mp3 player to the show: radio show
What can you expect to hear? About 500 songs (over 24 hours of non-repeat music!) that fall into one or more of the following categories:
Sure. I know what you are thinking. "18 years and it still sounds that bad?" Yes, like a fine wine that's been opened year after year...it's basically vinegar by now. My motto is that there is something to offend everyone!
Cheers and happy holidays. Mr Happy
To tune in with iTunes (you don't need to use iTunes - this should work with any mp3 player such as winamp, real, etc.)
At this point you should be able to see the show name, artist & song titles. Let me know if you need help configuring.
Newly Discovered Radio Station
by bill - 2009-12-08 ( culture / music / radio ) [html version]
I just got my car back from the shop. $1500. Ouch!
On the way home, though, I turned on the radio. All my preset stations were gone. Right. Whenever they reset the onboard computer, it resets my radio station presets. Kinda weird that it would, actually. Doesn't the radio have its own "memory" separate from the car's computer? Apparently not.
Anyway, punching the buttons just to see what the radio decided to set for me, I happened upon 107.9, apparently known as Q108. They were actually playing songs from this decade! And it wasn't rap/crap! No way! Yes, way. The reception is spotty here because the station actually comes out of Clarksville. I guess they've got that large younger population stationed at Fort Campbell that they're catering to. Anyway, I love it.
So, for those odd occasions when I forget my MP3 player and am forced to listen to broadcast radio, I'll tune in 107.9, so long as it comes in. Or, I can go to q108.com and listen through the internet.
Speaking of which, I came across an article yesterday about internet radio in your car! It was being offered by Blaupunkt in partnership with someone else. Unfortunately, it was only offered in Australia, apparently. Even there I'm not sure it ever came to fruition. Sure would be nice, though, assuming the 3G reception is acceptable. Then again, if you're going to pay for a 3G connection, you'd might as well go with Sirius XM radio. I used to have that, and loved it. It's just that when I had to start tightening my budget, that was one of the first things to go. God, I hate budget tightening! :)
But I digress ...
New MP3 Player for My Car
I am now the proud owner of this very cool device, here.
Thanks to Heather and Brady for the suggestion!
Lies Lies Lies
by bill - 2013-07-10 ( culture / music / conspiracies ) [html version]
Lyrics from a Frank Zappa song:
"You will obey me while I lead you
Musical Sign Language Interpreters
That must be some fast signing. I'd like to see that. I guess they show the beat by tapping their feet? It's got me curious.
We are SO excited to tell y'all that Musical Sign Language Interpreters will be at this weeks show.. and it is..."
facebook.com/NashvilleDancin/posts/411139799006584 - Nashville Dancin' (@NashvilleDancin) July 31, 2013
All-Time Favorite Songs
by bill - 2015-05-31 ( culture / music ) [html version]
Or, what I'd want on my MP3 player if stuck on a deserted island (with rechargeable batteries and a solar-powered battery charger). A bunch of songs have been left off simply because they've been played to death. Some songs are on here only because I like (try) to sing along, or maybe it has a killer riff/refrain/sequence but the rest of the song is nothing special. :) This page uses affiliate links, which means we earn a tiny (and I do mean tiny) commission if you make a purchase after clicking that link.
The list, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
One of the All-time Great Rock Era Lyricists
by bill - 2017-03-08 ( culture / music / lyrics ) [html version]
Listening to Don Henley this morning. He is one of the all-time great lyricists/poets. Just thought I'd say so. Then Don McLean came on, so... ?? Of course, they can both be among the greatest, but Henley is probably THE greatest.
by bill - 2018-02-22 ( culture / music / tech ) [html version]
I'm buying one of these: USB turntable. I've been wanting to convert my old vinyl records to MP3 for quite a while now. I hope it works!
UPDATE: I wish I'd read this first: cnet.com/news/usb-turntables-worst-ever-audio-product/
by bill - 2019-03-21 ( culture / music / pop ) [html version]
Dido's latest (here) is pretty good, FYI, if you generally like her music.
Mongolian Throat Singing
by bill - 2019-04-15 ( culture / music ) [html version]
This (Wolf Totem by The HU) is wild. Surprisingly catchy... and a little bit scary. My daughter says it sounds like it's from a horror movie. :)
Knots by Anna Nalick
by bill - 2019-06-16 ( culture / music ) [html version]
Wow, great vocals. My current favorite
Here it is at YouTube.
Music by a Brother
by bill - 2020-02-17 ( culture / music / country ) [html version]
Music by one of my brothers:
Music by a Nephew (and Friends)
by bill - 2020-03-16 ( culture / music / reggae ) [html version]
Music by An Old Friend
by bill - 2020-05-16 ( culture / music / country ) [html version]
Cassette Tape Converted to Mp3
by bill - 2020-06-27 ( culture / music / tech ) [html version]
[Updated: 2021-02-16 13:10:59]
Cool! I am getting one of these. I am including an affiliate link here. This sounds like a scam post, but I really am going to buy this! :)
UPDATE: Piece of crap. Do NOT waste your time or money. There is a constant hum in the background of my sample recorded songs (side 1 of End of the Innocence, FYI). The FF and REW buttons are switched, so it took a minute to figure out how to get to the start of the tape. And, topping it off, it looked like it was about to mangle the tape. When I stopped the rewind and pulled the cassette out, the ribbon was twisted.
On the subject of converting, this site seems good for converting various digital formats from one to the other. They do more than just MP4 to FLV, but this is the link I'm using right now: MP4 to FLV Converter
Blue Ashes Music
by bill - 2021-05-25 ( culture / music / rock ) [html version]
[Updated: 2022-09-23 10:27:19]
These guys played in my neighborhood today (still playing, actually) for the neighborhood pool party. They're pretty good, so I thought I'd mention them here. And, apparently, one of my neighbors (or at least someone local) had to step up and fill in for someone. The website only shows the lead singer and one guy, but it's a four-piece band.
Their website is blueashesmusic.com
Favorite Lines from Songs/lyrics
[Updated: 2021-11-02 12:24:12]
Obviously a work in progress but, here goes... in no particular order. Lyrics verified on azlyrics.com. PLEASE add your own by leaving a comment below!
"You gave me nothing, now it's all I got." from One by U2
"If you're sleeping, are you dreaming? If you're dreaming, are you dreaming of me?" from Calling You by Blue October
"Used-to-be's don't count anymore, they just lay on the floor 'til we sweep them away." from You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Neil Diamond
"No matter what I say, you'll ignore me anyway. I might as well talk in my sleep." from Casual Conversations by Supertramp
"Had a dream it was war, but they couldn't tell me what it was for." from Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) by Roger Hodgson
"Sometimes I think too much, but say nothing at all." from Tell Her This by Del Amitri
"Step out the front door like a ghost into the fog, where no one notices the contrast of white on white." from Round Here by Counting Crows
"I could surrender but I'd... Just be pretending, no I'd... Rather be dead than live a lie... Burn the white flag!" from White Flag by Joseph
"Sometimes you dream, sometimes it seems there's nothing there at all. You just seem older than yesterday, and you're waiting for tomorrow to call." from Roy Rogers by Elton John
Along those same lines (no pun intended), see One of the All-Time Great Rock Era Lyricists
John Lennon Quote
by bill - 2021-08-08 ( culture / quotes / music ) [html version]
-- John Lennon
UPDATE: Now, after watching Inventing Anna on Netflix, the above quote actually came from Yoko Ono? I don't know.
Sell Your Albums and Cds
They've probably had this for years, but I just discovered that you can sell your music albums and CDs on Discogs.com, which I thought was pretty cool. Here's a sample link, though it obviously doesn't have to be this album: discogs.com
Music to manifest miracles in your life
by don - 2022-03-30 ( education / research ) [html version]
this is a good sound track for visualizing meditation
Randy Bachman Reunited with Stolen Guitar... 46 Years On
by bill - 2022-07-21 ( culture / music / guitar ) [html version]
A happy guitar story!
Read, listen or watch the rest here:
The Pyramids Were Giant Musical Instruments
by admin - 2022-07-22 ( education / research / science / sound ) [html version]
Country Star John Rich Bypasses Woke Labels, Releases Song on Truth Social, Rumble, and Soars to No. 1
by don - 2022-08-03 ( culture / music / country / politics ) [html version]
Really great story about music and what Nashville has become.
Read, listen or watch the rest here: john rich bypasses woke labels
#1 Country Song? (Catchy and True)
by doug - 2023-06-12 ( culture / music / country / politics ) [html version]
I just heard about it today. YouTube has been falsely reducing the views, so it has broken the million views mark many different times, according to the artist.
Here's the song:
It reached the top of iTunes as of mid-March. And the artist was interviewed on this show which I found was interesting:
blog version similar posts here ... and elsewhere
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