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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How We Look To Ourselves

How We Look To Ourselves 

As time flies past us, we can remember how we used to look.  The older you get, the more options you have to view yourself.  More memories to draw from.  More choices to be happy or not.

Everyone ages, some look older than they are, some look younger than they are.  Some look the age that they actually are.  However, it doesn't matter how you age on the the outside, it matters how you age on the inside.

The longer I live, the more I know.  More time that passes by, I want to leave this Earth a better person.  Each day you can try hard to care more, forgive more and help more.  The harder you work, the faster time flies by, you turn your head it you see wrinkles and grey in your hair.

Hopefully you are a better person.  What is on the outside doesn't matter unless you let it affect your mind.  Live healthy, work out, be the first to forgive and forget, eat what works for you, and don't forget to smile at life.  It's gone before you know it. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017

I burned my first CD of my own music in 1999

I burned my first CD of my own music in 1999

I burned my first CD of my own music in 1999.  It was amazing at the time.  I could now make a digital copy of my music and share it with the world on Compact Disc, wow!  At the time I had a 1x CD burner.  That means I could burn a CD that I composed in real time.  Also at the time, you couldn't do anything else on your computer as you burned your CD.  And about 35% of the time you burned a coaster.  Yep, the good old days for sure!

Here is the Cover Of My First CD

So this is the cover of my first CD.  Wow!  Times have changed.  It was printed on printer paper and it looks like some kind of paint program.  I think that is a photo of me from an early digital photo.  The digital cameras at the time shot photos on a floppy disk.  About twelve photos could be saved on a floppy disk.

I remember making this CD.  I used a midi sampler to record a lot of the compositions.  Also, I used a synthesizer for others using midi.  It was a fun challenge to record the files digitally so that I could burn a CD.   Now I could have my music protected for all time because it was digital.  Zeros and ones!  Eighteen years later, and the music industry has completely changed.

Here is the Cover of my Latest CD

So here is the cover of my latest CD Mode of Music.  It's on Amazon to purchase.   Eighteen years ago it would have been amazing to think one day that I would be able to sell my music to an international audition, however, no one buys physical copies of music anymore.   

In 1999, people started to download music and over the last eighteen years, musicians make a living through touring or merc.  In 1999, 938 million CDs were sold.  In 2016, 99 million CDs were sold.  Streaming services are up, CDs and Mp3s downloads are down.  Way down.

What will be the future of music?  Streaming for right now.  I'm sure there will be a new way to listen to music in the future, a few years from now.  Little that I knew back in 1999 when I recorded my first CD, that was the year that would begin the end of physical media.  And now in 2017, downloading Mp3s are being replaced by paid streaming services. 

I would like to think that one day all of my music will be available forever.  However, if one CD survives, perhaps someone will convert it so they could listen to it.  I'll smile now for what they will hear.  I wonder if it will be one of my songs or my experimental electronic music?  Only time will tell!  Compute that!

Perhaps they will find my photos and films too!

Mode Of Music on Amazon 

Friday, August 18, 2017

What Advice I Would Give The 16 Year Me If I Could Go Back In Time

What Advice I Would Give The 16 Year Me If I Could Go Back In Time

What if time travel was possible?  Would you change the past?  Would you enjoy going back to watch history in person?  Would you travel to the future?

Let's ponder for a moment what you would tell your sixteen-year-old self.  At sixteen you could understand what your future-self was saying.   At sixteen you could remember what you have learned from living in the future.  

This is what I would tell myself.

"The future is going to be amazing!  Computers and networks are so fast that you can do things on them like watch any movie you want, read any book, listen to any song and learn anything you want with videos, photos, and text.  You will know where you are at within a few inches with GPS, anybody is only a few clicks away or a phone call away.  Oh yeah, everyone has a portable phone with them at all times!  Yep, it's true!  They have small batteries.

Keep on playing guitar, you are going to be a pretty good blues and rock player.  Also, you are going to love playing piano too, so go ahead and get a head start that.  You will not need to read or buy guitar magazines to learn songs,  they will have the TABs and videos on any song you want to learn.  That's the way you will learn how to play Boogie Woogie piano by the way.  That four-track cassette recorder you have will be obsolete, you will be able to use any computer as a full recording studio!  You don't need fifty amps, you can have them all on your computer and even your phone.  That's right, you can use your phone as a computer.  Some people don't even have computers anymore, they only use their phones.   And your phone will have 'apps' so you don't need a tuner or a metronome either.  They are right in your phone!

Also, sometimes things in the world will look bad.  Like the world is going to be over.  It won't.  Humanity goes on, no matter what happens.   You will wake up, go outside and the sun will rise.  Take a deep breath, look around and be happy that you are alive.  Living is the best gift humanity has, do not waste it!  News is twenty-four hours day, so watch only a few minutes of it a day and go outside for a bike ride.  Yeah, they still have bikes in the future.  Also, work out a lot and give up white bread and eat more roughage.  

Do you know how you love sci-fi films and television shows.  Well, no one watches TV anymore and know one watches films on VHS tape, or later DVD or Bluray, everyone watches them on computers connected to their High Definition TVs.  That's right, the resolution is four times higher and having a 50-inch television is normal and cheap.   A 50-inch TV is small in the future.  Most people don't go to the movies anymore since they can what a movie at home at any time.  But you have to go to the theater if you want to watch them in 3D.  Yeah, save your money and watch them in 2D, that 3D stuff isn't that good. 

Oh, by the way, you have over 4000 videos on the 'web' and you will use future technology to make a sci-fi feature film with robots!  That's right, in the future, anyone can make a film and be a celebrity.  I don't want to give too much away but you will be known as 'The Internet Legend' and everything you do 'does compute' and 'rock and rolls'.  Yeah I know you don't get it yet, but you will.  Oh and 2012 is like five years ago, so you can stop saying that.

The future is going to be great.  Once you get there, the next thirty years will be amazing too!  Remember to enjoy the ride!  And in the future, there will be a film series called Transformers that looks cool, but what ever you do, DON'T GO WATCH THEM!"

I know that this has happened since to this day I have never seen a Transformers movie.  Thanks, future-self!  You Rock and Compute at the same time!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Have You Made A Difference Today?

Have You Made A Difference Today?

Here is a question for you.  Have you made a difference today?  Think about it.  What have you done to make the world a better place?  Have you made a difference today in someone's life?  In society?  In general?  In the world?

If not, why?  Were you too busy?  Didn't care?  Oblivious to the world around?  You're not alone.  So many times we're so busy that we don't take the time to enjoy what we have when we're living it.  One day, it will be gone.  Perhaps then, you'll look back and wished you did more when you had the chance and the time.

Do you need to write a novel, create art, compose a symphony or make a sci-fi robot film to make a difference in the world?  No.  Helping someone with a technology problem, help someone mow the yard, give up your seat to someone else and more and more.  Funny how the little things can add up.

Imagine if everyone in the world would be positive with others.  If everyone would be kind to others.  If everyone would be happy for other's successes and helped them with their failures.  What a wonderful world this would be!

Go out there and make this world an amazing place!


Playing Guitar to make the world a better place!

Smile to make the world a better place!

The world in 360!  A better place!

Seeing the world as a place to make better.

Building a better world, together!



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