Making music

Now that the Holidays and the craziness are over (for just a moment here), I have finally had the chance to play around with some new apps downloaded from the Windows 10 app store. One of those apps is called Music Maker Jam.

Music Maker Jam allows you to take the pre-loaded music loops in the program and rearrange them to suit your musical taste and/or ideas. It is nothing professional in any way, shape or form, but, it is something fun to play around with.

If you would like to listen to my first tune programmed in Music Maker Jam, just click on the link below to listen.

 

If you enjoy it, you can share it with other people who may like it also. And if you search on SoundCloud for the song “927PM”, you can also click the like button and share from there. Thanks for listening, hope you do enjoy the track, and there will be more coming.

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What a day for a daydream…

Night Sky in Port Huron

Got a surprise when I logged into my WordPress account earlier today. It has been almost 30 days since I sat down and wrote myself  letter! and in my eyes, that is for too long.

You only get what you give..

Well, it has been quite a 30 day period for me. Discovered some things about myself, and found myself becoming stronger as a person because of it and that is something that all of us look to be – just a little better and a little stronger than we were the day before. As for me, to that end, I have decided to return to doing something that I enjoyed quite a lot in the past. I allowed it to get away from me during the years I enlisted into the US Army. But, now I feel it is time to do it once again. Starting later this year, I will once again be playing the piano.

Nothing fancy, just returning to an enjoyable past-time. Now, there was a period in my past when I was the keyboard player in a local “Top 40” cover band and we played everything from Van Morrison to Prince!  And let me tell you, it was quite a bit of fun. Now, not going to be playing  in a band anytime soon, just looking to rebuild my technique and style.

Days of Wine and Roses..

Also, keeping me busy and allowing me to be able to pick up the type of keyboard equipment I wish to play on, is the additional source of income. As many of us are doing these days, I am not only an entrepreneur, but also returned to the field of customer service. This was not an light or easy choice to make, as I was hoping that my business would be able to sustain my very modest lifestyle. However, since I reside in a small town, the additional source of income will not only allow me to pursue my musical interest, but also will give me access to the necessary funds needed to keep my business up and running!

Well, for right now, that is about it. I know its a bit short, but there will be more after the weekend. And don’t forget, if you have BBC America in your channel lineup, be sure to watch the return of Doctor Who to airwaves this Saturday at 8:00 p.m.!

What a great three days!

Port Huron Yacht Club

Port Huron Yacht Club

5 Whole days of fun, excitement, music..oh, and boats too!

 

Wow! what a ride the past three days have been here in Port Huron, Michigan.  Our annual Blue Water Festival was this week with the kick-off being on Tuesday with the opening of the T.J. Schmidt Carnival.

This was followed by the Rotary Parade on Wednesday and then live music events each evening which all led up to the large party in our downtown area that we call “Boat Night”! If you have never been it is something that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime!.

The whole week is actually a build-up to a rather large yacht race known as the Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race. And that in itself is quite the spectacle.

The parties, music, parades, and fun is all a little version of “Mardi Gras”, and even more so now that we have a Cajun style restaurant in the downtown area!

So, if you are looking for a great time and lots of fun next July, keep up with me, and I will let be sure to let you know when the party starts!

Have a great week and see you soon.

That time of the year..

Well, as it seems most unavoidable, the time of the year known as the “Holiday Season” is upon us in a matter of weeks. There will be Thanksgiving and Christmas parades, various holiday specials and episodes. All manner of things! Dinner and parties, invitations and phone calls, it will be enough to drive you mad! (if you aren’t already tired of the “wonderful time of the year..lol) But I digress. The holiday season for me means that it will be time for my favorite things…movies and BBC America specials!!

For me, there are certain movies that have a level of appeal that can only come from watching them during the two month period of November to December. Now, there are a number of actual holiday-themed movies, TV episodes, and specials that are made each year, but admittedly, there are those that are among my favorites. You know, the ones that you “just cannot miss”. Here are just a few of mine

Doctor Who (50th Anniversary & Christmas Special)

Big one for me this year is the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who BBC America special. I will not go into all the details of the special suffice to say, that if you are a Doctor Who fan, then this is THE year to pay close attention to both the “Day of the Doctor” and the Christmas special that should air in December.

The Court Jester” – (Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury)

One of his better known movies (in my opinion) and also one of his funniest! Long story short: Danny Kaye has to impersonate a jester, a Robin Hood-type character, and become a knight, all in order to save the heir to the throne! Oh, and let us not forget the witch “Greselda-she of the evil eye” Here is a wonderful scene between her and Danny Kaye!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4WffLH9UMs

“The Thin Man” (William Powell & Myrna Loy)

Have been a fan of “The Thin Man” movies ever since the first time I watched them. Now, the movies are not just shown during the holiday season, but they seem to have a different flavor to them when they are shown during the holiday season. For me, it is probably the fact that the initial “Thin Man” movie takes place during the weeks leading up to Christmas. A bonus from watching the witty banter between Powell and Loy is that a lot of murder mysteries have taken their cue (and sometimes their plot) from this movie. If you enjoyed watching a TV series called “Hart to Hart” then you will enjoy this “murder mystery”!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSNJ-8ouQEM

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (voice of Boris Karloff)

Come on, who can’t wait for the holidays just for this all-time classic! Where else are you going to hear the great Boris Karloff actually sing? And how can you not smile and laugh at lyrics such as: “The three words that describe you best are as follows and I quote – “Stink, Stank, Stunk”! Watch it every time it’s on and never tire of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgP0aUKlmNw

“White Christmas” (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye)

Of course, the quintessential Christmas musical and has to viewed at least one time. While it is enjoyable as a musical from first song to last, there are some songs that are a real gem. One of my favorites is the “Choreography” number.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-cXP1uDFpA

That is my short list for now. More than likely there will be updates and additions as we edge ever closer to that “most wonderful time of the year”. And I will do my best to keep you all up to date!

Have a great week and take care of yourself!