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Friday, June 13, 2008

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Kevin

Do you ever sleep?

Paul H

I work at home too, and when we bought a new house a couple of years ago, the placement of my office (preferably as secluded and as far away from the kids as possible) was quite possibly the number one consideration as to which house to buy. I had had the experience in our previous (smaller) house of working on the first floor, just off the living room, and I simply couldn't get anything done. I actually ended up renting office space away from home temporarily until we were able to move, because it was realistically the only way I could keep my job. So I completely sympathize with you on the office situation. I hope that the upstairs location works better for you.

Paul H

And now moving on to the other topic of your post, I just happen to be listening to a random selection of all my mp3 files right now. So here are the next ten that are coming up in the playlist:

1. Shock the Monkey, by Peter Gabriel
2. Giant Steps (alternate take), by John Coltrane
3. Bonzo's Montreux, by Led Zeppelin
4. Airegin, by Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies (This song is from a jazz CD that I got as a freebie from a small online CD store that had taken a long time to deliver my order, and I ended up liking this disc better than the one I had actually ordered. It says that it's by Steve Smith and "Buddy Rich Alumni" -- i.e., people who had played with Buddy Rich. It's basically just an album of jazz standards, but the performances are excellent.)
5. Okie Dokie Stomp, by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (an awesome blues instrumental)
6. The Power to Believe II, by King Crimson
7. Buzz Buzz Buzz, by the Mighty Blue Kings
8. A First Impression / Cycles, by Animator (excellent early 1990s progressive rock band from Champaign, Illinois, who unfortunately split up before they could finish recording what would have been an awesome second album)
9. Octavarium, by Dream Theater
10. You Shook Me, by Muddy Waters

Paul H

Oh, and thanks for the link to Chris Cornell singing Billie Jean. That was very interesting, to say the least. :-)

Trubador

"Currently, my iTunes now has 17,974 songs."

YIKES! I'm only up to approx. 4600 (only 200 of which are iTunes downloads, the rest being CD loads).

Trubador

P.S. K.D. Lang's version of Cohen's "Hallelujah" is also stunningly beautiful.

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

MMajor Fan

What an enjoyable read of gentle humor. I thought immediately of you as a Catholic Art Buchwald. You should do this more often, though not as a substitute for sleep of course!

:-)

LJ

There's nothing wrong with lava lamps, just don't put a bead curtain across your office doorway.

Clare O'Brien

Enjoyed all your writing here, especially your American Idol comments - I was thinking along similar lines in my blog at http://clarefromscotland.blogspot.com/2008/05/i-dont-mean-to-be-rude-but.html

warriorwoman

I really enjoyed your Blog, Carl. Just a small tip. If you enjoyed the acoustic rendition of "Billie Jean" by Chris Cornell, please go here for a live version and a real treat.

http://www.chriscornell.com/media/player.aspx?mid=1156

The first time I heard him sing this live (The Metro in Chicago), the goosebumps just danced along my arms and neck.
Please take the time to view this video. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Christopher

"I'll Never Get Tired Of You," by King's X. From "faith hope love," arguably the best album produced by a criminally underrated band.

I've mentioned this before but always a pleasure to see another King's X fan in St. Blog's parish. =)

I have to say Please Come Home... Mr Bulbous has grown on me immensely with repeated listens and even Manic Moonlight, despite Doug's experimentation with the drum machine.

Carl E. Olson

Just a small tip. If you enjoyed the acoustic rendition of "Billie Jean" by Chris Cornell, please go here for a live version and a real treat.

Ah yes; I've watched the entire concert. Twice. Really good. And I have three or four of his recent concerts (full band and solo acoustic), and they are excellent. My regret is that he came to Portland a few months ago and I wasn't able to go.

Carl E. Olson

Do you ever sleep?

I did sleep last night. And I do actually sleep a decent amount, but usually not all in one stretch.

Carl E. Olson

What an enjoyable read of gentle humor. I thought immediately of you as a Catholic Art Buchwald.

That's very kind. Thanks!

Carl E. Olson

I've mentioned this before but always a pleasure to see another King's X fan in St. Blog's parish. =)

I have everything by King's X (except the most recent album, just released), and I've struggled in recent years to enjoy their work. But there is always something of interest. But faith hope love was, for me, the high point.

I used to work with a guy who was the drum tech for King's X for several tours (late '80s through late '90s), and he had lots of great stories. Good stories. He really liked worked for them; they are, despite their many personal travails, accessible and low key guys. I am, however, sad to read of the anger and frustration expressed by Doug (now "Dug?") about Christianity in light of his public "coming out." Sad.

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Hi Carl,

On behalf of Exile Productions and Exile Publishing, many thanks for plugging Van Morrison and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks from Van’s new album – “Keep It Simple” - full versions of "That's Entrainment" and "Behind The Ritual" (along with album track samplers) are available for fans and bloggers to link on Lost Highway's web-site at http://www.losthighwayrecords.com .

Up-to-the-minute info on Keep It Simple and Van’s 2008 shows is, of course, also available on www.vanmorrison.com and www.myspace.com/vanmorrison and, for a limited period, you can still hear Van's exclusive BBC concert at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_vanmorrison and you can also see his BBC sessions at http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/vanmorrison/video/ .

Thanks again for your support.

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Gail F

Vaguely related to that version of "Billy Jean"... Have you ever heard Richard Thompson's version of "Oops I Did it Again"? He sang it as part of his "1000 Years of Popular Music" concert and it is amazing. I couldn't believe it was the same song.

My husband has always been a huge Richard Thompson fan but I never could see why. Last year he was in town for a solo concert and I took my husband for his birthday, figuring that he would love it and I would have a decent time. But that was the best concert I've ever heard in my life, the man is phenomenal. I couldn't believe that we weren't hearing at least two guitars.

Docemedomine

I've had a hard time enjoying King's X lately too. The one with The Mountain was the last one I bought.
One year I paid about $50 to see U2 in a stadium and $15 to see King's X in a club. U2 was good, but King's X was better. Doug caught my friend messing up the words as he was singing along. They came out after to shoot the breeze and autograph.
A little more recently I saw them in a club in a strip mall, and they walked in right behind me. The ticket taker asked for money and they had to tell her they were the band! Later I was in the bathroom and heard a knock, and it was Ty making one last stop before they went on. No wonder they're down to earth.

Mechanically Declined

Carl, Maybe you or someone else could solve this dilemma: I recently purchased an IPod for my wife, the problem is that all of my older files are MP3's, which would not load onto the IPod. How do you convert the MP3 files to the IPod?

Carl Olson

MD: mp3 files should work just fine on your iPod. You simply need to use iTunes. Once you import your mp3 files into iTunes, you can transfer them onto the iPod. Here is a tutorial that should help.

Docemedomine

Other AI crimes:

turning songs by The Clash and Cake into
bubblegum numbers for Ford commercials.

David Cook's Baba O'Riley. He should've "made his own" the Duran Duran song, NOT Baba O'Riley.

All those tired audition shows that indulge attention seekers. Still, you can't help but watch to spot the good ones you'll root for.

Idol Gives Back. Ok, at least it does some good, but it it's an exercise in crying and self-congratulation for checkbook charity. It's so easy to give up a mocha latte instead of instead of time.

BackRowBaritone

I'm sorry you spent so much effort moving your study to the second floor. I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to move it back downstairs. Seeing the nature of your library in a recent photo in this blog, you may be compromising the structural integrity of your new house! I'm half-serious! Scott Hahn says he has his library in his basement! At least get an evaluation from a certified structural engineer. Really, Carl, we don't want to lose you at such a young age. You should also consider the well-being of your family. At least consider spreading your library over several rooms - some in your bedroom, some in the bathroom, etc. Besides that, those Mormons need you! ;-)

miceal breatnac

Try a Little Tenderness, is that Nelson Riddle arrangement from Nice and Easy from circa 1959? or the recording from the 1940s? Nice and Easy is an underappreciated Sinatra recording, last or near to last album he did on Capitol.

Ann Applegath

Oy! Carl, you are very funny, but your taste in what passes for music in the 21st century is abominable.
TV, too -- GO, TONY!!!!

Carl Olson

Try a Little Tenderness, is that Nelson Riddle arrangement from Nice and Easy from circa 1959? or the recording from the 1940s?

The recoding from the 1940s. I like both of them. The later Sinatra (1953 and following) had a certain world-weary edge to it that gives it more punch. But the earlier recordings are really beautiful.

Carl Olson

Oy! Carl, you are very funny, but your taste in what passes for music in the 21st century is abominable.

Sweet, sweet Ann. I'm perplexed. First, over half of the songs listed in my post were recorded in the 20th century. Secondly, I suspect that you don't like any music produced in the 21st century. What is a poor philistine like myself supposed to do? ;-)

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