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[*] posted on 14-1-2019 at 07:25


My apologies for staying out of touch for so long - I was on a weekend away with the inlaws.



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[*] posted on 16-1-2019 at 21:48


Weekend away was fun but exhausting - I'm not used to little tykes running around while you're trying to get some sleep.



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[*] posted on 17-1-2019 at 18:20


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Anyone set themselves new year resolutions? I've just taken up regular swimming as exercise and aim to keep it up three times a week. I'm still formulating other resolutions.


I had set myself to read more of the 'French experience' last year. This means more history and literature in English translation. Some looking at maps. The period I've studied in general over the last ten years is Euro Renaissance and one of the first things I read (and it was online) were memoirs of Philippe de Commines. He attended and acted as sometimes ambassador to Louis XI who died 1483. A bio of him I finished some ten years ago too.
Anyway this time I go around this circle of topical study it gets wider and deeper.
Today I read a Social and Cultural History of Early Modern France ~1450-1789, from Cambridge Uni Press
I should get thru this year a bio of Francis I taht is on the shelf
I should finish the last ten stories of Balzac's 'Droll Stories' (published 1842, translated 1874) this month or next - and which has been hilarious
and, later, I will continue to read various stories of his, the famous ones, lots of the early ones, and I have also been reading
a bunch of Inspector Maigret stories of George Simenon from the 1930's - '50's.\

The 20th c. mystery stories are so easy to pick and speed through :drums:
I like all of it.
If any one has recommendations, I'm all ears and eyes today :bouncing:
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[*] posted on 18-1-2019 at 20:06


You could try François Villon or Guillaume Apollinaire...



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[*] posted on 19-1-2019 at 05:39


Not a lot to say really, except I hope everyone's doing okay.



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[*] posted on 20-1-2019 at 21:26


Puney andsick, and solving a jigsaw.

One of those fashion things out here is tiny jigsaws - they take about a quarter of the space your regular jigsaw does. My sister-in-law has taken a shine to them. I found three at the second-hand shop, but before I give them to her I need to make sure they are complete.

So now I'm doing one of the island of Terschelling - and let me tell you I am not impressed with these tiny things. It's very hard to make out what's on them.




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[*] posted on 21-1-2019 at 08:40


This week-end I helped my ex-girlfriend move in her new flat. There was my ex-step brothe, his husband, my ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend and my ex-nephew. We all had a great time, ate good food, drank good wine and whisky, and laughed a lot.

Today, I'm not working cause of the weather, everything is frozen around here, so working on the roofs is out of the question.




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[*] posted on 21-1-2019 at 20:08


That's a nice thing to do Aqua!

Learned that one of my favorite colleagues won't get a contract renewal, which saddens me greatly.

Also saw a kingfisher, which was odd because they don't typically hang out in the city.




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[*] posted on 22-1-2019 at 10:48


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You could try François Villon or Guillaume Apollinaire...


Thank You Bonny!
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[*] posted on 24-1-2019 at 18:46


Zola too, of course... Camus... Sartre... I'll look for my French literature book to see what I enjoyed...



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[*] posted on 25-1-2019 at 01:28


hey! this plopped in my email box today: an ad w/ Don Pardo for the Xmas 1976 run at the Palladium in NY w/ a cruising for Burgers guitar solo. And Alex says it's not the one on the upcoming box...
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https://soundcloud.com/user-625498788/cruisin-for-burgers-solo_12-27...
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[*] posted on 25-1-2019 at 23:28


Had my contract today, and I organized "Hot Chocolate Friday" at work (which basically meant I bought some and put it there).



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[*] posted on 2-2-2019 at 00:33


Things are going well with me. Just plowing on with my new full time composing life. I tend to have many projects on the go rather than woking on one composition at a time, which I find overall way more productive, but one has to be very patient. It keeps my inspiration running almost constantly. Every now and then one comes to completion and that's very satisfying. I'm currently working on thirty eight projects.

Keeping in mind that I'm also the house chef, network/entertainment/utilities/vehicle maintenance manager/engineer, supplies manager, accountant and gardener.

Thirty are all original band projects which involve a lot of instrumental practicing on guitars, drums, piano and saxes (I'm leaving the brass instruments out at the moment because it was just too taxing on top of everything else I do and was holding me back - I'll get back to them in good time). Of those, three tracks for two guitars, bass and drums composed as short phone tone type pieces and one longer composition are produced completely. Another is finished bar the drums and I'm very happy with the track when played with a fairly ordinary drum arrangement played by sampled drums, but the trouble there is not so much the difficulty of the drum parts, but getting the inspiration to write them in the first place. Sometimes the drum parts flow really naturally out of a composition other times I have to really coax them out.

One of them is a band project covering a Shankar/FZ thing. That has been a monumental enterprise, with various guitars, bass, drums, piano and sax parts to practice, sampling various sounds for percussive effects and building sampled instruments and voice sampling. That is now at the polishing stage and still has a month or two to go.

Two of them are videos of solo FZ covers on guitar, Uncle Meat on steel string and Echidna's Arf on classical guitar. Redoing Uncle Meat was inspired by a comment on my previous YouTube video that had a crack at my lack of rigid rhythm and I'm enjoying playing that now to a rigid beat.

The remaining five projects are videos of five of my solo piano pieces. It's taken me a while to get to the level of playing ability required and with these five I'm finally on the verge - the light at the end of that tunnel has only a few small patches of darkness remaining. The two piano pieces I already have on YouTube are much simpler compositions and I've come a long way since then.

This may seem indulgent, harping on like this, but it can get a bit lonely from time to time not sharing with anyone outside my family. I'm still on my first year with this as a full time pursuit, which is not just a hobby - but as publishable material starts to appear and employable skills start reaching an appropriate level, I will be able to start sharing more publicly. Some income would be good, but I'm particularly looking forward to the stage when I'm ready to involve other performers.




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[*] posted on 2-2-2019 at 19:14


Good of you to take it on as a full pursuit! Can't wait to hear your stuff!



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[*] posted on 3-2-2019 at 04:46


Thanks, Bonny. I've just uploaded the first of those piano compositions: Moonlight Mingle.



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[*] posted on 3-2-2019 at 21:31


Nice,I like the jazzy feel.



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[*] posted on 4-2-2019 at 02:31


Thanks, Bonny. I've just uploaded one of my guitar compositions, which wasn't on that list above.
That's the way it works with me. No sooner have I given myself a schedule (if you can call how I work a schedule), I get side-tracked on something else.
It's all part of my schedule in the end, I guess.

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[*] posted on 4-2-2019 at 09:04


And another one:

The Lap Of Luxury




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[*] posted on 5-2-2019 at 16:18


Quote: Originally posted by polydigm  
And another one:

The Lap Of Luxury


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I like the melody!

And your processs of having lots of simultaneous projects going is the same as mine. Lots going on satisfies the multiple aspects/facets of my interests... I never get bored and and exercise / work at improving multiple skillsets. At least that's how I rationalise my perambulations and procrastinations and such. :roll:
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Had my contract today, and I organized "Hot Chocolate Friday" at work (which basically meant I bought some and put it there).


New arrangements at work? Tell us how it goes.:forumsmiley482:

After many tumbles and much uncertainty at my work, at last things look like they might fall into a semblance of a cohering mass rolling forward. We will see and I might stick around long enough to see how they get...
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