A poorly drawn cautionary tale of a middle aged woman and a fictional character in a relationship that just wasn’t meant to be.
Tags: cartoons, comics, fantasy, loki, poorly drawn, silly, the avengers
Tags: avatar, live, Second Life, Shivers, Shot in the Dark, show, virtual
Those who are Second Life savvy, come by Shiver’s Summer Jam on Sunday, August 11th at 12:00 PM PST to hear Shot in the Dark play a short set. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Miami%20Beach/43/222/22
Second Life is free to join, although a little tricky to navigate when you first start. You can set up an account and download the viewer here www.secondlife.com . Should my post inspire you to check it out, feel free to look me up in-world under my avatar name, Demolicious Wonder.
Tags: avant-garde, debora iyall, Elvis Costello, entertainment, live music, music video, musicians, summer, Zoid
Just a quick post of some videos to illustrate my summer.
We recorded the Elvis Costello tune, “Watching The Detectives”, as part of a compilation called Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello. The song worked out so well for us that we’ve added it to the set list.
Finally, here’s a video I just completed for Zoid. I really enjoy the creative freedom involved in doing these videos. Nate Toutjian, the main force behind the band, will give me a few suggestions, some video of himself singing the song, and the rest is up to me. The music is so different from my typical listening fare, and also so evocative, that I find myself coming up with visual ideas that seem out of the realm of my usual repertoire. Hope you enjoy it!
Summer has hit the bay area. Here in my neck of the woods we’re weathering temperatures as high as the low 70′s. Don’t laugh, that’s really warm for us. I haven’t worn my black hoodie all day and now I’m sporting shorts. I’d take the kids to the beach but I know it will be packed with people who are pretending they are in Hawaii and that just gets on my nerves.
Our favorite beach time is in January and February when your rain boots can do double duty to both keep your feet dry and the sand out of your socks. Nothing like sitting on a deserted beach, bundled up in a jacket and a scarf beneath a hazy winter sky, watching all the hardcore surfers bob up and down in the arctic waters waiting to catch the perfect swell. And you always get the best spot on the beach too, a little nook in the rocks to shelter you from the winds. Don’t forget the sand toys.
With the kids home from school we’ve been checking out the local attractions. We’ve hit the bowling alley, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, and the San Francisco Zoo. Next on my list is Playland-Not-At-the-Beach in El Cerrito. In between the big outings we do the usual things like parks, playgrounds, the library, and of course arts and crafts here at home. My kids live for the next Oriental Trading Company catalog to show up in our mailbox so they can make plans for a dozen inflatable beach balls or juggling scarves. This time around we ordered some wooden fish to color and I splurged on a bag of self adhesive jewels, which I plan to stick to everything and everything I can think of, knowing that eventually the glue will dry out and they will all fall off. While others may feel that spending money on cheap sundries is a waste, I feel it teaches kids a valuable lesson: everything falls apart, nothing is permanent.
With all this frenzy of summer fun, I am doing my best to put in some music practice time. I have a show with the Debora Iyall Group coming up on July 4th at the World One Festival which should be a blast, even without all the fireworks.
I’m also finishing up the tracking and mixing of two songs for my side project, Shot in the Dark. We played our first online/Second Life show on June 23rd and received a positive reception so I’m excited to get some finished music out there, wherever “there” is.
Finally I’ve got a video project in the works for Zoid. The ball is in my court and I can see where I want to take it, but the work involved is a little daunting as it requires a lot of sitting quietly at my computer and fiddling with Adobe After Effects. It’s much easier to go outside with the kids and bop around a dozen or so beach balls from the Oriental Trading Company, because these warm days, like all those beach balls are not here forever.
It really is all about finding balance, isn’t it?
Here’s a couple of things for you to give a listen and look. First, here’s a song from the Shot in the Dark online show:
And the last video I created for Zoid, which I think turned out pretty well. Would love to hear what you think in the comments!
Posted: June 28, 2013 in Light Phases, motherhood, music, Somewhere in between phases
Tags: debora iyall group, fun, music, music video, oriental trading company, Shot in the Dark, summer, summer activities, the bay area, Zoid
Tags: AIDS Life Cycle, fund raiser, live music, Pauli Gray, San Francisco, Shot in the Dark
Saturday, May 18th marks the debut of a side project I’ve been working on with guitarist, Pauli Gray, called Shot in the Dark. Pauli comes from a hard rock/punk perspective in his guitar playing and I of course am all about the synthesizer. We decided to meet in the middle with out influences, and so we’ve put together songs built on an electronic rhythm section with hard rock guitar to roughen up the edges. Vocals tend to be a bit punk and we’ve got touches of dark wave and industrial thrown in for good measure. The goal is to keep it high energy and fun. It all takes place at Wild Side West in San Francisco with a start time around 6 pm. It’s also a fundraiser for AIDS LifeCycle. It would be great to see you there!
Tags: cynical, Facebook, gifts, Holiday, New Year, New Year's Resolutions, positive affimation
Goodbye, 2012. You were a pretty good year.
New Year’s Eve has always been a bittersweet event for me. I remain a creature of possibility. A hard, fast ending that involves a countdown followed by a melancholy tune rhetorically questioning if we should forgot the days that have gone by can reduce me to tears as I realize all that could have been won’t be. At least not this year. But then, poof, here comes 365 days of possibility, wonder, amazement. You can’t turn down a fresh start.
I’ve become a little more fluid in my thinking these days and have recognized possibilities and fresh starts are available almost any time or place, but it still feels good to demarcate the beginning and ending of 52 weeks. It makes it easier to look back and say things like, “That was the year my youngest son started school;” “That was the year my oldest son grew taller than me;” “That was the year I began to feel like if I put in the time and effort, I could really become a musician;” “That was that year I felt my life had come together and I became aware and amazed by how much love and beauty surrounds me.”
Actually I would never say that last sentence because it’s a little too New Age-y for me. One cannot thrive on the power of failure and fully embrace the positive affirmation. It seems to me positive affirmations are tossed around far too willy-nilly these days anyway, and often I sense there is a less than positive subtext beneath. In my cynical little blackened heart I feel that the much touted “I’m so blessed” Facebook status update translates into: “My life is soooo much better than yours.” Seriously, if Mother Theresa were alive and on Facebook she wouldn’t be posting how freakin’ blessed she is every 15 minutes! Get over yourselves, people! You’re trying too hard, and I’m pretty sure all those pictures of your family have been heavily retouched!
Ahem. I feel better now. But this does bring me to the obligatory list of New Year’s Resolution. My first resolution is to limit my Facebook time to one session per day (and preferably a session that lasts no more than 5 hours) or at the very least,to figure out how to turn off the status updates of the Facebook friends who annoy me. Beyond that, I should work on my self confidence, but then I realize I would never be able to do that, I just don’t have that kind of strength of character. So instead I have resolved to take up a bunch of low level bad habits (like not flossing twice a day or biting my nails) and then next year I can resolve to stop doing those things, which should be fairly easy to accomplish, thereby boosting my sense of self worth. Sometimes you have to look at the big picture with these resolutions. My final resolution is to have the mess from my New Year’s Eve party cleaned up by next New Year’s Eve.
Seriously though, I’m looking forward to a lot in 2013, including working on my second CD, playing music with the Debora Iyall Group (DIG for short), perhaps continuing a side project with my friend Pauli Gray, and of course spending lots of time with my kids who are growing up way faster than I thought possible.
For those of you who have stopped in and read my entries in 2012, thanks so much for reading. Hope you have a great 2013!
Tags: Deadmau5, demos, free, housewife, Massive, music, Native Instruments
A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed some really heavy bass synth sounds for a song I’m working on. I loves me some free VST Plugins, but thought I might broaden my horizons and check out free demos to see the range of what is out there. I came across Native Instruments’ Massive, immediately downloaded it , fired up Cubase and was ready to give it a whirl when my son called me into his room. He wanted to show me something he had created. I tried putting him off for a few minutes while I messed with a couple of the presets, but it became apparent he really wanted my attention so off I went.
After checking out my son’s latest Lego creation, I headed back towards the kitchen only to spy a basket of laundry I had collected a little earlier that day. I decided to be proactive and take the laundry down to the washing machine. Once I had the wash started I realized there was more laundry in the dryer. I’ve been working very hard to stay on top of things and not let it all pile up, so I took that laundry upstairs, folded it and put it away. In the process I came across a shirt that needed a button sewn back on. Well, there happened to be a few things in my “needs mending” pile, so I took all of that out to the living room, sat down and made necessary repairs. Now I felt really good about myself. I was getting things done!
I started towards the bedroom by way of the kitchen when I saw my laptop sitting there with an odd message on the screen. I immediately checked it out in fear that is was my virus protection software alerting me to some download doom. Nope. It was simply a message from Native Instruments telling me my thirty minute trial of Massive was up and thanking me for giving it a try. D’oh!