I ask because this week I've pulled most of the guts out of the program that runs this blog, and re-organized a ton of things in order to help move some of the functionality forward in the future. One thing you might notice in particular is all the "view blog entry" URLs are a tad shorter, and the RSS links have changed.
I've done my best (in the 3 hours I had to spare today) to test all the blog's functions to make sure they all still work, but I need your help. If you have a little time, I'd appreciate if you would just sort of poke around this blog area, trying out all the features (adding comments, subscribing, clicking different links, clicking photos, etc etc) and letting me know if any are broken. [...]
I've got the final performance clip from my recent appearance on The Kay Show, woo woo!
Here's me doing my original song, I Want You With Me:
In the heat of the moment, I accidentally put the capo on the wrong fret (haha) and ended up playing the song 2 halfsteps lower than I should have. Lucky for me I'm pretty used to re-keying songs on a regular basis, or it could have been a disaster lolol. Also, I cut the song short because I was under the impression we were out of time. [...]
So here's a question: How many of you would love to play the guitar, or sing, or write music, or produce music, or get more followers on your social networks, or any of the things you regularly see me doing?
You're in luck! I've finally decided to start giving private lessons!
What am I talking about? Well imagine you want to learn to play the guitar, so you go to a music shop for lessons, or to a teacher's house, or a teacher comes to your house or something. It's like that, only it doesn't matter how far away we are from each other, because we can use the internet to video chat our sessions. [...]
Hey you guys. This is the dumbest thing ever, but my mind has been wandering lately.
Earlier this month I got to be on terrestrial radio again, in the form of a live interview+performance on KTST Anaheim (The Kay Show with Kyle Green, which was a ton of fun btw), and it got me thinking about past interviews.
So I've been thinking back to an interview I had an on online-only music station a couple years ago. The preview couple weeks, days, hours leading up to the actual air time, I was doing some heavy promoting - Tweets, blogs, facebook posts, mailing list blasts, etc, trying to get a bunch of people to listen live. [...]
Last weekend I got to do a live on-air radio interview and perform some unplugged versions of my original music, as well as hang out and talk for about an hour. It was another great experience, and this time around - I got videos and photos, woo woo
I want to share a few fun images with you today! Over the years I've received quite a few photos and drawings from fans, and I love every one (well ... almost every one haha). If you're familiar with my website, you've probably seen some of them hanging around already, but today I think I'd like to feature some of them in an official blog post for everyone to see too.
These are only a few, so if I didn't feature yours here - just send me a letter or something and maybe I'll feature it the next time around. Also note that I always love getting new ones! :) [...]
I'm sure by now most of you have heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If you haven't yet, its basically a silly silly viral thing going around right now, where people challenge each other to pouring buckets of ice cold water on top of their heads. If challenged, you're faced with the choice of donating $100 to an ALS organization, or dumping that ice water on your head (and possibly donating anyway if you can).
As with anything that garners a large audience, the challenge has been receiving lots of criticism lately, with people bringing up many concerns. I believe most of these concerns are misconceptions, and I'd like to take a moment to explain why I think the ice bucket challenge is worthy of participation, with a few rebuttals to common arguments below.
It's a waste of water
This is the most common complaint I hear, and on the surface sounds valid. However after doing some hunting, I discovered the challenge actually accounts for a teeny tiny amount of the water we use as a nation. There have been reports of the ice bucket challenge using up around 5 million gallons of water so far. That does sound huge! But then I found out (according to one article I found), Americans use about 37.5 billion gallons per day. That means the challenge accounts for less than 0.01% of our total water usage. That's really small! In fact, even the EPA is behind the challenge in light of all the good it does compared to how little water it actually uses. [...]
So there's this really really cute photo of a monkey taking a selfie that's been going around. Apparently some sort of wildlife photographer had a camera setup, and a monkey came by and stole the camera. Then the monkey took hundreds of photos while he was messing with the thing, and accidentally took a superb selfie.
The photographer claims he owns copyright to the photo, and Wikimedia claims the photo is in the public domain, because well, a monkey took it. I won't post the photo here because I agree with the photographer (as I'll soon explain), but if you search for "Monkey Selfie" you'll probably find it. [...]
So my latest song "I Want You With Me" has been out about a month and a half and I have what will probably be the final update regarding what's been happening with it and soundcloud.
If you haven't seen my previous updates, I released it on (i believe) June 14th, 2014 to this website, soundcloud, and some others. For awhile we were getting quite a few plays and I was pretty happy. A lot of you listened and gave me feedback, a lot of you helped share the track with your friends, and we generally had a good time. [...]