Always Reminds

I was looking through some older files on my hard drive and ran across this one which Eric Boyce helped me write.  I wrote the music and I’ll post that first but, he wrote the lyrics, which I will post after the text I sent him…  Oh that’s right, we were in two different states at the time.  I was in Kansas City, Missouri and he was in San Diego, California…

So here are the chords and music info:

“Always Reminds”            April 19, 2009

____________________________
E5
___________ nut
| | | | | | 1
| o o | | | 2
| | | | | | 3
| | | o | | 4
| | | | o | 5
OR
   E5
E|-0-
B|-5-
G|-4-
D|-2-
A|-2-
E|-0-
_____________________________
E5(no 3rd)
___________ nut
| | | | | | 1
| | o | | | 2
| | | | | | 3
| | | o | | 4
| | | | o | 5

OR

   E5(no 3rd)
E|-0-----------
B|-5-----------
G|-4-----------
D|-2-----------
A|-0-----------
E|-0-----------

_________________________________
Intro & Verses
||: E5 - E5(no 3rd) :||
____________________
Break between verses and before choruses
D - A
_____________________
Choruses
||: E-E-D-A :||

Change at end of Choruses:
	 C - D
Then back to first E5 of Intro/Verse
__________________


The scale that I've been soloing in is E Mixolydian, 
which is more or less just the fancy technical way of 
saying that I'm using the basic major scale in the 
key of A Major.  

(see this webpage: 
http://jguitar.com/scale/E/Mixolydian )

So that and this audio track are what I sent to Eric…

and then he sent me this back…

…with his vocals on a mixdown of the track I’d sent.  Plus as I’d requested, he sent just a vocal track…   …which I worked with and was able to easily sync with the original track I sent him, which he used for the recording session…

Here is one of several mixdowns with Eric singing the vocals…  This was basically the final cut with Eric on vocals.

Here is the finished track with me on vocals…

 

Latest um, Karaoke?

Again, some more of the studio master tracks without lyrics, sung by Chris Johnson and performed by the respective artists.  I find this interesting and fun…

I consider it a set of control samples that will give you an idea of what I would do with these tracks, so you can have some expectations when listening to actual covers and originals by Chris Johnson…

And as always, enjoy!

Is This Karaoke?

Is this karaoke?  I prefer to call it ‘out-takes and over-dubs’…

 

Doubt – a poem

He turns to someone sitting next to him, an older man who’s smoking and looking at a patch of sky…  …without acknowledging…  …and reads:

doubt

‘Well, you know’, she wrote, from where she’s at, a happy note
but I haven’t seen her in days and I’m not sure how she feels.
I have doubt…
not in her, not in me…
But I have doubt,
instead of
her.

New Logo Design



The logo above is the latest version of the SPEKTRUM Creations Logo, newly created for 2017.  I revived the SPEKTRUM Concept logo that I’d been using still, here and there, though this is more elegant, in my opinion…  Plus, by combining the two logos, I’ve given more focus to the reasoning behind the name’s origins.  So, as I’d mused before, “Do you hear the colors?  Do you see the notes?”


For comparison, below are the two different files that I’ve been using for about the past 15 years, having updated them in 2002 and have gotten a lot of mileage out of them… …Ever since the first sketch in 1992 and then the first digital graphic done in 1995 on Windows 95 using Paint.exe… oh boy…

I really liked this image and it was designed for use as something of a mockup for the Bartime trailer… To learn more, read “The Other Side Of Blue” or find it under ‘Writing‘.

When All Is Said And Done

Above is the song sheet with partial lyrics and chords, put together by Chris Johnson for his and Eric Boyce’s song, “When All Is Said And Done”…

 

The interesting story behind this piece of paper is that it was given to a friend, Ken Epperson, in 1996.  He wrote the song “Memories” in the ‘2016 playlist of songs’…  but I digress…  Ken contacted me on Facebook a little while back and a short time before this post he sent me this lyric/chord sheet that I’d worked up on the computer.  I was pleased to see it since I guess I’d lost any other copies of it but, at the same time, I know this song like the back of my hand…  enjoy!

Nextbook Flexx 10

About three weeks ago I got a Nextbook Flexx 10.1 tablet with keyboard from the exclusive retailer of this product, Walmart.com…. Now I have to say I found this tablet/laptop to be more of a laptop by nature of the fact that it runs Windows 10 and since the keyboard has a trackpad despite being a touch screen.

So this is what I wanted… a 2 in 1 tablet with a substantial keyboard and trackpad so that it can play the role of both tablet and laptop convincingly…

I wanted a 2 in 1 that was able to run Windows 10 and I knew I wanted to run a specific set of programs that I use basically to update and maintain this site as well as other computing tasks.

When I was notified of this deal I looked at the specs on the machine and having owned a net book previously (not to be confused with this, which is a Nextbook branded tablet 2 in 1), I knew what a single core Intel Atom core processor could do with three gb of ram running at 1.6 to 1.8 ghz cpu clockspeeds… Well this Nextbook only has the 2gb of ddr3 RAM but makes up for it with a quad-core Intel Atom processor with 2mb cache which I have to say is not bad but is not great considering it will run at the CPU speed it needs to from 1.33 (or less) up to 1.83(?). It’s sufficient for most daily tasks and makes the Nextbook Flexx 10 a great consumption and creation device…

I knew I would be sacrificing storage and memory which I was prepared for but I wasn’t prepared to go back to 32GB of eMMc storage and 2 GB of RAM. I thought I would get a solid-state drive but external usb is good enough to run movies and although the transfer speeds are slow it is do-able for music and movies and even can run Portal over USB from an external drive.

However that is not to say it will replace a $500=$700+ 2 in 1 or touch screen laotop… I was thorough in my testing of what sort of apps and games you could get to run on the Nextbook Flexx 10.1 2 in 1 and what I found was the C:\ drive was about half-ish of the 32 GB so getting Illustrator and my favorite, Adobe Fireworks installed was not an issue and neither was the Office 365 suite… And then I also was able to get Ubisoft’s Far Cry 2 installed and running at lowest settings mainly under direct x 9 an VSync turned on, which if you aren’t aware(I wasn’t…), will sync your frame rates to the speed of your monitor’s refresh rate which for me is 30 fps which is more than playable as that’s what movies played at for at least a century or more… I know gaming is different but 30 fps is fine.

Now when it comes to installing a game that is more demanding like Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft, It weighs in currently at a staggering 40GB in size so it will clearly not fit on a 32GB drive that is full to the point that you have 5GB of free space to work with. I will say that even after finding out how to use a .bat file on my desktop containing the simple command — startup.exe /r /o — with the nextbook flexx 10 will give you a way to access the BIOS, since your keyboard on this particular device is not detected until after the device has booted past the point where you would hit your function key to enter BIOS… anyway, there is a way to set the cpu to utilize max performance, max battery or auto and it was changed from max battery to auto and then to max performance and I have noticed little difference when it comes to World of Warcraft. I installed it on a Fantom Drive brand external powered USB 7200 rpm drive and there is still stalling that occurs when i try to run World of Warcraft on the Flexx 10 and after enough toying around and failing, thinking that i was killing my external drive, I came to find that I can run World Of Warcraft from the same USB external drive that I used with the Nextbook but it runs as expected on my desktop computer which is a more substantial system as you would expect…

But if not being able to play World of Warcraft on a $150 tablet/laptop is a down fall then I gotta tell you when you can run Windows 10 and use Google Chrome or Edge and use Microsoft Office and at least a couple Adobe apps not to mention actually being able to edit video with Windows movie maker, then you tell me is the Nextbook Flexx 10 worth $150? I thought so… And for the record I still think so… as it were