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Those wonderful guys at the state legislature have decided to cut the salaries of state employees making over $45000 a year by 2%.   I told my wife (who is a state employee) it's better than 4%, which was the original plan.  The legislature also decided to take $151.7 million from the Inland Protection Trust Fund which, among other things, monitors the run offs from gasoline stations that leach out and enter the drinking water supply (hey, if you don't want to get cancer from the MTBE's, buy bottled water.)  This was to have a substantial effect on me, particularly since 80% of my companies work comes from that particular monitoring and testing.  But, alas, the state decided to borrow $104 million dollars to make up the difference.  So, you got that?  They are taking $151.7 million and borrowing $104 million to make up for it.  Not only is there a difference of $47.7 million, but they are going to have to borrow the money and pay interest on funds that should be left alone in the first place.  I once read the term "Floridiots", it definitely describes our present state legislature.  Governor Charlie doubts he will be re-elected, so he is setting his sites on a Senate race.  Fat chance, asshole.  There was a great response to the situation at hand..."No more political contributions, for anyone!".

What really sucked is that my wife heard this morning they were cutting her pay, after she worked yesterday for free as a "volunteer" taking calls at the FL State Hotline which is set up for the Swine Flu (I'm sorry, H1N1) pandamemicsofearitallyouscumbagsepidemic.

So, I'm still wondering if I'll have a job next month, or next week.  Anyone want to buy music for a movie soundtrack? 8)

Contained on the virb page is the gig I did last night at a Cafe in Tallahassee.  A bit of meandering at first, I eventually got it going.  I only edited out the part when my foot slipped on the volume pedal, and the beginning when I was trying to figure out where all the buzzing was coming from.

Live at the Cafe Annapurna 042109

I appreciate comments, BTW. 8)

43 again
"Metal Machine Music 2009"
I'm a big Lou Reed fan, and I did this thing with 17 different recordings of feedback mixed together.
Listen if you can (stand it) :)

Concertino for Piano Soundboard and Distorted Stratocaster

For the past few days, I have noticed a dog or two around a fenced off area containing trash dumpsters.  This morning, a small German Shepard mix was still there.  I couldn't take it anymore.  I stopped and called to him.  Her nervously came up to me, trying to look like a little badass, showing his teeth.  That quickly turned to a happy little guy wagging his tail when he realized I wasn't a threat.  His teeth were adult, not bad shape, but he had mange setting in on both tips of his ears.  He was a good rider in the car, and I took him to the local animal shelter. (Jefferson County, Florida).  They said they would put him in isolation to see if he has any diseases, I know the vet that will check him out.  I hope he will find a happy home, or my wife and mother-in-law won't kill me if I do the deed.

What really pisses me off more than anything is people that just throw their animals out with the garbage.  I know a lot of people are going through hard times, but there is a better way.  Years ago, my wife found a pregnant(puppies dead), starving, heartworm infected, black lab at a dumpster.  She brought it home, and it lived another 12 years.  A truly wonderful dog.

Any one here live near FL and want a dog?  (I already have 3 dogs and 3 cats and 2 goats.)

Everything and Nothing / This is great
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:08:49 AM »
I just saw this on the electro-music forum

Everything and Nothing / US Copyright rant
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:48:13 AM »
You know, I like to think I'm up on things, but I went to the US Copyright website today and they have totally redone everything.

A:  to submit things by mail, it's $45, and you can't do group copyrights.  one work at a time

B:  you can do songs electronically, it's $35, and send it in as an MP3 file.  BUT...songs are limited to 3 minutes long.  3 minutes, what an insult.  Why don't they make it "Songs must be 3 minutes long, have a verse, then a chorus, then a verse, then a chorus, then repeat the first verse, and then repeat the chorus and fade out.  BTW, the song must be about LOVE."

I'm going to register everything as Creative Commons and formally copyright nothing.

There has to be a better way.

 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Everything and Nothing / dot Music
« on: March 28, 2009, 09:00:48 AM »
Howdy evrybuddy!

I just go back from Nashville.  I went up with my wife, she had a training.  While I was there, I attended the Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009 at Bellmont University.  Met lots of nice people. Got lots of information.  This is the first of a few threads I will post this week.

The above website includes a petition to make music a domain.  .music

There is more information on the site.  I think it's a good idea, take a look, sign the petition. 

I've added a few new tracks on my Virb page

"Heaven's Garden" is a disc of shorter pieces.  Some are inspired by artwork found on an abstract art page I found while surfing.  A few are played on a pedal steel guitar I borrowed from a friend on a long weekend, one on my nylon string fretless electric bass.  18 tracks total on the disc.
Bright Future  2:54
Pathway to Pluto  19:06
Ritual of Destruction  16:41
Turquoise Pendant 19:47

"Fundamentals of Sound Deco" is a disc of music I hope to continue to explore.  Music as wallpaper, as a decoration to add to the atmosphere.  Most tracks are around 1 hour in length.
Sleepwalk  60:42

Comments welcome. :)

"Heaven's Garden" featuring a pedal steel that I borrowed from a friend before he sold it.

Everything and Nothing / Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: January 30, 2009, 09:55:31 AM »
I'm beginning to play out more and want some feedback  :D.

What kind of equipment do you use?  What type of places (size, capacity, time of day)?  How much planning to you as compared to the actual execution of the music?  Do you covers, live versions of material you have previously recorded, improv?  I did a gig this past Sunday night in a Cafe that went well.  At least the first set.  I played while people were coming in and setting up, and then played between two of the bands.  The first part went well, played for about 90 minutes.  The second set approx (20 min) was quite taxing on my nerves and really wanted to get it over with, didn't play as well.

Just throwing it out for suggestions, opinions, options, ect.

Everything and Nothing / Look through every stack!
« on: January 18, 2009, 09:31:19 AM »
I've been on a vinyl binge this past year, if you haven't already read.  I was in a Goodwill Friday in Thomasville, GA.  I've been hitting all of the Goodwill stores in the area lately because that's where alot of people drop off the goods of deceased relatives that they can't sell in garage sales (at least that's what me and mys sister did).  Anyway, there was a nice collect of old classical albums there.  I saw a box set entitled "Philco pesents the best of Command Records" printed 1961.  It's one of those sets that is attempting the record buying public to buy stereos.  I opened it up and found that one of the albums had been replaced with The Beatles Second Album (mono).  My heart started pumping a 4/4 beat and the God of vinyl collectors voice called out:  "and here's a record I think you'll really dig!"  It is in perfect condition! ;D  Now I'm looking for the cover.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Added to the Virb page
« on: December 31, 2008, 08:19:19 AM »

scroll down to the bottom of the playlist window.  Mammon Spake "Live 080808"
A one track, one take redo of an old favorite. (Cleo approved!)
Happy New Year!

Everything and Nothing / Forgive me, but I have to write this one out.
« on: December 10, 2008, 10:28:36 PM »
In 1903, Carl Clay Higgins was born.  He married a young woman named Mary and they had three kids.  Carl Jr., Margaret and Robert.  My dad was Robert.  Margaret was my aunt, and she died today.  What I got hit with this evening is that that family is all gone.  105 years, give or take a few months.  My grand father was an officer in the Navy through WWII.  At one time, four of them worked with NSA.  My grandfather reitred from NSA.  My uncle Carl retired from Redstone.  My dad ended up a minister and retired early to take care of my mom when she was very ill.  My aunt Margaret's last job was with an office machine company in Rockville, MD.  I saw here this past summer, she was quite ill due to years of respiratory illnesses.  Very understanding, loving and giving person.  I will miss here dearly.

She had four children, surnamed Strickland.  My Uncle Carl's children are all gone.  My older brother died a few years ago.  Shit.  I'm the oldest Higgins.  My cousin and I were talking tonight.  We have been close longer than either of us can remember.  We are less that a year apart in age and there are pictures of us together as infants.  She mentioned that there are things that she was never told, that events are long past and will never be remembered.  Kind of gives me a meloncholly look at life.  On one had, there is the line from "Blade Runner", something like "these things are gone like waves in sand".  The other is from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:  "Two tears in a bucket, muther fuckit."

105 years. sigh

Everything and Nothing / Looking for new web host
« on: November 23, 2008, 07:14:29 AM »
I am looking for a new (and cheaper) webhost than Yahoo. 

Who does everyone else go through here? (Is that the right way to put it?)

I need a site with Paypal merchant hook ups (Buy Here) that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Everything and Nothing / Help needed on copyright alternatives
« on: November 08, 2008, 08:56:09 AM »
I hope everyone responds to this in someway.

I have had a big problem registering copyrights lately.  I think it is because, like every other government, organization, extreme workload coupled with budget cuts.  Result is an overworked office.

I sent in a disc in January, they have cashed the check, probably registered the copyright, but I still havn't gotten the form with the registration number.

It's not like things are flying off the shelves here, but I have finished 5 discs (one is a double set) that I have not submitted because of the cost and the felling of throwing it into the fileroom in Wahsington, DC where it will become lost forever.

Truth is, registering a copyright doesn't mean no one will steal it.  It just means that if they do, you can say "J'acusse!"  You still have to go to court and the thought of anyone stealing my music is almost silly as anyone actually listening to it.

SO........... the question is:  What alternatives are availble?

Everything and Nothing / Ravi and Anoushka
« on: October 15, 2008, 12:23:38 PM »
I went to a Ravi and Anoushka Shankar concert last night in Gainesville.  Outstanding!!!
It was the second time I have seen them, the first was a little over three years ago.  Ravi is 88 and his technique of string bending is still the best.  Anoushka is 27 and much improved since the last time I saw them.  Without a doubt, the three (including the tabla drummer, Tanmoy Bose) are the best musicians I have ever seen.  A friend asked me this morning "did you learn anything?"   I replied "yeah, I ain't worth a shit!"

Everything and Nothing / I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 17, 2008, 12:57:02 PM »
so I am asking opinions, questions, NON-POLITICAL, impressions...

What the hell is going on?  Is the next great depression just around the corner?  Was it a good think to start driving a motorcycle (BTW-first injury today, a love bug hit me on the nose.  OUCH!!! Still stings like a m*th*r-f!).  Should I buy more ammo?  Get a hand pump for the well?  Learn to clean and dress goats and chickens?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Italian New Age Music CD Compilation
« on: September 09, 2008, 06:42:15 AM »

Includes Oenyaw "The Chrystallized Delusion" (Exerpt). :)

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Oenyaw at LastFM
« on: July 23, 2008, 02:02:06 PM »
I've been throwing a few tracks on the site.


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