Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Last Music Post For A While
Well I recently gave the Downsyze songs a listen, and compared them to the new one... Boy that was disappointing... I like the new one but the quality is El crapo compared to the other ones... I was working with a few handicaps 1. I am not Rich 2. I was working with a make shift studio.. not even my own equipment 3. I was working with already mixed music in an inferior file type... Oh well, I will redo it with my own equipment at a later date, I still think I can come close to the quality of the others and not be embarrassed to put it next to them, for now the one posted will just have to do
Friday, November 10, 2006
bargain sites might as well be a HOAX
I don't know how many people use these sites such as "cheap tickets" or the others, there is a million... First off they all have the same damn prices, I checked them all... At the same time hoping to stumble upon the "ultimate" deal and no such luck, it frankly was a waste of my time... However... Like a dummy, I used one of them anyway... I bought a "so called" round trip... Which on the way out seemed to work out flawlessly... No troubles... Low and behold I went to the airlines website (who I do not blame... Frankly I blame myself)... And only HALF of my return flight was there... Arggg... So I would be stuck somewhere... Okay whats my next step... Easy right?.. Call either the website you booked through, or the airline... I went with the airline, the reason I chose the airline was an easy one... Most "tech" customer service, at least the first tier, is there to get you off the phone, and they usually know less then me about anything, and they inevitably treat you like you are an idiot... Which later they did... But lets get back to me calling the airline.... You will never believe this (yes you will) first, after the twenty minute navigation through the automated crap, which incidentally, is all voice activated, so I can't even press a button to tell it to leave me alone... Guess what I get... A person who speaks with a deep middle eastern accent... Shocker I know (can you sense sarcasm?) he tells me that "something has changed, don't worry, you just need to call cheap tickets and they'll fix it for you right away"... I was sceptical but I knew not to try to get anymore information from this guy, or he would just start telling me how stupid I was, in not so many words... anyway... he was pleasant enough, but I have my doubts he would have continued to be if I started "second guessing" him (what ever happened to the customers right?... I guess that's an American thing)... He gave me the phone number to cheap tickets... Now what happened next is just typical, but ridiculous... First, another automated machine impossible to find the way to find a person.. But I did it... Guess what... Yep... "Please hold" a HALF HOUR later... I get a person... Another person that was obviously not American.. but spoke English well enough I wasn't irritated in the first place... (and I don't mean someone from another English speaking country obviously English is the second or third language of these people... reminds me of a great quote from gone in sixty seconds "I can't swim so you know what I do?... I keep my black ass outta the pool)... I don't speak Russia so I won't provide service to RUSSIANS... Anyway enough about that... I get on the phone with this so called customer service agent... After my wait... She tells me, oh, well, they gave you a straight through flight, no problem... Your new flight number is "1234" and it leaves "an hour AFTER the one we said before" oh okay great... Let me look up the flight number on the airlines website... Um Ma'am that flight goes to N. Carolina... She replies.. Are you sure you are on the right website... Yes Ma'am I'm pretty sure (unless I misspelled the name and ended up at a completely different airlines website).. Well honestly sir it says its a straight through flight, [to where you are going], on my computer (at this point I'm wondering if, she's on the right website)... She goes on to tell me she'll send the new itinerary to my email address... Well genius... I'm not "home"... So that email, I can't check, I'll have to wait for someone to come home there... Oh, well, I can send it to a different email, sir, if that's helpful... Yeah that would be great.. I proceed to tell her my web based email address... Guess what.. No email... At either address... I rechecked the website... Same itinerary that was there before... Grrr... So what would you do?... Call the Airline?... That's what I did... After being hung up on, four times, I finally got a person.. Yep, you guessed it, another deep Middle - Eastern accent... Sir you are reserved for ["the same EXACT thing that was there before"], nothing, changed and he didn't tell me to call cheap tickets again... He tells me, the reason its not showing on the internet is because, you originally had a straight through flight but, now you have a two and a half lay over, just go to the counter tomorrow and you'll be fine.... First of all... If someone had paid for a straight through flight, would they ever tolerate them changing it to a two and a half hour lay over? NO WAY... Second its not true... I booked this in August, nothing changed, except the lay over went from one hour to two... He wouldn't listen... Big shocker... So I guess I am off to the airport tomorrow, at the original time and hope for the best... Next time, I am using a travel agent or calling the airline and booking direct ... Like this is how I wanted to spend my last day here
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Blogger bought by google changed format
Well blogger dot com was bought by google some time ago, they are switching things around and asking us to change to the new beta version... I usually hate switching when they still call it beta, but I figure eventually they will make you and I may not be around when it happens and would hate to lose my account... This is my fist post in the new version I am hoping that it doesn't ruin anything... Such as the way I have changed the code in the template, it took years of work to get this the way I wanted it to look (and it still isn't perfect)... Anyway I still recommend blogger.com... it's sill the easiest best looking blog site out there... Hopefully it stays free...
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
You will find that the song The Wicked Truth written by Rich Menga Jr. And myself has been posted on the music page the lyrics are there too... You can also click on the title of the post to hear it.. I enjoyed writing to this music, how refreshing it is to write to quality music once again... Please listen and post your review or comments here... I would appreciate it... I think that I may re-record it one more time in March... There are a few parts I am unhappy with, so if your comments coincide with my concerns... Some things may change.
Okay, fist and foremost I respect all musicians I am not like the "arrogant guitar player" you've met a thousand times and certainly I am not like "the arrogant lead singer" you've met a hundred fold... I recently received some music from someone I want to work with because I love his style, however for a singer to know what is going on there has of be some sort of structure... Doesn't there? The songs I received are musically sound, but aren't "singer friendly" there is no apparent intro, there is no apparent verse, there is no apparent chorus, and there is no apparent bridge..... Not to say I couldn't sing to them.. I can... And maybe its a taste of my own medicine because I always told musicians to think outside of the box when it came to 4 4 4 4 and they hated me for it... Anyway I still think that in order for a song to be a song it has to repeat somewhere... I sent one of the songs off to someone I respect musically and he seemed to take offense that I laughed at it at first... Which sucked... But what I can say is... I get laughed at all the time.. And I don't care, because I am respected more then I am laughed at, and I am sure so is this guy.. When my lyrics are laying on his music then is it okay to have a sense of humor?
Friday, November 03, 2006
Practice your "instrument" everyday
Anyone who knows anything has given me that advice "practice every day" I however like the arrogant fool I am, didn't listen... I have been through about ten rewrites on this "new' song and did actually send one to Mr. Menga for critiquing... And I did in turn get a reply... His response was insightful and very professional... Which got me to realize the whole thing SUCKED.... grrr... With the exception of the chorus I re-did everything, and after listening to the chorus (or "hook" you rapper you) yet again, I hated that too, it goes well with the music standing alone and is "catchy" but to me does not fit the attitude of the song, SO long story short (too late), I am rewriting a more suitable melody for the song... I believe I have the verses finished, I think they rock... Good story in the words (every once and a while I do that) they are recorded, and in my opinion suitable for release (we'll see what Mr. Menga says)... I have to finish the melody for the chorus which is close to the old one just less... Wimpy... And I have to finish all this in 11 days... Can the MiDgEt do it? I dunno but stay tuned to find out.