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About elsongs

  • Birthday 11/25/1971


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    Musician, Community Organizer
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    Music, Computers, Writing, Urban Planning, Travel, Model Railroading, CA Native Plant Gardening, Making Sushi
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    Los Angeles, CA, USA

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  1. Here's how I sum up Jacob Collier: - Very talented musician. - Much more impressive as an arranger than a composer (his cover tunes are amazing, his originals...meh) - He looks like a muppet when he sings.
  2. Aside from the population, a lot has changed since the 1960s - - A good percentage of the world lived in Communist/Eastern Bloc countries where the Beatles (and Western music in general) was pretty much banned. - An even larger percentage of the world had little access to pop music outside of radio; record/cassette/8track players were expensive and albums would be a pricey luxury to many. Swift (and other 21st-century artists) don't have those factors limiting their reach. So depending on the metric, Taylor Swift *could* be bigger than the Beatles. Objectively speaking, Swift has certainly performed live in front of more people than the Beatles did (to be fair, many artists did, as The Beatles only toured during the first half of their career). And The Beatles, in terms of being an active recording artist, only lasted less than a decade, whereas Swift has been releasing albums for almost 20 years now.
  3. I'm 8 years older than you and I'm familiar with all of the artists on this list. What I find laughable here is that Apple Music per se didn't exist until 2015, and even its predecessor, the Apple iTunes store didn't exist until 2003. So I don't think they're qualified to be an authority on any album released before they were in existence.
  4. An "album" is a singular collection of songs from a musical artist. It can be released in various playback formats, such as vinyl records, compact discs, cassette tape, reel to reel tape, 8-track tape, digital download or streaming playlist.
  5. For several decades, both David Paich and Steve Porcaro were (and still are) endorsed by Yamaha, so they can basically get any of their keyboards for free. When I saw Toto live in 2017 (with both Paich and Porcaro in the lineup), guess what - both were playing Yamaha gear onstage (Porcaro played a couple Motifs and Paich had his digital piano in a custom upright piano shell.
  6. Yeah...Auto-Tune, trap beats, and the I-V-vi-IV chord progression aren't inherently horrible in themselves - it's their over-use that makes them horrible.
  7. A friend of mine was communicating with him outside YouTube (either email or chat) a couple years ago and said he came across as a total a-hole. It cracks me up every time he's critiquing the current Top 10 and will like a song just because there's a guitar on it. 🤣
  8. Yes, I already mentioned that have the cables/pedals that stay in my studio and a duplicate set of cables/pedals that I use when I gig so no need to remove any of them.
  9. It really depends. My main keyboard is a Nord Stage 3 88. It's 42 lbs, which is actually on the light side for a weighted 88-key. But it, inside its case is still bulky and I need to have it go in at an angle in my car's backseat, which takes a little time to orchestrate (though not as much time as if I had to fold down the back seats and load it into the trunk). For private gigs, or higher-paid/higher-profile performances, I'll play that. The other thing with bringing the Nord is re-connecting everything when I get back home. Even though I have a separate set of cables and pedals for playing live, which saves a lot of time and headache, having to plug everything back in after I get back from a gig is an extra task. But I currently have a weekly solo gig playing cover tunes at an outdoor night market. I leave the Nord at home and just play a Nektar Panorama P6 USB controller (17 lbs) connected to my MacBook Pro. I also have a Samson mini PA system that I play out of. So when I leave the house, I just bring 4 relatively light and small pieces with me: the keyboard in a soft case, a backpack containing my laptop, mic, audio interface and cables and the two mini PA speakers (my keyboard stand, mic stand and music stand stay in the trunk of my car all the time). Setup and loading is quick and it's 3 quick 100-foot trips from my car to the performance area. And when I return home from my gig, I don't have to plug this in since I have the Nektar specifically for gigging.
  10. Thanks, that's good to know. I used to be a Zzounds regular back in the late '90s when online gear sales started taking off. I remember they used to have the best prices around. Nowadays, pretty much all the online music retailers sell most items at the same price. Tax, shipping and shipping time is the greater denominator these days.
  11. I live just 20 minutes from the Hollywood Sam Ash (via surface streets). I've had mixed experiences going there. The last thing I purchased was a heavy-duty On-Stage X keyboard stand back in December. GC across the street didn't even seem to have something similar in stock. But then a month later my Novation Impulse 61 USB controller (which is my main keyboard in my studio for softsynths/DAW control) was on the fritz for a while, and I was in the market for a replacement. So I went to Sam Ash to check out the keyboard actions of the various USB controllers they had up there. I was testing them out individually by feel and the salesman came up to me and said, "Those are actually USB controllers..." as if I didn't know what I was doing. "Yeah, I know." I said, feeling somewhat insulted by someone who was likely born when I had my first DAW. I just had a "Yeah no, F-- that dude" feeling and left the store (I already obtained the info I wanted - the NI Kontrol S61 had the best feel, but I wasn't ready to plunk down $800 for it. Anyway I managed to do a successful DIY repair on my Novation controller and all is working again). I guess the future is in "niche" boutique stores for serious keyboard gear. In the Los Angeles area, the best store in town for synths is Perfect Circuit Audio in Burbank. I know they're geared more towards modular heads, but they do have a healthy amount of keyboard synths (and drum machines and tabletop synths) on display. I've also bought some Hosa cables there that GC, Sam Ash and even Ametron (a local electronics store in the San Fernando Valley that also stocks a lot of pro audio accessories) didn't even have in stock (and for less than list price, too). For online music purchases, I'm all over the place. I bought my Nord Stage 3 from Kraft Music a few years ago. I used to rely on Sweetwater but those calls from their Sales Engineers are annoying AF, sorry. My usual go-to is American Musical Supply since they ship to CA from a warehouse in Reno, NV and my orders always arrive in just 2 days with the standard shipping.
  12. I remember seeing it when it originally aired on SNL but didn't really understand the context behind it until recently. I just thought, "Oh, that's Elvis Costello...how random."
  13. I'm going to Dodgers Opening Day on Thursday afternoon! Woo-Hoo! My first Opening Day since 2017.
  14. If it's great, you enjoy and cherish them. If it's horrible, then you're thankful you don't have to do that again.
  15. It's definitely sound, but it's not music.
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