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Classic American Meat Loaf Cabaret
Sun, 10 Apr 2022

Doing a show. I told everyone I'll be doing something outrageous. Read into that what you will.

Making Life Better, One Keytar at a Time
Thu, 17 Feb 2022
I've had piano keyboard instruments most of my life, in particular a Yamaha PSR-290 I bought twenty years ago, but I'd never really learned to play. I knew where the notes were, of course, but chords? What are those? But I had it around for whenever I wanted a synth sound, and I could pick out whatever notes I needed for that day's recording session.

Fast forward to two years ago when I start actually learning to play, and I just fell in love with piano. So much so that I feel I may have been a pianist all my life and I just never knew. So now I care about it, but the Yamaha is just so big. I know I'm not going to be an all-out for reals piano player, and I rarely venture outside of two octaves, so 61 keys is too many.

But I'm also reluctant to spend a lot of money, and the only good synths - with a good piano sound - that were around 32-41 keys were way expensive. I found lots of MIDI controllers, but I still want something self-contained.

Enter Adam Rabin and his clearing out old stuff he doesn't use anymore, which included a Roland keytar. In my searches, I hadn't even considered that as an option. Plop it on a desk instead of around your neck, and it's the perfect space-saving synth. I am gloriously happy with it.

Now I just need to get rid of the Yamaha, lest I start becoming a collector of synthesizers. (Nothing against those people, I just don't want more things in my life.)
Magic Updates
Sun, 05 Dec 2021
Season 4 of Shezam is headed to your ears! It keeps getting better and better, and this new season has me pretty excite. There's also a new logo that looks pretty dang sweet on t-shirts and hoodies. Check it totally out at

Today I saw A Magical Cirque Christmas starring Lucy Darling. Pretty great show, so if you like magic, are into Christmas, and don't know how to spell "circus" then this is the show for you.

MP3 Of The Undefined Time Period
In a three-person chat, we were discussing what words we use to start Wordle games, one of us having written a program to solve it. The lyrics of this come directly from that chat.

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