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  1. I'm doing okay, actually. I found https://lowendmac.com/ and am, somewhat grumpily, using Chrome. Opens *almost* any web page. The two big barriers for me upgrading are 1) the time spent upgrading and re-learning everything and 2) losing the ability to open and work with an awful lot of my digital history. My current system works with *almost* anything back into the 90s. Apple dropped that legacy support in the following system and I'd lose all that. I have two or three more of these macs in the cellar for parts.
  2. And yet… https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/snowbirds-seniors-travel-advisory-canada-u-s-border-covid-19-1.5799456
  3. The poster was so sweet I had to learn to sing it. It's fluff but such sweet fluff. Here's my favourite version:
  4. I have been playing a weekly Sunday afternoon gig that I love doing. On Friday I wrote the manager and bowed out for the next while. Covid rates are rising, our provincial government is placing the health of businesses over the health of citizens and I no longer feel safe in a bar -- too much pressure to let things slide. The manager, as always, has been great about it -- she understands. But I'll sure miss it. Went to another pub to watch a friend last night. The (tiny) place was packed. I don't know if they were within allowed limits, but I sure didn't feel safe to go in. So I turned around and walked home.
  5. I've been there. Nineteen years ago about, I directed a canoeing course in Fort Pierce hosted by Becky and Mark Molina. One evening we went there. Cool place. Best memory of the trip was paddling on their little lake and seeing a space shuttle taking off at Cape Canaveral.
  6. I live in Gananoque, which is a Canadian tourist town (once manufacturing but no more) on the St. Lawrence river about ten minutes from a bridge to the USA. Having lost all our Asian and European tourists, we lost the Americans. But you won't find many people shouting to "open the border." Even as businesses go under and people become dependent on government support, we want *nothing* to do with what's going on south of us.
  7. Keep me posted! I recorded a few videos back in April or May. Getting a good backdrop was a big deal (I don't care for the contents of someone's closet as a set). Used a Tascam DR-22WL recorder to get the sound and an elderly iPad for the video then replaced the iPad audio with the Tascam audio in iMovie. It certainly could be more convenient but I already had all that, so it was basically free. Here's one: http://jazzagejazz.ca/resources/videos/Dance Mary Ann.mov
  8. The manager at our local brewery, who gives my little jazz band a weekly gig, was interested in doing a "live karaoke" night over the summer tourist season. We'd have a select list of songs people could sing -- based on what we want to play that *everybody* would know -- and we'd back up any singers who wanted to sing in front of a band. She'd pay us well by Gananoque standards. We did one test run and had a good time and so did the audience and participants. That was in February. Then covid and we're figuring out ways to sterilize microphones… and waiting. The weekly jazz gig, though, is still on, though we only play instrumentally for now.
  9. Google Chrome seems to work for this site. Not crazy about google anything but…
  10. I have an early jazz trio/quartet in a town of 5000 in Ontario. Normally I play piano and sing but with covid, singing requires either a plexiglas shield or 12' between the singer and *anyone*. So we've become an instrumental-only band for the duration. It's a bit jammy for my taste but it's serving okay with a weekly gig at a local brewery on their patio. We can only charge what they can pay, so it's still pretty paltry but it gets us out and we're gathering a following in the absence of all the guitar/singer folks, most of whom couldn't possibly do three hours of straight instrumentals. Every once in awhile the hundreds of hours spent practising piano comes in handy. Plus I turned 65 recently which, in Canada, means the government sends me a small monthly stipend.
  11. Dandy list, Phil. My own essential list is shorter (I have an ebow, but "essential"?). Whenever I'm playing guitar -- acoustic or electric -- I carry three things in my pocket that I consider essential: a tuner, a capo, and a slide. Most players just need the first two.
  12. "Hey, can you play this event for the exposure?" Here in Canada, exposure is something you die of.
  13. Thank you, Phil. That may be a signal for me to relax. It's true that I've written more songs, maybe a half-dozen, since then. Maybe I should do a "greatest hits" before I retire.
  14. I recorded a CD in 2013 and have sold them all. I'll have a chance to remix etc. before I have another batch made. For one thing, nineteen songs is too many and I think it should be cut back to twelve songs. But I'm most curious about the mix and (probably the weakest part) the mastering. Here's a sampling from spotify I can suggest a couple of songs to focus on if you'd like. I probably can't erase the budgie chirping on some tracks, but I'm okay with that.
  15. In my little world, there are two kinds of musicians: the ones who are still improving through practice and the ones who don't know why they'd need to. Dunning–Kruger effect effect in the arts.
  16. Follow-up. I've started rehearsing as JazzAgeJazz with a tenor sax player. And now we have an excellent drummer with jazz experience who wants to join in for larger venues and dances. Best part: the sax guy actually enjoys doing sales.
  17. Wow! thank you, Phil. Great examples. I skimmed them just now and caught some ideas: - EQ the guitar to be pure jangle -- in the ride cymbal range and give the mids to the piano - once EQed treat the guitar as part of the drum kit -- in the Freddie Green tradition of harmonizing the beat - put the two instruments piano hard left and guitar hard right (piano on the right is just wrong) - the above is best used in a full band setting so the guitar blends with the kit Elton John does this in a pretty huge setting the Stones *really* get this Burritos in a smaller setting without the high pass EQ on the guitar -- I think removing the guitar entirely would have improved the mix at this point in the song (Tom Petty) moves from the above to the opposite -- muffled guitar and kinda jangly piano in a sparse setting -- works very nicely as a sonic break American Pie is pretty jumbly and high-school gym sounding but separates by sending the NOL-style piano to the back of the sage and putting the strummed guitar about a foot from your face. The piano plays an octave or so above the guitar as well. Do you have any examples where it's *just* flat-top and piano? Even for a little bit?
  18. I'd say the first three Bruce Springsteen albums. "Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ" is a strong debut album with some excellent songs and a novel (at the time) return to a big rock band sound "The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle" has a pretty good first side, but the second side is probably my favourite side in rock and roll -- fabulous arc. "Born to Run" was his breakout album, of course, and basically defined a sound for rock anthems I was once asked to play "Thunder Road" on piano at a wedding as the bride walked up to the altar. She was moving away and I'm so glad I didn't have to sing the line "It's a town full of losers, I'm pulling out of here to win."
  19. I recently was playing piano behind a flat-top playing singer. Luckily she's a great singer. But I've been thinking lately that, for acoustic reasons, flat-top guitar and piano are a challenging mix: too alike, mostly, a strummed guitar punches a gigantic hole in the middle of the piano. The pianist is expected to deal with this. Two questions: 1) what are some outstanding and successful examples of piano and flat-top recorded together 2) what can I (and she) do to minimize stomping on each others' feet?
  20. I am *so* with you on this. I have a small collection of 2008 black macbooks and continue to use one right now. It works. I know how it works. I can take it apart and switch out parts. It runs programs and reads data that a newer computer cannot read and may never be able to read (voice of experience). The programs would need updating which costs me money to replace something that works for me now. My expensive and useful Adobe programs cannot be updated because they've changed their business model. On the downside, the web is changing and I can't view some sites that I used to be able to view. But you don't need to worry about the software ecosystem. You're outputting to ears and they don't change. (Well, maybe they do…)
  21. Not sure how recent that is. It was going pretty strong when I arrived here fifteen years ago. Then some of them who have sales skills, start organising things like "songwriters evenings" like you say. Maybe one in twenty have done the woodshedding to be interesting. Some are engaging and some are cute etc etc but very few are *musicians.* And that gets up my nose.
  22. My experience with facebook is that it's a great place to collect "interested" and "going" clicks but when the time comes, they're still glued to their screen clicking on "interested" and "going" for the next week's entertainment.
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