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On a Star (DRS Remix)

Well, here it is. A remix of a tune I posted a while back. It’s a trippy epic theme… something like Paradise Lost vs. TimeCop… includes some German language bits… (or my take on it…)

Many thanks to http://www.freesfx.co.uk/ and http://www.freesound.org/


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Belly Dancing for Life

Took my Mom to the park last night for a walk. We stumbled upon this gala event!

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I took a lot more pics of the crowd to demonstrate Toronto’s amazing multiculturalism, but one person gave me a bit of a dirty look, and it got me thinking. I’d love to post them but don’t want someone to sue me for putting their face online. This is an issue that, I think, most photographers must consider.


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Monsoon dream

Remembering my days as a student in India, where I spent long hours doing sorta fusion ragas on my guitar…

Funnily enuf, when I finished the final mix of this tune, a thunderstorm came up and it started raining heavily. Sort of perfect.


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my humble studio

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it’s getting late and I should be hitting the hay. just wanted to post this pic i took tonight. i was working on “shaft vs bullitt”… pulled out the guitar because, in you didn’t guess, the “guitar” in my jammmm session (below) was really a keyboard! there are some pros to doing that, like being able to easily hit two notes just a semitone apart for some nice dissonance. but the downside is that you lose so much rhythm, tone and genuine note-bending that a real guitar affords. problem, however, is that i’m way out of practice and my fingers start to hurt after a while! non-guitarists probably don’t know that guitarists develop callouses on their fingertips to guard against pinching a nerve. Seriously! pinching a nerve can put you out of action for a month, anyhow. so.. i’m going to hopefully build up those callouses, get back into practice, and stun you all with my amazing johnny guitar prowess! 🙂


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waiting for the aliens

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I went back to the place where I took my last photos. Actually wanted to drive past this field but the city had closed the gates to the drive. So I had to park down at the bottom of some steep steps and climb up to there, and then walk across to the ravine at far right, where I took some more photos. At first I was a bit disappointed that the gate was closed. But once I got going I decided that it’s always good to adapt to change. It was a pretty long, chilly walk to the ravine, but turns out I got the best photos on the way, in the field. Had the gate been open I would have driven right past here. So the moral of the story… ADAPT.


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Updated my 70s playlist at Songza

Woodstock was in the summer of 69, but its effects lingered on through the 70s – Image via Tumblr

http://songza.com/listen/sock-it-to-me-70s-earthpages-1/

I haven’t had a chance to get out of the city for quite a while and, frankly, it can get boring. The traffic has risen sharply, probably because of the soaring number of condos. Toronto seems to be booming. That’s great, but sometimes I miss the old, quiet city, the old days. So last night I updated my Songza “Sock it to me 70s” playlist.

My 70s list is probably my strongest. I was a young kid then, super enthusiastic about music. Always listening to the radio, hearing my elder brothers and sisters records, and then as I got a bit older, my friends records. Music has always been a passion. Maybe my number one passion. I don’t know. I like a lot of things.

While updating this playlist, one of the things that struck me was how the Canadian music scene differs from the American scene. Generally speaking, I think we tend to like slightly lighter tunes. And we have a Canadian content law up here stipulating that radio stations must play a certain percentage of Canadian songs. I can’t remember exactly how much. But it’s enough to give Canadian artists a chance. Some cheesy stuff got airplay from that law. But a lot of good stuff too. I tried to ditch the cheese and list only what I felt was worthwhile.


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The evolution of western dance music over the last 100 years


Click image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays).