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Synchronicity or what?

Tonight I was listening to some music on Spotify, thinking of my childhood and feeling really bored with everything out there. So browsing the new releases page, this caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was because of the compelling photo, the text around it, or both.

Let me explain…

Artist’s name is Whitney Rose. Album is called Rule 62.

Myself, I went to WHITNEY school and lived on ROSE Park Drive as a kid. I was born in ‘62.

Keywords or what?

Of course this would catch my eye.

At first listen I thought she needed a bit of zip but I think my android Dolby Atmos EQ was making her voice quieter than normal. After fiddling with that her sound really began to grow on me. I like the laid back style. Reminiscent of the 1950s or 60s. So I went to Wikipedia. Turns out she is from Canada, where I was born, but currently hones her craft in Texas. Now really getting interested, I read more. Her early influences are the classic country crooners, male and female. Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette.

Wow. This is too good to be true. I’ve already ordered all her stuff from the library to hear it in CD-quality audio.

I think I’m going to like getting to know her music. And I bet we’ll be hearing more from Whitney Rose in days to come.

Just a hunch.

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Shape Dance – A very 90s “Popcorn”

A few years ago I picked up a dollar store CD called Shape Rave, volume 4 (Pikosso records, Berlin 1996). I just got around to listening to it tonight and discovered a nice remix of an old radio hit from my childhood, “Popcorn.”

The pan flute sound is a bit passé (technology has given us a much broader palette today). But as a novice bedroom producer, I can really appreciate the programming, the texture of the underlying sequenced sounds, and the fantastic swing. “Swing” is a feature used in sequencers where the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beats are delayed a bit behind the first beat. It makes it sound less robotic and when done right, gives it, well, swing… 🙂

I like the old-style graphics that the uploader put with the tune. I think it’s the same remix that is on my CD (there are several remixes). Back when the first “Popcorn” came out, that tape deck would have been really high tech.


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a somewhat dark and foreboding new banner…

…which is ironic because it’s the opposite of how I’m feeling these days. Maybe I’ll redo this at night. Daytime indoor shots generally don’t work as well as nighttime ones. And yes, that’s a CRT monitor (at left). I like retro stuff. Picked this one up just when LCDs and LEDs had practically made it impossible to find a new CRT. It was a good deal. And I like it for watching old TV shows in the 4:3 format.


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retro chairs

retro chairs by earthpages
retro chairs, a photo by earthpages on Flickr.

taken just the other day, i gave this a retro look… quite fitting because the chairs are in front of an ice cream shop with a 1950s theme to it.


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Steve Winwood Back in the Highlife Again!

I was in the used bookstore yesterday and heard this groovy sounding Steve Winwood music playing in the background.

As I pondered the book titles I searched my memory and, no matter how hard I tried, couldn’t locate the record I was listening to. It sounded very 70s and I thought I knew just about every Blind Faith, Traffic and Steve Winwood tune there is.

So on exiting the store I asked the man at the counter… “What is this lp?”

“Steve Winwood,” he replied.

“I know that…” I said. “But what album?”

“Nine Lives,” he said. “It just came out Tuesday.”

Well, I haven’t heard all of it yet but from my initial sampling it seems that Mr. Winwood has rediscovered his muse, big time.

This isn’t a flashy sound. And it probably won’t make the bubblegum (or should I say razor blade) charts. But Winwood fans should be happy.

It’s really a statement…