Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #49

Juice Newton! She was in heavy rotation at my parents house when I was younger. If I remember correctly, she was also inside the jukebox at the campground that we spent most summers at (great childhood memories by the way, thank you Mom and Dad!) That’s the first place I heard Steve Miller Band’s, “Abracadabra” and I couldn’t get enough of playing that over and over again. That jukebox sounded amazing - all warm and bass(y). It was cool to be down there when it was raining during the week and nobody was there. That was some freedom, let me tell you. My sister and I would entertain ourselves listening to music and playing the various arcade games that were there, feeling like grownups even though the camper was just up the hill. The campground even had a little store on the premises that we’d get candy at to take back up to the camper.

A note about the actual karaoke track I used for this little tribute. The instrumental part of the track is really bang on, however, the male backup singers in this version come on like a team of football players singing along in the locker room and was throwing me off my girly Juice Newton vibe. I mean no disrespect to anyone, especially football players who may or may not be able to sing, it just stood out to me as such. I provided a little sound clip of what it sounded like before I added my vocals. I found it very entertaining.

Male backing vocals sample:

Carolaoke Song #49 - Juice Newton - "Queen of Hearts"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #48

I remember Lance Dobersek sharing some footage of Sarah McLachlan recording music inside a church with about a million candles lit and that’s the shit I’m talking about. I’ve been working on the little room I record in to make it more ambient - lava lamps, strings of fruit lights, weird lamps - that sort of thing. I mean, why not make it look and feel like stage atmosphere?

Carolaoke Song #48 - Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #47

This is a song I’d “scream sing” all the way down from Madison to Milwaukee for Sweet Jelly practices on Tuesday nights once upon a time long long long ago. All day I had been in a cube at a toy company making Flash animations for the children and I tried hard to keep a lid on my growing excitement for rocking out later but I didn’t do a very good job. I know I made a spectacle of myself. It really did feel weird being in a band while I worked at a button-upped corporation. It always felt like I was doing something wrong UNTIL I read that Elvis Costello was also in a complete non-rock quiet computer job and wrote songs while he worked there. Then I started to feel a lot better about my weird affliction for wanting to be in a band.

Carolaoke Song #47 - Sinéad O'Connor - "No Man's Woman"

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Freaky Friday #22

Two new Bird People Tarot cards to share for today’s Freaky Friday. Hope everyone has a happy halloween this weekend. I certainly plan on eating all the candy to celebrate appropriately.

Tarot empress 3
Major Arcana: The Empress

Upright Meanings:
Mother, sister, wife

Reversed Meanings:
Blocked development
Financial hardship

Tarot 10 pentacles
Minor Arcana: 10 of Pentacles

Upright Meanings:
Family, ancestral ties
Good investments

Reversed Meanings:
Lack of motivation

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Studio Closeup #54

I’ve been completely engrossed in starting a larger (24” x 24”) Museum Series piece centering around penguins. As you can see, I’m in the super early stages of assembly and painting. The diorama has not been built and no holes have been drilled yet. It’s weird working bigger but I’ve been enjoying more space to add things like slides and one or two more paper dioramas to complete my "exhibit". I have a couple penguin slides waiting in the wings that will also be included in this piece.

Art blog 54 A
Art blog 54 B

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