If I were gonna start a band, I think this is what I'd call it. (<a href = "http://www.threechordsandthetruth.net/">hardly an original idea, sorry</a>; <a href="http://www.tinymixtapes.com/articles/08.26.02_threechords.htm">chuckle</a>). I play guitar, but not all that well; I'm most comfortable with just your basic three chords. As to the truth... since I was little, singing and praying have never been entirely separate things to me. (See also ScriptureNotes, ShareLifeThruArt) <hr/>**Dec 2008**: For Chime and his family, who are suffering <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/stories/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/119658854495020.xml&coll=2">the unthinkable</a>... (update: and praising God in the midst of it! see <a href="http://thekingdomkids.org/">The Kingdom Kids</a>). <a href="/2007eagle_ogbu/on_eagles_wings_for_chime_and_family.mp3">On Eagle's Wings</a>, a guitar track. (<a href="http://www.my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis2/eaglewings.html">lyrics</a>, <a href="http://www.mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=8591">lyrics and midi</a>). Contributions were directed to the <a href="http://www.sussexassociation.com/">Sussex Community Association</a> but now they are directed to <a href="http://thekingdomkids.org/fund/">The Ogbuji Family Fund</a> speaking of contributions... <small><a href="http://inamidst.com/misc/Eagles-solo.m4a">sbp's track</a></small> <hr />**Nov 2007**: I led a sing-along in a break at a big W3C meeting. See <a href="http://drinkingoatmealstout.com/2007/11/10/w3c-html-working-group-jam-session/">W3C HTML Working Group Jam Session</a> and <a href="http://esw.w3.org/topic/InstantGig">InstantGig</a>. <hr /> <img align='right' src='http://blogspace.com/pictures/photo/med/3723/connolly.jpg' alt='me on guitar'/> I've been playing a <a href="http://www.sigmaguitars.com/pastmodels.html">Sigma</a> DM-5S (<a href="http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Sigma/DM5S-01.html">reviews</a>) since I was a teenager; it has a <a href="http://www.quigleymusic.com/">Quigley</a> 100th anniversary sticker inside. George helped my mom pick it out for me. While I was at Convex, I picked up a 12-string guitar from a co-worker. The <a href="http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Alvarez/5021-01.html">Alvarez 5021 reviews</a> make me glad I did. Too bad <a href="http://www.aa.com/">AA</a> crunched the case. Oh well. <hr />**2Nov2004**: from CivicDuty noodling... <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/">Common Dreams</a> is running an article, <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1029-25.htm">The Future is Blowing in the Wind</a>, which, of course, is a play on <a href="http://www.guitartabs.cc/fetchurl.php?filename=/d/dylan_bob/blowin_in_the_wind.crd">Blowing in the wind</a> by Bob dylan <hr />**31May2004**: after upgrading DirkMachine to kernel 2.6, I entered the world of the <a href="http://www.alsa-project.org/">Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA)</a>. The <a href="http://alsa.opensrc.org/">AlsaOpensrcOrg wiki</a> looks handy; I intend to contribute there a bit. Here are some magic prayers I learned today: * ecamegapedal alsahw,2,0 alsahw,0,0 -- runs a guitar pedal simulator with input from alsa input 2, i.e. my iMic via usb-audio, with output to the built-in soundcard. LFactor recommends using the iMic for audio output, as its specs are superior to the built-in Ensoniq. <a href="http://www.uid0.sk/zyzstar/?creox">creox</a> was also recommended; it's jack-happy; but I have not tried it yet. * jack_connect alsa_pcm:capture_2 alsa_pcm:playback_1 -- connects guitar to computer speakers via jack. I think; I'm not sure I got this working; the motivation was use with jack-rack, but I never figured that out. jack_lsp lists ports. qjackctl is a qt gui for connecting them. * ecasound -t10 -i alsahw,2,0 -o imic.ogg -- records guitar sound to an .ogg file * jackd -d alsa -- start the jack audio connector. (LFactor recommended jackstart -R -d alsa -d usb-audio -P -r 48000 -p64 --softmode -n3 -- but I didn't manage to get that working) * alsaplayer -o jack imic.ogg -- plays it back thru jack * qsynth -- GUI front end to fluidsynth, a software MIDI synthesizer. <a href="ftp://ftp.personalcopy.net/pub/PC51f.sf2.gz">PC51f sound font</a> from <a href="http://www.personalcopy.com/home.htm">Soundfonts for Linux by personalcopy</a>. * aconnect 72:0 128:0 -- connect usb midi input to sound synthesizer (numbers vary; use aconnect -i -o to list them) <a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/freepats">freepats</a> -- free patch set for MIDI audio synthesis <hr />**26Feb2004**: speaking of crunched cases... am I crazy enough to try bringing a guitar on a plane again? (cf TravelCheckList) Not my new Alvarez, but maybe my old Ibanez Les Paul copy? I think so... here's hoping for an <a href="http://esw.w3.org/topic/InstantGig">InstantGig</a>. <hr />**Feb2004**: <img src="http://moblog.nicecupoftea.org/archives/images/default/2004-02-20_194056_26411_0.jpg" align="right"/> The pick-up I use to plug my six-string in for worship band broke. I looked at getting a <a href="http://www.fishman.com/products/acoustic-guitar-pickups.asp">fishman</a> or something. The guys at Quigley said it would run me about $200 installed. With a little extra money burning a hold in my pocket from the keyboard sale, and some encouragement from Bruce, I looked into picking up another guitar. I couldn't pass up this <a href="http://www.music123.com/Item/?itemno=46302">Alvarez RD20SC</a> at $279.99 with free shipping. Assuming it's a good guitar, I won't really have a need for my Sigma any more. But... can I bring myself to sell a guitar I've had since I was 13? <hr />**17Feb2004**: Looked up <a href="http://www.justworship.com/worshipsongs/myredeemerlives.html">my redeemer lives</a>. <hr />**15Feb2004**: <a href="http://www.manyetas.com/creed/midikeys_beta.html">midikeys</a> looks like just what the doctor ordered, while waiting for the USB/MIDI keyboard. Yup. Works pretty good. <hr />**5Feb2004**: DebianPackage:mma looks interesting (from DWN). <hr />got GarageBand installed, got guitar cable adapter... DARN! no audio line in on this older iMac! <a href="http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/">Griffin iMic</a> <a href="http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=308735&pfp=SEARCH">$35 at compusa</a> (913) 345-0793. UPACode 685387020201. Part No. T3041LL/A (C39). <a href="http://www.recoton.com">Recoton</a> 1/4 to 1/8 adapter... UPACode 044102115217 for a few bucks at best buy. <hr />**9Jan2004**: <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2372242548&category=29552">selling a Rhodes stage piano</a> to get into Apple's GarageBand. Woohoo! Got $700 for it! Now what shall I do with this money burning a hole in my pocket? The apple USB keyboard looks really cool, but it doesn't have very many keys... and I wonder if I really want a midi keyboard. Ah... <a href="http://www.tweakheadz.com/tips_on_buying_a_keyboard.html">tips</a> just for me. <hr />**25Oct2003**: Brennan wrote <a href="/y2003/0310bsong/giveit.jpg">a song</a> today, clearly inspired by all the pokemon battles he wages on the gameboy. I transcribed an <a href="/y2003/0310bsong/giveit.abc">ABC version</a> until he was happy with the <a href="/y2003/0310bsong/giveit.midi">midi rendition</a> of it, and I printed <a href="/y2003/0310bsong/giveit.pdf">sheet music</a> (<a href="/y2003/0310bsong/giveit.ps">giveit.ps</a> <a href="/y2003/0310bsong/giveit.pdf">giveit.pdf</a>). Of course, Kyle wanted to play along. He wrote <a href="/y2003/0310bsong/kyle-music.jpg">a song of his own</a>. Tech notes: DebianLinuxJustWorks: I used DebianPackage:timidity to play midi files, and DebianPackage:gnome-gv to view postscript files, DebianPackage:abcmidi to convert ABC files to midi, and DebianPackage:abc2ps to convert them to printed sheet music. ToDo: try out DebianPackage:abcm2ps from **13Jan2004** weekly news. <hr />**24Nov2002**: <a href="http://rdfig.xmlhack.com/2002/11/24/2002-11-24.html#1038159490.425795">abc/songvert notes</a>, <a href="">songvert</a>, <hr /> ToDo: @@more to say about... George R. Rudy Quigley Sigma guitar Glory and Praise. 9:15 mass Be my Center <hr /> photo credit: <a href="http://blogspace.com/pictures/3723.html">Aaron Swartz</a>. From connolly Tue Nov 9 06:58:39 +0000 2004 From: connolly Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 06:58:39 +0000 Subject: Good stuff from 22 Apr 2001 Message-ID: <20041109065839+0000@dm93.org> at GF: He is Lord, Spirit of the living god, fall a fresh on me. (refactoring ScriptureNotes) From connolly Thu Dec 30 09:01:50 +0000 2004 From: connolly Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 09:01:50 +0000 Subject: Len, I'm jealous Message-ID: <20041230090150+0000@dm93.org> ... or is that envious? Where's the usage board when you need them. No matter... Just when I thought I had my head above water w.r.t the ChristmasCardRitual -- I got over a dozen cards out *before* Christmas -- <a href="http://lamammals.blogspot.com/2004/12/something-for-season.html">Len B records three songs</a> as his holiday greeting. Wow! From connolly Sun Jan 16 06:41:46 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 06:41:46 +0000 Subject: praise and worship archive Message-ID: <20050116064146+0000@dm93.org> I'm playing tomorrow, and I'm missing music for a few of the songs... went googling, found <a href="http://www.pwarchive.com/">pwarchive</a>. Hmm... we have a CCLI license, no? Gotta look into that. From connolly Sun Mar 20 14:40:17 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 14:40:17 +0000 Subject: new hope music Message-ID: <20050320144017+0000@dm93.org> Went looking for children's worship songs; found <a href="http://newhopemusic.com/">new hope music</a> with lyrics, chords, PDF sheet music, midi, mp3. Original stuff with liberal copyright license. From connolly Tue May 17 02:02:08 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 02:02:08 +0000 Subject: shopping for a digital piano Message-ID: <20050517020208+0000@dm93.org> We finally got to the top of the waiting list for Karen, gal from church that teaches piano. Kyle seems willing to actually do the practicing between lessons, too, so we're InTheMarket for a piano. There might be one available for around $700. We don't really have extra cash, but that might be a good enough deal that we should act on it. Last weekend, We saw a <a href="http://www.samsclub.com/eclub/main_shopping.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&n=0&mt=a&coe=0&oidPath=0:-23542:-23589:-25417:-25422:920865">Casion PX400 Digital Piano system at sams for $649</a>; it includes stuff like a bench and a microphone. The USB connection is interesting. It didn't feel like a must-do deal; I wanted to check <a href="http://www.music123.com/Digital-Pianos-d144.music">music123 prices on digital pianos</a> first, since they couldn't be beat on guitar prices a year or so ago. Mary found a guy selling an <a href="http://www.adagiopianos.com/page6.html">Adagio DDP8834D</a> for $1000. No, that's not a deal we can't pass up. From connolly Wed Feb 22 19:28:57 +0000 2006 From: connolly Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 19:28:57 +0000 Subject: BoDeans rock! Message-ID: <20060222192857+0000@dm93.org> see <a href="http://del.icio.us/connolly/music+kc">music+kc</a> bookmarks.