Covid-19: Week 8 in Lock Down

Precision – R. Holoch, 2008 Here we are, two months more or less with a “Shelter in Place” order. As much as I know how horrible this is for business, I also know it won’t last forever and that we will come back from this abyss. A change in leadership will be necessary, an I hope the States and Governors continue to work together…

The Battle for the Soul of America

Covid-19 Will Test The Soul of America It’s striking to see people like London Breed, Gavin Newsom, Larry Hogan, Mike Dewine and Getchen Whitmer all working hard to help the front line workers (the Angels) battle Covid-19. There are also many millions (the “common man”) in the USA sacrificing and doing the right thing, and they far, far outweigh the entitled whiners who have…

Make American Dirge Again

Today’s News Had “Dirge” Written All Over It Just when you think it can’t get any worse, President Death turns the screws a little more. Between his blame game, his preposterous and premature victory lap and encouragement of people to go back to work (and force a second wave to happen in June), all I could do is get inspired to write a funeral…

Ham Shack and Recording Studio

Sundays are Music Days at KY6R My ham shack has been great, I built it when I first moved in March 2006, after a divorce. The KY6R Ham Shack and Studio It’s in the garage, and when I moved into this 1950 ranch house, there was this great small window paned door under the house. Perfect for the shack, and it has a ton…

Dr. Plague

Plague Doctor Steinberg Cubase LE / AI Project for “pandemic” I’m writing a new song idea called Dr. Plague after a creepy but very cool Bubonic Plague doctor outfit where the mask was a birds beak. Plague Doctor The synth line is a monophonic Arp arpegiated line that syncs with a drum beat. Plague Doctor I’ve added a guitar and mandolin part as well…

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

https://www.spaceweather.com/ Its been quite a while since we have seen a Sunspot number of 35 – with multiple sunspot groups – and two from Cycle 25 and one from Cycle 24. I used to get excited about this sort of thing – but I’m not feeling it this time. I suppose if I get back into the FREQ 300 maybe I’ll at least get…

Covid-19: Lock Down Week 7

The KY6R Ham Shack, Music Studio and Home Office – there’s no place like Home I have finally gotten to the point where I love this Lock Down thing. There is really nothing that I miss – although – maybe lifting weights at the gym. But even that – riding my bike again like I used to – almost every day of the week…

New Song Idea – With AKAI MPK Mini

Inexpensive Mini Keyboard and Midi Controller – the AKAI MPK mini Back in the day I played either a 6 string Rickenbacher 360, a 12 string Rickenbacher 360 or a nice Roland or EMU sampling keyboard. Always through a Roland Chorus Amp. I’ve gone budget now – but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what you do on a budget. My guitars are about 1/3rd…

Shelter(ed) From The Storm

Sheltered in the Sunny Living Room I’m not having any problem whatsoever with this shelter in place order. In fact, it reminds me of the Dylan song “Shelter From The Storm”. Growing up in NJ, and then living in PA and NY, we were pretty well home bound during the full months of January and February, and we have on occasion had years here…

Ghost of the Dharma Bum

Thank God for Music, Art and Poetry I wrote and recorded a song in the minor key with the root at Am6. All but one chord / note is a bluesy / jazz affair. My musical mentor, Jeff, whom I was in a band with and where we played dive bars in San Francisco in the 80’s challenged me to write more in minor…