New progress on an old song

The first song I ever put together a chord solo part for is All Of Me. It’s basically playing the melody from within the chords of the song with a few extra twiddly bits thrown in here and there. For a long time now when I’m playing solo I’ve been playing it the same way. Start with a little intro bit, do the solo part, sing it, tag it and then stop.

However, if I’m playing with my band the arrangement is start with the intro, do the solo, sing it, Thadd takes a solo, sing it again, tag it and then stop. This is a much more traditional sort of jazz arrangement. But I couldn’t do it alone. Just didn’t have the chops. And repeating the same exact solo is pretty lame.

I’ve been thinking about this a while and the other day I was just noodling about with the solo bit and I was suddenly doing things a lot different than I ever have before.

I have learned some stuff over the years!

Nothing flaming hot, you understand, but at least different. Now I had a direction to go.

So tonight I sat in the dining room with my ukulele and my android phone—I downloaded a little chord finder app for it—and between what I could figure out myself and some alternate chord positions I looked up on the app, I’ve come up with a second chord solo for the tune.

Not only is it not the same as the first one, but I actually can mess around with it a bit on the fly so that it’s not exactly the same every time I play it.

The legends of jazz aren’t exactly quaking in their loafers, but I’m feeling pretty good about it.

In fact, I’m feeling pretty jazzy.

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A quick test

I’m trying to get things set up so that I can post to my blogs from my phone.

If you are reading this it means that I was successful.

I love it when a plan comes together!

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Friends with the right stuff

(sub-title: the continuing saga of the water bottle and how having cool friends is simply key)

As I’ve mentioned innumerable times, it took Snake Suspenderz 3 or 4 years of asking before we were hired on for Seattle’s fabulous Moisture Festival. We finally got hired for this year’s Fest (the 9th annual) and it was just as amazing as I’d imagined.

And kee-rist what an imagination I’ve got!

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What a difference a day makes

Yesterday’s busking was entirely made out of FAIL. I made more mistakes, had more lapses in judgement and just generally fucked up more than even my usual. And that’s saying something, I tell you what.

I actually managed to lose money. Jaysus!

The only good news yesterday was that my sweet Fallen Angel managed to jump through the requisite hoops and the Millionair Club is going to give her new glasses. Her prescription is way out of date and her glasses themselves are in bad shape… hot glued together, all out of alignment… you get the picture.

The fact that she was being gifted this needed item made me very happy, not only because neither of us could afford making the very necessary replacement, but also because I had learned of this opportunity via my network, and passed the info on to her. (That would be the real life network in this case, not the digital one.)

Huge blessings on the wonderful friends in my network.

Despite all that, and just to rub salt in yesterday’s wound, when I arrived at the Pike Place Market today I discovered that I’d lost my recently acquired Moisture Festival water bottle.

Well, fuck.

Dear Universe, that’ll be enough of that, K?


I arrived rather latish to the Market and still only had to wait about a 1/2 hour for my set. This is what’s known in the trade as “a blessing.”

The tips were good and I sold a CD. The upshot being, when I counted my money at the end of the set—$30+ for an hour. Not too shabby for a weird old dude strumming his ukulele, eh?—I decided that was probably good enough, especially since my bus transfer was still good. That’s a savings of $2.50.

Doesn’t sound like a lot to you? Walk a mile in my shoes.

I was just going to go home and call it a WIN. I deserve a WIN every once in a while. srsly.

But wait! There’s more!

I’m now packing up and this couple comes up, money clenched in the fella’s fist, and buys yet another CD.

A $40+ hour? OK then.

What a difference a day makes.

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2 days Illin’, 1 day thrillin’

I just came through 2 days in a generic NyQuil daze, and ended up with a pretty damn good busking day. It was, at the very least, not half shabby for the little fat guy with the ukulele.

One could almost believe that tourist season was nearly upon us. srsly.

In other words, I may have survived another winter/early spring. That deserves a “w00t!”

I can’t hear you! Give me a damn w00t!


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