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February 20th, 2018, 3:08 pm

All great choices, but I am thinking of Heart.

Take the galloping pace of the Immigrant Song and compare to this hard rocker:




Also the slinky seductive side - and power ballads in the 80s-90s - that is as far as the radio play for Heart tended to go.

But they also had an acoustic/folk side.

If you have never heard this, it will surprise you.





They have done Led Zep songs in concert and make the connection clear.

In fact, here is Heart playing Stairway to Heaven for Led Zep - Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2012.  




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February 20th, 2018, 5:26 pm

Of course that may bring a big "So what." And that is fine - for a rock music historian, it is interesting, for everyone else  - meh.  ;)

Here, I have found someone to restore the cello, violin, and viola that a friend who was moving gave to me last year.

So the next thing might be lessons, but I will see what I can do on my own first.



One of the wonderful things about music (like rowing) is that almost anywhere you go, you will find a community where you can settle in and participate.

Seattle, London, St. Petersburg, Beijing...  you don't even need to speak the local language first.

Just the language of the oar on water, and bow across strings...
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February 21st, 2018, 12:48 am

Loading an old iPod with music for my weight room.



That just keeping on building and building...  :)

and then:




This rounds out one trilogy:



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February 21st, 2018, 7:12 pm

iPod?

That's still one of the best options for music, isn't it?
 
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February 21st, 2018, 8:48 pm

I know people get all religious and evangelical about The Cloud.

But I like hardware and even though the cloud is cool, it's good to have a local copy of anything you really care about.

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Also - a little secret about me - I horde technology. I still have all of my old cell phones - dating back to the very first Motorola that I bought when I was living in Germany.  That is quite awhile ago - pre-W Forum days.  :D

Here are some devices, still in their cases, never touched and Apple does not even make these any more.

1 iPod nano (burnished gold)
2 iPod shuffles (deep blue and hot pink!)

Plenty of Gigs too.

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February 21st, 2018, 9:05 pm

"The Cloud" sounds far too much like "vaporware" to me. I'm also in the local copy & ancient tech hoarder camp.
 
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February 21st, 2018, 9:09 pm

I am sure, like I do, that you remove the batteries from the phones, for example, and keep them in freezer-grade plastic ziplock bags.  :D

That is the only truly guaranteed obsolescence for these devices - in some cases, you cannot buy that particular type of battery any more.

Very wasteful.
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February 21st, 2018, 9:54 pm

Yes and those batteries go in the back of our refrigerator. For many types of devices, a clever person can either find compatible alternatives or hack a rewired connection to a newer battery.

The larger issue is the growing dependence of devices on networks. I've got an old Nokia phone that even if the battery were fine, the phone can do nothing because AT&T turned off the D-AMPS network about 10 years ago. Unless I find a D-AMPS celltower on eBay (and operate a pirate cell service that interferes with new phones using the same frequencies) that phone is now a paperweight.

It's going to get worse because so many devices depend on the cloud for basic functionality. Microsoft just announced the end of some services on Windows Phones ( https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/19/mic ... -8-phones/ ). Keeping those kinds of devices running requires replicating the company's back-end servers (and having the company's security codes).
 
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February 21st, 2018, 9:58 pm

the original packaging is essential.
 
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February 22nd, 2018, 11:22 pm

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Re: Universe Tea - Blog 2018

February 23rd, 2018, 3:48 am

trackstar wrote:
All great choices, but I am thinking of Heart.

Take the galloping pace of the Immigrant Song and compare to this hard rocker:




Also the slinky seductive side - and power ballads in the 80s-90s - that is as far as the radio play for Heart tended to go.

But they also had an acoustic/folk side.

If you have never heard this, it will surprise you.





They have done Led Zep songs in concert and make the connection clear.

In fact, here is Heart playing Stairway to Heaven for Led Zep - Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2012.  




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And just like that, two days later while I'm watching olympic figure skating, a random commercial comes on with a musical theme of "Barracuda". Which I may not have heard for a decade or so. Probably just a coincidence, and a matter of heightened awareness.
 
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February 23rd, 2018, 5:07 am

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trackstar:All great choices, but I am thinking of Heart.

Take the galloping pace of the Immigrant Song and compare to this hard rocker:




And just like that, two days later while I'm watching olympic figure skating, a random commercial comes on with a musical theme of "Barracuda". Which I may not have heard for a decade or so. Probably just a coincidence, and a matter of heightened awareness.

Haha!  The song does have a lot of harmonics - could be Harmonic Convergence!
For those who don't know what a "harmonic" is - listen to the tones at about :05 and :06  - it is a lightly covered and struck string that ranges into a higher tone than the string would if it were just held down to the fret board and struck, creating an odd aural effect.  The song has a number of them.
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February 23rd, 2018, 6:27 am

for those who don't remember, Barracuda was on the soundtrack of the (2000) Charlie's Angels movie. The part where they go to the computer lab
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February 23rd, 2018, 7:53 pm

Winter bar at one of my favorite country Inns. Fire going in big fireplace in my corner, jazz on XM/Sirius.
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February 25th, 2018, 12:23 am

A great anthem for working with what you've got.  :)



After a 12-hour spring cleaning marathon here and also reflecting on the eternal essence of Blonde.  :D
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