Posts Tagged ‘music’

The King’s Birthday

The King would have been 76 years old today! I was a teenager when he came on the scene.

I remember well the day when my sons came into the kitchen whilst I was preparing supper and casually announced that Elvis Presley had died. My response was “NO!” Witnessing my emotional shock they responded, “Who was this guy?”

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Music at Facebook

How To Post Music at Facebook

I have been tinkering with posting music at Facebook. The following scheme seems to work nicely for MP3 files.

To get an MP3 file of your own music you must first upload it to your own FTP space. If you do not know how to do that, you can find an MP3 file already uploaded somewhere on the Internet with its own URL. To post a song, you must have an URL of the song. Here is a legal one to use from librivox.org of the Christian hymn “Nearer My God To Thee”. (Right-click on this link and choose “Copy Shortcut” and go to your Facebook account).

The next step is to paste the song’s MP3 URL, that you got when you clicked “Copy Shortcut,” under “Share Link” and then click “preview” on the Facebook screen, or “enter” on your keyboard. Next write something in the blank box, if you want, such as “Nearer My God To Thee.” Then click “Post.” VOILA! Automatically, you should see your song posted as an actual music box, with a music note graphic and play button. COOL, eh? This is a screenshot of my Facebook page where I posted “I Heard the Bells” from Jon Sayles website of free guitar music:

Facebook Music Box

Then your goal is to try and find another MP3 URL of music that you really like. Here is an entire collection of free MP3s from The Owen Family. You may find more legal Christmas MP3 files at librivox.org: http://librivox.org/christmas-carol-collection-2006/. Again, remember to right-click on the MP3 link and choose “copy shortcut.”

The easiest way I have found to post music at Facebook is to use my Twitter account and my Seeqpod account. I post the Seeqpod URL of a song to Twitter. I have Twitter set to automatically post to Facebook, so my song comes through as a link, which when clicked takes one to Seeqpod where the song plays.

You can also go to Seeqpod and get one of their links, under “embed.” These files at Seeqpod are not MP3 URLs. Here is one I already found for Yankee Doodle Dandy: http://www.seeqpod.com/search/?plid=7ba92255c5 . Copy and paste this link just as instructed above. Because it is not an MP3 URL, it will not make a music box, but be an ordinary link. You can add in the comments: “Click link for Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

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Goodbye Route 66

It’s official. Today I have finished my journey along life’s Route 66. All of those adventures of the past year are now but “Vanishing Memories” of bye-gone days. Now I need a new quest to somewhere.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDNA! “I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.”

My Back Pages by Bob Dylan

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I’m speaking of the Grandmother’s Baby Shower.

Well there is always something new coming down the pike and I am so happy that I had not lived too long to experience the Grandmother Baby Shower. In the past month and a half I have been a guest at two of these celebrations and they were wonderful fun. The first was held at a northern Virginia country club and the second, that I attended today, was in Jayne’s home. Both were lovely and a good time was had by all. At the second Grandmother Baby Shower, the grandmother from the previous shower was in attendance and received a phone call during the shower that her new grandson had been born a few minutes prior. How serendipitous. Thank you “Hostess with the Mostess” Jayne, and thank you soon-to-be Grandmother Martha, for the chance to party once again.

I’m sure it’s just my vanishing memory playing tricks on me, but I think I saw someone walking through the living room talking to a huge white cat. They were talking about a baked salmon. The cat was talking back! Listen to the Fun: Wasn’t That A Party?

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I have been having many difficulties synching my new iPod Touch with iTunes. There seems to be little trouble synching my photographs, favorites and contacts which are located on my computer. But to get my files which are on Apple’s iTunes 7.0 synched to my iPod Touch usually takes about ten tries. I understood by reading forums that others were having similar problems and that Apple was coming out with a software update for the iPod Touch. Well, I guess today was the day … however the wait was not worth it.

I cannot get my iPod Touch to install the new update. I phoned Apple Support and they could not help me either. They told me to take it to an Apple Store. Someday, when I have a spare day to spare … I guess … Meanwhile, does anyone out there know what the error message – iTunes could not sync ^0 to the iPod “Edna’s iPod” because the iPod disconnected – means? This comes on only after I have waited and waited for the download, then the installation, and then the backing up of my files. About the time everything should FINALLY be finished, up pops the BIG RED X error message.

I have tried to install this update at least ten times, because of my prior experience with synching the iPod Touch. You can never get it to work on the first try. I have tried different troubleshooting recommendations. I have varied the usb ports from one side of my computer to the other. I have rebooted everything – the computer, iTunes and the iPod, over and over. I have reset the settings. I have restored the iPod. I have deleted files from iTunes, which is one of the troubleshooting recommendations. How many files must I delete? All of them?? What is there left to try?

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My New Ipod

Yes, little by little I have been learning to use my new Ipod Touch. It is one amazing little gadget, but then considering the pricey price, it should be. Last night I ordered a case for it, as its shiny metal body is so slippery that I have a fear of dropping it … again … onto the stone floor where my desk is.

I’ve got all my music on it and that was fairly simple to do. Amazingly, it automatically converted my CD files and Windows Media Player files into something that can be used on the Ipod. There were a few disappointments with some of the tunes that I had purchased at the WalMart site in a non-MP3 format.  Those files apparently had some proprietary code embedded so that for whatever reason their creator deemed, I cannot listen to them on my Ipod, even though I paid Walmart for the right to download them. So I learned my lesson there. The kind of music I like is difficult to find on the Internet and I have not yet tried the I-Tunes store, but I don’t expect to find much that I will like there either.

The Ipod found all 4000+ images in my pictures folder and downloaded them and now I can show them around on my big three inch screen that I can carry in my purse.  Wanna see pictures of my grandchildren? If not, you better not ask, as I will have them coming out the ya-zoo. I can create play-lists and slide-shows like you cannot believe and the Ipod came with a little plastic holder that keeps it standing when showing slide-shows or videos. How long I will be able to keep possession of that tiny plastic holder remains in doubt. I do hope that replacements can be purchased, but I have not yet found them.

I haven’t yet figured out how to upload my own videos to the Ipod. Apparently all of those that I created with my camera are in the wrong format, and now I am trying to figure out how to convert them to MPEG4 files for the Ipod. Perhaps downloading them from YouTube might work. That will be my next step.

I discovered the most amazing thing of all last night when I was attempting to get an audio book onto my Ipod. I will write about that on another day.

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Lead Belly Blues

Lead Belly, son of the South and an American original is one of my favorite roots-music musicians.

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Lead Belly was born Huddie Ledbetter, either in Texas or Louisiana, sometime around 1887 or 1888. He was one powerful “musicianer”, but he was too a powerful mean man with a knife. His second stint in prison was for killing a relative in a fight. After serving seven years for that crime, he was able to convince the governor of Texas to set him free by singing him a song:

Please, Governor Neff, Be good ‘n’ kind
Have mercy on my great long time…
I don’t see to save my soul
If I don’t get a pardon, try me on a parole…
If I had you, Governor Neff, like you got me
I’d wake up in the mornin’ and I’d set you free

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However, by 1930, Lead Belly was back in prison, this time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for attempted homicide. It was there that he was aided by American folklorists Alan and John Lomax. It was they who suggested that he try his song writing abilities on the Louisiana governor. They recorded his petition on the back of his popular ballad “Goodnight Irene,” and, once again, it worked like a charm.

The Lomaxes took him north where they recorded hundreds of his songs and Lead Belly became a musical sensation. Their relationship ended when Lead Belly threatened to use his knife on them, but by that time he had established his musical talents and was befriended by local musicians such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

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My two youngest grandchildren love my pictures of family activities, especially when they are in the pictures. Here is a little tip that I devised for their father to entertain them on his computer, however this tip can be used for anyone’s enjoyment. 

Here at this blog (https://barneykin.wordpress.com/) CLICK on the Sonific music box on the right to get it started.

Then, in a different window or tab, go to My Picasa Albums or My Flickr Albums,  choose an album by CLICKING on it. For example my Burke Lake Choo Choo pictures are posted at this album: http://picasaweb.google.com/barneykin/BurkeLakeParkTrain .

At the top of your toolbar click “VIEW” then “FULL SCREEN”. Then just above the Picasa or Flickr Album pictures, click on “SLIDESHOW” and let it run … with my Sonific music.

VOILA! Isn’t it cool? Give it a try. The pictures will be better and bigger and the music very pleasant, bringing back lovely memories of bygone days.

PS: You can RESTORE your browser screen and toolbars by pointing your mouse to the top right hand corner of your screen and clicking the square restore icon.

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