Ten Years Smoke Free

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Seems like forever ago I quit smoking.  Yet it’s only been 10 years.  For the first 1-2 years I actually still craved a smoke now and again.  Something changed and I suddenly can’t stand the smell of it and if I do, my stomach turns and I feel ill.  So yeah, I don’t miss it at all.  Now if I could do something about the pot smokers next door.  I don’t like that much either 😕

No Smoking

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Well…

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Today I had hoped to release a new drum cover.  I even had two versions to upload after recording many takes.  The final cuts were both nuked by YouTube 😡

Sadly my work schedule (and other things), makes it so I have to wait a week or more before I can even sit down to try again.  I’m actually writing this from the hospital, waiting on an X-Ray 😕

So instead I’ll reveal my newest addition to my collection.

First, I must impress that my love will always be drums.  Shortly after I get a house, these will be in my studio.

Ludwig Drums

I’ve recently found this company, Orangewood.  Their products are getting put up against huge name brands and compared to the more expensive competition.  So people like me can get an affordable, quality instrument.

I was considering making an Un-boxing Video.  They are, for some odd-ball reason, incredibly popular on YouTube.  However, I couldn’t see myself spending hours on recording, editing and so on; to open a freaking box.  So this is as close as you’ll get from me.

It’s a Morgan Mahogany Live.  Sounds amazing!

I know as a child, I was highly encouraged to play guitar.  I just wasn’t into it then.  I can’t say this interest will last, but I’m having a good time learning it now.  Though finding the time can be difficult right now.

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Fire Escape – Drum Cover

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Here it is. A drum cover that has a better view and YouTube hasn’t given me flak for it yet.

It’s better than the first cover I ever did, but the recording equipment needs a serious upgrade. Not to mention, a better studio. In time, in time. Still learning the lighting and I’m sure that wall color isn’t helping anything.

Fastball – Fire Escape
Released 1998 on ALL THE PAIN MONEY CAN BUY
Hollywood Record – copyrighted property of its owner(s).

Buy on Amazon or iTunes

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Camera – Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
Edited with Sony Movie Studio 13 – 1080/30FPS
Filmed in my super dinky apartment.
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I had actually forgotten about this song completely until I heard it on Walmart Radio a couple of years back. Knew it had to be one of the songs I’d end up covering.

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All of Me – Adam’s Wedding Cover

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Nearly 5 years ago, Adam sang John Legend’s All of Me, to Laura on their wedding day. Wish I had caught all of the song on video, and on a decent video camera. Sadly I didn’t know it was going to happen and I’m not sure anyone else caught it, so thankful for what was caught on my Windows Phone 😀

The man has some beautiful pipes!

~ April 12, 2014

Don’t judge me about my Windows Phone. I still liked that phone better then than I do my Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (thankfully I bought it used) I have now. Hate the “Samsung Experience“. More like Samsung thinks they’re smarter than Android. All hail Android One! I Digress.

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Getting Ready

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I’m getting closer to doing some serious videos.  Added some parts to my tripod so I can get videos from overhead.

Tripod

Tripod

This will get videos of the drums and not me.

Overhead Shot

Simulated Overhead Shot

Plus, I got some studio lighting to help make the shots not suck… too much.

Lighting

Lighting

Now to learn how to put it all together 😜

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Love Song – Harvest Barn Church

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Eight years ago, the Harvest Barn Church produced a music video for a song they wrote and performed.

January 19, 2011

Alex Burns (Vocals) – Bryan Eggers (Guitar/Vocals) – Adam Fowler (Vocals) – Misti Fowler (Saxophone/Vocals) – Josh Mosley (Bass) – Allen Fowler (Drums)
* Other vocalists and keyboardist information was not available at the time of posting.  May be added later.

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Chrio – The Early Days

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Recorded June 14, 2007 on a really crappy camcorder. Developing my skills using an old drum kit. I got good enough to join a local band called Chrio. A cobbled together drum kit with a broken cymbal, and I managed to make it sound good!

A Second Version


Allen Fowler (Drums) – Josh Mosley (Bass) – Bryan Eggers (Guitar)

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Vacation!

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Vacation!It’s been just over 30 years since I took a real vacation.  The last honest-to-goodness vacation I took was with my first wife in 1988.  Our honeymoon.  Mostly camping and traveling around Michigan.  Not an expensive vacation.

Any other vacation I’ve taken has been merely time off work to do something specific.  Never to just get out of town and do something completely new and different.  This one is not far from an exception.  It is however, freedom to do as I like within my means.  Though I confess I’ve posted this now that it’s over.  A few reasons for this.  Thieves prey on those who admit they won’t be home and take advantage of the opportunity.  Secondly because I know a few people would take advantage of my having time off for their own benefit.  They think because I’m taking time off work, that I should help them with… work.  The object of a vacation is to relax.  Decompress and regroup.  If all I’m doing is more work, it’s not much of a vacation.  I’ve taken days off on occasion just to do my own fall yard work.  Clearly they weren’t a vacation.

Though knowing my current job.  I took precautions and blocked all phone numbers I have associated with my job.  They know I’ll likely be in town, they’d screw me and call me in.

Now keep in mind, I don’t get paid time off or sick days.  I merely saved up money enough (outside of my normal savings account) to cover my wages for a week.  I paid for my own vacation… time.  Working 9-12 hour days every single week takes it toll on a person.  I’m getting older, my tolerance for working such long hours isn’t what it used to be.  I have arthritis, plantar fasciitis and coronary artery disease.  The fact I work a full time job is hard to do.  I’m in pain and tire easily.  I do try not to let it get me down.  Even though I reduced the number of days I work to 4, I still get overtime frequently.  I needed a damn break.

Yet I feel guilty.  Like I’m not supposed to be given a break.  Like I’m not supposed to be happy.  The first couple of days went well, relaxed and started looking for a house to buy.  By the end of the second day (which were normally my days off to begin with), I couldn’t shake this feeling like I wasn’t being a good person and going to work like I should.  It’s not like I’m close to anyone at work.  I’m hardly close to anyone at all anymore.  Like I’m a burden and unworthy.  Those who I’ve tried to make friends with, let me down all too quickly.  One still thinks we are friends, but frankly he annoys me and constantly plays at me like I enjoy being touched sexually by a man.  Fucking Eww…  Or listening to my name being called out repeatedly.  I don’t.  I could easily do without him.  I prefer women thank you.  Real, born with a vagina women.  Who identify as a woman.  I digress.

So here I sat with a guilty conscience and time off.  Not an ideal vacation.  Still.  It was time off.  Away from work.  Away from normal everyday things I usually do.  Time for me to do whatever it is I wanted to do.  I mean that’s the whole point of a vacation right?  I do feel better despite the feeling guilty.

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Offensive Beer

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Offensive BeerIf you didn’t already know, but you really should, I don’t like beer.  It’s bitter and gross.  The smell reminds me of overly hot summer days with rotting bread/pizza dough fermenting in the hot summer sun.  Which is probably why the place I work for, cooks it before throwing it away.

But…  My mind is twisted and I decided to make some fucked up beer bottles.  Click on them to see their full images.  Looks better on a computer than a tiny ass phone screen.

Dirty Sock Filtered Testicle Sweat.  Do you really need a more detailed description?

Not Your Grandma’s Crotch Rot.  I mean if you’re going to drink beer, it should be full of flavor.  The name speaks for itself.

Rattlesnake Piss.  Before I discovered the lovely smell of dying yeast in the hot sun.  This is was my term of choice for beer.

I’ll stick to my Mike’s Hard Lemonade.  Call me what you want, it’s much tastier.

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