When considering the heightened racial rhetoric raised after the death of George Floyd, I’m once again facing down stereotypes that are applied to me, a middle-aged American white guy. Luckily, my thoughts, demeanor, attitude, and spirituality have crystallized during the past few years, and I’m much more comfortable doing a deep dive into my heart.Continue reading
Parroting dramatic language on social media (and therefore, like it or not, in real life) is diminishing our motivation and—to some extent—our ability to choose precise words. The pool of original ideas based on self experience is slowly and subtly being replaced with words relating to how the experience of others is constantly communicated via mass media.Continue reading
“Never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table,” so the saying goes. I spent a few minutes trying to track down the origin of this idiom without success. I did find several discussion boards where posters intimate that their mothers told them that. I’m left to assume this is a saying as old as these two institutions.
In case you haven’t noticed, people regularly ignore this idiom in the context of politics in two situations (I shall willfully ignore the “religion” part in this essay):
- In a meatspace social situation, when they assume their viewpoints match those of their present company; or
- on social media.
There is, however, a conundrum: Breaking this idiom consistently underscores the efficacy of it. Emotions, assumptions, and overconfidence lead to name calling, ridicule, career-ending bloviating, and even violence.
Why break the idiom at all, then?
“The Post,” the song that I rewrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered during a short two weeks last month, was chosen for the Indaba Sync Library. This is really exciting news, because it represents the first such acknowledgement of my musicianship and production skills. Plus: I have a really cool “Pro” designation on Indaba. (And, oh yeah, “The Post” might show up somewhere on some kind of mass media content!)
The past couple of years I spent with my face in the academic side of this stuff—which I consider “putting myself through a college music program”—were well spent. Through much practice, I am finally in a position to make the musical stuff I envision happen, and have fun while doing it. Indaba provided (and continues to provide) an excellent platform to apply what I was learning and continue to learn.
I’m gearing up to live stream stuff once in a while. I’ve chosen Twitch as my medium, thanks to one of my oldest friends, known on Twitch TV as “cyberjerk.”
Pat, or “Partick,” has thousands of views as he not only streams his video game play, but also movies and music, with his belching, smoking, beer-drinking visage charmingly seated in the lower corner of the screen. His streams are the next best thing to actually hanging out with him, and I’m pleased when I am notified that he is going live.
Of course, I jumped at the chance to create a “pee intermission” theme song for him: