iTalk Recording: HTV Tech Song

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A quote from Chris Harvey’s blog gives me some information I wish I’d known a lot earlier than today.

Of course, mycoplasmosis there are some cultural differences and it’s important to be sensitive and pay attention to them. An example is learning to interpret the indirect communication style of Vietnamese. But now I’m familiar with it and I can read the tea leaves just fine. [I’ve even learned a bit about the subtle art of how things left unsaid speak volumes.]

I wish I was familiar with indirect communication, medicine and I wish I could read tea leaves. Problem is I only drink coffee, and that’s pretty direct. The caffeine in Vietnamese coffee goes straight into the veins. But back to the reason for my post.

I used to think things left unsaid were the sign of someone lacking confidence or the ability to effectively express themselves. OK, now I can re-evaluate certain things in a new light. It’s a subtle art, eh? I’ve never thought of myself as an artist, which is probably why I missed it.

Knowing these things now doesn’t make it any easier to address day to day conflict or even minor disagreements. But it does help me understand why things are the way they are, and THAT is all I need to find the solution. Understanding is the key to everything.

Is there a course I can take on all this?

A quote from Chris Harvey’s blog gives me some information I wish I’d known a lot earlier than today.

Of course, neurologist there are some cultural differences and it’s important to be sensitive and pay attention to them. An example is learning to interpret the indirect communication style of Vietnamese. But now I’m familiar with it and I can read the tea leaves just fine. [I’ve even learned a bit about the subtle art of how things left unsaid speak volumes.]

I wish I was familiar with indirect communication, order and I wish I could read tea leaves. Problem is I only drink coffee, pharmacy and that’s pretty direct. The caffeine in Vietnamese coffee goes straight into the veins. But back to the reason for my post.

I used to think things left unsaid were the sign of someone lacking confidence or the ability to effectively express themselves. OK, now I can re-evaluate certain things in a new light. It’s a subtle art, eh? I’ve never thought of myself as an artist, which is probably why I missed it.

Knowing these things now doesn’t make it any easier to address day to day conflict or even minor disagreements. But it does help me understand why things are the way they are, and THAT is all I need to find the solution. Understanding is the key to everything.

Is there a course I can take on all this?

A quote from Chris Harvey’s blog gives me some information I wish I’d known a lot earlier than today.

Of course, apoplexy there are some cultural differences and it’s important to be sensitive and pay attention to them. An example is learning to interpret the indirect communication style of Vietnamese. But now I’m familiar with it and I can read the tea leaves just fine. [I’ve even learned a bit about the subtle art of how things left unsaid speak volumes.]

I wish I was familiar with indirect communication, and I wish I could read tea leaves. Problem is I only drink coffee, and that’s pretty direct. The caffeine in Vietnamese coffee goes straight into the veins. But back to the reason for my post.

I used to think things left unsaid were the sign of someone lacking confidence or the ability to effectively express themselves. OK, now I can re-evaluate certain things in a new light. It’s a subtle art, eh? I’ve never thought of myself as an artist, which is probably why I missed it.

Knowing these things now doesn’t make it any easier to address day to day conflict or even minor disagreements. But it does help me understand why things are the way they are, and THAT is all I need to find the solution. Understanding is the key to everything.

Is there a course I can take on all this?

This page includes sections on Home Recording, War Pigs, ToneDefs and Related Posts.

Home Recordings

As I get older I realise that digital media doesn’t last forever. Over many years I’ve fooled around with recording music with synthesisers – nothing special, just fun and games. I’m worried it may all be lost to a hard drive crash, theft or natural disaster. Therefore, I’ve decided to throw it up in the cloud. Why not share it with you, too?

War Pigs

I was in a band once – for about three years. It was a result of not wanting to die wondering what it would be like to do it. I had been following this Black Sabbath tribute band for a few months, and realised they were brilliant but raw. They needed keys, an expanded┬árepertoire┬áand some production values. After a gig one night I nervously asked the lead singer if he was interested. He was, absolutely, and the rest is history.

We recorded two live albums, but only one was finished and released. Both are made available to you here, the second album includes some great tracks like No More Tears, Suicide Solution, Miracle Man and Bark At The Moon. I also play on this album a lot more, but there are some bad mistakes in some parts, the vocals aren’t so good and the band didn’t have the motivation to finish the overdubs. A real shame, as the band is no more, and they provided some great memories for audiences who rarely got to see Ozzy Osbourne or Black Sabbath.

War Pigs – Messiah┬á(2003)

War Pigs – Dream Nightclub (30th April, 2005)

There is video of me performing with War Pigs, but it’s not on a format I can easily transfer to digital right now. This is a problem because I want to preserve it. I’m working on a solution.

The ToneDefs

Back in 2002 my friends and I were following a few local bands, one of which was run by a top guy – guitarist and singer, Marty, who was dating a workmate of ours, Max. Anyway, Max decided to leave the corporate life and try her hand at the rock life. She and Marty are still going strong in The On Fires. Back then, Marty used to run an occasional gig party where mates of his would sing, play and jam. Marty & I got the idea to turn it into an opportunity for non-performers to get on stage for a one-off reversal of the usual way things work. The ToneDefs was born.

The Tonedefs – a home rehearsal

At the time I had never played in public, so I was allowed in. Mat was the co-vocalist and bass player. He’d never played an instrument before so together we learned bass. I gave him help with arrangements and he learned the note progressions by rote – remarkable. We coerced Jamie as a very shy, reclusive guitarist in the first instance, replacing him with a similar hermit in T.C. for our second gig. Marty played drums. Our name was very well considered, as you can tell from the recordings. With no talent between us we chose makeup, hair and bombastic stage presence to woo our audiences. And it worked!

A side-project that came out of The ToneDefs was Rocket Queen, where Max stepped in to sing some female-led songs. That didn’t go down so well, as we didn’t rehearse the tracks much, but it’s fun to laugh at our clumsy efforts.

ToneDefs – International World Tour – Official Live Bootleg

Finally! I’ve uploaded video of both gigs:

Gig Party 1

Gig Party 2

Here’s a little something I once did with Marty Ackerly (of The On Fires):

Marty and Steve

There are some other audio gems floating around, but I can’t find them right now. Stay tuned.

Related Posts

iRig Midi arrives & sleep departs

I bought new keys!

Salty Popcorn & Cereal

Hair Metal, anyone?

 
This page includes sections on Home Recording, War Pigs, ToneDefs and Related Posts.

Home Recordings

As I get older I realise that digital media doesn’t last forever. Over many years I’ve fooled around with recording music with synthesisers – nothing special, just fun and games. I’m worried it may all be lost to a hard drive crash, theft or natural disaster. Therefore, I’ve decided to throw it up in the cloud. Why not share it with you, too?

War Pigs

I was in a band once – for about three years. It was a result of not wanting to die wondering what it would be like to do it. I had been following this Black Sabbath tribute band for a few months, and realised they were brilliant but raw. They needed keys, an expanded┬árepertoire┬áand some production values. After a gig one night I nervously asked the lead singer if he was interested. He was, absolutely, and the rest is history.

We recorded two live albums, but only one was finished and released. Both are made available to you here, the second album includes some great tracks like No More Tears, Suicide Solution, Miracle Man and Bark At The Moon. I also play on this album a lot more, but there are some bad mistakes in some parts, the vocals aren’t so good and the band didn’t have the motivation to finish the overdubs. A real shame, as the band is no more, and they provided some great memories for audiences who rarely got to see Ozzy Osbourne or Black Sabbath.

War Pigs – Messiah┬á(2003)

War Pigs – Dream Nightclub (30th April, 2005)

There is video of me performing with War Pigs, but it’s not on a format I can easily transfer to digital right now. This is a problem because I want to preserve it. I’m working on a solution.

The ToneDefs

Back in 2002 my friends and I were following a few local bands, one of which was run by a top guy – guitarist and singer, Marty, who was dating a workmate of ours, Max. Anyway, Max decided to leave the corporate life and try her hand at the rock life. She and Marty are still going strong in The On Fires. Back then, Marty used to run an occasional gig party where mates of his would sing, play and jam. Marty & I got the idea to turn it into an opportunity for non-performers to get on stage for a one-off reversal of the usual way things work. The ToneDefs was born.

The Tonedefs – a home rehearsal

At the time I had never played in public, so I was allowed in. Mat was the co-vocalist and bass player. He’d never played an instrument before so together we learned bass. I gave him help with arrangements and he learned the note progressions by rote – remarkable. We coerced Jamie as a very shy, reclusive guitarist in the first instance, replacing him with a similar hermit in T.C. for our second gig. Marty played drums. Our name was very well considered, as you can tell from the recordings. With no talent between us we chose makeup, hair and bombastic stage presence to woo our audiences. And it worked!

A side-project that came out of The ToneDefs was Rocket Queen, where Max stepped in to sing some female-led songs. That didn’t go down so well, as we didn’t rehearse the tracks much, but it’s fun to laugh at our clumsy efforts.

ToneDefs – International World Tour – Official Live Bootleg

Finally! I’ve uploaded video of both gigs:

Gig Party 1

Gig Party 2

Here’s a little something I once did with Marty Ackerly (of The On Fires):

Marty and Steve

There are some other audio gems floating around, but I can’t find them right now. Stay tuned.

Related Posts

iRig Midi arrives & sleep departs

I bought new keys!

Salty Popcorn & Cereal

Hair Metal, anyone?

 

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Listen on posterous

I’m busily preparing a lesson plan suitable for an English language TV class. I need to teach five tech words, remedy and one of the requirements is to create a chant from those words.

Thought I’d post this my song idea quickly before I changed my mind because of the probable embarrassment I’d feel later. This was recorded on my iPhone after class today, with almost no pre-thought other than deciding that the depressing “low battery” lines had to be in a minor key before going back to major for the final great revelation.

This show will be filmed in the week of March 15, and will be broadcast later on HTV. I’ve watched a few of these English programs for beginners and pre-intermediates, and they’re good for a laugh. I guess a few of my fellow teachers & I are going to be the source of a little more laughter later in the year.

Recorded: 4:54 PM
Length: 0:23

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