Sounds Like Saturday or: Karen Waldrup

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Yesterday was the 48th anniversary of Janis Joplin’s Pearl album. I have never been a huge fan of hers but I like to “imitate” her on this song. It is the last song Janis ever recorded as she died three days later. This young lady does a great job of covering what would have to be my favorite JJ song. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Oh lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends. So lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?” – “Mercedes Benz” (Joplin/Neuwirth/McClure)

Covet Is A Sin? or: I Want One

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I was standing in Underdog Records today and was watching Jonathan and De hook up stereo equipment and test them out receivers and speakers. I realize that I want some. I want these. They sounded awesome. It was a Sansui receiver with Pioneer speakers. They sounded fantastic. De was playing some Snoop Dogg and the bass was thumping. They had to turn down the bass and lift the treble on the Sansui and the speakers were taking everything they threw at them.  sansui-2000x-1

I’m not unhappy with what I have.

I have an Audio Technica LP60USB which is a fine “entry level” turntable. I would actually like to have the next level AT on the market but I don’t know if I will get one anytime soon. The part that I partially have a problem with is that I play it through my Yamaha 5.1 surround receiver and while I do have it set to 2-channel stereo for records and “Alexa,” I want a dedicated receiver designed with a phono stage.

So, my thoughts are if I get a new (or new to me) receiver and speakers, I may consider also getting a classic turntable or upgrade to a newer higher-dollar model. Jonathan always has stuff coming through and the stuff I hear sounds great, but I don’t know where I’d put it, either. We are already out of room for the vinyl we have, much less new equipment to take up even more room.

We have discussed if we look for a new house that two of the very important specs we have to have are a fantastic and roomy kitchen and a dedicated “listening space.” It can be a separate room, a spare bedroom, a rec/rumpus room, etc., but it will be for all the vinyl/record equipment. I will keep this surround system wherever the TV goes, but I want something dedicated to records for that room.

It doesn’t have to be retro/classic/used stuff, but I wouldn’t mind that. Having something that glows when you’re turning the lights down low to just enjoy listening or when you’re listening to the radio (but who does that anymore?), or having a bit of Scotch while listening to Steely Dan?

I know that Ember Audio will be reopening in a new space and it will be in my neighborhood, well the studio’s neighborhood (Industry Hill) and I’ll be tempted to go in there and buy something because it will all be shiny and awesome but they sell high-dollar stuff. However, I’ve heard that Chris and Jamie want to also sell more affordable-yet-good stuff, too. I’ll talk with them to see what they say. I just know that sometime soon or not-so-soon, I want something new. Heck, I still long for the old console record player/AM/FM/8-Track Stereo that I had and just abandoned when I moved to WSNC in 1986. I really wish I still had that.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.” – Jack White

Adding? or: Another Tick Is Possible

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No, the title doesn’t refer to the Lyme-carrying parasite, but as in adding another tally, or tick, in the proverbial headboard. I will only say that I had a meeting today with a “potential” client that wants to use my services to produce a podcast and, perhaps, a vlog. podcast-symbol_318-40332

I don’t know, yet, if I’ll get the job, but I feel like the meeting went well. I figure that I have a good chance at it. Because I’m not in a contract, which means that I help them promote the biz, I’m not at liberty to discuss what or who the client/potential client is.

I guess what I’m asking for is for you to keep your fingers crossed for me, Dear Reader.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I think podcasting is here to stay.” – Adam Scott

A Triumphant Return or: She Rock Boxes

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Tonight on The Less Desirables, Danielle made her return! We were so glad to have her back. She was witty, relaxed, fun and we all enjoyed our time with her. We also had Ben Burgess of Rock Box Bouldering on the show. He is in the rock climbing gym across Chestnut from our studios at The Lab at Industry Hill. 20190109_203258

We talked about climbing, people who climb, music, life and beer. We heard about Danielle’s time away from the show and we just cut up and goofed off. Just like we always did. So much fun.

We also recorded our first Fan Interference of the year and on our first Wednesday.

You can listen to the TLD episode HERE and the FI episode HERE.

Oh and my posting movie of the week is Broadcast News.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Dad or: Seventy-One is Beautiful

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My dad’s birthday is today. He’s 71. He’s more spry and agile than I am and I’m 23 years younger than him. Of course, he’s been physically active more than I have. He has worked hard as a laborer, office person, machine operator, truck driver, coal miner, and more. I have driven a truck and sat in an office for the last 24 years.

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The best job he’s ever done, though, and I’m sure my sister and brother will agree, is as a dad. Was he all up in our business? No. He wasn’t even home much when we were younger, especially me, because he was busting his tail earning “a living” for his family. He is the man I want to be and I know that no matter how hard I try, I’ll never equal that awesomeness. I can come close and I can do things differently, but I can’t equal that. Is he tired? Oh yeah. He realizes that his mind works at 110% capability like he was my age but his body is just not able to catch up and for him, that’s really frustrating. But, he is getting time to fish which is his new passion.

I talked to him this morning and when I said “happy birthday,” he said, “I noticed that.” He told someone that life is good. “I’m healthy. My kids (and their kids) are healthy. I have an amazing wife. What more could I ask for?” Yeah, he’s right.

I love you, Dad. Happy solar circumnavigational anniversary day!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Tryin’ to make a livin’.” – Tim Beeman

 

Let’s Get It On or: The 2019 Podcast Era

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Today started the 2019 podcast season for Such-N-Such Media (which is the company that I along with a few others familiar to the TLD family own). That includes recording our own network podcast and producing podcasts for others. Today was a heck of a start, too. We recorded the first episodes, each, of Rule One Podcast, The Man Who Ate the Town and The Beer Dads.SNSMedia

Tomorrow, I will record Apartment 5B, but also have meetings about one other podcast as well as doing a recording for something totally unrelated. Then on Wednesday, of course, it will be The Less Desirables, but also, Fan Interference starts its very own Wednesday run. Come Thursday, I have another meeting about yet another podcast and I will produce the Thrive Podcast with Dara and Garth on Friday after my The Best Damn Referral Group meeting.

I look so forward to all this work. It’s paying off, too. I’m making a little bit of money doing what I love doing and it’s about danged time. I hope you enjoy listening to today’s podcasts. You can hear them all here: Rule One Podcast, The Man Who Ate the Town and The Beer Dads.

Until tomorrow, happy podcast listening…
Scorp out!


“Podcasting is great. Total freedom.” -Bill Burr

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 1/5/19

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The first Underdog Records purchase of 2019, woot! It’s going to be a good year all around and it’s going to be a good record year, too. I want to continue to fill my RS list wants and discover things that I didn’t know existed. I’m going to attempt to listen to more new music, but it really isn’t my bag. Anywhat! Here’s the haul:

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  • Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds — I had made a post on this blog a few weeks back about this album. How great it was and how I was disappointed that no one had brought it to my attention prior. It was there and I grabbed it. This is the remastered reissue, new. It is a great album!
  • The Clash – Combat Rock — The “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock the Casbah” album. First pressing in EX/VG++ condition. I couldn’t pass that up.
  • Scorpions – Best Of Scorpions — Jonathan said, “yes and yes” when I brought this album up to the counter. He said that old Scorpions are under-appreciated and I nodded in agreement. The Scorps (no relation to me) have been around in some form or fashion since 1965 and most people don’t know that. So they had stuff that predates the “Rock You Like a Hurricane” era. This is in VG.
  • Mass Gothic – I’ve Tortured You Long Enough — promo copy of this album, it has no official cover but it’s from Sub Pop Records and it’s everything you’d think an album on that label would be. Which means that The BCPF loved it. VG++.
  • Charlie Parker And His Orchestra – Night And Day — The BCPF grabbed this one and I’m not really sure why. She usually avoids the more horn musicians. But, I dig them, so I’m glad she did. VG-.
  • Various – Midnight Cowboy (Original Motion Picture Score) — I like soundtracks and this was from the only X-Rated film to win Best Picture and first gay-related Best Picture. Also, it has Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which I love. VG+.
  • Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy — The penultimate Ozzy Sabbath record. He was blitzed most of the time and spent a lot of that time on the beach in Miami whilst Tommy Iommi was left to produce the album. It was recorded at the same studio as the Eagles’ Hotel California was being recorded at the same time. Geezer Butler said that they’d have to go in and scrape the residual cocaine off the mixing board after the Eagles left. VG-.
  • The Who – Who’s Next — I already have this album, but I believe this is a better copy than what I have. VG.
  • Linda Ronstadt – Hand Sown… Home Grown — Ronstadt’s debut solo album after leaving the Stone Poneys. It flopped but we like her so it was a good one to get. VG+.
  • Tina Turner – Private Dancer — The “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Better Be Good To Me” and “Private Dancer” album. I didn’t know that the title track was written by Mark Knopfler, but it does make sense now that I’ve listened to other Dire Straits albums. Ode to oneself and lamenting about the role that they’re the lot of. Plus, it’s an 80s staple and we know I’m a sucker for that stuff. VG+.

The rest are $1 albums and unless otherwise noted, they’re at least VG.

Jonathan had a lot of “fresh” stuff that he was going through yesterday which only means you’re going to have a lot to choose from. Now, something new for 2019 that Jonathan is doing is called “Curated by Underdog” which is a subscription service that you can have Jonathan (and I’m sure his trusted associates) curate your collection with criteria of your choosing. Like only indie things? Like 80s music? Only want new records? Only want used records? Want a combo of the two? Well, Jonathan and Underdog Records have you covered. You’ll receive your subscription either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. The lowest cost package comes in at just $12. I think that’s a pretty good deal. It’s also a way to find things you may not have thought about. For more information visit the Curated by Underdog site. Also, listen to each episode of The Less Desirables to find out what that week’s TLD/UR special is.

Curated by Underdog and I both use Discogs. Underdog to help create and manage your subscription and me to make sure that I don’t get multiples of things. It also has a cool “shuffle” feature that picks a random album (upon your request).

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Welcome back, my friends To the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside! There, behind a glass, stands a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass. Move along! Move along.” – “Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Part 2” (Lake/Emerson)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Dylan Gardner

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Today is the 40th anniversary of Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces album and here’s celebrating it with a cover, from the back seat of a car, by Dylan Gardner. I will say that I initially thought that he had superimposed his head on someone else’s body, just from the angle he was sitting in the back seat. But, no. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Accidents will happen. We only hit and run. He used to be your victim now you’re not the only one. Accidents will happen. We only hit and run. I don’t want to hear it ’cause I know what I’ve done.” – “Accidents Will Happen” (Costello)

Careful What You Wish For or: They’re Good People

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You know earlier in the week when I said I was prepping for a busy 2019 and that it was going to be good? Well, it’s well on its way and I am definitely experiencing that busy-ness in my business. Had to figure out how to make that phrase work, I guess I did it right. Right?

Anyway, whether it’s personal business, business business or monkey business, I have it and am getting more of it. Yay! I look very much forward to that, too! I’ll be pulling more studio time and more VO time, it looks like, which is good, too. I like money. I like to make it. I would like to make more of it (who wouldn’t?). And, I’m going to do just that! Dang it!

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(l-r: Ed, Ray Morgan, me, Corey, Kelly, Flannery. ©Kandi Villano)

One thing that will help me do that better is my network of people.

Sure, I have my regular “network” of folks but I actually have a bona fide network at my disposal. 20+ personal account managers/business locators that work “for me” and I for them. I may have mentioned this before, and I know I have on The Less Desirables, but I am in one of those “referral groups.” But, this is not like most referral groups. This is The Best Damn Referral Group. I’m not just looking for a reason to cuss, either. It is what we call it. The Best Damn Referral Group or “TBD Referral Group” or just plain “TBD.”

Now, on this podcast when I say TBD that usually is my lazy speak for The Beer Dads, but today, it’s not. We are 20-30 business-like-minded folks who not only refer business but we are friends family. This just works.

Think about it. We all know people that do stuff, right? We know that “computer guy” or “yoga instructor” or “insurance guy” or “person that makes crocheted thingies,” right? But, if someone mentions to you that they’re needing a service, most likely you’ll just say, “I’ll keep an ear out for that.” And, chances are, you’ll not think of it again until your friend either mentions still needing that something or they complain that it “cost this or that.” It happens all the time.

But, if you have a friend, a real friend that does something for a living, you’re going to refer that person to your friend-in-need first, right? You know you will.

If I hear someone say they need a website done, I have the person, Ray Mitchell at SixFour Web Design.

If you need an application or software developer, I have Josh Schuminsky with Solutions Afoot.

Have a wellness problem like you’ve constantly got colds or aches and pains? How about some elemental help with Carly Sink at Vibes Up! or supplements from Linda McDermott with Shaklee, or aromatherapy with Melissa Curran at Scented Balance or plant-based foods and diet structures from Sha’retha Davis aka Happie Food, yoga with Shakira Bethea and Train to Relax, massage therapy from Beth Blair at Seamless Living NC? Need to talk over your worries? I have Michele Hannah. Or Timmy VO/BeYou360/Tim Johnson for personal training needs. I mean, I have my own wellness collective, right there!

Have a presentation or job opportunity but you’re not sure if your regional or southern accent will be understood? I have Margaret Morris at Triad Speech Consultants to help you work that out.

There’s a computer problem? Yo! CATS (or Computer and Technology Solutions) with Kandi Villano and Lori Noel can solve it.

Have too much debt or need financial help? Corey Hodges at Fortified Futures and Donnie Stiles at Edward Jones can help you get on the right track. Insurance? Corey can help with that, too or Jim Annas and his Nationwide (soon to be something else) group can help.

I used to be a travel agent, remember? Well, I’m not, but people still come to me. The first thing I tell them? Go to Ed Dean with Cruise Planners.

Have a drab and listless office and you’re needing a touch-up? Kelly Holcomb at River’s Edge is there for you.

Need a cool little gift for a loved one or even for yourself? Try a crocheted piece of sunshine with Whitney Morgan’s Whit’s Whimsies. Her husband, Ray is my co-host on The Man Who Ate the Town podcast but he also is working to get into a ministry and he dedicates a lot of time volunteering and if you need a place to get rid of that overflowing coat closet’s lost and lonely treasures, he volunteers for the Shalom Project of Winston-Salem. And speaking of places to do volunteering or look for work-training for less fortunate folks, Tempy Albright at Goodwill is your person.

Here ya go, this one’s a bit different. You have recyclables or even non-recyclables that you’re looking to get rid of? I mean like cups, paper and things like that? Want to be part of a cool little project? How about stop-motion animation? Or puppetry? Puppetry is cool. My pal Flannery Holton has Alley Cat Studio and does just that… well, and a lot more. He does some 3D printing as well. He, Timmy VO, Ray Morgan and I could sit around a table and do voices for projects. Or for fun. That would be cool.

This one is particularly for the ladies that read my blog. When you walk at night, be it from a store to your car, the stroll with your four-legged friends or just being out, you want to feel safe and secure, right? Sometimes owning or purchasing a gun isn’t the right solution for you. I have my friend Heather Sherer who is starting her own Damsel in Defense-affiliated business and will be able to equip you with implements of self-defense-destruction!

Dealing with a family matter or even light-criminally leaning issues in your family? Need an attorney who will help work out wills, agreements, adoption and other legal things? Denise M Gold is your person.

Buying a house can be a daunting task or a scary proposition. Lorraine Howard at Blue Door Group (at Wilkinson ERA) can find homes of all types for her clients. She is very accessible and takes a lot of the “pain” out of “painstaking” house hunting. Have a loved one that is getting up in their years and need to start looking to downsize their stuff in their life? Well, Lorraine can help find a house but in case they’re older and looking to get moved to a new facility, home or otherwise, then Jen Hammon at Monarch Living can help make the transition a lot easier on the families.

You hear me talking about the awesome work that Nate Geipel at X1 Communications does with their “beamed” high-speed internet. But, it never is too much because the internet is lightning fast and reliable.

Okay, so you need a headshot or action shot or whatever kind of photo in your business social media or just because you think it’s cool? Stallone Frazier Photography and Graphic Design is the main man! He did TMWATT’s new logo, too. Great work. Need that new logo or picture on a t-shirt or banner? Well, Janice Schmitz does t-shirts with her biz, Ink It Promotional Products and David Stanley does banners and signage at Image360. Yes, I have my own printing specialists but as Machine Gun Graphics (my folks) and Janice and David all say, there’s enough biz to go around. Plus, I’ve given introductions to all of them so, full disclosure, there.

Did you just start a new business and want to make sure that you have or are using all the right tools you need for your business to survive? Not just get started and flounder? Jason Berry is a business coach at Action Coach and will be starting his own franchise soon.

Yes, I know this post turned into one big promotional push for this group but I truly believe in each and every one of them and think that referring their businesses is part of my duty as a colleague, as an associate, as a friend. I wouldn’t refer any of them if I didn’t think they had the skill, talent, determination, dexterity, competency or faculty for the business that I send them. And them me. I have to be on my best attention and business mindset for when they have someone in need of what I do.

I get excited to help them procure business for their own enterprises.

But, as I said, they’re not my business contacts. I don’t think of them like that. I don’t see them as networking folks. They may be those things and may just be that to others, but to me, they’re my friends. They are my family. I dig them the most! I love them. I said it.

And, if you are looking for a stuffy referral group where you sit quietly while people beg you for business and expect you to give it to them, this isn’t that. Far, far from it. This group is alive! This group comes with their hand ready to shake, not take (thanks Ray!).

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Entrepreneurship is a muscle, and winning is an endurance game.” – Caroline Ghosn

Late Night Getting It Right or: The Cop Out

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Yeah, I know this is late but I’ve been stuck behind a computer all evening trying to figure out why things aren’t working the way they’re supposed to. When you have POS computers, and I’m not talking about Point of Sale, then things go wrong. It’s not my main computer, mind you, it’s my old one here at home. But, you see, I need to burn CDs for my sister and my new computer is so new-fangled it has no CD drive. "How's your blogging going?"

So, I tried to use my old one. It’s screwed up. The BCPF let me use hers and it’s not working right either. Probably wouldn’t be so bad on that one if she didn’t have 23 things open on it and goes without restarting it for long periods of time. But, that’s not the main problem right now.

It’s trying to get ONE of them burned. It’s not working out and I’m frustrated. That threw me behind, but I have to post because, well, I have to. So, this is it. Sorry that it’s short.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.” – Joseph Campbell