Blackbird video on YouTube

I recently posted a video in which I play the song Blackbird on the acoustic guitar and mix in the audio from GarageBand into iMovie. I recorded the audio using a boom mic connected to my camcorder and an instrument mic connected via the Apogee One into my computer. You can view it at the following address: Below is the video itself.

Death Magnetic rocks!!

Metallica’s new album Death Magnetic is now available. I’m just sitting and listening to this while doing some other stuff, and I am just simply blown the f*** away!! It has got to be the best Metallica album since Master of Puppets (and I really liked a lot of stuff since that album).

You want speed? You got it. You want heavy? It’s there. You want an instrumental? Yeah, there’s one of those too. You want a love song? Go elsewhere! Death Magnetic is not for the faint of heart.

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NBC releases New Orleans “O Holy Night”

I enjoy watching NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It’s fairly witty, and the acting and writing are quite good. I was watching the Christmas episode last week when they had a group of New Orleans musicians play “O Holy Night.” It was quite moving. So it turns out that NBC has released the song on its Web site as a free download. See my link to it below.

Studio 60 – O Holy Night

The Tipitina’s Foundation

Apple iPod turns 5

Apple’s iPod has been on the market for the past five years, and there doesn’t seem to be any slow down in its staying power. That’s significant, seeing how it not only was a pioneer, but also remains the leader in the market. I think this has to do with Apple’s ability to realize what customers want and makes efforts to deliver.
I remember purchasing my first iPod just three years ago. Back then, you had three choices: 10 GB, 20 GB, or 40 GB. The screen had one color, and it only came in white. Since then, new features were added; screens are now in color, larger ones can play video, anything with a screen can show pictures, and they come as small as a binder clip. In the past five years, the iPod has evolved significantly.

The significance of the iPod is not based only on the device, but also on the business model that Steve Jobs (CEO, Apple Computers) and Apple developed. Apple developed iTunes, the first on-line music store with industry buy-in. It developed a device that commands a high price when others are available at lower prices. The iPod is a very simple device to use and has an intuitive interface. And making iTunes available for Windows opened availability to a greather market. Although not the first on the market, it was certainly a pioneer in making the mp3 player more portable and easier to use.

So, happy birthday iPod!

Newsweek on-line interview with Steve Jobs: Good for the Soul

ABC News/PC World Analysis: iPod at 5 is Still the Top Dog

Master of Puppets turns 20

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of Metallica’s landmark album Master of Puppets. This is one of my all-time favorite albums, and it is often recognized as one of the most influential metal albums. What’s more amazing is that Master is timeless in terms of its sound and its themes. Much of it is as relevant today as it was in 1986. Furthermore, the sound, the speed, the heaviness, and the feeling are all so real that it is hard to ignore the authenticity of Metallica’s soul.

I have a calendar that marks today as the release date for Master of Puppets, but the Metallica Web site states that it was released on February 21. Either way, it’s still one of the best albums ever made… from a metal standpoint.

Metallica’s Web site: Master of Puppets