Quarantine Playlist

Found this list in my notes today.

1. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

2. Country Roads

3. Brokedown Palace

4. America

5. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay

6. Rocky Raccoon

7. The Weight

8. House of the Rising Sun

9. Wild Horses

10. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

11. Nights in White Satin

12. Slip Slidin’ Away

13. Country Honk

14. Wild Night

15. Loser

16. Comin’ Into Los Angeles

17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

18. Mr. Bojangles

19. Tequila Sunrise

20. I Know You Rider

21. Take It Easy

22. Things We Said Today

23. Redemption Song

24. Willin’

25. Honky Tonk Woman

26. Box of Rain

27. Tuesday’s Gone

28. White Rabbit

29. American Pie

30. Bell Bottom Blues

31. Free Bird

32. Melissa

33. Folsom Prison BluesDeal

34. It Ain’t Me Babe

35. Something

36. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

37. Wish You Were Here

38. Lyin’ Eyes

39. I’m Yours

40. And I Love Her

41. Space Oddity

More to come!

Couple of walks and a ride

After all the rain we’ve had it was a bit cooler and drier yesterday. Good day for a couple of dog walks and a nice ride.

Today’s activities
Moonlight walk

More Insta360 video experiments.

Old Georgetown to Rockville Pike hyperlapse.

Doom-scrolling hiatus

Well, I decided to take a break from Facebook this July, as I did in 2020. But I kept reading Twitter several times a day — I don’t post much there but I do follow a lot of news sources. But I think I need a break from the doom-scrolling. So off goes Twitter to join Facebook in deleted-from-my-devices land! I’ll read some real content on the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post, and perhaps get back into twit.tv (This Week in Tech).

July 4, 1776

Declaration of Independence – full text.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

Food for thought.

Cognitive Dissonance

Food for thought.


Dissonance theory also teaches us why changing your brother-in-law’s political opinions is so hard, if not impossible—especially if he has thrown time, money, effort, and his vote at them. (He can’t change yours either, can he?) But if you want to try, don’t say the equivalent of “What are you thinking by not wearing a mask?” That message implies “How could you be so stupid?” and will immediately create dissonance (I’m smart versus You say I’m doing something stupid), making him almost certainly respond with defensiveness and a hardening of the belief (I was thinking how smart I am, that’s what, and masks are useless anyway). However, your brother-in-law may be more amenable to messages from others who share his party loyalty but who have changed their mind, such as the growing number of prominent Republicans now wearing masks. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee said, “Unfortunately, this simple, lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask; if you’re against Trump, you do… The stakes are much too high for that.”



Noodling with a bit of audio gear

Had some fun tonight playing around with audio and midi gear.

First step was to repair the plastic overlay for the led display on my E-mu Xboard 49 midi controller. Had to disassemble it and glue a little shaded piece of plastic in place.

Some midi gear. The Xboard 49 is to the right.

Once the Xboard was squared away I played around a bit with Syntronik for iOS, configuring knobs etc. Fun!

Next up was practicing some scales and improv forms over two chord backing tracks.

Practicing lead with some Santana chords.

Here’s another lead practice- Moondance chords.

Practicing some leads

After the electric fun (AmpliTube via a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and the Fender amp pack), I decided to give “Blowin In the Wind” a try.

Key, timely line:

How many deaths

Will it take

‘Til he knows

That too many

People have died…

And the real answer is, this many.  Far too many, to date.

Definitely need to work on the audio mix…

Edit: here’s a different mix  better?

A few more photos – capture the flavor of the room.