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Here We Go Fooligans!

  A few of my friends play in a recreational soccer league. They actually started the league, which is pretty impressive. They play their games about half mile from my apartment at McCarren Park, so I find myself watching them play pretty often. I enjoy watching their games almost as much as I do professional sports. I’m not kidding! I’ve watched games in pouring rain and in a crazy blizzard. I didn’t expect to have as much fun at their games as I do.…

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Don't Grow Out Of It

  2010 has been a pretty slow year for me in terms of writing songs. It seemed like I popped out a new one every two or three weeks last year. One of the big things is that I just haven’t been practicing guitar as often as I used to. At one point, I decided to try writing on keyboard instead to give myself a different perspective. It hasn’t really worked, but I did write one tune on keys in August called “Don’t Grow Out Of It”.…

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Solved: Cakewalk Sonar export volume is low

  Sometime I post things here just so they are web search accessible. This is one of those times! I’ve run into situations where the WAV files I export from Sonar have very low volume on several occasions. I’ve finished my new track, I’ve got everything EQed and compressed to just the right level and my track is peaking at exactly the volume I want. I’m excited to share the new song with the world (i.e.…

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I'm Not Afraid

  Hey, it’s the first Pickabar tune of 2010! I was starting to get a little nervous, because I usually have a new song in the oven every month. Four months without writing a single tune was a little bit nerve wracking. Every time I finish a song a part of me worries that it might not happen ever again. Thankfully, the voice was proven wrong, at least for one more tune.…

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My Cerwin-Vega speakers are back!

  I have a hard time with animate objects, so I shower my love on things that give me pleasure without asking for anything in return. Quite often those things have to do with producing or re-producing sound. My grandmother Nancy always spoiled me, even when some of those expenditures weren’t the most financially prudent. I don’t remember when or where we bought these speakers, but I do know that from the day I got them they have been a pair of loyal friends.…

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