At Rest

The countryside was quiet as I went out with Max for his evening walk.

There was no wind.
None.
The moon and stars shone. Silently.
There was no droning traffic on the highway.
One jet made a roar that it seemed to be coming from years past. Then it was gone.
No tree frogs.
No birds.
No barking dogs.
No crickets.
A couple of gnats circled and banged into my flashlight.
I turned it off.
They disappeared.
The only sounds were my feet stroking through the grass,
and Max almost inaudibly sniffing the ground where a squirrel or rabbit had passed.
It seemed that the whole world was at peace for the moment.
It was not a creepy, deathly silence.
It was this little patch of earth, resting.

 

 

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I just want you to know that I haven’t quit on my blog. I’ve been mighty busy with numerous projects (grateful to God for that), but haven’t spent any of my free time right here. Feel free to post any comment you like. (Please keep it clean.) Thanks for reading! –JR

2011 Fireworks Displays for the Kokomo Area – UPDATED

Tipton Indiana Fireworks

Tipton Indiana Fireworks

Our local paper, the Kokomo Tribune, posted the following times for area fireworks displays yet to happen for the 2011 Independence Day holiday. They are accurate in that I could not find any up-to-date sources that contradicted them, except for the Kokomo Tribune itself. I was able to confirm most of these dates via other sources. UPDATE: Kokomo fireworks were postponed due to weather. Please see red text below.

  • Peru – At dusk Sunday at the town park

  • Burlington – At dusk Sunday at Burlington Park

  • Greentown – At dusk Monday at the Howard County fairgrounds.

  • Tipton – 10:10 p.m. Sunday at Tipton County Fairgrounds.

  • Walton – Monday at dusk, Walton town park.

  • Kokomo – Friday, July 8, 10 PM at Foster Park

It’s our family tradition to enjoy the Tipton County fireworks. The Tipton display will reportedly add a substantial 35% more fireworks to their 20-minute “sky concert” display. Music is provided on the FM country station, WWKI.

Enjoy yourself, and BE SAFE! –JR

MMMM Food For Thought – Making Music

MMMM Food For Thought - Making Music

Food For Thought

It’s Marketing Mercenary’s Monday Morning, and here’s what I’m chewing on.

I recently watched an on-line video featuring a musician I know. He was playing  a gig in a small club, and it was a style of music I had not heard him play before. It was brilliant.

It got me thinking about a musician’s life. Until they’re superstars, wouldn’t most musicians have to try to find constant work (gigs), in order to make a living?

Forgive me for looking at this topic in a “perfect world” manner…I know about the possibility (or certainty) of rejection…not everyone will love your music. But music is a thing that brings joy to the giver and the receptive listener.  Ideally, making a living making music could be a thing that results in a lot of happiness.

What part of your job or vocation could be like making music? Is there some activity that brings you joy every time you do it? For me, it’s video production. I’m very good at it. I enjoy it. My clients for video production give me great feedback. I’m happy to say that video production is growing in my product mix – I’m serving more video production clients. (This is not a commercial, just my example.)

If it turns out well, and it makes others happy, or helps them in some way… shouldn’t  you do more of that?

This week, make more music. ROCK ON, my friends!

Productivity Getting In The Way

Cubs Game Interrupts Productivity Interrupts Cubs Game

Cubs Game Interrupts Productivity Interrupts Cubs Game

Actually, it’s the Chicago Cubs game. I’ve started on my Saturday errands and work around the house. BUT the Cubs game starts in just a little while, and I’ve got a lot to do yet. A list of personal and professional tasks await.

I hate when that happens. Well, I’ll just have to be productive for a few more minutes, and see what the day brings. GO CUBS GO! Have a great Saturday.

(BTW, that’s my photo, not some “Google Images” download.)

Priceless Preservation

Precious Memories

Memories are some of our most valuable possessions. Weddings, holidays, family vacations, reunions, birthdays, and many other special occasions are exactly that – special. Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to record these events and other great moments in our lives. And those recordings can be – as the popular MasterCard commercials would say – priceless.

VHS Tape Label

Our memories can last forever, but not on VHS!

“Uh oh,” you might be thinking. “This sounds like a sales pitch.” I guess I would be guilty as charged. After all, I used “the P word.” But I hope you’ll indulge me for a few moments. I’ll warn you, this is a 3-page article – pretty long by Internet standards. However, the  coming paragraphs could save some of your priceless memories from decay and destruction.

Decay and destruction?

The recommendation for long-term storage of VHS tapes is a maximum of 50% humidity and 70° Fahrenheit. Most folks store their VHS tape collection in the basement (higher humidity) or the attic (huge fluctuation in temperature). Even under archival conditions (25% humidity, 40° F), VHS tapes will last about 15 years before they begin to suffer serious degradation.

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Loveless Root at The Social

A little rock, a little blues, a little rootsy, a lot of fun. Loveless Root continues to refine their sound. They opened for Midwest Hype and Twin Cats Friday night at The Social in Kokomo.

Loveless Root

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Josh Mast, has been with the group full-time for a while now, according to bassist Jesse Bieber. His contributions, both on vocals and guitar, are complementary to Roderick Allen Minch’s more laid-back style.

Bieber also gave props to Eddie Roodvoets, listed on the Loveless Root Facebook page as the guy playing “Alternative Percussion.” If you don’t know how much a percussionist can add to the overall sound of a group, please check out Loveless Root. You can also see Brian Pavey in InsideOut, a local cover band that have previously written about.

Chris Kremer’s sax also helps to gives Loveless Root a full, rich sound not found in most bands you hear in a bar. All three bands at The Social that night have a sax player in the line-up, so the audience got an uncommon treat in my experience.

I have to mention drummer Joey Ray Wills as well. And not because I talked about everyone else. Because he’s the kind of purposeful drummer that puts a solid foundation under the whole performance, even with a couple of tricky timing changes. Thanks for sweating so we could all have a fun evening! Continue reading