Life and Adventures

Covid, Quarantine, and Catch-Up

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Covid, Quarantine, and Catch-Up

It's not always easy to know what to say in times like these. "Buckle up," "things will get better with time," "we're going to make it through this," sound like worn out platitudes, perhaps almost offensively so, depending on your individual situation. Needless to say, we've all been put through something we didn't plan for, and consequently, there's no telling what exactly one should do. One piece of advice I heard, (which is polarizing, but it does work for at least some of us,) is to catch up on things that you may have been putting off, learn a new...

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Coming Soon: Nine Sheet Music Covers

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Coming Soon: Nine Sheet Music Covers

  I try to steer clear of any overtly self-promotional blog posts, but I wanted to make an exception here to share some new pieces of vintage tin-pan alley sheet music I picked up on eBay recently. The package contains eleven pieces, nine of which I plan to restore and make available on the site sometime soon. Two of them won't be restored and released because they're not very special. (One of them has next to no color, and the other one is, in my opinion, not very well-designed.) Here's a list of the nine covers that I plan on...

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I Canceled My Weekly YouTube Series: Here's Why

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I Canceled My Weekly YouTube Series: Here's Why

Thomas Edison said it best when he said: "I have not failed. I just found another way it won't work." My YouTube series, "Ideas, Trends, & Thoughts," would be described in those terms, but here's why I chose to end it after only one episode. This week, I was in the process of recording a second installment, when I couldn't help but notice the broad discrepancy between how I speak on camera and how I write. I was even more uneasy as I reviewed the footage and watched what looked like a maniac screaming at the camera. I did my...

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