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More Clockworks!

Tiffany,

I feel as if I have literally been eating, drinking and sleeping this song.  Seriously.  I have spent a lot of time working on my remix of this song mixing, arranging, adding effects and generally having a good old time.

Now, as you know, I am not a fan of the original mix of the song.  It’s a bit sad and depressing for me.  So, I decided to take the track in a completely different direction: ’80s pop.  This version of my mix sees me adding more percussive elements indicative of the ’80s (synth toms, 808 drums, etc) as well as some changes to the melody, pads and general flow of the track.

So far the feedback has been positive, so thank you!  The contest doesn’t end for another 33 days, so it’s going to be awhile before I know if I’ll win.

In other news, Tad runs for the Board of the Tacoma Food Co-op…more news on that, later!

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Clockworks, Part 2

I have had a few people mention that they cannot access my artist page on the acidplanet website.  I think I have solved the problem.  Linked below is a copy of the remix I am working on for the contest.  Feedback, in all is forms, is welcome!

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Clockworks

Tiffany,

I just wanted to briefly touch on the music project I am working on. I have been busy working on a remix of the song Clockworks by This Morning Call. I have completed a demo of the track and you can listen to it here. Again, this is only a demo copy, not the final mix. I will post the final draft once it is complete. Any and all feedback is welcome – it would be pretty cool to win this contest!

I have also included the original track here for comparison purposes.

Cheers,

Tad

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A P90X update and a Susan Powter revival

Dear Tiffany,

My apologies on my absence from the blog. I have been working on a couple of music projects that have taken up a lot of my time. I will reveal more information on those later, but today I want to revisit the land of physical fitness.

As you know, I have been doing the P90X fitness program. This week marks the completion of the first month of my second round of P90X! When I started working out a little over four months ago, I never thought I would be here. However, I did set the bar very high for myself: I firmly set my goal and I began working toward it.

Today, it is not my goal that drives me forward, it the journey that keeps me motivated. What I mean is that I have come to discover that exercise and fitness is not about a six pack…not entirely anyway. It’s about taking charge of your life. It is about making healthy choices and ending bad habits. It’s about breaking the quick-fix cycle our consumer culture is all to eager to sell to you and making real changes that takes time, energy and dedication.

As I make these changes, I grow tired of seeing commercials of overweight women slim down right before our eyes wearing nothing but a sleazy bikini. This woman is sold to us as if the bikini was she all had to live for. I am tired of seeing weight loss commercials for men that claim you can eat your burger and fries and still lose the weight – as if burgers are the only thing men live for (actually…).

If I can travel back in time for just a moment, I used to listen to Susan Powter’s radio show back in the 90s. Remember her? She’s the Stop the Insanity! creator. Say what you will about her craziness (and I’ll probably agree) but her passion for healthy living is undeniable, and a bit infecting. On top of that, she’s a very smart, well-read person. In recent years I haven’t really kept up with Susan, so I was bit surprised to see a recent video of her on YouTube pop up during a recent search I had made. I have linked it below because I find the message of the video very refreshing.

The point to all of this is that It’s time we as a nation started having real conversations about health and fitness. It’s time to toss away all the gadgets and gizmos that don’t work. It’s time to stop acting like bikinis are the only real reason to want to exercise, and most importantly, it’s time to get in touch with the food we eat! I don’t care what kind of exercise you do, just do it! I found something that works for me, what works for you?

Tad

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Take a stand for justice

Tiffany,

I have a bit of a confession to make – I am addicted to Youtube. I am totally fascinated by this social media outlet. If you want to find educational videos on any given topic, you can find it on Youtube. Or, if you want a cute British guy reading the book Twighlight, you can find that too. Maybe you like videos of cute cats or of babies doing silly things – are those a few of your favorite things? Fear not, you can find them on Youtube. With Youtube, people have taken the art of video creation to new and uncharted territories.

With that said, I often find myself saying ‘there’s three minutes of my life wasted’ after watching videos on Youtube. Most of them are dreadful, but occasionally a video will come along that will spark my interest and keep me coming back for more. And, more often than not I will make my Facebook friends suffer with the videos that I enjoy.

Today I came across a video called Surprise Party – it’s the latest Youtube viral video. All told, I am not sure I think the video is as hilarious as some people are making it out to be, but I must admit there is a certain charm to it: low production values coupled with a hot guy making fun of a Saturday Night live clip does have a certain appeal to it.

However, my main reason for posting this is because I was shocked and horrified by many of the comments I read in response to this video. Every gay-bashing word or phrase you could think of has been thrown at this man. Many of the comments simply read ‘Are you gay?’ or ‘gayyyyyy’.

As I read more and more of these hateful comments I started to think of the string of gay-related suicides we have experienced over the last couple of weeks. My blood began to boil. Where the hell are the priorities of these people who are bullying Craigery Morgan, the creator of this video? Have we not learned anything from these tragic deaths? Have we no shame?

The time is now for bystander intervention. I challenge all of you to call out gay-bashing when you see it. Respond to the bullying comments on this Youtube video and take a stand. I don’t care if you like the video, or hate it. That isn’t the point. No longer can we idly sit by and ignore hate and ignorance.

Take a stand for justice. Thank you.

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It Gets Better and Better!

Tiffany,

I was really excited today when I read this article in The Advocate. Apparently, the It Gets Better project has become so popular, that their Youtube site has been maxed out on video submissions. This is fantastic news!

Keep up the good work everyone,

Tad

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It Gets Better

Tiffany,

No doubt you are just as saddened as I am by the number of reported gay-related suicides that have occurred the past couple of weeks. My hope is that news of these deaths will wake people up and shake the apathy from their brains. People need to realize that being a gay youth in our culture can be very challenging – and they need do something about it.

To a certain degree, this is already happening. Within the GLBTQ community there has been an upsurge of activism. One project I am particularly fond of is the It Gets Better Project which was spearheaded by Dan Savage. The mission of the project is help youth see a future for themselves beyond the present moment.

The project calls upon the entire GLBTQ community to submit videos to the project that share personal stories about how life can get better. If Tiffany and I can gain access to a video camera, we would love to shoot our own video. In the meantime, one of the most touching stories I have seen so far is Tim Gunn’s.

Check out It’s Gets Better and The Trevor Project for more information on how you can help. Thank you.

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