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February 7th, 2017 Comments off

Hammond B3 in Black and White [Photo]

January 5th, 2017 Comments off

Hammond B3 in Black and White

Hammond B3 in Black and White

A classic organ at our friend’s recording studio. Somehow black and white seemed appropriate for this, highlighting both the keys and the draw bars. 

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December 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Why The Monkees Matter by Dr. Rosanne Welch | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide #32

December 2nd, 2016 Comments off

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From 1966-1968 NBC aired The Monkees on Mondays at 7:30pm, opposite Gilligan’s Island on CBS and Iron Horse on ABC.  During that time Raybert Productions, headed by Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, produced 58 half-hours of what Time Magazine contributor James Poniewozik recently described as “far better TV than it had to be.

During an era of formulaic domestic sitcoms and wacky comedies, it was a stylistically ambitious show, with a distinctive visual style, absurdist sense of humor, and unusual story structure that was commercial, wholesome, and yet impressively weird.”

Originally, the producers conceived The Monkees as a response to the youth and music movement of the early 60s, a time when every young person seemed to be slinging a guitar on their back and hoping to change the world.  In the shadow of Hard Day’s Night the producers cast four relative unknowns who could act, sing and play instruments – Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith – and hired Jim Frawley to teach them improvisation and become their in-house director. Beyond mere fame, The Monkees deserves ranking as a TV Cultural and Comedy Classic because, according to Micky Dolenz, “It brought long hair into the living room and changed the way teenagers were portrayed on television.  It made it okay to have long hair in the same way Henry Winkler as the Fonz late made it okay to wear a black leather jacket and Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel Air made it okay to be to be young, black and like rap.”

From an artistic standpoint the show introduced a new generation of viewers to the kind of fourth-wall-breaking, slapstick comedy created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers as well as to the idea of friends in their late teens living on their own without adult advice or supervision, a powerful idea at the height of the Vietnam war.

While there is continued controversy over the fact that the musical group has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, time has shown that the television show deserves the accolades it earned.  Now it deserves a deeper reading and that is exactly what Why The Monkees Matter will provide.

Go beyond the fandom and delve deeply into what The Monkees meant to “the young generation” and to our current world.

 

Why The Monkees Matter by Dr. Rosanne Welch

 

Why The Monkees Matter by Dr. Rosanne Welch | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide #32

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Zoom H6 Audio Recorder | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #23

November 23rd, 2016 Comments off

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From Douglas…

While this item is a bit pricy for a holiday gift, it is an amazing device. I have used several of the Zoom recorders in the past, including the H1 and H2, but the Zoom H6 looks to be the recorder I have always wanted. If you have a podcaster, YouTuber, or other new media creator in your, extra special, gift list, this might just be the ticket to make them very, very happy.

Features:

  • Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input
  • Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
The addition of XLR connectors with Phantom power opens up large opportunities for high-quality remote recording outside your “studio” including interviews, live shows and more. The interchangeable capsules also provide a high amount of flexibility in how you might use the recorder.
I must admit that the Zoom H6 is definitely on my own personal wish list!

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Stratocaster [Photo]

November 20th, 2016 Comments off

Stratocaster #guitar #music #instrument #autograph #bw #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography

Stratocaster #guitar #music #instrument #autograph #bw #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography

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A stack of snares [Photo]

November 20th, 2016 Comments off

A stack of snares #music #instruments #drums #studio

A stack of snares #music #instruments #drums #studio

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45 in the collection [Photo]

November 19th, 2016 Comments off

45 in the collection #record #45 #45rpm #music #vintage

45 in the collection #record #45 #45rpm #music #vintage

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Vocal Isolation Booth [Photo]

November 18th, 2016 Comments off

Vocal Isolation Booth #vocal #studio #music #noho

Vocal Isolation Booth #vocal #studio #music #noho

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Hammond B3 Organ [Photo]

November 15th, 2016 Comments off

Hammond B3 Organ #music #organ #keyboard #instrument

Hammond B3 Organ #music #organ #keyboard #instrument

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