“I always wonder what inspires choreographers…”

My computer is letting me print up CDs once again with no trouble. Oh joyous day. The only thing holding me back now is the packaging business (it seems no one around here wants to make me the cardboard wallet type CD cases I was after, so that may have to wait for a different album), and there’s no way on Satan’s red earth it isn’t all going to be finished by sometime early next week. If people need to die to make it happen, I’ll kill them myself with an angry snarl on my face.

Not that I would expect anyone else to do my killing for me under any circumstances, but you get my drift. Delays can eat my toenails.

While printing up some copies of the new CD the other day (because I am now my own media broker and may eventually have to become my own printing press as well), I was watching some abysmal dreck on MuchMusic for purely sadistic purposes when the VJ said, “Coming up after the break, the hit that sweeped the nation!” while soulfully looking into the camera, and then they cut to commercial.

My brain did a double-take. Then a triple-take. I think you know why. SWEEPED is not a word. The past tense of “sweep” is “swept”.

I’ve known pre-schoolers who know at least that much about grammar and the English language. I know ACORNS who know that much. And acorns have no brain matter at all. It must be nice to get paid to mangle the language horribly on live television without even realizing it. Maybe this is part of the job description for television personalities: “Must be described as ‘dreamy’ by at least 12.3% of our target audience. Must perform sexual favours for your superiors on an as-requested basis. Also, must have a very tenuous grasp of the spoken language. If you’re at all intelligent or articulate, seek employment elsewhere.”

On a less disturbing note, digital camera action be in the house now. Not only is it a pretty cool little point-and-shoot tool, but it records video too, and the quality isn’t half bad. Since I’ve already christened this place with images not borrowed from various places around the internet, I thought I would post a little video to give anyone who’s interested a bit of a look at what things are like in the “studio”, where the soon-to-be-available-at-a-strip-club-near-you new album was recorded along with some things that haven’t yet found their way onto proper albums, and where many subsequent things will be recorded as well. I have some footage showing the space when it was pretty much empty and then evolving as everything was set up and put together, but I can’t put that up here at the moment because the proper video camera and the computer still aren’t speaking to each other yet. I’m hoping to foster a healthy dialogue at some point.

Sadly, this little video here got absolutely hammered in the quality department between the time I recorded it and the time I posted it here. The sound quality suffered an especially grisly fate. I think something went wrong during the conversion, because it didn’t sound anywhere near this bad until the last stage of the process. You can still understand most of what I’m saying, even if my brain was only half-awake at the time and it sounds like I have a scary distorted digital lisp and a bad case of sandpaper throat. Talk about lo-fi…and yet it looks pretty good. It just sounds really bad.

Anyway, enjoy this selective little tour of some music-related things, if enjoyment is possible.


  1. It could be a Flash issue…when I first switched to Firefox from using Spoogle (I mean Google), I didn’t see the songs or anything around here anymore, but once I downloaded the latest version of Flash it showed up fine. If that isn’t it, I could always put the video up on YouTube or something…but I’m not sure it’s worthy of that, because the sound quality is pretty abysmal and it’s mostly just me walking around talking at stuff while filming said stuff.

  2. i guess i’m running the latest flash player version for mac. also tried it on safari and still only a white box. don’t go out of your way to youtube it though; just letting you know about the glitch (or maybe it’s just mine).

  3. ah, thanks for the link and was able to preview but for some reason no sound (but think that’s my mac’s fault). nice set up! it was a whirlwind tour and i am dizzy. i love your toy pianos! btw, did you happen to look into frank pahl’s music? he uses a lot of toys in his compositions…need to dig up his cd.

  4. the video works like a charm for me, and it was a lot of fun to watch! since the speakers and headphone jack are busted on my laptop I had no sound but the visuals were nice. :p I’ll have to watch it a second time with sound!


  5. Great job johnny! you need a much larger room and this should happen in the future with a new house don’tyaknow. Anyway, great work and an interesting delving into your life and musical world – nevereverland.

  6. Happy Birthday to one of the few true and genuine musicians on the planet. You have an amazing talent that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. May your day be filled with things you enjoy!!!

  7. You’re always there with the vasagymo, Ismal. All I can say in response is what little Iggy’s friend said in that Werner Herzog movie…you know the guy. As for the video business, I’ll put some more stuff up here eventually (maybe even stuff in which I appear as more than a pointing finger), though I first need to figure out how to keep the sound quality at a higher level. Maybe I just need to get some video editing software that actually lets me…uh…edit video. Time will tell.

  8. Aaaah…is there any other way to be swept without the use of the letter T? I hope it doesn’t take too long to get to you in the mail, and hopefully bubble wrap will be enough to protect it. In the past when I sent people CDs outside of Windsor, sometimes they would arrive with broken cases from being thrown around so much. That’s part of the reason I wanted to get a cardboard wallet or digipak type thing made up for this CD, but it wasn’t to be. Damn plastic and its relative frailty…

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