I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
-Bertrand Russell

What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell

December 15, 2015 - 12:58 p.m.

Songs in the Key of NERFA

Therapy was weird yesterday. I have been on a terrible sleep schedule, up half the night. So I did not have enough sleep and two cups of coffee I made in the morning were not enough. But then I didn't have time to grab a cup in the City before therapy. I figured I'd drink some of the horrid coffee they offer us. There's no milk and I don't like non-dairy creamers so I'd have had it black. But then I got distracted. As I turned the corner I saw a woman leaning against a building. I immediately figured she has to be a model; nobody stands like that normally. And then I saw the photographer. My mind started racing to figure out how I knew without thinking that she was a model. She was beautiful but not strikingly. She was dressed in just jeans and a shirt but everything and every hair was exactly in place. But that was all after the fact. I could tell in a glance without thinking about it that she was modeling. That so distracted me I forgot to get coffee and then got involved on something of Facebook. But even without the caffeine the cobwebs for the most part cleared and I was pretty animated most of the session.

I went to the holiday market after therapy, not to buy anything but to kill time till 4 PM when the bagel place starts their half-price sale. And I just remembered that I didn't put them in the freezer. I'm an idiot. I'll do it when I'm done here. L

My computer asked if I wanted to update to Windows 10 and I did. I downloaded all the files and then it asked when I wanted to do it as it would take a long time. I said 2 PM, after I left for therapy, I figured it could update while I was out. When I got home it hadn't updated. I have no idea what happened. So I did it when I got home. That did take a long time and it was time when I wanted to be using my computer. Insert your Windows insult here.

What did I want to do? Finish preparing my set list for my radio gig tonight. Yes once again I'll be joining Brian's show It's All About the Music on WFDU. It's on at 10 PM and will be on the archives for two weeks after tonight. It's a three-hour show and I from experience I know I need to prepare a bit more than an hour and a half of music. I have 1:39:04 lined up. This would be a lot harder without a spreadsheet. The show is dedicated to my NERFA discoveries. I'm also playing other music I've acquired since the last time I was on the show. I should have been preparing this for a month but I didn't start till this weekend. On Saturday I realized that I didn't have the music of a few bands I very much wanted to play. I emailed the Doll Sisters and Mt Thelonious and they graciously sent me digital copies of their albums. I thought the Doll sisters would remember me, I kept running into them but was less sure of Mt. Thelonious. I was afraid they wouldn't want to send an album to a random stranger. But they remembered me so I get to play them.

I had some technical issues. I had three albums on Wav files and I needed MP3. I use iTunes to convert files but there's no metadata on the Wav files, at least not that the program can read. So it didn't know anything's title. I finally figured out how to get it to convert the files to mp3. I then had to decide which track to play on 26 albums. That's not the same as picking my favorite song from each. I want something that will quickly grab the listener's attention. There's a workshop at NERFA called "On The Griddle" Where they just play the first minute of tracks and DJs judge based on just that. There's a reason for that. It's how people listen to the radio. Now if I had my own show and was on every week I'd play deeper tracks and let people hear music that requires more attention but when I have one shot to sell people I have to go for the quick connection. There were two albums that were diverse enough that I felt I needed to play two songs from, one in the first half and one in the second. There are two other artists I'm playing two tracks from but for other reasons. I'm not giving away who or why.

After choosing the songs then comes sequencing. Sequencing is hard. You want things to flow. You want there to be a musical or logical connection between the songs. I should have timed how many hours I spent on this. My guess is that I spent 8 hours to program an hour and a half.

Now I'm working at picking my favorite albums of the year. That's hard too. Some of the CDs that I picked up at NERFA and I'm only listening to now might make the list. Some albums from well-known artists that I love are not leaving as deep an impresson in me as other more obscure ones. Some I know make the list and part of me thinks I should just make that my list. But there are others that might be just as good but that I haven't listened to enough. I'm listening to all the nominees now. That's my plan till I hear them all.





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