So, I’m doing this Vokle show in a couple of days and I’m looking at what tracks to play. I have some in mind, but if you have any interest in this silly project of mine and if there are any particular ones you think I should play (even if you’re not going to watch the thing) then let me know.
I got a NEW MICROPHONE for Christmas that actually plugs into my computer and allows me to actually record stuff directly onto my computer rather than having to record on my phone and then send it to myself via a podcasting website or whatever I’ve been doing all year for my 365 project (which is almost over, by the way). I am a happy gentleman.
Also, it’s a NICE microphone, and my Boxing Day has mainly been about fiddling and trying out different settings and recording a bunch of stuff to see how it sounds. Since I’ve recorded them, I thought I might as well post them somewhere. So, I’m about to post three cover songs of varying quality as my next three posts. You can listen to them or whatever.
“Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough—and even miraculous enough if you insist—I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about? Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don’t believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart’s content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others—while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity—so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called ‘meaningless’ except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so. It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one’s everyday life as if this were so. Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities… but there, there. Enough.”—Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22 (via hitch-22)
I got a fancy new microphone for Christmas! This means I no longer have to record on my phone, upload it to audioboo, and then download it as a podcast to my computer (obviously there’s worse things such as being kicked in the shin, but this is pretty close). NOW I can record things straight onto my computer. Also, the quality is much improved! So my Boxing Day will mainly involve playing with and testing out this new microphone. I’ll be re-recording upcoming Cooper365 songs and probably recording a bunch of covers as well. Any requests?
I undertook a project to release 365 songs across the course of 2011. As I head into the final day I’m going to play some of them including the final track to finish the year off on a noticeably small bang on Vokle. Come along if you like.
If you don’t know much about the genius of Bill Hicks, or you just want to revisit it, American: The Bill Hicks Story is a real pleasurable viewing experience and is available on BBC iPlayer until Christmas Day. Treat yourself.