Good morning! Just coming on ten o'clock, a bright sunny day out there. I've been up about an hour, but am still waking up. So far I've made a slight dent in that first cup of coffee. This is one of those times I'm glad to be retired. Much tougher to make a slow, leisurely awakening when you have phones ringing and morning people running around jabbering. Carpe diem only happens after I've had my coffee. 

Today is my brother's birthday. He's 62. It is also the birthday of one of my cousins, The Olsen Twins, and Bruce--sorry, Caitlin Jenner. We're pretty low-key about birthdays anymore, usually just sending a text. This year I gave his phone number to a friend of his(and mine), adding "it's his birthday, but don't tell him I told you'..Hope he gets a call. So that was my birthday present to my brother. Hard to believe we're now a couple of old men..

Music news.Still playing the yellow Takamine guitar for the most part. I call it my Ventures guitar, because it looks a bit like the Mosrites they used to endorse. I've given my opinion of Mosrite in here before, and it's not favorable. But they do look cool. For what it's worth, I also love 50s cars for the same 'coolness'. More YouTube posts to come..

In other music news, I've got a number of pieces created on the synthesizer which have some decent instrument sounds- trumpet, trombone, clarinet(and also bass clarinet) strings. Quite often, those instrument patches are cheesy as hell, but these seem to work.. About 25 minutes worth of this electronic Chamber Music. For a title, my first thought was CRAIN- The Chamber Works, but people might think the pomposity behind such a presentation was real, and not just me being perverse.It sounds pompous if you're anything less than a household word..So it's back to the drawing board for a title, but I've got a new collection of stuff. Sometimes these tunes of mine just seem to assemble themselves.

And this is probably enough stuff for now. Thanks as ever for stopping in and reading. Happy Saturday to you! With that I'm outa here for now. More later. 

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