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#1
Lovely words, Reg. I too felt quite emotional when I read the breaking news this morning. Si King's tribute to his dear friend was truly touching. Dave had such a genuine, special talent and personality. He did make you feel that you knew him personally. I've quite often repeated the tale he told about his father strapping an unexploded shell to his bike and taking it to the local police station. Their reaction was obvious, but Dave's telling of the story was hysterical and unforgettable.

I hoped he was going to get better eventually but alas, not to be.

R.I.P. Sir.
#2
Other Music / Re: Earworms
February 25, 2024, 06:27:44 PM
Cracked it. It's from Sadness Of A King by The Pearlfishers. What a relief. From Za Za's Garden. Love that album and Davie Scott's voice.
#3
Religion / Re: Christianity
February 25, 2024, 04:43:49 PM
Quote from: GhostWriter on February 23, 2024, 02:44:47 AMI showed up here to read about Slim's conversion after all these years. Can someone point me to where it is? :)

I think it's Page 59 of the What Made You Grumpy Today thread? He's getting a new bathroom.😂
#4
Other Music / Re: Earworms
February 25, 2024, 04:39:02 PM
Had a thought, maybe something on My Favorite Headache. Will have a look.
#5
Musicians / Re: Roland kit
February 25, 2024, 04:34:22 PM
Should have added that it was in the Technology & Science section. It really would have been a huge help to me in my teens trying to figure out some of Geddy's otherworldly stuff.
#6
Musicians / Re: Roland kit
February 25, 2024, 04:31:23 PM
Quote from: Thenop on February 25, 2024, 09:01:47 AMBought a td11 some 7 years ago, liked it but was not over the moon. Have been playing it at home, mostly to keep up my skills.
Been doing some digging and found 2 sets of sounds made specially for the td 11 module. Td11 is a so called real acoustic sound module, and it has to be said, it really sounds like a regular kit if you tweak some settings.
But these new packages of sounds have really opened up the module and made it great fun. Digital copies of old Ludwig sets, DW studio sounds, I could go on. Fantastic.

Managed to order a pdx12 snare pad, the thing itself comes with 8" pads which is a bit small, that should arrive sometime this week. Once it does I am set up nicely.

Next up is subscripe to an app called Moises. It can split the instruments and lets you mute each of them separately. It also has an intelligent metronome and it recognizes chords. This will help me a lot study drum parts, really looking forward to work on some new material. And old of course, preparing for gigs later this year.

I started a thread on Moises back in Dec 2022. Fascinating stuff.
#7
Other Music / Re: Earworms
February 25, 2024, 04:25:01 PM
I have a fragment of one line of a song driving me nuts today. One of these situations where I'm unsure whether the voice is male or female, with absolutely no idea if it's a song on an album I own or just something from the radio from a hit years back. All I have with those I'm not 100% sure of in parentheses is;

"(Come flying back to me) on angels' wings.

Possibly a higher register male vocal?

Usually by now my mind would have untangled a bit more of the song, but this thing is just on a loop. Any pointers would be a relief.
#8
General Discussion / Re: Wordle - may contain spoilers
February 24, 2024, 11:20:56 AM
Wordle 980 5/6

⬛🟨🟨🟨🟨
🟨🟩🟩🟩⬛
⬛🟩🟩🟩🟩
⬛🟩🟩🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Only posting as this was a first for me. Four correct on line one and only solved by line five. Two minutes.
#9
General Discussion / Re: What's made you grumpy today?
February 24, 2024, 11:19:12 AM
Beautiful sunny morning. The first in a while. Brickie didn't turn up to do some essential stuff. Work set back a further week.
#10
General Discussion / Re: What's made you grumpy today?
February 23, 2024, 09:27:48 AM
Builders back in their vans again. Was forecast for mainly dry today but torrential rain started about ten minutes ago. Hopefully it will pass and the brickie will stay on site.
#11
General Discussion / Re: Wordle - may contain spoilers
February 23, 2024, 09:17:56 AM
I'm enjoying watching this marathon as the finish line is now in sight. All to play for it looks like and a couple of line twos could still easily mix things up a bit. I wonder if after this at some stage a quick sprint contest might be considered. Say, if you don't get the solution by line four you drop out and just continue for fun. The only issue might be if eventually remaining survivors are eliminated on the same day, but maybe previous results could be taken into account. Probably too messy. I'll just blame lack of sleep due to builders being here for seven weeks (so far). Anyway, looking at the current spreadsheet I think Reg would have been declared Usain Bolt very early doors.
#12
General Discussion / Re: What's made you grumpy today?
February 22, 2024, 06:33:01 PM
Used my concert ear protectors when chopping firewood today. Afterwards lazily  hung them over an armchair to put back in their container later. They've completely vanished. Pulled the place apart. Gone! Hate that!
#13
General Discussion / Re: The BT Tower
February 22, 2024, 11:43:30 AM
That first photo takes me back to my first visit to London. I jumped on and off the tube having decided not to do an official tour of the city, rather just walk around and see what randomly unfolded around the centre of the city. I must have walked along the street perpendicular to that leading towards the tower, looked left and there it was. Similarly, in Whitehall, I passed the gated area outside Downing St. Unsurprisingly there was activity there but it didn't dawn on me until later what exactly I'd seen. It might have been later that evening when my girlfriend finished work that we approached a large stone staircase somewhere in the west end when Joanna Lumley swept down and past us in a long flowing coat. I'll never forget that image and how glamorously she moved. No phone cameras in those days which I'm not sorry about. The memory has probably become embellished by memory over time.
#14
Other Music / Re: So what are you listening to?
February 16, 2024, 02:20:40 AM
Rush - Hemispheres

A work of art. I probably wouldn't listen to this in company these days, as I find certain passages of this album too emotional. The benchmark of everything I yearn for in music.

Decent singing, eh?

#15
General Discussion / Re: What's made your day today?
February 16, 2024, 02:13:46 AM
Quote from: The Picnic Wasp on February 15, 2024, 05:57:07 PMA couple of coffees and great catch up this afternoon with two friends I hadn't seen for years.

Two of us on the decaf though. The things we take for granted when young. Makes me think crazy thoughts like, would I swap ten years of my natural process ongoing, for five years living without the worrying shackles of this emerging person? However, just popping over to the what are you listening to thread to reinforce the fact that everything is ok.