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Episode · 11 months ago

Blue jays are not blue/ Summer of Soul shines blackness/ Voice over work next

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Blue jays are not blue/

Summer of Soul shines blackness/

Voice over work next 

... So today I'm going to go over some kind of tough decisions of had to make and some future decisions I may need help with, and we'll get to that in just a second, but first I'll update you on the my new pet blue jays. All that and so much more on today's signal jams. I think I may have mentioned that I had a Hornet's nest outside the back porch light a while back and I didn't want to, you know, poison it spray bunch of poison in the air. So I thought, Oh, what's the natural enemy of insects? Birds? So I thought let's attract birds. So over the past several months I've been attracting various birds through different types of bird feeders and I've settled on Blue Jay's being my favorite, and they like just raw, unroasted, unsalted peanuts in the shells. I just put them in a little dog food bowl and whistle and they come. That's pretty cool. I like it. It's really interesting. They're smart, for sure. So Blue Jays are basically small crows, so they're very smart, even though they're, on the other side of my sliding glass door, they don't like it. If I'm more than about I don't know. If I'm closer than about five feet eat, they don't like it. They get really skittish. But if I'm like back in the lazy boy, about eight feet from the door, they're cool with that. They're used to me kind of the motions I make while I'm sitting in that chair looking on my laptop or whatever, so they're not too skittish. But here's what's really interesting. A little further back in the room are my drums, like electric drums. You put on the headphones and he just play so you can hear yourself well. These birds are funny. So the closer I am to the door, they'll zoom him, grab a peanut and bail right immediately. They'll just jolt away.

Sometimes they're so fast they'll even drop the nut and have to make a second, second run. Right when I'm a little for further back in the easy chair, they'll come in and, you know, be a little more selective. They'll pick one up and now that's no good, drop it, pick up another one, hang around, look then leave. When I'm on the drums, these fucking blue jays come in and they don't even go for the nuts at first. They'll say it. Sit there kind of like on top of the edge of the chair out there and they look at me drumming and apparently they know that I'm predisposed and I'm not going to come eat them. So these blue jays are over there bouncing up and down like dancing to music that they can't hear. Obviously I have my headphones in, but I'm, you know, waving my arms like a crazy person and move my feet and all that. They can see that part and they may hear are light tapping on the electric drums, but they can't hear the music. However, they bounce up and down without grabbing any of the peanuts. Sure eventually then they'll jump down and grab a peanut or two sometimes. Did you know that Blue Jays can fit a whole peanut in their throat and still carry another one? I didn't know that. And here's your mind numbing information of the day. Blue Jays are not blue. They just appear that way to humans because of the way the light refracts through their wings. If you were to hold a blue jays wing up to a light table, it's Brownish Gray. So they're Brown. Blue Jays are brown, like the dress thing. You know snow it's not exactly like the dress thing at all, because consume some cannabis the other day and I was looking out the glass door at the beauty of these blue jays feathers and that. I kept thinking of myself, Dude, you're not even seeing that real. That's not even a real thing you're seeing. You are seeing an illusion. So yeah, Blue Jays are not blue, they're brown. DIG It. All right. Let's get up speed on Emo...

Dojo, right. So a couple of episodes back told you'll wanted to turn that into a nonprofit. So that's still moving forward. It looks like the biggest chunk of change is going to be the four hundred dollars you got to pay up front to the IRS. So I'm just putting that aside. I don't like four hundred dollars extra eight paycheck to just throw away, so I'll save that slowly put that aside. I've also identified a few like music instrument manufacturers, that I think would be willing to participate once I became legitimate nonprofit, so that again, the Emo Dojo will be a nonprofit that we stream videos and kind of like a destruction room meets a music studio. So it'll have basically just drums and web streaming cameras and things like that where people that don't know how to play drums can just go play drums and get it out of your system. Of course, as that project kind of grows to completion, definitely going to find some real therapists to work on part of the curriculum, if not on the staff, and some actual music instrument instructors. It's not just going to be a bunch of Yahoo's. Well, be a lot of Yahoo's, and especially has to be people that are open minded and kind, you know, that are willing to work with people of all sorts that have different types of mental conditions and issues they're trying to deal with. So anyway, that's the EMO Dojo. Will be a drum studio that we live stream out for the sole purpose of, you know, mental therapy in a sense. And then I also told you that I was going to look into voiceover work because I think I explained it before. I didn't really know I was thought it was doing characters like, you know, animation characters like Mel Blank and whatever, stuff like that. And then I learned that it's not necessarily that. It could be anything. It could be the voice of a...

...serie or it could be the answering machine when you call the company, that says Ay, press to for whatever fucking thing right. And then I was in the movie theater yesterday. The AMC guy comes on and I'm like, Oh, there's another voice, and now I can't not hear voices every time I don't were voices, you know what I'm saying? When I when I'm on the media, the streaming services or TV or radio, all I do now is listen to voices and think, fuck, I could do that, totally do that, give me that. And so the next step, it looked like, is I should talk to vocal that vocal coaches, but voiceover specific coaches. So I got signed up for two different free consultations from what appeared to be, from my real reasonable judgment in this area, to be some of the best one gal's name is and Genguza and the other gentleman's name is Sean Pratt. After listening to hours and hours of podcast from various sources, these two names kept floating to the top and sure enough. They had ways that you can go to their websites and sign up for like twenty minute, half hour consultation and give you at least some kind of direction on what a next good step is. So I had a blast yesterday, I'm sorry, the two days ago whatever, talking to Anne, and then this evening I'm talking with Sean, so I should have a better kind of idea of what to do next. But and brought up a fun thing that sounded awesome. So I am apparently a little edgier than many in the voiceover industry, the kind of square that probably comes from the radio days. I curse a lot more. I'm just of lived a wildlife and the way she heads to a round, it goes well if you're into it. You know my assistant has connections with the Romance novels and like it might. If I've into it, like fuck, of course that would be a blast. I love that idea. So yeah, whatever, I think I have to put together a...

...demo of some sort or find one of these. They got basically website. You pay to be on a yearly subscription and when you're on it then you could submit what do you auditions and things like that. Put up your demo tapes or submit auditions directly to people looking for work. The downside to that is also as a graphic designer and a musician, is that a lot of those sites, you know, kind of go toward the lowest common denominator buyer, people that are just looking for cheap and that's no way to build a career in any thing artistic. You don't want to be cheap, you don't want to lower your price right off the bat. At least try to start high. So there's a little navigation involved and putting up with things like that on voice sites. But, like I said, I'll no more after I talked to Sean Pratt this evening. So just kind of combined the knowledge and see what the best step is next. Definitely keep you posted on that. Could be fun and if you're into it, just you know the way I'm doing it, I guess is a way you could do it. Just do a lot of research, listen to a bunch of voiceover podcasts and try to be humble about it and make small next steps. Right, all right, and then in the entertainment sphere. So this past weekend I watched the show a movie, sorry, show a documentary movie called the days of rage. The Rolling Stones Road to altamont really fascinating. I'd known about the altamont disaster because I'd lived there. I used to go to monster truck rallies at Altamont, so I had heard these stories from my parents about what happened there, but nobody are had ever said the details and apparently some of the details weren't really public. Long and short of it, the rolling stones were trying to make a big comeback in America. They could not do a big show in Golden Gate Park and San Francisco, so they proposed was doing one at a speedway about forty miles away from San Francisco. The hell's angels were going to...

...be their security and things went awry really badly. The part that struck me the most was a part that was not known in the public before, was that there's a gentleman that was stabbed to death down in the front while the rolling stones are on stage playing. The crowd was incense that one of these hell's angels allegedly had stabbed this person to death, the Black Guy, and there's nothing to be done. The even the COPS said, well, we don't need the ambulance. He's dead. The fucking crowd picked up this dead Black Guy's body and put it on the stage, laid this dead guy's body at the feet of the rolling stones and then the hell's angels pushed it back into the crowd. Push the guy's body, dead body, back into the crowd. That's pretty fucking shocking and disgusting. If that weren't bad enough, the rolling stones went on to play an hour more. Just mind boggling right. Otherwise, it's a good documentary that tells you a lot about the situation in the Times that the rolling stones were coming up in. And it was a really, really weird thing because up until that point Mick Jagger seemed like a really legit activist. But somehow they got themselves painted into a corner with those fucking hell's angels and they just made the wrong decision. Why do you keep playing after someone brings one of your fans up on stage in a dead heap? It doesn't make any sense to me. Anyway. That's days of rage the road to altamont. The next movie I saw yesterday was the flip opposite, and this is even more maddening, and I'll tell you why, or you probably figure out why in a second. So I went and saw a movie called summer of Soul in the movie theater yesterday. It's also on...

Hulu, but I highly suggest you see it in a theater because it's well, it's over two hours long and you might fall asleep if you watch it on the couch or pick up a laptop or wander off from something. Anyway, focus on this. Shit is amazing. It made me cry. MMM, most of the time my eyes were dripping with joy and happiness. But the underlying message is super fucked up. So during the same summer we had woodstock and altamont summer of sixty nine. A hundred miles south of Woodstock in Harlem, New York, USA, there was a series of shows. They built a big, you know, Hollywood production stage. They brought in gigantic Hollywood cameras, those big monsters on giant wheels that guys sit on and kind of roll around, and they old concerts on this stage for several weeks in a row, on the weekends, several weeks in a row in Harlem. So the great thing is all of this was captured on film, real film, Nice, good old fashioned s film, right, we're sixty nine film. Well, then they got put in a warehouse. It just got shelves. I guess nobody wanted to see it. The Guy who had shot it and had possession of it and, you know, the rights to it was trying to sell it to the networks and the media and his pitch was like it's the Black Woodstock, it's the Black Woodstock. For some reason people weren't having it. In hindsight, watching this movie, it seems pretty clear to me why the establishment was not having this, because what you'll see when you watch summer of Seoul are tens of thousands of young, old, every kind of class of African Americans, Black folks in Harlem in one thousand nine hundred and sixty nine, having a good time. No violence, nobody getting arrested...

...and, contrary to the hell's angels trying to guard the rolling stones ending in a dead black guy up on their stage, the Black Panthers were the guards for summer of soul and Harlem and there was no violence, there was no dead white guy thrown up on the stage during stevie wonder set. Nothing like that happened. So, in looking back at this and it was literally put on a shelf for fifty years. Quest love the drummer from the roots and Jimmy, whatever band fallon's band kind of pulled this out and put together the project. He's the director. The footage was literally just found like two or three years ago and they just put this movie together from it. So and then they showed the footage to a lot of the performers that performed that day that are still alive and got their reactions. So some of the performances were just stunning. Like I didn't know stevie wonder played the drum so well. I'd you when you see it and you kind of expect it after you seems like, Oh, yeah, of course he's just a great musician regardless. But that dude was going off doing a drum solo. One of my favorites sly and the family stone, who had known about for a long time because he and my mom went to high school at the same time, same high school, same time, back in Valleto California. So I kind of grew up knowing about that hip, funk, cool radical culture and he stole the show man so much good footage of so many of the grades Nina Simone is on there, like I said, sly in the family stone, the Mavis singers. Maybe I mean starry, the staple singers with mavis staples. My hailia Jackson was there. All kinds of blues acts that you I just had never heard of. But it came together so nicely, so much color and so much authentic s colorful esthetic value to it too, just off the charts, really great. And so not just great because the music, in the performances, in the colors, in the film and everything, but also great in the message of like how different ways the media portrays different cultures based on...

...the agenda. I'm not saying WHO's agenda. I'm not I don't give a fuck about conspiracy theories, but clearly this was kept out of the light because it just doesn't fit the narrative that black people are, you know, troublemakers or there's, you know, doing drugs or whatever and breaking things. That wasn't the case at all at all and it never has been the case. People in this case, the media choose to focus on the bad in some cases and some are of soul did not fit the narrative. So I highly encourage you to see some are of soul. If you're going to watch days of rage, watch it first before summer of soul so that you end on up uplifting high note. But such a great juxtaposition of the Union Yang of media coverage of two different festivals. One was a complete shit show that ended in death. The other one was a glaring success that just got buried in time. Wow. So that's where I've got for now. I just wanted to give you a quick update and I'm going to go edit up some more episodes of g shock and I shooting this shit and I also have some reviews of another new device I've been trying called the Apollo Nero, the Apollo Neuro, which is a wrist warn device that kind of prevents the fight or flight response in your nervous system. I've been trying that now for about two weeks and I will give you a basically, I'll probably just do a stand looad episode of what your fight or flight response is and how this particular device might help. And of course I'm still using the lifted brain zapp or thing. Again, not a sponsor of the show. I just really appreciate the device and it seems to be working. So I'll do an episode shortly here that I talked about what the lifted headband device does, transcranial direct current stimulation, and then also talk about the Apollo Neuro device that you wear on your wrist...

...or your ankle that works on your fight or flight response, in your autonomic in your sematic nervous system, or think I got those words right. Anyway, I'll tell you more about that later. Thanks for listening. I appreciate your that you're here. I don't know where you are, but I think you're here. I'm in your ear anyway. And now back to the wall.

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