How To, Loki, Flowers

I irrigated on Thursday. A gopher hole created an unwanted lake that was draining water that the plants needed. After 30 minutes of trying to plug the hole where it was flowing out of the grand, which I knew wouldn’t work, I finally found two holes that were the source and plugged them. Not before getting a significant-sized lake. The whole thing reminded me of how the Salton Sea was created.

Loki was practicing his cat tree ballet.

White neon iris

Sunset

48 Bucks

As you might have heard, there are a lot of fires burning in New Mexico right now. The air was very smokey today, therefore, I mostly stayed inside and recorded a parody I wrote a while back after I bought new $48 guitar out of curiosity. The guitar turned out to be a lot better quality than one would expect for $48.

If you are wondering why New Mexico is burning. Warm temperatures and low humidity are the major factors. New Mexico and most of the western states have had very little precipitation this year.

Jupiter moved to one o’clock above Venus this morning.

48 Bucks
By Timothy Price
To Sixteen Tons by Tennesse Ernie Ford

I got a cheap guitar still made out of wood
It came with all six strings just like it should?
I paid 48 bucks I give you no bone
The neck is straight let’s check out the tone

You pay 48 bucks and what do you get?
A gig bag, Allen wrench, and a straight neck
The craftsmanship’s sketchy little rough on the wood
But it plays pretty well and it sounds pretty good

Got an email one mornin’ cheap guitars so fine
I checked out the website, it’s one of a kind
Guitars so cheap you wonder how they will do
Curiosity got to me, put in an order for two

You pay 48 bucks and what do you get?
A gig bag, Allen wrench, and a straight neck
The craftsmanship’s sketchy little rough on the wood
But it plays pretty well and it sounds really good

Been playing every morning come sunshine or rain
Tune it up strum it and it still sounds the same
Playin’ chords and scales and arpeggios
How my fingers play them God only knows

You pay 48 bucks and what do you get?
A gig bag, Allen wrench, and a straight neck
The craftsmanship’s sketchy little rough on the wood
But it plays pretty well and it sounds really good

Now you hear me a playin’ can you lend me your ears
This cheap guitar is better than beer
My fingers feel like lead on these strings of steel
The guitar’s not a bad 48-dollar deal.

You pay 48 bucks and what do you get?
A gig bag, Allen wrench, and a straight neck
The craftsmanship’s sketchy little rough on the wood
But it plays pretty well and it sounds really good

Party Time

Here’s an original song that is another collaboration with JYP. Besides being Music Monday, I thought our song would go well with celebrating the conjunction of Saturn and Mars. JYP wrote the lyrics inspired by a party. I wrote the music, played, and recorded the song. Since I haven’t been to a party in years, I had to borrow party footage for the video.

I went out at 5:30 this morning and photographed the pre-dawn sky partying over the conjunction of Saturn and Mars. A thin cloud cover softened Venus, Saturn, and Mars. However, you can almost see the rings of Saturn in the last shot done with the Bazooka. I’m hoping for a clear sky tomorrow morning to try and get a photo with better-defined rings of Saturn.

Wide and normal shots with the conjunction. The third photo is of the Big Dipper.

Saturn and Mars as seen by the Bazooka.

God Bless Those Who Bring The Party
By JYP

Blessed are those who bring on the party
Blessed are those who bring on the party
Blessed are those who bring on the party
Blessed are those who bring on the party

You can’t have spiritual without the spirits
What’s the harm? Why you fear it
Turn up the volume so we can hear it
Yes! Your heart and soul can bear it
God bless those who bring on the party

Good times are we’re romancin’
Or we may not get the chance in
May as well start a dancin’
Up and down yeah now we’re prancin’
God bless those who bring on the party

While the world may be sleepin’
There are those who keep the beat in
Keep us all from wailin’ and weepin’
On the floor we’re a creepin’
God bless those who bring on the party

Time to share some gratitude
For the one who keeps us in the mood
Bring the music, wine and food
We got it down we’re feeling good
God bless those who bring on the party

They pick us up from devastation
Set the stage for celebration
Then we feel exhilaration
They’ve have filled our expectations
God bless those who bring on the party

No Pants

JYP wrote the parody lyrics and sings on No Pants inspired by working at home. I got the music for her and mixed her vocals with the music. I love JYP’s voice in her parody. She does a fantastic job. I put the video together staring Princess Jasmine Barbie® playing JYP. Princess Jasmine Barbie® was very excited to play the part knowing that JYP is a big fan. If you missed our earlier collaboration, Post COVID World, I posted last Monday, JYP sings Princess Jasmine’s part in the parody.

No Pants
parody lyrics by JYP

Doing all my work at my place
Cause I can’t go to the office space
So I work from bed
Yeah, I work from bed
I’m on conference calls all-day
Laptop camera pointed at my face
But I’m stuck at home
And I’m all alone, so

No pants
When you’ll see my face and not my body
No, no chance
That I’m going to bother doing laundry
Can’t go
Coronavirus has been stoppin’
All plans, so I’m wearin’
No pants
No pants

I can’t exercise in quarantine
Been puttin’ on the COVID-15
Now my belt won’t close
Can’t go buy new clothes, so

No pants
When you’ll see my face and not my body
No, no chance
that I’m going to bother doing laundry
I know
Coronavirus has been stoppin’
All plans, so I’m wearin’
No pants

Buttoned up to my collarbone
Looking so professional
it’s what I wear when I work from home
Work from home, work from home
Buttoned up to my collarbone
Just don’t ask what’s down below

No pants
When you’ll see my face and not my body
No pants
Cause what’s the point of doing laundry
I know
Coronavirus has been stoppin’
All plans, so I’m wearin’
When you’ll see my face and not my body
No pants
Cause what’s the point of doing laundry
I know
Coronavirus has been stoppin’
All plans, so I’m wearin’
No pants
No pants
No pants

More wild morning skies

Post COVID World

JYP at Jewish Young Professional and I have been collaborating on parodies and original songs. JYP writes excellent lyrics. I come up with the music for the parodies and she sends me her vocals and I mix her vocals with the music. We both sing in Post COVID World. I have written and recorded music for her original, non-parody lyrics. My vocals are on those recordings, but I haven’t posted our originals because I’ve been waiting to see if JYP is going to get time to add her vocals to the original songs. She can’t simply go into a studio and record vocals like I do. Our collaborative process is understandably a little slow sometimes.

A crescent moon rose below Venus and Mars this morning. They were beautiful through the thin layer of clouds long before dawn. The dawn sky was magnificent this morning.

The B Jamb

Warning the above music visualization video has a lot of pulsing and flashing. I’m going to try and spend more time working on new songs and jamming with myself. I had a lot of fun playing The B Jamb. It was like going through a door and getting lost in sonic spaces, therefore, I used “jamb”. It’s out there, but there’s not much point in jamming if you don’t play on the edge. If you can make it through it, there is a drum solo and a bass solo.

For the first evening that we are trying to save the daylight, which, by the way, is not endangered out here, the Painter went a little wild jamming with the clouds.

Venus and Mars showed up at 6:30 am, the time formerly known as 5:30 am.

Daddy Owl enjoying the colors

I’m A Lobo Lunatic

Video of Mosby singing with my accompaniment. I added footage of wolves playing in the snow.

A few days before Christmas, Tristan asked if I had any extra guitar cases for acoustic guitars. I had a gig bag I told her she could have. The next day she said she didn’t need the gig bag after all because the guitar they were going to give to Craig’s nephew for Christmas was broken. I told her I’d donate a guitar for them to give him for Christmas. Of course, that meant I needed to replace the guitar. A few weeks before Christmas, Marina “adopted” a wolf for us at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York as a gift. His name is Mosby. When I was looking for a replacement guitar I remembered that Luna made a Wolf guitar. I found a Luna Wolf Guitar and ordered it.

The Wolf Conservation Center sent a video of Mosby howling with two other wolves who are off-camera. I recorded music to Mosby’s howling in the video yesterday using a jazz guitar and my 7-string guitar for the rhythm guitars. As luck has it, my Luna Wolf Guitar came in today, and the full Wolf Moon rose tonight. When I got home from work, I recorded a track with the wolf guitar and replaced the jazz guitar track with the track I played on the Wolf guitar. Then I went out to the river and photographed the Wolf Moon rising.

The Lobo Lunatic playing the Luna Wolf Guitar with the Wolf Moon rising behind him.

A full view of the Luna Wolf Guitar. It has Rosewood back and sides and the collage on the top is made with Rosewood, Zebrawood, Paduk, Bird’s Eye Maple, Koa, and Flame Maple. The neck markers are the moon phases with the full moon at the 12th fret. It has Fishman electronics and a built-in tuner. It’s a really beautiful guitar. It plays well and sounds great.

Sunset

Wasp In Winter

Wasp? Did I hear you say Wasp in winter?

Visualization of a recent update to Lovelorn Wasp made using https://vizzy.io.

Tristan found this wasp with her wings tucked under her while we were setting up for Reyes. Tristan put the wasp in a container with some honey to see how long she will last. The wasp may be an old lady since she was found snuggled up by herself in one of our cushions on the deck.

Towhees toodling together in Dr. Huey.