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Mike De'Cole: So It Was Written

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I know a singer through my day job who has released an album this year. And although I don't usually listen to the kind of music he makes, I downloaded his CD so that when I do feel like listening to that flavor of tune-age, it'll be there to satisfy those urges. That kind of sounds sexual. But, perhaps, I'm being highly appropriate. Take a listen for yourself and decide.
Also, I want to show my support for what he does. It's good music. He loves what he's doing. He's putting his everything into it. Passion and effort should be acknowledged in the least and at most supported with enthusiasm. And on top of all that, he's a really nice guy. Plus, he's got some pro videos. Who doesn't like watching music videos? It's for your ears AND eyes! Two senses! Okay, maybe one of you doesn't like music videos. Maybe you like words?
Here are some words pulled straight from his website: "Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding - Mike De'Cole is …

Exit Music, Enter Early

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This past spring, I finished a book called Exit Music. It's about the band, Radiohead, and it tells their story starting from when they all met in school and concludes with the release and tours for the album, O.K. Computer. (Later revisions of the book, currently four, pick it up from there and continue their story. The first version is what I have.) It was a fun read, and I enjoyed learning about a band that I've liked for many years. I basically knew nothing about them before this book other than their music.
I've had this book for a while and finally got around to reading it. It took me longer than it should have, but I don't give myself a lot of time to read, either. Besides, I do it for the enjoyment and not to compete. I fit it into my life and prioritize my time based on its importance to me. Lots I want to do and accomplish. Time is limited. Stupid time.
Before I had finished Exit Music, I had already decided that I wanted to read a book called Early Mourning

I Keep Getting Caught In The Web

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No matter what I do, I keep getting called back. I keep getting caught in the Web.
I used to make my websites in FrontPage. It's a WYSIWYG style program from Microsoft that allows even novice website developers like myself to get their hands dirty. I learned some HTML along the way, though I'm no expert, and I learned that I didn't have the know-how or the motivation to make FrontPage work how it should. It looked good on my computer, but it never seemed to on anyone else's.
Over time, I found myself spending many hours working on website designs and functions for various reasons. And, I would always have ideas for the next launch of a website before I was done with my current incarnation. I knew I had a problem and admitting it was the first step to recovery. I also knew at the time I wasn't going to go into web design, and the incessant re-doing was taking time away from the purpose of the site. How many times can you redesign a site while not really adding any …

Put The Music On Hold, It's Summer

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For the past three summers, I have abandoned any hope of being able to work on music in my makeshift home studio.
To be fair, the first of those three summers was after I got engaged and had just recently bought a house. So, there was the whole moving and "getting settled" into our new home, and planning and preparing for our late September wedding that just so happened to be at our newly acquired house. Fortunately, the house was a flip, so we didn't have a lot to do inside.
There was no "flip" on the outside, and we knew we wanted the ceremony to take place in the back yard. We basically gutted the back yard and created a clean slate to work with going forward. It did look nice with its new sod and openness. We could have spent money on venues, or we could use it to pay for home and yard improvements. Option two won easily. Everything went but the trees.
The next two summers had their own projects and activities. The nice weather just screams, "Get outs…