“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” – Bilbo Baggins
I was due for a new audio interface. That’s a device that lets you record audio into your computer: you plug in a microphone or an instrument and it converts the sound to digital signals that your recording software can work with.
So I did some research, picked one, and fired off an email to my friends Jeff and Tyler at Sweetwater Sound. The one I ordered is a brand new, latest and greatest kind of thing; lots of features, lots of bells and whistles. Also, a lot of extra software to download and integrate into your system. Not my usual approach, because I’m not all that techy, and installing drivers is not my idea of fun. I just want to plug it in and have it work, because, hey, I have projects to get out the door. Still, I was pretty excited about this thing, and it showed up at my house a couple of days later.
It’s not compatible with my five year old computer.
Well shit. Probably should have dug a little deeper during the research phase, eh? I was bummed out for a minute there, so I got quiet and then I started looking for a solution. Just return it? Get something different? Embark on a hair tearing, time consuming, high prospect of failure type of technical odyssey to try, against all odds, to make it work?
I even floated the idea of, ahem, hey Paula, I know! I could buy a new computer and you could have the old one! To her great credit, she was open to the idea and we kicked it around a bit, but … nah. Overkill solution if ever there was one.
I decided to return it and get something simpler that would be a little less taxing on my system. And my brain. A little more research, with a little more attention to detail this time, a few emails back and forth with Tyler, and I found an alternative that I trust will suit me better.
The complicated one went back this morning. The simple one will be here in a couple of days. I’ll report back.
The point? No point, really, unless you want to count the one about paying attention to the system requirements. The manufacturers are not joking in that area.
Oh, yeah, and this: centering, silence and trust followed by decisions and action. Works if you work it!
Unity Church of the Mountains presents Sing For Joy! – a folk music coffeehouse, with your favorite folk music from the 60s. It’s an all sing kinda thing. Live musicians, words on the screen, good friends, good coffee and shared music. Please join us at 6 pm.
Love offering gratefully accepted!
And about that: at Church of the Mountains we support twelve local helping organizations, one per month. When you attend one of our Sing For Joy community sing-a-longs, we’ll share 80% of your offering with that month’s designated organization. This month, it’s S.A.F.E., a group that’s dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence.
Pollyanna-ish: irrepressibly optimistic, but hopelessly naive, simplistic, head in the sand, and not too bright at that.
Is that true? Or is that point of view a misunderstanding?
In reality Pollyanna represents the the best in us. After all, she changed things for the better, didn’t she?
Please take a minute to Google ‘Pollyanna’ and ‘the Glad Game,’ and then join us at Unity Church of the Mountains on March 3rd as we explore positive thinking, spiritual optimism and and an unshakable faith in the goodness of God.
I was sad to see that Peter Tork passed this morning. His role in the Monkees was basically ‘lovable goof,’ and he played it to perfection. And really, their music stands up very well today. They brought a lot of joy to the world. Godspeed.
Over the last few days I’ve been collecting song ideas and lyrics for 60s folk music. Hmmm. Why would I be doing that?
Blairsville friends, are you ready to sing some Beatles music?
Let’s meet up Thursday, February 3rd, at Unity Church of the Mountains at 6 pm for the first installment of our new music series. It’s called ‘Sing For Joy!’ We’ll kick it off with an evening of Beatles music, sing-a-long style.
Start warming up your voices and we’ll see you there!
Love offering. A portion will go to support S.A.F.E. Please check them out and consider joining us in supporting the good work they’re doing.
This Sunday, February 3rd: please join us for ’The Beloved Community’
This is the follow up to the talk called ‘What Myrtle Knew,’ in which we explored the foundations and history of our Unity faith tradition.
We agreed that we are standing on the shoulders of giants, and that we are enthusiastically ready to take the next step in our spiritual journey together.
What might that be? Where do we go from here?
Hint: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
2309 Murphy Highway,
Blairsville GA 30512
Sunday service at 10:30 am
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over … For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” – Luke 6:38 King James Version (KJV)
There’s a certain musicality in the King James version, don’t you agree?
10. It’s a lot of fun!
9. You’ll be part of a vital ministry that has a lot to offer the world.
8. Singing is good for the soul.
7. Singing is good for the body.
6. Twenty people singing in harmony is the first step toward seven billion people living in harmony.
5. Because friends don’t let friends clap on 1 and 3.
4. Did someone tell you years ago that you couldn’t sing? Maybe it’s time to let go of that. Ask me how.
3. Would you like to work hard and be challenged to grow? This is your place.
2. We are a creative, collaborative, supportive, caring group of friends.
And number 1:
Did I mention that it’s a LOT of FUN? 🙂
Talk to any choir member or email me at MikeDavisMusic@hotmail.com