The way I view the situation is that of I continue to make this music, then eventually enough people will listen, forcing those who have not experienced Oenyaw will take notice. I actually do not consider myself as the best of anything. But if I have been doing these six hour mega-albums with no competitors, either the idea is so bad that I am the worst at what I am doing. Logic points to the conclusion that if I am not the best, I can't be the worst. I am going for 50 of these discs before I die. One is on the way that should turn some heads. I'll keep you all posted.
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I don't want to blog about my depressing life. As a matter of fact, I am happy. I just finished disc 37 "Apollo's Return". I have a grand child on the way. I have a job that enables me to care for others, and I am working towards obtaining a dietician license. I just wish it would be better for those around me. I wish I could sign a paycheck over to my employees, just once, but I don't believe it would make them better employees. I wish I could sell lots of Oenyaw discs, but it's not what I do it for. It's the uncertainty that knocks me around. I actually wish I could sleep at night, just once. All night.
Oh well, life sucks sometimes.
"Apollo's Return" is disc #37. 6 hrs plus, 12 tracks, all electric guitar. I need to get everything written about my other discs, post the covers. "Typee", "Excuse me while I talk to God", "Waiting for the Mortician or someone like him (Open Mic night at the Vogoon Poetry Club)", and "Drawings from the Ancient Studio". I guess I have done a few lately.
I need to get more to Jeremy to post on the website. He's done a great job with it. Please visit and download what ever you wish. Remember, an hour with Oenyaw is an hour away from everything else.
Not enough. Working on disc 36. Getting the website up to date is the greatest challenge. O did find out that if I release my music on CD s, I will break the Guinness world record. Looking for a legit label or a movie that needs a soundtrack. More soon, gotta go to work.
After buying a victrolla last year, and buying old 78's, I decided to research the subject of recorded music. The standard of the 78 rpm took years to get everyone on track, which was no surprise. What did get me was that the idea of the 3 minute song emerged from necessity. It was all those records could fit, a maximum length based on available surface area. Here we are, a century later, and the same restrictions apply. Length of song restrictions are like restricting painting colors, or book length. I have been looking into submitting my music for airplay, but the idea of picking the short ones or editing the long ones is a painful requirement. I don't expect anyone to play, much less listen to "Conspiracy Therapy", but cutting it up would be ridiculous. Just a thought.
I just found it's been a year since my last post. Excuses are numerous. Last year was a very bad year, very upsetting. This year has been wonderful. A new career
I obtained a CDM license, and got a job as a dietary manager in a nursing home. I spend every day making sure 100 people get fed three times a day. More work than I've done on years. Loving it. I found out how to post from my phone, so I'll be writing more. I have recently completed my 33 disc. I'll explain soon. I'm about to attend my second Soun of Music sing-a-long. TYFN, Oenyaw.
I just figured it out that people are looking (reading) this blog from all over the world. This makes me happy, and it would be interesting if someone would leave some comments.
I was driving to work this morning listening to Annette Funicello, taking in a foggy world. I stopped to get a few photographs of a large field of grass that was hidden under a blanket of fog. Really beautiful.
I often carry on discussions in my head concerning music to pass the time while driving, but I hardly ever write them down. One of the items is that I consider there to be two ways of presenting music when performing. Recital or Improvisation. I have tried to go totally towards improvisation. This type of music, when performed can be instantly ruined when someone causes a power surge that gets into the loop and causes an immediate end to the piece. If it is something I have been working on for years and I'm finally getting a good groove on the piece, it would cause much grief. If it's an improve piece, then if it is not too loud of a pop, I try t work it in. (BTW, this has happened, so I speak from experience.)
As far as recording, the pieces I have done that were pre-writen and later carried out do not have the same life that an improv piece may have. Much of what I record is made up of constructed works anyway. Some are one take, one track. Some are a few tracks from separate sessions combined. Most are usually one days work, or one week. I have long felt that the idea behind making a track that lasts over an hour is not preplanned to be that long, I merely allow such a thing to happen. The tracks that are 6 hours are preplanned to be that long. I am now working on a four part, 24 hour (6 hours for each part) piece. I had originally planned it to be something quite philosophical, but I have changed gears, become more honest with myself, and decided to make it more personal. (It seems that everytime I get into some deep philosophy, I start researching the subject and find that there are many people who add their own opinions and extrapolate the philosophy to the point that I would not have anything worth while to add, and that if I did, it would provoke many arguments. To quote Lincoln: "It is better to be quite and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.") Back to the "more personal" theme. I have decided that it will be type of self-portrait, one that defines Wayne Higgins' daily life. The overall theme will be exploring just how boring of a person that I really am.