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SAHD Life: Being a Strong-And-Healthy-Dad

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How to Make Beats Laying Down Basic Music Ideas

I like to make Moody Instrumental Music on Saturday mornings. Sometimes, I start out the morning with playing around on the keyboard until I play a chord or melody that catches me and inspires me to develop more of a song. I call this my exploration and discovery process for making music.

Since I don't start with any musical pieces in my head (the way I normally do), I just make time to "explore" and "discover" music using this method. Rather than try to develop entire song ideas using this method, I just try to get the basic parts - the "foundation" - of a song captured in Propellerhead Reason. This way, I can always come back to the track later and develop it.

In this video, watch how I start out with two very basic 4-note piano chords and build a basic song idea. The bass and drums are added to the piano to create a "chill" song idea - something to lounge to on a nice Saturday morning.

The end of the video catches some of my improvisation on the basic idea. Usually, when I improv or "freestyle" on the track (with the piano) I can develop a real feel for the song idea, making it easier to build a complete song later.

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MachoFlix Website

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Remembering Curtis Price

Curtis Price passed away early Thursday morning (May 30, 2013).

Curtis and his family have been a blessing to me and my family and I am grateful for the time we spent together sharing music and Christ.

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5K Training Running Activity 3.88 miles

I finished my first outdoor run with my wife, Trauna, and our friend Rosalyn. We ran a route in the park near the Shakespeare theater in Montgomery, AL.

5K Training Running Activity 3.88 miles 

We did intervals - 2 minutes running : 1 minute walking. It was a good start for my outdoor training and I felt like I could do more miles.

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Is Life among the Unalienable Rights of All Men in America?

From the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Lord, please have mercy on us.