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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fascinatin' . . .


 Did You Know?
Paper generation has decreased by 17 million tons, or 20 percent, in the last 11 years? Virtually all of this decline came in paper grades such as newspaper and writing paper, due to the increased popularity of digital media.  [Source: Waste360, Nov/Dec 2013]





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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Upcounty . . .

(Okay, so the picture is truly superfluous - EXCUSE ME!!!)


Just heard about these guys.  I like them.  (It doesn't hurt, of course, that my brother will soon be their steel guitarist.  GO JOHN!!!!)


(from http://www.reverbnation.com/theupcountyband)
About The Up County Band
The Up County Band
Hometown: Dundalk, MD
Genres: Country / Alt.Country / Americana
Members: Joe Kurek- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, Nick "Sterling" Stricklin-Lead guitar, vocals, Sean "Bon" Gurney-Bass guitar, vocals, Dave Voss-Drums

We are The Up County Band! We are a country/rock band from the Baltimore area. We are an up beat, in your face, loud and proud country act ... This ain't ya Daddys country! We write all of our own original music, and perform a wide variety of covers, new and old. We love performing covers for the fans but we pride ourselves in our own originals. Thinking outside the box, while staying true to your roots is important to us, so that we are able to create a diverse collection of new unique country music. If you come to see us live, expect to see a fast paced, loud, honky-tonk style show. Our fans have come to know us on stage as the bunch of redneck goofballs that we are. We'll be laughin', drinkin', and shakin' our asses up there and we expect the same from our fans ... we're up there havin' the time of our lives and we want to share it with you. So, check out our tunes, and videos, become a fan, like us on face book, and stay in touch with us so we can see ya out at the next show! Later y'all!
TUCB






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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cognitive . . .

. . . dysfunction . . .


I am not old by today's standards, being in my late 50s.  People my age do, though, tend to begin thinking about things that do not generally preoccupy 20-somethings.  I mean things like mortality, legacy, beneficence and health- both physical and mental.

Pam and her friend recently had a discussion about one of those topics.  The friend was explaining that she has set a retirement date and needs to do that sooner rather than later because she feels that she just doesn't have the 'brainpower' to continue to function in her professional capacity in an optimum manner.  Pam, sympathizing of course, offer the suggestion of consulting some reading material which she had recently encountered.  She said that her friend should google 'cognitive dysfunction'. Her friend, betraying some interest in the topic asked, "what is cognitive dysfunction' to which Pam responded, "Actually, I don't remember. . . "








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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Plunge . . .



At heaven's door we pick the lock
When all we had to do was knock
Though Alice she rattles her train of chains
The fetters are inward all the same

Take a look as you fall
Passing through another wall
Here is where the corn is cut
The wind comes down
Get off the pot
Get off the pot
Get off the pot

It's your world the way that you live
Eats the smile right off your face         
You're not in Kansas anymore
I am the sheath I cry for more

Biding trends and waves of shock
The turbulence it turns me on
Nonetheless we're born and rocked
By divas, drunks and Barbie dolls

I signed up for high-wired acts
If I lose my balance just cut me some slack
I'm holding out for what can be
emc-squared possibility

Experience to be alive
The abstract now is literalized
You have dreams and nightmares to explore
Get the goods
Get off the floor
Get off the floor
Get off the floor


Plunge
(Basic tracks for OHO-Jay Graboski, David Reeve, Ray Jozwiak)
by John P. Graboski




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Monday, February 24, 2014

It's True . . .

(from http://edwardwillett.com/2009/03/science-shows-musicians-really-are-more-sensitive/)
'Researchers at Northwestern University have found that the more years of musical experience musicians possess, and the earlier the age at which they began studying music, the better their nervous systems are at interpreting the emotional content of sound.

The study was led by doctoral student Dana Strait, who conducts her research in the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at the university (and who is herself a pianist and oboe player).

Strait points out that scientists already know that emotion in speech is carried less by the specific meanings of the words being used than by the sound of those words.

. . . Strait and her colleagues enlisted 30 right-handed men and women, with and without music training, between the ages of 19 and 35. The ones with music training were grouped using two criteria–their total years of music experience and whether their training began before or after the age of seven.

Participants watched a subtitled nature film to keep them entertained (“entertained” is apparently a loose term) while listening through headphones to a “scientifically validated emotion sound”–specifically, 250 milliseconds–a quarter of a second–of a distressed baby’s cry.

Sensitivity to the sound, particularly the more complicated part of the sound that contributes most to its emotional content, was measured through scalp electrodes, which allowed the researchers to track brainstem processing of the sound’s pitch, timing and timbre. . . '





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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Soft . . .

. . . Machine

Robert Wyatt was a founding member of the Soft Machine, who along with Pink Floyd Helped to transform the late sixties psychedelic scene in the UK into something more lasting. Through successive albums, Soft Machine soon moved toward a more jazz-based fusion with rock music, punctuated by Wyatt's distinctive drumming and vocals, attracting a massive following across Europe. After extensive touring, Wyatt left intending to pursue a solo career, but instead assembled Matching Mole who released two critically acclaimed LP's before disbanding prematurely. In 1973, Wyatt fell from a third floor window during a party, leaving him paralysed from the waist downwards. From that day onwards he has concentrated his efforts into solo recordings, mixing simple and effective keyboard melody lines with poignant lyrics, often filled with personal and political references. The results have proved both haunting and reflective, even producing two chart hits - his 1974 re-working of 'I'm a Believer', and the 1983 Falklands War indictment 'Shipbuilding' written especially for him by Elvis Costello.





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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Coming Soon . . .

(. . . to an internet NEAR YOU!)


1957 Raymond Michael Jozwiak is born at Church Home & Hospital, Baltimore, MD

1962 Raymond Michael Jozwiak enters the 1st grade at Our Lady of Fatima School, Baltimore, MD

1963 Raymond Michael Jozwiak begins accordion lessons at the Accordion Institute of Maryland

1972 Raymond Michael Jozwiak joins the band Reflection to play part-time at private functions

1978 Raymond Michael Jozwiak earns his Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State University

1979 Raymond Michael Jozwiak and Pamela Ann Statter marry

1983 Raymond and Pamela buy their first house (in Towson)

1984 - 1990 Raymond and Pamela bring three, extraordinary young men into the world

1985 Raymond Michael Jozwiak trades in his Farfisa Fast 4 and Leslie 145 tone cabinet for his first, (a Wurlitzer, studio upright) piano

1998 Raymond Michael Jozwiak trades in his Wurlitzer, studio upright piano for a Kawai baby grand

2014 Raymond Michael Jozwiak releases 2014, a cumulative, musical distillation of elements from every human, intellectual, emotional and musical experience of his life to date, performed on acoustic, grand pianoforte


My Mystery
©2013 Raymond M. Jozwiak
from '2014'
available April 8, 2014 at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak






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Friday, February 21, 2014

Descriptive . . .

. . . or pretentious? . . .



(from http://www.erobertparker.com/info/glossary.asp)
Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms
aggressive: Aggressive is usually applied to wines that are either high in acidity or have harsh tannins, or both.

angular: Angular wines are wines that lack roundness, generosity, and depth. Wine from poor vintages or wines that are too acidic are often described as being angular.

astringent: Wines that are astringent are not necessarily bad or good wines. Astringent wines are harsh and coarse to taste, either because they are too young and tannic and just need time to develop, or because they are not well made. The level of tannins (if it is harsh) in a wine contributes to its degree of astringency.

austere: Wines that are austere are generally not terribly pleasant wines to drink. An austere wine is a hard, rather dry wine that lacks richness and generosity. However, young Rhônes are not as austere as young Bordeaux.

backward: An adjective used to describe (1) a young largely unevolved, closed, and undrinkable wine, (2) a wine that is not ready to drink, or (3) a wine that simply refuses to release its charms and personality.

barnyard: An unclean, farmyard, fecal aroma that is imparted to a wine because of unclean barrels or unsanitary winemaking facilities.

big: A big wine is a large-framed, full-bodied wine with an intense and concentrated feel on the palate. Most red Rhône wines are big wines.

brawny: A hefty, muscular, full-bodied wine with plenty of weight and flavor, although not always the most elegant or refined sort of wine.

briery: I think of California Zinfandel when the term briery comes into play, denoting that the wine is aggressive and rather spicy.

chewy: If a wine has a rather dense, viscous texture from a high glycerin content, it is often referred to as being chewy. High-extract wines from great vintages can often be chewy, largely because they have higher alcohol hence high levels of glycerin, which imparts a fleshy mouthfeel.

closed: The term closed is used to denote that the wine is not showing its potential, which remains locked in because it is too young. Young wines often close up about 12-18 months after bottling, and depending on the vintage and storage conditions, remain in such a state for several years to more than a decade.

decadent: If you are an ice cream and chocolate lover, you know the feeling of eating a huge sundae of rich vanilla ice cream lavished with hot fudge and real whipped cream. If you are a wine enthusiast, a wine loaded with opulent, even unctuous layers of fruit, with a huge bouquet, and a plump, luxurious texture can be said to be decadent.

dumb: A dumb wine is also a closed wine, but the term dumb is used more pejoratively. Closed wines may need only time to reveal their richness and intensity. Dumb wines may never get any better.

extract: This is everything in a wine besides water, sugar, alcohol, and acidity.

exuberant: Like extroverted, somewhat hyper people, wines too can be gushing with fruit and seem nervous and intensely vigorous.

fat: When the Rhône has an exceptionally hot year for its crop and the wines attain a super sort of maturity, they are often quite rich and concentrated, with low to average acidity. Often such wines are said to be fat, which is a prized commodity. If they become too fat, that is a flaw and they are then called flabby.

flabby: A wine that is too fat or obese is a flabby wine. Flabby wines lack structure and are heavy to taste.

fleshy: Fleshy is a synonym for chewy, meaty, or beefy. It denotes that the wine has a lot of body, alcohol, and extract, and usually a high glycerin content. Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage are particularly fleshy wines.

green: Green wines are wines made from underripe grapes; they lack richness and generosity as well as having a vegetal character. Green wines are infrequently made in the Rhone, although vintages such as 1977 were characterized by a lack of ripening.

hard: Wines with abrasive, astringent tannins or high acidity are said to be hard. Young vintages of Rhône wines can be hard, but they should never be harsh.

hollow: Also known as shallow, hollow wines are diluted and lack depth and concentration.

hot: Rather than meaning that the temperature of the wine is too warm to drink, hot denotes that the wine is too high in alcohol and therefore leaves a burning sensation in the back of the throat when swallowed. Wines with alcohol levels in excess of 14.5% often taste hot if the requisite depth of fruit is not present.






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