Wednesday, September 19, 2007

TA's Diamond's In The Rough...

Well, I've been playing with the Badongo thing for the last few days attempting to get it to work the way I want it to and with a little help from their tech support I think I've figured it out. It takes a little doing to get the track lists to port during the upload process, but "they're working on it" is what they're telling me (it's a Beta service right now).

Before I begin, first let's outline the rules I'm going to play by here with this. I don't steal music from the internet PERIOD. All the songs I will upload to Badongo and post on my sidebar player I purchased as a CD or from iTunes. The only exception will be tunes I myself, or my friends/associates have recorded and have given me permission to post. If you like the tunes I post, PLEASE support the artist by going to your favorite on-line music store or to and purchase a copy.

With that out of the way, lets talk about mad ripping music.

Back at the beginning of December 2006 as I lost my job, my wife lost her gall bladder, and our Christmas vacation plans fell into ruin, I told myself I was STILL far luckier than most. That simple truth, along with family, friends and this album kept me focused on the positive future that awaited me:

Jackson and I traded several mutual admiration e-mails about it and a couple of blog posts too. Since I hadn't listened to it for awhile prior to that period of uncertainty, I had forgotten about some of the deeper cuts that are so good there are few words to accurately describe them. Two of them I've featured on the Badongo player in the right hand sidebar (click the playlist down arrow and click on the song). Both feature unfairly underrated guitar gun slinger Micheal Schenker just GOING OFF!!!

These two tunes were playing in my head constantly as I dealt with all the crap during the holidays and while I won't say they saved my life or anything that ridiculously dramatic, rediscovering the perfection of this album definitely made the road a little bit smoother.

What's cool is now I can actually share the tracks with you thanks to Badongo. It's been the missing link since I first started doing this blogging thing a couple of years ago. So consider this a retro post back to that time. More will follow. Click away and hold onto your shorts!


At 1:50 PM, September 20, 2007, Blogger Jackson said...

Sounds pretty good for streaming media of an mp3 - Schenker helps in that regard.

This is a big step forward, and long overdue - kudos.

I tried to get my own, but I'm having trouble staying signed in - I keep getting kicked back to the sign in page.

At 2:56 PM, September 20, 2007, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Shoot me your info in an e-mail and I'll take a look...

At 3:57 PM, September 20, 2007, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

Very cool -

great, now i have something new to fiddle with...

At 5:27 PM, September 20, 2007, Blogger Bobby said...

In the late '70's, my older brother got his first good stereo system. One of his buddies lent him a bunch of his albums to break the stereo in with. I remember "UFO" albums were on top of the pile, below that was Bad Company, The Who, Foghat, Rory Gallagher, Zeppelin etc. I considered this pothead music and instead listened to Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty" for the umpteenth time.

At 11:14 AM, September 21, 2007, Blogger Tony Alva said...


It's all pothead music my man.

Jackson Browne wasn't pothead music? Hmmmm...

This might surprise you, hold on to your hat, the thing is, well, you may find this hard to believe but, my friends and I might have actually BEEN potheads:-)

I know, can you believe it?

At 12:45 PM, September 21, 2007, Blogger Beth said...

I'll have to listen when I get away from the office!

At 9:38 PM, September 21, 2007, Blogger Bobby said...


Just say "No!"

At 9:52 AM, September 24, 2007, Blogger Tony Alva said...

No worries Bobby, while I'm a huge supporter of legalization and have no heartburn with others partaking, those days are long gone for this guy. It started miaking me paranoid before I even knew what the word meant.

It made highschool tolerable though...

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