Music for a Rainy Sunday – Hugh Laurie


Posted on December 29th, 2013 by Merlin.
Categories: MP3, Music.

Hugh Laurie - Let it RainYes you read that right – the actor that was House MD also (Blackadder & Jeeves and Wooster) – is a wonderful musician. I bought his albums from Amazon MP3 Store – The First album I bought was his “Didn’t It Rain” – Then I also bought his fist Album – “Let them Talk” – Or here is a list of all of his albums.

I am just awe inspired listening to his music. I just love the NOLO Blues- This is a Classy Jazzy Blues – I love both albums, but If I had to pick I would pick the second Album – “Didn’t It Rain” as my favorite.  You can really see that Hugh Laurie really loves this music, and it really shows. His piano playing and a great blend of sultry voices makes this a great album to listen to.  This album besides featuring Hugh Laurie – it is augmented with great performances from Gaby Moreno, Jean McClain and Taj Mahal. It is hard to pick one song from both albums that I really didn’t enjoy, but I would have to say from “Let them Talk” I really enjoyed St James Infirmary.

 

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Simple iPhone Speaker Enhancer – Low Tech


Posted on January 17th, 2010 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Cell Phone, Communication, Hack, iPhone, MP3, Music, Toy, Weird Stuff.

I could not pass up sharing this simple smartphone ( Blackberry, iPhone, Droid etc) Speakerphone Enhancer. I wish I would have thought of this – This really is a quick and dirty (only if you leave the glass dirty) Solution that really works. I can’t believe how well this works. I tried it today and the sound is increased – Now this is not hi-fi – But it works in a pinch when you need a little extra boost. Make sure to put the speaker side down – The bottom of the iPhone down. This causes an echo chamber and increases the volume of the sound. Just a little quick and easy solution. Great from when you are away from your regular speakers or dock.

But if you want a little (Well a lot better speaker system for your iphone – I would suggest checking out this page at amazon: Iphone Speaker Docks.

Info From UnPlugged.

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Following Your Passion – Susan Boyle Loved by Simon Cowell


Posted on April 19th, 2009 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Hack, Human, Life, Music, Video, YouTube.

Reading some of the latest blogs this weekend – I was catching up on VideoTVFilm.com and he Shared the video of Susan Bolye Singing on Britian’s Got Talent and I just had to share this video here on Merlin’s Tower as well – All I can say is WOW! – She is an amazing singer and really has some talent.

This relates back to a previous Post about Hacking your Brain – and One of the things that is mentioned there is to Follow your Passion and Susan did just that and it paid off for her. Take a look at it and use Susan as a inspiration to you to follow what you are passionate about. She has been singing for years and following her passion – Now use this to find what your passionate about and do something about it  today.

Check out this video of her singing -I Dreamed a Dream (Almost 30Million Views on You Tube)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8ymn0

and here is another one of her singing – Cry Me a River

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Susan Wants to be as famous as Elaine Page – Here is her page on the internet – I would never had heard of her except because of Susan.

and here is a video of Elaine Page Singing the Same Song as Susan

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And Here is one of Susan Boyle’s Fan Sites

Check it out – There are many other links to her videos and interviews that she has done over the past week.

Again Congrats Susan – Way to go!

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Virtual Sound – Auditory Illusions and Phase 4 Stereo


Posted on April 11th, 2009 by Merlin.
Categories: Art, Communication, Human, Life, MP3, Music, USB.

Auditory Illusions - Holophonic Sounds
I really love my music – I carry it pretty much everywhere I go – I have a Archos 605 Media Player (It is one of the best around) Besides having an iPhone as well.

Recently I added the SRS Audio Sandbox on to my PC to add depth to all the sound and music I play on the computer – I will be writing a more detailed review in the future about this. But in the mean time – If you don’t have it and want your music to really pop – I fully recommend purchasing it for your PC.

This gets me to todays information – Virtual Sounds or Auditory Illusions – I recently came across this Page @ One Mans Blog – about getting a Virtual Haircut – This is amazing recording – They are recorded using what is called Holophonics - I recommend using headphones or the SRS Labs Audio Sandbox – Or even better the SRS Labs Audio Sandbox with Headphones with its headphone 360 mode  – All I can say is WOW – These are really cool and fun to listen to.  

This got me to thinking about some recording my dad used to have and play on the record player – They are the Phase 4 Stereo Recordings from London. I found out you can purchase some of  them at Amazonand I am currently listening to Mantovani by Mantovoni as I write this entry. Amazon list quite a few – and many are only available on LP – To listen and record these you will need a Record player – I recommend using the either of the following two units from Amazon – ( Audio Technica AT-LP2DUSB LP-to-Digital Recording System with USB ) or ( Ion TTUSB Turntable with USB Record ) I  use the Audio Technica one – I don’t own it but I get to borrow it from my brother. Plus don’t forget to check out your local library for some of these records – some are able to be loaned out for your listening pleasure.

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iPhone to Relax


Posted on August 28th, 2008 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Communication, Gadgets, iPhone, MP3, Music.

AmbianceJust playing around with the iPhone - and downloaded a great relaxing iPhone App – called Ambiance - This gives you about 20ish environment enhancers. (Rain, Rain on Tin Roof, White Noise, Pink Noise, Ocean, Stream, and Many More) It has to be the best 99 Cents I have spend for the iPhone. I used it several times today – This morning on the bus I started the white noise plugged in the earphones and was able to enjoy the rest of the ride into work in total peace. Now the software alone is not good enough to block out all the noise that is why I would not trade my shure earphones for anything else.
I also got to use it at work this afternoon when I was doing a bunch of work on a group of computers and I popped in the earphone and was able to block out all the office noise and concentrate on all the work at hand.
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