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Two Track Music is a somewhat 'laid back' community.  Just some good musicians and song writers hanging out, and having a good time.  We're not a high pressure or fast paced site, we just enjoy kicking back and making some music, and having fun while we're doing it.

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March 23, 2019, 02:07:41 AM
A little something for the weekend?? Voting thread is up! http://www.twotrackmusic.com/ttmforums/index.php?topic=2034.new#new


March 17, 2019, 10:58:46 AM
Ooo happy St Patrick's Day time for a beer !!! After have some cereal .  :D


March 17, 2019, 10:48:51 AM
Plus, all my stuff is cheap, so nothing would be a great loss. I'd rather they play with it than lock it all up safely. It's just stuff...


March 17, 2019, 10:48:50 AM
Lol pops I hear ya .

Hey happy Sunday Monday , Hawaiian Estate Coffee is up . 😁


March 17, 2019, 03:11:19 AM
I always let little ones play with my gear when it's out. What can they do break It? Adults, go buy your own stuff....


March 17, 2019, 12:35:19 AM
We also ran it all through the PA so the rest of the house could enjoy! :D


March 17, 2019, 12:34:15 AM
My nephews (4 & 8) had a great time with the electric guitar, acoustic guitar, kick drum pedal, tambourine, & microphone. Music was made for sure!


March 16, 2019, 03:26:37 PM
Hey Red get them to put down some tracks after all they have to pay thier way right ? Lol


March 16, 2019, 11:57:45 AM
For the last month or so, we've had to travel to either my wife's family or mine for various reasons. Today, some of them are coming here for the weekend. Don't they know I have an ODC song to record?!?


March 16, 2019, 04:16:37 AM
I had a job once... :(


March 15, 2019, 11:55:37 PM
Working, working, and working...


March 15, 2019, 11:39:32 PM
Awe come on , where is eveyone at !?


March 14, 2019, 10:33:49 PM
Hey Pops does he get buck from you ? His middle name isn't Goldstein is it ? Lol  :P


March 14, 2019, 02:04:36 AM
I bet he does, G.  Have fun with him...


March 14, 2019, 12:15:23 AM
The little gaffer and mom doing great. Named him Buck. Good looking kid. Gets that from me 8)

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Lyrics / The Man with Sexy Fingers...
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:18:25 PM »
Just because I've been hearing it mentioned for a few years now, and thought I might as well do it.  You're a fun guy, Ag...  ;)

Well sometimes I have a problem
And things don’t go quite right
But I don’t bitch and I don’t complain
Cause I’m just that polite

But man this really gets to me
When things keep going wrong
Sometimes I feel just like the guy
In one of those Blues songs

I blame it on.................
Old age, alcohol, or maybe just bad luck
But either way things don’t go right
And man this really sucks
All the other fellas laugh at me
But the problems, they just linger
And now they’ve started calling me
The man with Sexy Fingers

Yes I’ve got - Sexy Fingers
They do things on their own
I’ve completely lost control
I might as well be stoned

I only hope that one day
The tide will turn for me
But right now I have problems
And idiosyncrasies

And I blame it on.................
Old age, alcohol, or maybe just bad luck
But either way things don’t go right
And man this really sucks
All the other fellas laugh at me
But the problems, they just linger
And now they’ve started calling me
The man with Sexy Fingers

Cheaters / Old one that seems even more pertinent today...
« on: January 19, 2019, 10:57:16 PM »
Been busy with work stuff, but have been trying to come up with a few tunes to do with a few people here, because it's been way too long.

While thinking about possible song options over the past couple weeks, I was looking through some of the old archives, and came across this one.  Way2 and I did this a few years ago, but when looking I couldn't find that either one of us posted it here back then.  Maybe I just couldn't find it, but here it is again.

This definitely wasn't one of my better vocal hits, where Way2's was very good.  But as much as the song felt applicable a few years back, it seems even more pertinent now.  In any case, it really got to me listening to it again, so I had to post it up.

And for those who can't use the player but want to listen anyway - a link...


In Search of Humor / Well, I thought it was funny...
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:43:06 PM »
FYI.....younger people probably won't get this.  Unless they're really into old music.

I just heard about a guy who walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

Okay, now I'm curious, who got that one?  ::)

General Discussion / Possible Member video?
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:36:16 AM »
Just remembered another anniversary coming up, in 14 days TTM will be 14 years old.  What a great 14 years it's been.

So, I was sitting around last night checking out more old tunes and videos from over the years, something I always enjoy.  Happened to watch a video I hadn't seen in a while --- "Where I Wanna Be" (listed on our home page).

Made me think again how nice it would be to have a music video of all our members here, or at least all who would want to be involved.  We were going to try this a few years ago, but for some reason it didn't fly.

So I'm curious.  What would everybody think of trying to come up with some kind of script that would let us get everybody involved?

Could even be something as simple as writing a song that would let everybody sing one line (showing that person in the video for that line, possibly with their instrument of choice).  Or something like that.

We could chat about the possibilities, but overall what does everybody think about the idea in general?

Member Blogs / The "Golden" Years...
« on: December 21, 2018, 03:22:30 PM »
Actually, I'd like to find the guy that called these the "Golden Years", and slap him.  Twice.

This year has made me think a lot about the parents and grandparents, and what they went through as they got old.  Losing friends and family, and wondering when their time was coming.

This year I lost a total of 6 family members (including a brother), and 11 old friends.  So far.  We finally got to bury my brother (who died in July) in September.  He died in Missouri, but we finally got him up here (Michigan) for burial.  By mid October, we finally had our house to ourselves again, and got visits from the kids and grandkids which we hadn't seen in a few months.

I'd been wanting to stop in here to check on things, but didn't want to do a 2 second visit and not be able to really check in and chat.  Figured I'd wait till I had time to hang out again.

Finally thought things were at the point I could do that.  But, the first week of November, had to help out a close cousin (and his wife) who live nearby.  He couldn't move on his own anymore, so the wife (when she wasn't downstate taking care of her folks) and I helped them out every day.  On November 20th, his wife was finally able to get home hospice in to help out.  But, on the 22nd (Thanksgiving Day) he suddenly passed.  We had his funeral service the following week, but up here actual funerals can't happen once the winter weather hits, so he can't be buried till spring.  Been helping his wife with things since then, till she left a few days ago to spend the winter with their kids.

After we buried my brother, my other brother and I sat down with a coffee and had an interesting talk about which one of us would be next.  Who would have thought back in the day that would ever be a serious discussion?  Golden Years my ass.

Anyway, to all those who haven't hit the "senior" years yet, make sure you enjoy your time with family and friends while you can.  And never take anything for granted.  I've lost grandparents, parents, and other family over the years, but this year has really made me appreciate all the people I grew up with, and the time I had with them.  I've been trying to spend all the time I can with the family I have left (including the wife's folks), especially kids and grandkids.  You just never know.

The really sad thing is, after remembering the last time I saw (and said goodbye) to my brother, and other family members and friends, it seems that now every time I see and say goodbye to somebody I care about, I find myself wondering if that might be the last time.

Don't get me wrong, I plan on enjoying life as much as possible and as long as I can, but these things do make you think about life in general.  I think it might be song time...

Member Blogs / Old sucks...
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:45:53 PM »
Once again, sorry about the absence.  I’m going a little nuts here.  It’s been a crazy few months, with tons of crazy things going on daily.  Then two weeks ago, I was asked to rebuild two websites.  Two days later I was asked to build two new websites.  And the next day I was asked to develop 3 marketing videos.

In the middle of this, the family has been going in circles with my brother’s kids (the one that died) for the last few weeks about where and when to bury my brother.  They’re being dicks, and it looks like we won’t be able to bury him till September.

And during this, last week, another cousin passed, and on the same day one of my best old friends was killed in a car accident.  Then over the weekend a brother-in-law (of 58 years) died.  Trying to support survivors.

This is all added to trying to take care of the wife’s folks, who aren’t doing well.  Especially her Dad.  Doctor appointments, hospital visits, lots of other things they need.  And they live 350 miles from here.

I know I’m supposed to be helping with a few things here on site, but I don’t know when (or if) I’ll be able to grab some time.  The last few months have been bad, but this month is pure hell.

Not looking for sympathy or making excuses, just wanted to let everyone know I’m pretty well strung out right now and will be for a bit.  I’ll try to check in once in a while, but won’t be around much or be able to do anything in the foreseeable future.  Hopefully things will get back to normal sometime soon.

Meantime, hope everyone else is doing well...

FL Studio / New FL Studio Version...
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:39:39 AM »
I'm pretty sure nobody else here uses FL Studio, but I've always had fun playing with it.

Just got the email that version 20 is available.  They went directly from version 12 to version 20, apparently to mark their 20th anniversary.  One of the things I like about FL Studio (besides it being a fun and useful program) is that it comes with lifetime free updates.

Anyway, no big deal, like I said I don't think anybody else here uses it.  But I'll be downloading the update tonight and giving it a try.

For anybody that might be interested, here's a video showing some of the updated features.  *It doesn't show any of the standard features, if you've never seen FL Studio there are other videos that show the FL Studio basics.

Member Blogs / The life and times of a country boy...
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:26:10 PM »
From a post I almost started last month:

       Oh well it's whining time again, because it's April
       I know that no one reads these posts but that's okay
       I just feel the need to whine I hope you don't mind
       And I promise not to whine again till May

       Now they say that whining doesn't make things better
       And that no one likes to listen to complaints
       But sometimes a little whining helps to ease the stress
       As long as you at least use some restraint

Yeah, last month was rough.  But I didn't write that 5 page whining blog - yet!  We had the worst snow storm of the winter, really wet snow, really heavy snow, and really high winds.  And guess what, we apparently lost the only key to the plow truck.  So after shoveling my butt off for a couple days because the snow was too wet and heavy for the blower (and still couldn't find the truck key), I decided to do what everyone said couldn't be done - rewire the truck with manual switches.  I wasn't going to pay a couple thousand to have the truck hauled in and keys made for it.  So, two days of work tearing apart the steering wheel, column, and everything else, all while still shoveling snow, I bypassed all safety units and got it all rewired, and removed the steering and shifting safety units.  Then started plowing, and it was nice.  Till I had to plow out the other house to get propane delivered, and bent the truck up because the wet heavy snow banked up in front and twisted the frame and blew a hydraulic cylinder.  3 days trying to shovel that out and get it back where I could work on it, then the neighbor (mile away) came down the road with his tractor and plowed me out and helped get the truck out.  Truck is still not fixed, because I've had to work on lawn mowers, bikes, cars, and other stuff.  But that was last month.

This month:  Decades ago, we used to have neighborhood get-togethers around here, but it hasn't happened since the 60's, and I've missed that.  Neighbors would come from all around the area for an outside dinner/social thing.  So a couple weeks ago the wife suggested we do just that, and I thought the idea was great.  So, we've spent the last two weeks grocery shopping and trying to get things ready at the other house.  3 days ago I spent the day whacking big stick weeds and burdocks down all over the place - with a machete, and hauling them off.  Then she realized the oven in our good stove at that house wasn't working, so yesterday and today I worked on that.  Electronic igniter and safety valve shot, and can't get a replacement in time.  Hauled some outdoor chairs and our 2 picnic tables to the front yard, where we're hosting the social.  But I have to move them out of the way to mow the lawn tomorrow for the first time and clean up that area.  That's when I discovered about a dozen of our outdoor chairs were missing, so have to grab some more.  From everyone we talked to in the area (large neighborhood) we're expecting about 40-45 people.

So, Friday, I'm setting up our new electric grill, a microwave, and an electric oven (because our good one isn't working) on a table in the front yard for the wife to cook with (cooking to order).  Nothing fancy, burgers, hot dogs, french fries, few different kinds of salads, cakes and cupcakes for desert - juice-a few kinds of soda-and of course coffee for drinks.  And Saturday is the social.  Should be fun, but what a pain it's been getting ready, and still not done.

So, last month was strictly whining and complaining, but this month the whining is mostly for a good cause.  And I may not whine again still fall...  (-!)

   Cause during the summer:
Well life on the farm is kinda laid back
Ain't much an old country boy like me
Can't hack

Early rise, hardly ever in the sack
But I'm glad I'm a country boy  (!:)

So there..........  (-!)

Cheaters / I've never actually ridden a ghost, but.....
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:16:12 PM »
I do always enjoy me some Johnny.

Thanks for the invite, Way2, always fun.  And good work on the mix.

So, what (or who) is next?  (-!)

General Discussion / Okay, name this Artist...
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:22:52 PM »
Wow, I was looking for something else, and somehow came across two songs in an old backup I didn't remember I had.

From an old KAE challenge, 2009-2010, and I can't say I know who the Artists are.  I don't even remember the songs.  But it was cool to find them.

I'm sure somebody already has them posted somewhere, but here they are.  First one...

Keyboards / Well, I'm bummed...
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:01:03 PM »
Way (way) back in the day, my mother played organ/piano for the local church.  The organ was an old time wooden pump organ, and the church ended up giving it to her when they got a new one.  That was my first keyboard experience, and I had fun with that.  In 1950, she was able to get herself a brand new upright piano.  That's what I learned most of the basics on (from her).  As it turned out, I still have that piano in storage, but it's not really playable anymore.

In the late '80's, I bought her a double keyboard organ, and she played that for years.  When my dad died in '93, mom moved into a senior housing place, and I set up her organ in her new apartment.  She played it daily.  In 2008, that organ died, so I went to Radio Shack and bought here a replacement (single keyboard Optimus MD-1200).  When she passed in 2010, I brought that keyboard home and stored it.

Last fall, I got the idea to give that keyboard to two of my granddaughters.  Went to the other house and got it out, plugged it in, and no sound.  Powered up, and everything worked, but no sound.  Today I remember that because we're going to visit the kids this weekend, and got it back out and took it apart to fix it.

I can plug headphones in and the sound is great, but nothing out of the speakers.  Everything inside looks fine, no broken wires anywhere.  Can't find any problems.  I wanted to pull out the main circuit board to check it out, but would have to de-solder 17 very small wires to get it out.  Opted not to do that right now.  And I don't really see it being a circuit board issue since sound comes through the headphone jack fine.

So now I have this keyboard that was the last my mother played, for herself and others in the senior apartment building, and really wanted my granddaughters to have because mom would have liked that and I'd like to see them get into music, and it won't work.  Worked fine when I brought it home in 2010, but after just sitting the past 8 years, no sound out of the speakers.  I'll probably just buy the girls a new one, but so wanted them to have mom's.

I'm going to hang on to it, and maybe someday when I have lots of spare time and the inclination to dive in I'll tear it all apart.  But for now, I'm bummed...  :(

General Discussion / Maybe of interest, maybe not...
« on: February 28, 2018, 12:28:33 AM »
For anybody interested in another way to display music files here, such as for challenges or whatever, I've been playing with a few ideas, and may have come up with something of interest.

I know some people don't care for attaching songs to posts for whatever reason, and some people don't care for having to click on an attachment to listen to a song.  I don't mind, but whatever.  In any case, I've figured out a way to put files here on the site, and still have a player in a post.  Not as fancy as a SoundCloud player, but a player none-the-less.  If there's interest, let me know and I'll explain.

Example below:

Challenges / A look back, or - a challenge of the ages...
« on: February 24, 2018, 01:17:09 PM »
So, this little challenge stems from a thread started by BoneDigger, and a suggestion from Way2lon.  And as it happens, is based on one my favorite fun things to do.

Expanding on BoneDigger's question (what was music like in your school years?), what was one of your most inspirational songs during that time?  What is one of your favorite songs of the period that really made you want to sing along, and even learn to play an instrument?

Not necessarily the favorite, but just one among many that really struck that "I wanna be a musician/singer" nerve when you first heard it.

This challenge is for you to answer those questions with a song.  With what we here at TTM call a "Cheater".  Very basically, a cheater is karaoke.  You pick a song, find a backing track, and sing along.  While recording.  There are backing tracks out there for 98% of all songs ever done, so it shouldn't be too hard to find yours.  But they can cost up to $1.

This isn't meant to take the place of any other challenge in progress, but on the other hand it shouldn't take much time.  The only work involved is clicking record, and singing along with one of your favorite old songs.  And when aren't we singing along with one of favorite old songs anyway?

My feeling is that there shouldn't be a vote or a winner for this, because the main objective is for everyone to have a good time and bring back some good old memories.  Seems to me that for something like this, I'd have to agree with the song line (Everyone's a winner, baby, that's no lie).

But, as challenges go, people may want to vote on their favorite.  Up to the crew.

What does everybody think?  No specific time limit, maybe up to a month or so.  Pick one of your favorite school days songs, grab a track, and sing it.  Just like we did back then.  Well, maybe not "just like" we did back then.  :P

And hopefully this won't be just Way2 and myself, it would be great fun to get everybody in on this one.  Remember, no work and very little time required for this.

So, anybody?  (-!)

Member Blogs / Taking a break...
« on: January 28, 2018, 07:04:57 PM »
Sunny day here in the north, so I finally decided to take a break today and go for a ride.  One of our favorite pastimes is riding through the back roads and trails, daytime rides and midnight rides.  The midnight rides are fun because you sometimes see things you don't normally see during the day.

We used to always do it with dirt bikes and/or quads and/or side-by-sides, but a while back I decided I wasn't as fond of dust/rain/wind/cold, so I picked up a Geo Tracker with a lift kit and other addons, and we mostly use that now.  Heat (when it's cold), AC (when it's hot), radio, no dust or bugs or weather issues, and plenty of space to take coffee and a picnic lunch.

And we don't just take our rides in good weather, but today was a nice sunny day.  Oh, and I grabbed a pic while we were out.  Not much snow at all for this time of year, compared to back in the day...

General Discussion / To all our favorite spammers/hackers out there...
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:48:55 PM »
Something to help you out when attacking TTM.  Just click the image below...

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