25 Random Things – Getting To Know Your Community

This started many years ago with some social network.  Most of the time I’ve tuned it out and just ignored the requests.  Last week the “random things” resurfaced (as it does every few months).  I read a bunch of them… it was awesome.  I learned so much from many different people especially the ones that I don’t usually communicate with on that level.  So, I’m a fan.  No, I’m not going to push you or start sending you forwards ever day but this one is pretty cool.  I’ve listed my 25 random things below.  Please feel free to share yours in the comments or link back to your list, I want to read! I love the Wizard of Oz (see #2 for why this is a big deal). I have a bit of a phobia for short people. I’ve been married 17 years this June… to the same hot lady. I’m supposed to be watching a movie right now. I own an indie record label with 25+ artists. My favorite guitar is a Gibson SG. My favorite song ever is “Missing You” by John Waite I have a red Mickey Mouse tumbler that I like to drink diet coke and Gentleman Jack out of. I still buy vinyl records. I own 3 Apple computers and 4 pcs. All in one house for 2 people. I’ve worked in music over 14 years and NO gold/platinum records but my wife has one. My first 45 record was Kiss’s “I Was Made For Loving You” – I think it was a disco/metal attempt… still listen to it when I can. I was...

Facebook Connect : Connect Your Communities

So what’s so great about Facebook Connect and why do I like it so much? Facebook Connect is a tool that let’s you connect your blog or website to Facebook… You’ve spent hours building community on Facebook while spending even more hours on your personal blog trying to build readers. Why not use a backend that is proven and connects seamless to align them both? Facebook Connect does just that. I think a few folks have over looked it because they aren’t programmers and/or developers. Words like API, code, php scare a lot of bloggers- they did me for a while! Thanks to some savy programmers/developers a WordPress plugin has been created and has simplified the process. I’m using a simplified version of this plugin but fully functional you can utilize many more features from Facebook including photo tagging, wall posting, commenting and connectivity. Absolutely amazing possibilities with this! If you look to the top right you’ll see a working plugin of Facebook Connect. I had this installed and running in less than an hour. My own Facebook app.. pretty dang cool if you ask me. So, why do I want to use this app? I want to create an easy way to build community and since most of the people I interact with are on Twitter and/or Facebook why not give them an easy way to participate in my blog world? However, it gives me an opportunity to participate in their world as well. It’s community. It’s talking. It’s sharing via Facebook and our own personal blogs. You can read more about Facebook Connect here. And you can...

Free Music Friday : 2009 Begins Now

Ok, technically 2009 started 14 days ago, but for Free Music Friday it begins now. I’ve been a bit slack and missed two weeks in a row! Sorry. I’m making up for it by putting up 4 tracks instead of 3. Enjoy. First group is Blue Giant from Oregon. They have throw together an interesting mix of psych-country. Don’t ask me what psych-country is, just listen and then you’ll know. Pretty cool stuff. Blue Giant “Blue Sunshine” (mp3) from “Target Heart EP” (Amore!Phonics) Buy at Amore!Phonics – buy direct from the artist! Buy at Blue Giant CDs and Vinyl! Buy at eMusic Selects Blue Giant! More On This Album Next up is Billy Boy Arnold. When I first heard this I figured it was just an old school re-release but not at all. This is some very cool blues music that is fun to listen to. Billy Boy Arnold “Mellow Chick Swing” (mp3) from “Billy Boy Sings Sonny Boy” (Electro-Fi Records) Buy at Rhapsody Buy at Napster Stream from Rhapsody Buy at Puretracks Buy at GroupieTunes Buy at mTraks More On This Album And for the first time I’m featuring a comedian. I heard this guy a few years back and couldn’t quit laughing… Now he’s made a track available.. It’s clean, nothing to worry about with the kids. Just listen, he’s talking about my life! 🙂 Enjoy Brian Regan. Brian Regan “You Too & Stuff” (mp3) from “Brian Regan Live” (Uproar) Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at eMusic Buy at Rhapsody Buy at Napster Stream from Rhapsody Buy at Puretracks Buy at Amazon MP3 Buy at mTraks...

You Only Get One Song!

This thought came up today while searching for one song.  Yes, one song.  I filled out a survey or something and they emailed me a coupon for a free song.  It was on puretracks.com – If you use them, then let me know and I’ll pass this code to you!  First come, first get. So, think about it.  If you could only download one song ever, what would it be?  I posed this question on Twitter and Facebook and here are some quick responses. Billy Joel : Piano Man Queen : Somebody To Love Louis Armstrong : What A Wonderful World Dishwalla : Counting Blue Cars Marty Robins : El Paso Mercy Me : I Can Only Imagine Frank Sinatra : Fly Me To The Moon So chime in.  What’s your one song you can’t live without?  For me, I admit.  I haven’t been able to do it yet.  Too many!!! I will though… just let me...