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  • Cropping Artist Images for the Library

    24 août 2009, 12h24m par fmera

    Following up on the earlier journal, Getting Artist Images to Look Their Best, here is a short guide to explain how images (be they square, tall, or wide) that you upload to artist galleries are cropped for eventual use in the library.

    I'll use these images (taken from Simone Kopmajer's gallery) as a visual guide to show how your original artist pics will end up looking as library images. It works on the idea that cropping images square or tall - if your original shots allow this - really is the safer option, as they minimize further cropping when your images are processed. Shown below are three sample images, in square, tall, and wide formats, and beside them the actual 126s images used for the library. The translucent red masking shows where image content will be lost (or hidden from view, rather), and the window is what you'll end up with in the library:

    http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l450/fmera_photos/Picture1-9.png http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/126s/34206107.png
  • Up on the Roof – An Urban Romantic Dream

    2 mai 2008, 11h33m par fmera

    Up on the Roof is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded in 1962 by The Drifters. Released at the tail end of that year, the song became a big hit, reaching #5 on the U.S. pop singles chart and #4 on the U.S. R&B singles chart.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MopbhuZ2Bh0

    Carole King performing "Up On The Roof" in the Going Home concert (circa 1989)

    In addition to the hit appeal of the "second Drifters" lineup, "Up on the Roof" epitomized the urban romantic dream as presented by New York City Brill Building writers:

    When this old world starts getting me down,
    And people are just too much for me to face—
    I climb way up to the top of the stairs
    And all my cares just drift right into space...

    The 1980 Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll described "Up on the Roof" as "in every way a remarkable pop song for 1962", and in particular said of the above lyric: "From the internal…
  • Twenty Years of Joy

    5 fév. 2008, 22h15m par diamondgrrl

    It was the summer of 1989, and my world revolved around the strange and wonderful people who made up my small-town, Southern Illinois community theater. I guess it must be true what they say about our teenage years; they really are the best in our lives, or, at least, the ones that stay with us the longest. In any case, the musicians I was introduced to that summer (via some of my older cast-mates) stick with me (and remain among my favorites) to this day.

    We spent our rehearsal down time singing raucous renditions of Closer To Fine, and Takes My Breath Away saw me through the first of several major, 15 year old crushes. The latter remains one of my top ten favorite songs of all time, and - as far as I'm concerned - the best love song ever written (but the performance is what makes it stick). As much as I love Eva Cassidy, her version doesn't even compare.

    Almost twenty years later, I continue to be amazed by Tuck & Patti's lack of major success in the United States. …