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Music is the rhythm of life

If you have ever checked out my blog in the past you would likely have noticed that music plays a major role in my life. I have so many various music ventures that I thought it would be cool to highlight each one of them in one place. Shamelessly I would recommend you check out all the different varieties of musical offerings I have.
  • First is my solo music stuff. This is published in the my music section of my site. Most of this music is Electronica in nature. Almost all of it was produced using Reason 4 (and Reason 2.5 and 3 before that).
  • Second is my hip hop music. I started a group with my Brother-in-law and some of his family members called The MOB Crew. We also go by the name Midwest Millionaires some times to mix it up. Just a warning most of the music here is loaded with vulgarity.
  • Third is my CCMixter music. CCMixter is a collaborative music site where people can upload samples, a capellas and remixes. It has been an awesome community to work with and has really helped challenge me as a musician.
  • Last but not least by any means is a jam band I have played with called Braille Music. Playing with this incredible group has helped me learn to be better at live improvisation and has opened my eyes to some of my musical abilities.
Sure there is a chance that nothing listed here will suit you, however I hope you enjoy the fruits of one of my favorite hobbies.

Wow, is it 2010 already?

Actually it is 2 days into the new decade, go figure. It is crazy to think of all of the amazing things that have happened to me in the last decade. Two of the best and most important things to ever happen to me happened in the last decade; I got married and my son Gabriel was born. Marcia and I have now been together for 13 years now and married 7 1/2 years. Gabe is now almost 5 years old and brings me more joy then just about anything in the whole world. Marcia and I also just recently announced that we are expecting our second child in July of 2010!

Professionally the last 10 years have been a wild roller coaster that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. When I was welcoming in 2000 at work ensuring that the company didn’t come crumbling to it’s knees I thought I had truly found my niche. I was a computer nerd when it was wasn’t “hip” to be a nerd and I could talk to computers in a way few people could. I thought for sure I was destine for a life of computerized bliss, but that all changed when I faced my first real experience in corporate USA and was let go very shortly before September 11th, 2001. I went from getting to weekly calls from head hunters to being turned down by Best Buy for being “over-qualified”. I finally was offered an entry level technical support job at TDS Telecom that  netted me a salary of less then 50% of what I was making at my past job.

Less then 2 years into my job at TDS Telecom an opportunity became available to move from the technical side of the company to the business side and become a part of the Product Management team. With this I was able to leverage my technical experience and my ego to help provide some direction on where I felt the company should be focusing it’s efforts. Ultimately this led me to make the decision to finally pursue a secondary education back in 2006, which should result in me getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in early 2011.

This has been an amazing decade, but it also has me eagerly anticipating all of the great things that will occur in the next decade. There are still many things that I want to accomplish and I look forward to trying to execute them over the next 10 years. I am not one to believe in resolutions every year because I feel it assigns a responsibility to actions one doesn’t normally believe to be possible. However, I hope everyone had a good new years and look forward to what the future has in-store.

2008: A Recap

Well the year 2008 has come and gone. Thinking back to all that happened in 2008 I figured a recap of the year wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Family: I love my family. In 2008 Marcia and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. It is crazy to think that 11 years after meeting two people would love trust and respect each other as much as we do. She continues to make my heart smile. Also our son Gabe turned 3. I never imagined being a father would be as cool as it is, but he has made it a very rewarding experience.

The MOB Crew: When my sister’s family moved a mile away that gave me a lot of extra time to spend with my brother-in-law Chrisshon. It also made me realize that we could share our love for music. What started out with the two of us sitting one the couch staring at the laptop has evolved into 5 of us, a mini home studio, a vocal isolation booth, and a website. I hope 2009 treats us as well as 2008 has.

Twitter: So in 2008 I started using twitter and have to say that I wish I had this service for the last 10 years, it is so nice and handy. I have become a bit of a twitter junkie and perhaps spend too much time on it, but must say I love using it.

Damn I am old! I celebrated my 30th birthday and I got to spend it in Germany, which was amazing. I can’t say that I ever spent too much time thinking “what will life be like when I am thirty”, but as I reflect on the last year I must say. I have a pretty good life.

Work Projects: I have had a project that I cannot discuss much at work that has consumed much of my time over the last year. It has been very rewarding and has provided a unique opportunity to grow as an individual. I am excited that we are nearing a production launch of the product that has taken so much time.

Upper Iowa University: This has been as much a positive as a negative, however I am now over 60% done with my bachelors program at Upper Iowa. I used to have to force myself to feel like I was learning something, but looking back I see there are things that I have learned that have crossed over professionally. I will be most excited to finally be done, but that won’t happen until 2010 or 11.

Google Reader: Okay for some reason I hadn’t used reader until 2008, despite being a very loyal Google user since they launched. One of the things I realized in 2008 was that I spend way too much time managing links to hundreds of sites to keep up on blogs and news. So in my attempt of improving my time management skills I started using Google Reader. This has since become a regular part of my daily browsing ritual. The improvements such as “categories” have made Reader even more user-friendly and usable.

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New mini-album release: Pickles and Oranges

I have decided to do a 6 song mini-album release. I have been holding on to a few songs for a couple weeks because I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go with them. Tonight I put the finishing touches on most of them. I decided to release them as a group, but you’ll also find them on my standard music player as well. Without further ado this is the latest solo project from Jason Tennyson Pickles and Oranges.

Pickles and Oranges