Who Killed America by Lowell Thompson

First of all Lowell Thompson is something of a minor celeb a man who can do just about anything. So why not a play…his latest project.

Link to the official site

I was at the first workshop the other day where his goal was trying to gather ideas for what I think is a good premise. Not exactly what killed America more like what killed the American dream. If your older than 30 and lived all that time in the US, you can see how things have changed and not for the better. Rise in hate groups, more violence, greed seemly everywhere, meanwhile the voters feel disenfranchised. Which is the main reason I feel why Trump was elected. There he came in with BIG promises and frankly despite what he and other presidents have said in the past, frankly there is very little they can do to change things. That is solely in the hands of the congress and the courts.

Can you even name 1 of your elected officials? Not local because they are on the news most of the time. But those we sent to Washington, DC . Which rare exception most frankly can’t why and this goes for a majority of them. They do nothing but vote on other peoples idea’s. I don’t know of 1 that ever kept a campaign promise.

I could get into greed in business but that is all over the news.

So in my mind who killed American it was our own elected officials.

Have your own ideas use the link above and send a message to Lowell Thompson

Im No Longer On Furry Amino, Here Is Why~

Since I posted my own piece on Furry Amino HERE I have had nothing but problems with those who run this who run that app. Believe me when you try and be fair and all you get for your all of your efforts is a slap in the face.

Really when one of their admins, one Howlett Fang basically sent me a series of messages actually threatening me with bodily harm if I did not retract my story on their app. I try and be fair, if you got a point make it. I will listen. But when all you do is belittle me, call me stupid and call my life a waste of space. I asked him to stop, but he wouldn’t act like a man (If he is one) he could not take no for an answer. I literally got 5 messages in 17 hours all of which were filled with nothing but hate. Finally I had no choice but to label him as spam.

After all the problems I faced by their dictatorial rules. What was wrong with my posts? Many were taken down for what I felt was without reason, a problem I had for the very start. Imagine you’re doing a post on what you felt like at your very 1st fur con, a piece I have to say was both 100% clean and did not mention any body parts was in fact taken down. In fact in the beginning 60% of all my original posts were either blocked or removed. Why, my own guess is that they did not like them.

Eventually I got around to the idea of what kind of pieces they allow me to post. And Flayrah actually complained that I was far to strict with what kind of comments I allow. Try making a post on Furry Amino, they are 1000 times worse. Speaking of that when I questioned why all of this was happening, I was banned for 3 weeks. Really I did, and all for questioning their divine judgement.

Eventually I tried to work for them. Okay I fully admit I only did this to get more views. But when all you get are a never ending series of stupid remarks and 5 views or less for every post. While the admin kept on insisting I should abandon my blog and move everything over to them. Look I know crazy when I see it, so I bailed…and that was when the problems started.

I will go on record saying unless your a masochist, stay away from Furry Animo.

In addition: The above video is not the only one I have seen of where the admins are accused of stealing art. One of the biggest thefts is one i saw before it was taken down. The comment, not the admin post. It seems one of the admins posted this roughly weekly magazine piece of stuff that was happening, and of works of fiction as well as art posted on the app. It seems it was a matter of luck for me to see work included in that app magazine was stolen used without permission. Mind you I only make a point of this because the writers and artist’s original posts said do not copy. No wonder they have been labeled thieves.

Re: The Tyranny of Pop Music by Perri Prinz

This video seems to require some commentary. Though I agree that modern Pop Music has been boiled down to its most basic components, is mostly composed and produced by the same 4 people creating a noticeably limited range, and tends to be compressed down to lo-fi, I feel like this commentator is going a bit overboard. So you are about to see an old-time Art Rocker put in the position of having to defend Pop Music.

The commentator addresses the music he disparages as “Ambient.” This is obviously incorrect. The music I hear in grocery stores is not, by any proper description, Ambient.

Growing up in the 60’s, “Elevator Music” was a popular genre that had two or three terrestrial radio stations in every city entirely dedicated to it. Those hipsters who are into the “Space Age Pop” thing will no doubt have encountered quite a bit of this almost exclusively orchestral music that consisted for the most part of de-fanged pop songs. No vocals, no modern instrumentation. Just very familiar melodies be-reffed of anything that might offend or distract.

Well, Rock fans found it offensive, because Rock music was designed to be rebellious, and they looked on anything Middle of the Road (MOR) as watering down the rebellion. But on the whole it was just ignored, as it was designed to be.

To hear this fellow talk, you would think he was talking about 1960’s MOR, rather than 21st century Pop Music. But, even if he was, even those who were offended by MOR would have thought such an extreme condemnation of it a wee bit excessive.

“Ambient Music” is what took over from MOR in the 1980’s, more often referred to as “New Age Music.” And this type of Background Music (BGM) certainly did fit the description he gives. Ambient Music, unlike MOR, was not based on recognizable melodies. It was based on being devoid of any kind of memorable or attention grabbing hooks. It was literally pure atmosphere, not meant to be seriously listened to or to register on the brain in any way. But still, though it was dismissed as music, it was generally thought well of as a healing device.

Beyond the 80’s, BGM stations abandoned the idea of special music for background and went into what was called “Lite Rock.” This was basically concentrating on the normal versions of the least offensive Pop Chart material. Thus BGM was no longer considered to be an instrumental thing. Though such stations continue to exist, this is not the format that I hear in super markets and drug stores.

Many store chains now maintain their own internet based radio stations which tend to include store commercials. And the music played on these radio stations tends to be programmed according to the stores main customer base. For example, the Save-A-Lot where I do most of my shopping programs no music designed to appeal to me as a 55 year old white person. They program music for Hispanics and 55 year old black people.

Fortunately I love old Soul and Funk Music. So this isn’t a problem for me. But I have to say, some of those extended James Brown tracks would never have qualified as BGM under any definition. And they do visibly irritate some of the white customers, because it’s an old black culture thing the younger white people have never been exposed to. So it comes off as music from another planet.

Now, Walgreen’s Drug Stores also have their own radio station. And they program some current Pop songs midst various oldies. And the new Pop songs they play only offend me if it’s a really terrible and unimaginative cover of an older song. But the other new songs are usually bouncy and provide a good feeling. Though there is nothing memorable about them, and nothing that would have made me run to the record store back in the day.

So I have to dispute what this fellow says that you hear some kind of droning, mind destroying sound everywhere you go in the world today. You are far more likely to hear oldies while shopping than the new, musically dead crap the record companies are pushing now. And oldies serve to remind the younger generation that music was not always as it is today, and open them to exploration of the classics.

Now, I can not say what people might hear in bars, or on modern Pop radio, because I don’t go there as a general rule. Second Life is the only space I get to share with the younger generations, and when I DJ they mainly want to hear oldies, because nobody there really disputes that oldies are better than newies.

However, there are some DJ’s in Second Life who specialize in newer genres whom I occasionally listen to. And some of the newer genres, particularly if they build on something retro, like Electro Swing, will actually get me punching up Amazon to buy an LP.

Where I think what this guy is saying actually applies would be various Techno genres that are so monotonous they could easily be composed and performed by computers with no human input at all. DJ’s have been fired from my virtual night club for concentrating too much on such genres.

But then he says you hear this music in every restaurant. I have never heard Techno in a restaurant. Techno, as far as I know, is mostly a club thing.

Then he talks about how music is no longer something you listen to as we did in years gone by. And I find this is true. But it’s not because I’ve changed the music I listen to. I play mostly vinyl. So the bulk of my music is between 30 and 100 years old. And it was all intended to grab the attention and be anything but ignored. Yet I continually find that I do end up tuning it out and ignoring it as if it were BGM.

This has nothing what so ever to do with the quality of the music. It has to do with my modern lifestyle. I simply am not able to divide my attention between the vinyl spinning on the turntable and whoever I’m typing to on Second Life. I am always doing something else, maybe as many as 3 things at once while the music is playing. I simply can not feel comfortable just sitting and giving my full attention to music, because I’ve been conditioned to feel like I’m being unconscionably wasteful of my time if my hands and eyes are not busy with something while the music is playing.

And, of course, while I’m composing something, like a story or this essay, no music at all can be played. Because composing is output mode. Nothing can be coming into my brain while it’s in output mode.

Then he says there is no law against noise pollution. And that’s just wrong. There are such laws in public space. And there’s no law that says you have to frequent private spaces that play music you don’t like. Seriously, why is this old white guy in a Techno club. Why isn’t he at symphony hall, a Jazz club or whatever? Or better still, just go home and play your records. Nobody’s forcing you to listen to Techno. Even in Second Life when the Techno or Death Metal gets annoying you can always turn the stream off and substitute your own music.

Then he talks about how the 2nd grade level of today’s lyrics probably has something to do with the diminishing vocabulary of the newer generations. I wouldn’t go that far. I would say that lack of creativity in Pop music hits them more in cultural terms. If all you’ve ever heard is Lady Gaga you’re not really prepared to tackle Beethoven, are you? You’re not necessarily even aware that there ever was such a thing as sitting down and listening to music.

I would think there are other things far more likely to be diminishing the new generation than music. TV, Video Games, Social Media, and above all else, an education system that ranks 14 midst other countries and 2nd in ignorance. Not to mention most children growing up with absent parents.

From every angle, the cards are stacked against the education of the new generations, and I really don’t think more stimulating Pop Music would do a hell of a lot to improve things. Especially when older, more intellectual music is out there if anyone wants it.

He recommends giving children an instrument to learn. Well, that’s all well and good if they take to it. But my recommendation is simply to do what was done for me. At the age of 4 I was given a record player and access to the record collections of everyone who lived in my house. I was thereby exposed to all the Pop Music of the early 20th century, Classical, Jazz, Folk and music from foreign cultures. As well as all manner of spoken word material.

Most people only read The Bible. I got to hear it fully dramatized. I was exposed to Shakespeare, poetry, history, famous speeches, literary classics, all before I had even begun to learn to read. I knew the entire evolution of American Popular Music before I started kindergarten because I had a record on the subject.

Thus I say that the true advantage to children, in terms of education, lies with the parents and what they choose to have in the house to expand the minds of the children before the educational system and the current pop culture get their mitts on them. Once that opportunity is missed, the education of children is out of the hands of anyone who really cares. And if the parents don’t care, kids are just screwed.

Anyway, in defense of Pop Music, it’s important to remember that there was a time when Pop Music sounded like this. And, by the grace of some future backlash against uninventiveness, it may eventually recover its former glories.

What Makes a Good “Furry Music” Video

I have literally seen 1000s upon 1000s of videos, I check them out almost every single day. Both for my blog “Furry Times” as well as my own enjoyment. But the one thing I can say without a doubt is there is no such thing as a bad video. As long as those who took the time to create it, and are happy with it, that is all that matters.

It might be surprising to some that a self proclaimed expert in what makes a good furry music video says that…but I honestly feel that way.

Furry videos in general literally can be anything from dance, random things that happen at cons to full flege stories. Not all are the same, but it would be boring if they were.

Are all fan made videos brilliant? No, but that is just my opinion.

Like me saying anyone can make a great video. It could be their first or something they did at the last minute. I have seen dozens of incredible videos, not nesscessary furry ones. That share the same story that it’s creator could have been making videos for years, then all of a sudden…INCREDIBLE!!! To quote Aladdin, “A diamong in the rough”. Really I am not even joking about that. It really can happen, and I could honestly give dozens of examples. Think of it as like winning the lottery, it doesn’t happen every day. Like what will become viral I think the best example (and frankly the only video that I will mention by name) is “All The Single Furries!” which has as of the last time I checked had 1.17 million views. Love it or hate it, that video has literally gone viral. Okay so it’s viral…so what? Since the song is a parody and if they monitzed that song. And in case you didn’t know parodies are legal and based upon what I could find out they could have made around $5,000.

Like I said “A diamond in the rough”.

Do I feel those like EZ Wolf always make a great video? No, and this come from a guy who really doesn’t like Bitter Lake, but that is just my opinion.

Before we really get into stuff that I feel all video makers should know, not nescessary those making furry music videos, just videos in general and what to watch out for. If you want to know what I think makes a really good furry music video. Check out my playlist on YouTube, just search for “Best Furry Music Videos” and I have another playlist called “Best Furry” for other things furry I thought is quite good and you will have your answer.

With that said the following is really more a list of suggestions rather than actual guidelines. Really it more a list of what you should watch out for and stuff any video maker should know.

Okay so the first one is really a rule, and something all video makers should follow.

MAKE SURE YOUR EQUIPMENT WORKS!!!

I can’t honestly tell you the number of posts or the plain number of people ready to record something and suddenly discovering their equipment isn’t working, or that something is missing. Please check first!!!! Even make a test video on whatever you plan on using. If it doesn’t work you can’t record anything…and do this before you get to the location…more on that later.

Next…

I guess planning, and there is really a lot that goes in to this and I’ll break it down. Not necessarily in order but still something you should really think about.

What kind of Video will you be doing?

Story, song, whatever…do like the professional do and plan it out. You want people to enjoy and and not complain you didn’t have a clear idea of what the hell was that about.

MUSIC

As in what song are you planning to use, that actually guides you to what you plan on recording. Think typical circus music to a background of hardcore dancing like at a rave. Doesn’t make sense now does it, to me that is why picking the right song is so important and from the very start.

Speaking of which, and this frankly has been happening a lot on YouTube. Getting you video flagged because of the song you used. Face it, any popular in America song will get flagged for copyright infringement. But not ones recorded outside the US. Really there are a lot of great songs that frankly most of us never heard before why not consider one of them.

Really parodies don’t get flagged, neither does original songs. Besides you can really monotize them and make money if you get a lot of views.

Location

Remember the people you are recording are in fursuits (in general) and you don’t want problems. The general rule is that if it’s not safe to fursuit, it’s probibly not safe to record. If your in a building like a store, it’s doesn’t hurt to ask if it’s okay to record. Cons are an exception, but you have to deal with crowds.

Editing

Unless you planning to do the entire song in one take. You might need to edit your video, and a friend with an actual YouTube channel told me. Editting is a lot harder than you can imagine. It’s a combo of skill and whatever program you are going to use, and naturally you will get better with practice. But knowing someone who is already good at it is a real plus.

Promotion

Promote the hell out of your video. Don’t think about making a single post to social media and think that was it. You need word of mouth, post it on everything and everywhere and if your brave enough ask for comments.