Gear Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer

Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer

Something’s got to go in between your microphone and your PA system! Over years of working with doo dads and widgets, I can testify, there are many devices that belong nowhere in your setup. But if you find that thing that goes after the mic and before the speaker, it may turn out to be more important than either the mic or speaker! Continue reading “Gear Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer”

Love Yourself (Sheeran) – Mark Urso

So, I saw a great band, and they did this song, so I went home and figured it out. The only problem is, I’m not as great as they are!

Love Yourself

But I’m trying! Playing with a Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer pedal, with no amp. The electric guitar is plugged into the pedal, which goes into my recording DAW. The pedal arrangement on the VE-8 is quite excellent. In all my time playing with audio equipment, I’ve never Continue reading “Love Yourself (Sheeran) – Mark Urso”

Three Little Birds – Sugar Featuring Izzy Malek On The Beach (Music Video)

Beach Party!

It was a great show once again by Sugar, this time for a beach concert in Groton, Connecticut. This is a very popular annual event that draws barefoot dancers, lots of little kids … and beach balls are everywhere!

I’ve got a few more from this show, which I’ll post soon. The audio suffered from my getting too close to the fire, so to speak, as I was only outfitted with a camera that fits in my pocket! Continue reading “Three Little Birds – Sugar Featuring Izzy Malek On The Beach (Music Video)”

KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See (Live Music Video and E-Z Chords)

She’s Scottish … vicious, vivacious, sexy, cute and sublime, all at the same time. The music is nothing short of breathtaking.

She uses loopers, bangs on her guitar for percussion and performs before enormous crowds, often with an acoustic guitar, keeping the composition very clean. She’s an outstanding entertainer!

While practicing tonight I ran into this live performance by KT Tunstall. I hope you enjoy it as much Continue reading “KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See (Live Music Video and E-Z Chords)”

Anymore – Mark Urso (Music Video)

A beautiful song by Travis Tritt covered by yours truly! Country music fans take notice! That means you, dad!

Anymore was released in September 1991 as the second single from Tritt’s album It’s All About to Change. It peaked at number 1 in both the United States and Canada, becoming his second number-one hit in the United States, and his fourth number-one in Canada. Continue reading “Anymore – Mark Urso (Music Video)”

Climate Change Fact Article

Climate Change is Real

Fourteen billion here.

Thirty six billion there.

1.2 trillion for some other stuff.

I didn’t read the stories; just wanted to grab a few dollar values …

It’s OBVIOUS what they’re going to do with all the money – BILLIONS of dollars given to the EPA and organizations that promise to fight the demon CLIMATE CHANGE, and foreign countries, of course, who are scared as well.

I may be the wrong person to ask; I’m smart sometimes, but other times I’m so dumb, I don’t even know what they’re going to do with the money. Maybe build a really big ladder and go up there and fix stuff. Or a big protective blanket of some kind. Once, again, I’m no expert, but if YOU think about it … I’m sure YOU know – it’s easy, right? The strategy … the solution to CLIMATE CHANGE – I mean, they don’t just give out shitloads of money to people who wear a label that says “climate change bad?” That would be weird.

The Experts Know

So I have to defer to the experts, who know for certain the climate is changing, and AOC, who told everyone the world will end in ten years or so. It’s a very exact science, but since we don’t understand the issues Continue reading “Climate Change Fact Article”

He’s Gone (Audio) – Mark Urso w Band

Grateful Dead Cover Time

Practice session 6/27/21,
Mark Urso with Brandon Raimondo on guitar, and Brandon Lanphear doing percussion, performing “He’s Gone” at River Song Music.

Just Press Play!

We’re getting ready for a gig in downtown Norwich this Friday, July 2nd. Brandon L. will be playing percussion with me while Brandon R. does some amazing glass-blowing art right on the side of the street!

Here’s Brandon last time at the Continue reading “He’s Gone (Audio) – Mark Urso w Band”

More Fun w/Words; Leftist Synonym List

Which Direction Are You?

Leftist is a word that describes “a person with left-wing political views.” My dad reminded me the word “sinister” means “left.”

According to professor Barry Clark, left-wing supporters “claim that human development flourishes when individuals engage in cooperative, mutually respectful relations that can thrive only when excessive differences in status, power, and wealth are eliminated,” which description attempts to be an unbiased overview, and feels pretty good. At a glance, everyone should hug a tree; why not?

Tree-hugging is sinister? Where are you going with this, Mark?

The Evolution of Language

Remember, as I mentioned recently in another article about words, it’s not the words we’re re-inventing, it’s the meaning of the words. Very clever and lefterly … leftish … sinister, yea!

If you’re left-handed, as most of my friends are for some reason, don’t take it personally! For me, your left hand is on the right side, and this is more about your character than your handshake! The perfect thing about being sinister is, it’s most ideal if it’s not really obvious, so secret handshakes can be done with the right- or left-hands, as can be swing-dancing and cake-baking, so please carry on using all hands available.

We may need them.

The point of this article is reminiscent of one of my favorite movies, “Labyrinth,” in which a lost young girl in a maze is told confidently “Things are not always what they seem!”

But it’s much subtler than a wink.

And we begin to enter the maze that is the real “left,” upon referencing the so-called “Urban Dictionary,” a shameless project where words are reconsidered and redefined based simply on popular opinion (which is done privately by popular people). If you know the word, but no longer know its meaning, go urban dictionary. In there, a “leftist” is “A person belonging to the political left and usually identifying with the radical, anti capitalist, or revolutionary sectors of left politics. Includes anarchists, marxists, communists, socialists, and all other explicitly radical left ideologies.”

An example is given thus: “That guy’s a total leftist, his pantry is full of Molotov cocktails and nothing else.”

It used to be hippies chanting about peace while dancing and smoking pot, Continue reading “More Fun w/Words; Leftist Synonym List”