The first one celebrated the 40th anniversary of my arriving in Southern California. The second, the 9th birthday of this here blog. Now we will celebrate a decade of 30 Second Spots, my series of short musical compositions.
The record of exactly when I started the 30 Second Spot project has been lost. There was, of course, an initial period of trial and error as the concept took shape. Rules were made up (by me), some were kept (by me), others discarded (also by me). At some point one of the rules became "30 Second Spots are written in one sitting."
That rule (broken more than it is adhered to) quite naturally led to adding a date to the file name. The first dated 30 Second Spot was called Phoney Religion. The date was September 27, 2004.
Don't expect much from Phoney Religion. I can modestly claim that my work has improved since then.
I don't remember anything about the origin of the title. It may have been suggested by the A Mighty Fortress reference. Or maybe I added the music quote to match the title. Most likely this piece was written at Starbucks on Leslie's hand-me-down 286 Gateway laptop using its sleazy onboard midi synthesis. (Translation for non-computer musicians: "It doesn't sound very good").
Anyway, take a listen while you try to image how long a decade really is.
Click here to hear Phoney Religion 9-27-04
© 2004, 2014 by David Ocker, 31 seconds
Here are two pictures of a ceramic yard ornament which we named Irving. Irving is part of a couple. His spouse (not shown here) is Happy. The first picture of Irving, who had recently been installed in our backyard, was taken in late 2004, a few months after Phoney Religion was composed. The second picture was taken last week.
Irving is showing his age - his complextion problems are noticable. He also seems to have a lost lots of colorful succulent hair. To his credit he appears to still have all his teeth.
Phoney or Phony?
You're Blaming Me For This is the most recent 30 Second Spot posted to Mixed Meters. That was way last March.