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February 22, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Bass in this place AND that place too, DOUBLE HEADER Part 1 of 3 featuring: Fun Steel Drum Music for high schoolers before heading to the island of Sunset beach bums drunk on tacos.

As I make my way to my first of two performance for the day, I ignore the smog, forget about the mountains and shift gears to practice a thought of gratitude for light traffic conditions and consistently pleasant temperatures. My equipment is all loaded and I am on schedule to be there one hour and a half before the start to set up.

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Musician Tip:

  • Leave three hours before the start of your performance. 
  • Arrive at least one hour early to start setting up your equipment. 
  • Expect traffic and or unpredictable venue parking.

Brea Olinda Wildcats with Steel Parade and Teterahedroseph steel drum music

“Double Header” Day Starts:

Before performing, I went live while we were getting ready. We are standing near Sandy Bus and I start to wonder if we’ll even be able to broadcast from this far off hill destination. Sometimes I make a bunch of plans to broadcast and then discover we don’t have good cellular signal.

Tetrahedroseph was live Periscope @steemseph 1

To hear our pre-performance banter or to see the upside-down steel drum from my previous post, look for the short broadcast labeled “Tetrahedroseph was live“. It looks like the GIF above. Or view it on periscope by clicking here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/bU-o2zFtTUtQdldZa3lnRUd8MWt2S3BXUGVXZFB4Rbfdf8rySGeVOtx5IVpY2t3Q3DF1y8TLIr9Znb9gsBYL

Can you tell I like making GIFs?

I’ll make one for you if you want. 

Brea Olinda International Week Steel Parade steel drum band steemit

Annual Celebration!

Brea Olinda students celebrate a yearly event called “International Week.” We have performed here several years in a row now. Each day of their school week features a cultural theme that includes entertainment during their longest midday break. We are considered their “cultural” entrainment.

We play a mixture of dancable island music that the students actually like. We also play loud, fast and hard. They like that too. The students bring lots of health energy and we help them help us let it all out with fun music. The main broadcast from this venue is more like a concert. No Breaks!!!

To see our full fast a furious concert for Brea Olinda’s Wildcats on Periscope, click here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/bU_3rjFtTUtQdldZa3lnRUd8MWVhS2JwZHp2RFlKWDSxJsriv_T38Jr5D9lMrfCBNHgWSINO4DgpA1PoxcHq

In the past we’ve met some students that were in a band together. They came up and rocked-out a Green Day song with our instruments. Yes, we let them play our instruments. It’s healthy and @steelparade encourages it. Service and education is healthy.

Upside-down Steel Drum:

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I like to feature the steel drum upside-down in my posts. I’ve been taking pictures of upside-down steel drum for a long time. I don’t know of anyone else that does it. I have a huge collection, some unseen from a time before Steemit existed.

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This steel drum belongs to our Steem neighbor @steelparade. Look for him on FaceBook and contact him to hire our fun band. You won’t regret it. Drop my name too.

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Did you see my watermaks? Yucky, right? Got a suggestion? I’m open.

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Still Not Enough To Upvote?

A video too!

Ok, I get it, no whales in sight, you want more. I’m hungry too, I get it. Okay… I’ve got more…

I also made a video for this post. It should be on DTube, but I can’t figure out how to sign in. I’ve suspected user error, but then, I was able to sign into Zappl and DSound without issue. Anyway, my video features a audio/video that comes from @steelparade allowing the students to hold his camera during our performance. It also has a drum solo intro to our new songs called “Little Witchy.”

I dare you to watch this video!

https://youtu.be/IyhGvTJJ6hY

AND

Bonus: A video from one of our previous visit to Brea Olinda High school:

https://youtu.be/fDPtZMvNVJE

It’s been great. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the video and GIFs. Let me know if you have any questions. I like authentic comments.

NEXT: Bass in this place AND that place too, DOUBLE HEADER Part 2 of 3 featuring: a second Taco drunk performance for Taco Surf’s taco eating drunks.

February 19, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

BONUS: Panoramic view of #DTLA Fashion District Window View on February 15th 2018 Vol. 16 Part 3 of 2.

Yes, a Part 3 of 2! Not for lack of content. I wanted to feature the cool mural that is around the corner and in the alley from the spot where I usually take my panoramic shots.

The alley is usually nasty with crackheads. This time it only smells like peepee because the event in the parking lot next to the alley was thick with security and traffic.

I didn’t know who signed the mural at first, yet I noticed the name “Matt.” I didn’t realize it wasn’t the original Simpsons creator’s name/signature.

Mural By Matt Gondek:

Follow this link to visit Matt Gondek’s website. You will not be disappointed.

http://gondekdrawsshop.storenvy.com

Follow the link above to see examples of Matt Gondek’s work and also follow this link, https://duckduckgo.com/?q=gondek+draws&t=iphone&iax=images&ia=images

Post Payout:

I’ve marked this post to payout nothing because I’m making GIFs and stuff of another guy’s work. Seems to push the grey zone envelope a little. I’ll just play it safe and let everyone reading know that my previous two posts are still within payout periods at the time of this post.

If you like this post, consider upvoting my Part 1 and Part 2 of this series:

February 18, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Panoramic view of #DTLA Fashion District Window View on February 15th 2018 Vol. 16 Part 2 of 2.

If you’re viewing this on WordPress, I’m sorry. Check out Steemit.com or Busy.org or Zappl.com and many more after you are done. I created Part 1 with Zappl and it appears on my Steemit blog here: https://steemit.com/zappl/@steemseph/panoramic-view-of-dtla-fashion-district-window-view-on-february-15th-2018-vol-16-part-1-of-2

This is Part 2:

That parking lot I mentioned in Part 1 is occupied by a media event. I took a second panoramic of the parking lot so that we could see a little more detail:

Look at the closed parking lot below. The shoe store on the corner was having a hybrid basketball type event. I couldn’t see it all, but it sounded like the inside of a subwoofer. Me and several others had to leave the expensive coffee shop across the street because the music was way too loud.

Zoom into the circular black thing and you’ll notice basketball hoops.

Panoramic shot of 02152018:

5 Months Ago:

I’ve been doing this panoramic series since September 2017. It all started 5 months ago with this first post: https://steemit.com/panorama/@steemseph/panoramic-of-downtown-los-angeles-taking-from-the-newmark-building-in-the-fashion-district

I didn’t even know where it would lead. I just knew that I wanted to create a series. I wanted to collect as many images from this one interesting location as possible. I expected things to change because it’s a fast-moving city.

At that time I was actually a self voter. So sad, desperate and hungry for a profitable decentralized destination for my creative expression/addiction. Aren’t we all sometimes? (Dear @trump3t I just removed my own upvote from back then, can I get a hug? 🎃)

Notes:

  • More of these panoramic shots in 2018.
  • Be sure to zoom in on your device to see fun details.
  • Leave an authentic comment or question about it.
  • Look forward to a future summary of the entire collection.

NEXT: BONUS!

A BONUS to this series, Part 3 of 2, featuring the famous pop artists Matt Gonden as the unexpected Part 3 of this series.

Be sure to look for Part 3 if your wondering how it could all be connected.

Suggestion Box:

Leave an authentic comment. Tell me why you don’t want to upvote this post.

February 13, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

pic.twitter.com/DdZw5XEZLt In order to scale a blockchain from a product to a platform you need CAPACITY. $STEEM #steem wins! #blogger #bloggerswanted thndr.me/igqX2Z

This is my support for the #Steem community.

pic.twitter.com/DdZw5XEZLt In order to scale a blockchain from a product to a platform you need CAPACITY. $STEEM wins! thndr.me/igqX2Z

Anyone that considers themselves an author, poet, musician, writer and freelancer will enjoy the various Steem platforms.

Look for me, @steemseph

February 9, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Part 2: That guy who plays bass in Steel Parade shares live performance highlights of a 50th birthday bash.

We took a short 15 minute break and then got back to making the party music in this second broadcast.

This is a continuation of Part 1, click here to go back to that previous silliness. https://steemit.com/music/@steemseph/that-guy-who-plays-bass-in-a-steel-drum-band-shares-live-performance-highlights-of-a-50th-birthday-bash-after-a-coffee-and-donut

Highlights:

Don’t forget to click on the time markers/numbers, to go directly to the section of the broadcast featured in this post.

  • After a 15min break I start my second broadcast and show our environment (living room) and our instruments (bass, drums, steel pan) 00:00. Me and Max chat a little too. He plays the drums and I play the bass. We try to be cute.

  • The first song we play is at 05:22, and it’s an original tune called “Little Witchy“. Do you recognize the feel? Some call it Samba Reggae and it’s from Brazil 🇧🇷. This song will be on @steelparade’s new album for 2018.

  • At 09:41 we go right into a soca feel to reveal a Disney classic.

  • Jump to 15:11 to hear Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds“. I sing harmony with @steelparade in this one.

  • Skip directly to 23:10 to hear us perform a NEW original tune. I think it’s called, “Let’s Run Away“.

  • Here we are at 29:01 performing Bobby Vinton’s “I Love How You Love Me.” We do it in a funky style. It’s kinda something we’re having fun with. Funk it all up.

If I don’t qualify to be funky, then I’ll be funked.

  • Speaking of funked, skip to 29:30 to hear a bass mistake. I’m mentioning it because it kinda worked and we all make a funny face.

  • Be the first person to name the Television show that the song at 33:09 comes from and I’ll give you a 100% upvote.

  • Drummer plays steel drum and steel drummer plays the drums at 39:01. I change the camera angle and they switch instruments.

  • Here “Red, Red Wine,” in a rock reggae style similar to UB40 at 49:03. The camera angle is fun and that pillow hair from earlier is blowing in the wind without obstructing the view at 51:16. It almost looks like the hair is moving in time will the music.

  • At 55:53, we perform “Dance With Me“, a NEW Steel Parade original song. Look for “Dance With Me” in the new album scheduled for 2018!

  • Skip to 01:01:05 to hear our rendition of Randy Travis’s “Forever and Ever Amen“.

  • Have you ever heard a steel drum band do a country classic? At 01:06:35 we play “Helena.” Sorry, no drum solo this time.

Silly Birthday Present : 🎁

  • The party music turns to the birthday boy who talks about the abundance of gag gifts he has received at 01:13:27. It’s cool to watch if you’re looking for party ideas. I change the camera angle and it’s cool if you want to see me squirm and get a good view of my Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe.
  • We sing happy birthday the Steel Parade style at 01:21:20.
  • That takes us into the song call, “Everybody Loved A Saturday Night” at 01:22:06.

  • Our very last song of the night is an Elvis tune at 01:28:50. We do a reggae version of the classic known as, “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

I end the broadcast joking with live viewers about all the cookies I’m going to eat. Skip directly to it if all you care about our cookies.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to the question above for a 100% upvote.


February 8, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Fun posts and stuff to look forward to in February 2018 from @steemseph

Bass In This Place:

Me and our Steemit neighbor @steelparade will be performing happy island steel drum music on the 9th and 10th of February.

  • On the 9th we will do our monthly performance at Taco Surf near Seal Beach, California. It’s fun, it’s exciting, we get silly and people usually dance. Check my previous posts to see the fun from previous performances at Taco Surf.

  • On the 10th we will perform for a private party in the city of Cerritos, California.

Any time you want to see more about Steel Parade, search #steelparade in your favorite antiquated social media platforms that don’t use Steem… especially this one: https://www.facebook.com/steelparade/

I should get flagged for that offensive link. 🎃 (jk)

I usually broadcast our performances on my Periscope, @tetrahedroseph https://www.pscp.tv/Tetrahedroseph/follow


Big Band Jazz:

On Monday the 12th 2018, my first big band rehearsal of 2018 starts. Me and our Steemit neighbor @steelparade will be reading down new charts/music we’ve probably never seen before. Big band is a really healthy environment for us to practice our musician skills. So far we have a big band concert scheduled for March 23rd.

Click on the links below if you want to see a few of my previous posts featuring big band.


Coffee and Kombucha:

  • Sometimes I get crafty. I brew a drink called Kombucha. I plan to share tips and instruction on how to make it, how to refine/flavor it, how to store it and what it actually is. Good DIY thing. 

  • Related to Big Band, the musical director loves my coldbrew coffee. Since I make both of those, I’ll talk about cold brew coffee a little more on Steemit.com. Maybe this is all you really need: https://steemit.com/coffee/@steemseph/cold-brew-coffee-instructions-in-gif-form-by-that-guy-who-once-made-gif-like-videos-part-1-of-2

  • Donuts: I’m highly qualified and highly opinionated about donuts. I am exposed to some of the best here. It’s a regular coffee combination. 🎃


GIFs!

I’m going to switch my GIF making app. It’s becoming too much work because they made some bad changes to the app GIF Maker. When I switch I will return to being That Guy Who Makes Gif-Like Videos and That Guy Who Shares Images of Upside Down Steel Drums.


Tetrahedroseph:

A musical persona. Sometimes an overall artistic persona that is easy to confuse with other stuff I do. Search #tetrahedroseph on you favorite social media platform to see other neat stuff.

– is pronounced ˌtetrəˈhē drōzəf. Just combine “Tetrahedron” and “Joseph”.
– has a full discography available here: tetrahedroseph.bandcamp.com
– has free music available here: http://tetrahedroseph.bandcamp.com/music
– is a symbol of simplicity. I like reminders.
– is the name of a persona for my music, video, image, and art collections.
– can be found on Twitter. @Tetrahedroseph
– uses tenor steel drums and unique bass steel drums that look much different than the traditional 6 bass pans.
– uses real ukulele, guitar, and bass.
– sings and never uses auto tuning. Lots of editing, but no auto tuning or melodyne. Can’t you tell.


Other: 

  • I’m doing almost all of this with an iPhone 7. 
  • I talk about the band #steelparade a lot because I play bass and sing full time with them. We are a humble band performing and servicing parties and people  full-time. It is my day job. My comments and opinions here are my own.

  • Almost all of this is kinda like a grand scheme to simply have a destination for my various “art forms”. I don’t want to stop. It’s therapeutic and I highly recommend it.

February 7, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Panoramic of Downtown Los Angeles #DTLA Fashion District with a dirty sky this February 6th 2018 Vol. 15

This is one of the most hazy days we have seen in Los Angeles. The city even looked washed out and hazy from the 10 freeway and that’s just a mile and half south of downtown Los Angeles and the spot in the fashion district where I usually take my panoramic pictures.

Panoramic of Downtown Los Angeles:

Take a closer look at the dark buildings in the distance. I can see the haze of pollution in these close-ups of the black buildings in the background.

Notice the quality of the blackness in those distant buildings. The buildings don’t look completely black. They seem to be covered by a white sheen.


Bonus Stuff: Plastic Butts!?!

I usually like to get a little piece of something else from the city that I can share. This time around I’m featuring something that there are plenty of. I hope this makes you laugh.

That concludes this panoramic contribution to my series. It’s difficult to predict when I will be in Los Angeles next. Being there requires lots of hustle, but if there’s something specific you would like to see, leave a comment. Let me know what you would like to see up close and maybe I can make it happen. If work presents itself I might run down there again today.


Thanks for following and reading. Look forward to more original content featuring music, GIFs, Kombucha, coffee and travel. I’ve also started a monthly museum series. I plan to feature one museum or garden type destination each month.




January 31, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

A work in progress update along with fun Gifs and previous musical broadcast highlights from the guy who plays in a steel drum band.

This gif is just a small part of my current work in progress… Part 2… the follow up to my previous post will feature live performance highlights from a Newport Beach birthday party with music from #steelparde.

Part 2 is coming soon!

Click here to read part 1 of this series: https://steemit.com/music/@steemseph/that-guy-who-plays-bass-in-a-steel-drum-band-shares-live-performance-highlights-of-a-50th-birthday-bash-after-a-coffee-and-donut

This is a gif from Part 1.


WAIT, THERE’S MORE!


Click here for last week’s performance highlights featuring a fun crowd and a drum solo. We performed at Taco Surf Cantina in Seal Beach California. Lots of dancers!

Part 2: https://steemit.com/musica/@steemseph/my-broadcast-highlights-from-my-taco-surf-performance-with-steelparade-july-19th-2018-part-2-of-2

AND

Part 2: https://steemit.com/music/@steemseph/highlights-from-my-performance-broadcast-with-steelparade-at-taco-surf-july-19th-2018-part-1-of-2


Thanks for following and supporting. Look for Part 2 in a day or two!

January 30, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

That guy who plays bass in a steel drum band shares live performance highlights of a 50th birthday bash after a coffee and donut fix! Part 1 of 2

FIRST! More important than music, steamit politics, btc, flagging wars and a generous whale’s plagiarized profile pic, is my coffee and donut. Especially the donut.

That’s right, the end is near. That coffee and donut GIF you see above is a sign of more food related commentary to come. Me and the guys in the band eat at lots of interesting places. Also, the quality of catering we encounter at our performances is always interesting and worthy of discussion. Let me know if you have a question.

I will include a food section/review in my future posts about my performances with #SteelParade and big band too (coming soon).


Broadcast 1’s Highlights:

Here we are starting the party music with appropriate volume levels. Yes, we are right here in the host’s living room.

Click the following link to skip my commentary and go straight to my first broadcast on Periscope called: “Live Music: Last minute crunchy steel drum music!” https://www.pscp.tv/w/bTurXjFtTUtQdldZa3lnRUd8MU1ueG5nTWJFYWRLTzNEGIU1dsljJDyFP-t51P9zdE1CQTqgXdNuKoValAua
  • We start off at 02:51 with a rhythm intro to the soca tune called, “Marianne“. It is one of our favorite tunes to start out with. Marianne has soca, craziness, funk, harmonies, and blues all wrapped up into one song.
  • Catch our funky rendition of “I Can See Clearly Now” at 10:33. We usually play it with a reggae feel. The original version is by Johnny Nash, just click on his name to here the original on that weird video platform that doesn’t use Steem.
  • Now we do a reggae feel for “Sunshine On My Shoulder” at 16:12, a John Denver tune.

HEY YOU! What kind of guitar do you have? Post an image of your guitar in the comments with a brief explanation and I’ll give your comment a 100% upvote. No links. No spam.

  • We actually know two John Denver songs and we play his song “Country Road” at 21:40. We do an island version to honor Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Be sure to check out all of those versions too.
The camera angle was obstructed by a fuzzy couch pillow for a song or two. I thought it would be kind of cool:
  • I’m sorry, the camera angle gets worse, but at 27:17 we perform the Rolling Stones tune, “Beast of Burden.” We rarely play this song and we’ve been playing it for a long time. Check out my harmony, it took lots of practice to be able to sing and play the bass for some of those vocal parts.
  • We perform an original called, “DonkeySkin” at 33:12 and it turns into an exciting instrumental. FLASHBACK!!! We made a video for this song back in 2015: https://youtu.be/cVsPgWyUNV8

… that dude had a weird bra.


  • Thankfully, at 40:20, I fix the camera angle to lose the pillow hair to gain the DRUMMER VIEW! We perform, “Stand By Me“. That’s our Steemit neighbor Max. Did you see his awesome drum solo in my previous post? Click here to see his live drum solos from our previous performance.
  • We perform another Steel Parade original instrumental at 49:34. It’s called “Pleasy“. It’s usually a soca feel, but this time we make it funky. I make the bass busy. Is that actually funky though?
  • During a drum and bass break in the same song at 55:02, our Steemit neighbor @steelparade moves the camera to an angle that lets you see the steel drum better.


NEXT: Part 2: That guy who plays bass in Steel Parade shares live performance highlights of a 50th birthday bash.


Thanks for following and thanks for reading. Even bigger thanks for upvoting even though I’m not a whale. Another big thanks for upvoting without a whale upvoting first.

Finally, a thanks to all those guitar players that are going to share an image and description of their axes. Drummers are welcome too.


Click here to see my previous post about our music: My broadcast highlights from my Taco Surf performance with #steelparade July 19th 2018 Part 2 of 2

January 26, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

My broadcast highlights from my Taco Surf performance with #steelparade July 19th 2018 Part 2 of 2

The name of my second broadcast is called, “Steel drum music sounds fun!

Did that make you dizzy? Maybe these broadcast highlights will, but they shouldn’t. The camera angle is much better this time.

  • We start off our second set with an original tune called, “Dance With Meat 03:18. Steel Parade is scheduled to release a new album this year on BandCamp.
  • At 10:10we start a classic called “Helena” and it gets the dancers moving because we play it fast. Listen to this gif-like video I made featuring our hyper rendition of Helena. https://youtu.be/JfQaSVYcsM8

10sec Gif-Like Music Video:

https://youtu.be/JfQaSVYcsM8

  • We perform a fun reggae/steel drum version of The Beatles song “Across The Universe” at 17:02.

  • Do you remember an Elvis Castello song called “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?” We perform our ska version of it at 22:41 with or friend Kris singing again. Checkout my bass parts! Busy, busy bass is cool sometimes.

  • We perform a song for the first time ever at 29:45! It’s called, “Let’s Run Away.”Skip back to 27:21and you’ll hear @steelparade talking about it. It’s a world premier presentation, “virgin” experience as @steelparade put it.

  • A highly sophisticated drunk dude asks us to play the Don Ho song titled, “Tinny Bubbles” at 34:37 and we make it happen. Harmonies and all.
  • Then at 36:47 the same dude puts a $20 bill on my microphone as a compliment… and we both suddenly feel like we are at a strip joint. Guess who’s the stripper? Not that strippers are bad people or anything, it’s just uhhh… different.

  • At 41:15 we perform a strangely funky version of “I Love How You Love Me.”
  • We play a famous Elvis tune at 56:30. By this time, people are already dancing and we begin a sing-along at 58:59.
  • We end our performance with an Elvis tune. I show the steel drum and talk to an old friend from BuskerApp at 01:02:04.
  • See the drum set at 1:03:56 from the thrown… that’s what we call the drummer’s seat. The rest of the video is just a bunch of chatter and too much back-to-the camera. It’s rude and I’ll try to refrain in the future.

NEXT: Wild and crazy living room performance highlights from a 50th birthday party! 😳


Don’t miss Part 1, my previous broadcast highlights, click here: https://steemit.com/music/@steemseph/highlights-from-my-performance-broadcast-with-steelparade-at-taco-surf-july-19th-2018-part-1-of-2

Thanks for following and reading. Please upvote and leave a genuine comment.

  • Ask me about music.
  • Ask me about the weird stuff you see.
  • Ask me to define something if you want.
  • Be the first to tell me the correct name of the Elvis song we play in this post and I’ll give you a 100% upvote on your comment.

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