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January 22, 2016 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Weird, I don’t have a Kombucha page yet.

Recently, I’ve Tweeted about Kombuch a lot. I even made an entire video and tweeted about it.

Caution: the video is really long and boring and everyone is getting mad at me for it. If you think it’s too long then please proceed with caution, for I will not care if you think it is too long and I will not change it. #justsayin

 

All my other tweets appear on the right side of my blog feed. You can find me as @tetrahedroseph on both Twitter and Instagram.

January 10, 2016 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

What Are the Risks of Marijuana Smoke, Compared to Tobacco?

Why are cigarettes still legal?

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Colorado was the first US state to legalize marijuana, followed by Washington state, in both cases after voter initiatives

Long-term exposure to tobacco smoke is demonstrably harmful to health. According to the United States Center for Disease Control, tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and chronic exposure to tobacco smoke is linked to increased incidences of cancer as well as vascular disease. Inhaling tobacco smoke is also associated with a variety of adverse pulmonary effects, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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January 1, 2016 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Holiday Party Fun!

I put bass in this employee appreciation party with Steel Parade. We are about to eat Tacos.

Steel Drum Life

1 minute and 33 seconds from our lunchtime holiday party for Digital Realty Trust in Los Angeles, California.

We are ready to make your next office party a fun and memorable success!

Yay!

Phil

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November 25, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Accessing Musical Memory Through Writing Charts

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Here’s a new video from Adam Neely about transcribing music. Its a fascinating watch, not only because Adam is so coherent and fluid in his explanations, but because he actually transcribes a song using Sibelius right in front of us, so we can actually observe the process from someone who’s demonstrably good at it. It also helps that he picks “Just Like Heaven” from The Cure, which I dig. ;)

Accessing Musical Memory Through Writing Charts

At first blush, it might seem that his method only applies to people who know how to read standard notation, but I think the principles apply more broadly – he speaks about transcribing in detail, leaving notes or cues to yourself that help you keep track of where you are in a song, when to indicate that a part repeats, and so on. Even if you write solely in tab, I’m…

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June 10, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Cannabis for Alzheimer’s disease

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A Molecular Link Between the Active Component of Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly, and with the ever-increasing size of this population, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to triple over the next 50 years. Consequently, the development of treatments that slow or halt the disease progression have become imperative to both improve the quality of life for patients as well as reduce the health care costs attributable to Alzheimer’s disease. Here, we demonstrate that the active component of marijuana, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), competitively inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as well as prevents AChE-induced amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation, the key pathological marker of Alzheimer’s disease. Computational modeling of the THC-AChE interaction revealed that THC binds in the peripheral anionic site of AChE, the critical region involved in amyloidgenesis. Compared to currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer’s…

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April 30, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Cannabis: the fabric of Japan

History of Cannabis in Japan:

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by Jon Mitchell

An increasing number of states in the U.S. are easing policies on cannabis prohibition but little discussion has taken place in Japan on the potential benefits of adopting a similar approach. As various locations around the world celebrate annual April 20 marijuana festivals, we examine the country’s historical and cultural links to the much-maligned weed.


When Junichi Takayasu was 3 years old, a picture book about ninjas changed his life forever. What fascinated him most, however, wasn’t the assassins’ stealthy skills or secret gadgets but their usage of a very special plant.

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April 27, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Hash It Out

A simple little ditty from the #steeldrumlife series.

Steel Parade

In the studio having fun!

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April 8, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

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April 2, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

GoPro Bass Guitar mount for a performance of “Disaster”

Nice water bottle and Saxamaphone!

I finally attached a GoPro sticker mount to my bass. This will be the view for a while. I hope it doesn’t leave a sticky goo if I decide to remove the mount.

This recording of “Disaster” is from the third performance of our first week. “Disaster” is from from the musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.

I am performing bass with a bunch of cool cats like:

Martin Lang is the Director
Phil Carillo Music Director, and playing drum set as well.
Anthony Crespo on piano
Alex Sadnik on reeds
Paul Curtis on reeds
Mark Bush on trumpet
Adam Gerling on trumpet
Taylor Covey on trombone

March 18, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Rehearsing “Disaster” from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

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Did I forget to mention I am working on a two week run of a musical? I am learning lots! It feels good to be playing in a small group of horns… like big band!

We are starting our second week this Thursday the 18th of March. Performances will last until the following Sunday the 22nd.

The actors/students are very excited and express gratitude to us musicians all the time. They are a polite and well behaved group of students focused on doing their part well. We are all grateful for that.

This is the song titled “Disaster” from the musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.

Here we are at the rehearsal run through, the night before opening night.

I’m performing bass with a bunch of cool cats like:

Martin Lang is the Director

Phil Carillo Music Director, and playing drum set as well.

Anthony Crespo on piano

Alex Sadnik on reeds

Paul Curtis on reeds

Mark Bush on trumpet

Adam Gerling on trumpet

Taylor Covey on trombone

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