“Still no one calling.”


My mind feels like oatmeal. I realized my cat is now my clock. Our day begins between 6 and 7 AM, with her waking me up by degrees. She starts with a quiet, questioning meow, like, you up? Half the time, it makes me laugh, and I get up. Sometimes I fall back asleep, and she begins walking around my head on my pillow. Her meows gradually increase in volume, (signaling her final warning.)

On the rare occasion when this still doesn’t awaken me, she begins pawing my eyelids. Regardless of how tired I am, this cracks me up so much it always works. When she finishes eating, she goes to her climbing tree and leaps up to the second level. I gush over her athleticism and copy that scene from The Nutty Professor.

The Nutty Professor - Hercules! Hercules!
“Hercules! Hercules!”

I shampooed the carpet yesterday. It was my first time using a cleaner I ordered online, but I couldn’t find the instruction manual. Instead, I guessed based on the fill lines on the solution and water tank. I figured out how to operate it and am pleased with the results, with one caveat. When I emptied the dirty water tank, I discovered the instructions were inside it, along with three teeny tiny solution samples.

Fortunately, I rinsed them off, and they were fine, but the instructions didn’t survive. It’s annoying when products are packed this way without a sticker to warn me. Although I whine about the ones that are ridic sticky and leave industrial-strength residue on the product, so I guess it’s no big whoop. I used a pet-safe cleanser and later caught Amelia B sniffing the carpet with her mouth open. It looked so hilarious; I wish I took a photo.

I miss M. We’re quarantining separately, though we don’t live together. I didn’t fully grok how much time we used to spend together before the pandemic. It was typical for us to hang out when he wasn’t working or with his tribe. When I first recognized I miss his physical presence, it scared me. Then a friend told me it’s probably a good thing, and I got over myself.

playing guitar and singing

We’ve talked about what we want to do when quarantine ends. All my suggestions include traveling with both pets. Perhaps with an RV. It’s fun to discuss. It keeps me hopeful. I had a better week (and didn’t spend most of it sleeping or weeping.) Heh. I discovered my songwriting method. I have to start with a short melody on the keyboard, then listen to it repeatedly for a while.

Once it’s stuck in my head, I can add the bass, guitar, and then drums, (with lots of repetitive listening.) After I get those underlying bones, I can begin layering in harmonies with a violin and synthesizer. Last, the vocals. (I start with hums until I find the lyrics.) It takes a while, and my skill level varies by instrument.

I thought I would be able to play any instrument using a midi keyboard, but not when I’m creating a song. (I’m sofa king literal.) I don’t know if this is because I’m learning, or if this is just how my brain works. I suspect the latter. I thought computers would make the process easier. In my case, nope. They just make music production far more affordable for hobbyists. Still have to RTFM. Heh.

4 thoughts on ““Still no one calling.”

  1. Lol my former kitty Murphy would do the exact same thing! First a little questioning murmur, and then gradually progressing to pawing my eyelids and chin!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. And Murphy had all his claws (we’re a declaw-free household lol – Do Not Try This At Home πŸ˜‚)

    What’s a MIDI keyboard?? 😍

  2. Amelia B was already declawed on front paws when I rescued her. (She doesn’t seem to have any residual pain from it, I hope!) Otherwise, she’d have them as I wouldn’t put her through that, and my apartments don’t require it. A MIDI keyboard is like a typical music keyboard, only it has MIDI connectivity, (these days often through a USB port to a computer, or MIDI in and out ports.)

    It means the sounds aren’t (necessarily) built into the keyboard, but instead allow you to connect it to sound banks from synthesizers or assign them through your computer using a DAW (digital audio workstation program, like GarageBand, Logic Pro X, etc.) It means I can play any sound I assign and play it through the keyboard like a piano.

    I have a keyboard that has both MIDI capability and built in sounds, so I can either play connected to another sound source/computer, or play using the built in sounds. I have a few with 25-37 keys for triggering sounds from drums or other musical instrument sounds to samples of recorded sounds (like my cat’s meows.)

    The smaller MIDI keyboards are great for portability, and can connect to a synthesizer, drum machine, tablet, phone, computer, etc. They allow me to play a single sound in different keys (like a piano) or I can assign a different instrument to each key on the keyboard and play multiple instruments simultaneously based on how I set it up.

    It’s fabulous because I can also program it to do other things like control lights, video clips, or software commands. I use one to speed up the workflow in programs like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro (video editing.) My favorite is the Arturia Keystep controller and sequencer.

    Other options are like a drum machine where instead of keys, you have pads in a grid with LED lights that vary by how you program them so you can use color cues to know the state of each pad, and tap them with your fingers. The harder you press the key or pad resembles how hard you press a key on a piano. More force makes the sound louder. The Novation Launchpad line is a favorite, as well as the Ableton Push 2, but it’s created for a specific music software suite and great for performing in realtime.

    If you’re interested in exploring MIDI, I highly recommend either product, both of which recently updated to even more fabulous versions since I bought mine. Sweetwatermusic.com is my favorite online music store, and they carry both of these starting at around $100. That’s probably more than you wanted to know, but hit me up if you want more information. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ™ƒ

    1. Oooooh!!! (Squeezes you AS-friendly-like 😍😍). Thank you so much for the info!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that! Nah, it wasn’t too much – you know I crave info and learning and shizz πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. Yep, if it’s ok with you, I may want to pick your brain some more at some point, if you don’t mind holding my hand a little when that time comes πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ˜‰πŸ’“πŸ’“

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