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Below are the 15 most recent journal entries recorded in For the Music Obsessed!'s LiveJournal:

Monday, August 28th, 2006
9:48 pm
40 icons from three videos by The Corrs (So Young, Would you be Happier and Give me a Reason).
Most are simple and textless. Some have a small amount of text on them. Nothing fancy.


The rest are HERE, at my icon journal.

Please read the rules at peacebloomings before taking preview icons.
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
4:04 pm
New from SPIRAL - Celtic/Gothic/Folk/Ethereal/New Age MP3s!
Celtic, Gothic, Ethereal and New Age MP3s ready for instant download!

At long last...all Spiral Music is now available in MP3 format to download instantly - for just £3.00/$5.40!

Current albums available:

Philip Le Breton - Magical Encounters

Our first and still best selling recording.

Deeply atmospheric Celtic-Gothic music by Philip Le Breton including Leicestershire small pipes, whistles, bodhran and flutes. Evocative of ancient standing stones, misty woodland and meandering streams, it is both exciting and inspirational.

Philip Le Breton - The Lady of the Lake

The sequel to Magical Encounters. Celtic flavour to the music. Journey across enchanted waters and reach Avalon. Fascinating and restful.

THIS IS NOW OUT OF PRODUCTION. Now available exclusively through Spiral as an MP3!

Philip Le Breton - A Knight's Destiny

Drawing from the stories of King Arthur's companion Knights, Philip Le Breton paints a unique masterpiece from his palette of vivid musical colours. A Knight's Desiny reveals the romance and excitement that make Arthurian saga the Matter of Britain.

Philip Le Breton - The Green Man

Extensively publicised, this recording by Philip Le Breton is a major work. Beautiful and enchanting Celtic-flavoured music that will transport you deep within the world of nature, to a magical land of faeries and elves. With evocative sounds from strings, choirs, flute and Celtic instruments you will hear the Green Man "speak" and "watch" him dance. Reviewed in Prediction magazine. 

Philip Le Breton - Atlantis

Journey deep through the depths to another world - with this evocative msuic all you need do is close your eyes. This stimulating and enjoyable extract incorporates the natural sound of the humpback whale along with a host of other instruments. It is an experience that you will wish to repeat many times.

Muckle Flugga - Celtic Labyrinth

The latest recording release on the Spiral Music label is Celtic Labyrinth - a collection of Celtic and traditional tunes by the talented new band Muckleflugga. Celtic Labyrinth contains over an hour of music performed by masters of the Harp, Flute, Scottish Smallpipes, Whistles, Acoustic Guitars and the Didgeridoo. Everything from foot tapping jigs to hauntingly beautiful laments are here to give a modern voice to songs as old as the hills.

Spiral Journey - The Best of Spiral Music

This Spiral Music best-of collection gives you a unique taste of all the inspirational and evocative music that makes Spiral music special. It contains the most popular tracks/extracts of our recordings.

Brought to you by the Spiral Online Shop

Thursday, June 30th, 2005
12:02 pm
Perfect Pitch
Do you wish you had perfect pitch? DO you know someone who does? Do you want to know more about it? Do you ever question what it's like for people who have perfect pitch, people who can pull notes out of thin air? Well, if any of these things apply to you, or you are just feeling like joining, hop on over to
and see what the fun's all about!
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
3:44 pm
Thinking about musical highlights.
1. (1975) There are these big rock formations behind the highschool. My first musical partner other than my brother Jim, used to go there to jam. His name was Bobby. One day we were just getting into it and when we looked up, there were about 50 highschool students just listening and getting into it. This was during school hours so we knew we were on to something.

2. (1977) Wedding rehearsal dinner, my friend Tom and I pick up two acoustic guitars and played Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Teach Your Children." My Mom is overwhelmed and runs out of the house crying.

3. (1979?) The Night Owl coffeehouse, Muhlenburg College campus. My band, Voyager, my brother Jim, friend Bobby and me were playing an acoustic set and another band was to follow us. Halfway through our show, the other band had taken off and we played the entire night. Apparently they were intimidated.

4. (1979-1990s) Lots of gigs, none are real highlights, our band is good but not always outstanding. One particular evening though, we were asked to play a benefit for the Athletic Club, it's a children midget football league so why not. So there we are playing outside and the wind is blowing our hair, we look like real rock stars. I notice my Mom and Dad standing a little distance away and they're watching us. Someone walks over to my Dad and asks what he's doing there, he points toward the stage and I can read his lips, "My boys are playing up there." Very cool.

5. (1990s) A few solo gigs. Open mics. Two in particular, at the Library, an evening of words and music. I played a song I had written about my Dad and a couple people told me they cried. Next evening of words and music I played a song about a child custody case and had to stop halfway through the song because I couldn't go on. I started over and got through the song. As I walked back to my table, I noticed that half the audience was crying. One man called me over to his table and said, "I don't know what your faith is like, but I go to a seminary in Virgina, there will be people praying for you." Another audience member, a published poetess came over to me and said I have a delicate touch on the guitar. It was a very touching evening.

6. (1997) Solo gigs at Village Pastimes Emporium, my friend Brittany gives me a rebuilt classical guitar for my birthday. She says, "This is to replace the one your ex-wife smashed." For a day or two I tried to get in touch with my former bandmates and invite them. My brother, Jim said he would come and he'd get in touch with Bobby. My brother shows up and tells me he didn't get in touch with Bobby. I was disappointed but hey, the show must go on. So I open the show and some of the other performers play a few tunes. Suddenly, Bobby walks through the door. I get up to play another set and Brittany gets up and plays bass, my brother sings and Bobby plays guitar and sings. I played guitar and sang, we did my most well known song and we tear the roof off the place. My band with the added presence of Brittany playing my song, "Where Do I Go To Surrender." I even saw the owner of the Emporium in the back of the room singing along.

7. (2004) A memory lapse so we fast forward to the Vermont Renaissance Faire. A totally new band. Our little trio is made up of Jill, Dave and me. We wrote this song at a rehearsal, my wife and Dave's wife helped out with lyrics. We call the song, "The Battered Mug." It's named after a Pub on my street. We must have played the song a million times at the Faire over the four days we were there. Our final day at Vermont and they ask us to play music for the Queen's final court. By this time every minstrel at the Faire learned the song. So here we are a trio with so many other minstrels joining us that we have eleven players on this song. I am standing in the middle just listening and really enjoying the sound of all the instruments when I realize, hey, I have to sing. We played the shit out of that song. Amazing.

8. (2004) Still the Renaissance Faire band. Okay, the year is almost over. Jill has quit the band and we find Maria through the magic of live journal. Maria comes to my house from Syracuse, New York. Dave come up from Delaware and we rehearse for about 2 or 3 hours. My friend Lis calls and tells me there is an open mic about five blocks from my house. I talk the band into giving it a shot. We were so hot, we blew them away. We were good, we were funny and they laughed in all the right places. Success, now let's see if we can keep this band together.

Current Mood: Nostalgic
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
12:58 pm
Musical equipment
So far, I have two antique Ampeg Amps. A nice PA system made up of a Carvin mixer, Nady power amp, Alesis digital delay and two Yamaha three way speaker cabinets. I have one good AKG microphone and two no name cheapies left over from my old band. I have an old Panaramic tube amp and a "Chimes" arch top guitar. I also have a Fender acoustic and and a Martin acoustic guitar. I have two mandolins a Harmony and a Hondo. A no name mountain dulcimer. A Meadowlark hammered dulcimer. We have a grand piano in the living room and I have a Sequential Circuits Synthesizer. I have a no name bass that I bought when I was a kid, a no name 12 string electric from the same time period. I have a rebuilt classical guitar given to me by my friend Brittany. She said it's to replace the classical guitar my ex-wife smashed.

I record rough demos on a Ross 4x4 cassette studio. I monitor my recordings through a Pioneer receiver that I bought in 1977, it's 120 watts per side. I also have a Pioneer graphic equalizer. The speakers are mini Advents with a DBX subwoofer. It kicks ass.

Thats all for now. Just wait until I get a real job.

Current Mood: Anxious
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
11:24 pm
Just a quick plug: I've just started an LJ community for fans of Luka Bloom. If you're interesed in joining you'd be most welcome. Come over and have a look.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, January 24th, 2005
10:45 pm
New Community
Please feel free to join my new community, kodaly_educator. If you are familiar with Kodaly, have your certification, or know nothing about it and would like more information, this is the community for you!
Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
12:51 am
hey, i need help on the title of an oldie. i dont know if any commoners here know anything about oldies, but i'll try my luck anyhow.

this is how the chorus goes (the way it sounds to my ears)

.... i think your swell
and you really do me well
your my pride and joy, etc

and if i ever take the time
to ask you to speak your mind
tell me that you love me better

please help me help me help me help me

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, December 19th, 2004
11:07 pm
im excited..this friday at the christmas service at church, im performing 2 songs in an ensemble. we're doing 'I Wonder As I Wander' and 'The Little Drummer Boy' and i have solos in both songs. im doing my flute on those. i was going to do my violin, but the flute has the sound we want for these songs. so yeah..i spent about 4 hours at casey's house learning, practicing, and damnit i forgot the word...when you re-write music according to what key you want it in....TRANSPOSING! i remember! wow...lol anyways..so yeah, thats my news for today..

Current Mood: artistic
10:31 pm
My music.
I have never claimed to be any good. Here is some stuff that I have been a part of.
Here's a link to one song by my band.

And just to keep you interested, here's a link to my solo work.

Tell me what you think.

Current Mood: BRRRRRR
Sunday, December 12th, 2004
8:30 am
Being obsessed isn't necessarily a good thing. First off I have to tell you I am fifty years old. My first and second wives have blamed music for our failure to maintain a relationship. It is a fine balancing act to maintain a family and a band or even a solo career. Not that I have a real career. Music is more than a hobby but less than a profession. It is a difficult business to break into. Especially when you have to support a family and pay child support. I don't begrudge the child support because I love my little girls so much. They are an inspiration.

Current Mood: Awake, sort of.
Saturday, December 4th, 2004
2:53 pm
Woah, I was the first person to join and never posted an intro thread...
...so guess I'll do that now! My name's Doug (though many online call me Drum). I'm a senior in high school and have been playing for most of my life. I play percussion, piano, I sing, and I attempt to play anything I can get my hands on. I definately know playing is what I want to do for the rest of my life, which is why I'm here! lol. See you all around!
7:51 am
Old obsession
OK, a new group and I am a newbie at LiveJournal.
I am 50 years old and obsessed with music for almost my entire life.
I play guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, tin whistle, a little bit of keyboards and considering lessons since we just got a grand piano and I sing.
I am in a band that plays Renaissance Faires.
I also do solo singer/songwriter gigs and I occasionally have my daughters sit in with me. My older girl sings background vocals as does my youngest. However, my younger daughter also plays, violin, clarinet, recorder, tin whistle, fife and just about anything else she can get her hands on.
My wife and older daughter both write poetry and we do collaborate on songwriting as often as possible.
My younger brother plays drums and guitar, although, at 43 he's not all that young anymore either.
He and I were in a rock band together and we may still record some of our old stuff just to have it saved for posterity.
I welcome any discussion and conversations about music.
Here is a URL to three of my solo songs although one is a duet with my friend Brittany.
Brittany and I wrote the song together and it is on both of our CDs.

Current Mood: Hope to make friends
Friday, December 3rd, 2004
9:21 pm
hey..well, i just happened to stumble across this page, so i guess i should probably introduce myself..im christina, im 15 and i play the violin, flute, piccolo, saxophone, piano, etc. violin is what ive played the longest though. thats been since i was 7. anywho..im in band now and i play piccolo in marching season and flute in symphonic. but i messed up my knee this past year, so i was put in percussion on the sideline. that was interesting. but..in response to your question in your post..ive known since i was about 8 or 9 that music was everything to me. i mean, not only the music i make with the instruments, but the radio and my cds. i could not live without music. well..i suppose thats about all i have to say as of right now. ill post again later.

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, November 27th, 2004
9:30 pm
An Intro and the first post EVER!

I'm Kate, and i've been playing the violin for a really long time. I LOVE music so incredibly much!! It's LIFE!!! I truly don't know what i would do if some way or another, it was taken away from me. I feel as though it shapes the person that I am.
Hopefully (seeing that no one else has posted here...) this first step will perhaps encourage others to join. i think this could be an awesome community!
A question, for anyone who's interested: What was the event or time in your life that made you realize that music was IT?

Peace out.

Current Mood: good
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