The Nebraska Sailing Authority is a creative entity powered by renaissance man Brad Moore, often with a little help from his (talented and magical) friends. It is not a government body somehow related to terrestrial sailing - although that would be cool. And there's probably a power vacuum there. And your tax dollars have gone to worse things.

Anyway, there's at least one thing (probably more) around this site that you'll really like as soon as you check it out. You should go find it.

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I Hate To Do This, But:

Things are clicking down here in the Land of the Long White Cloud… all kinds of things involving music and thought and poetry and beauty and other good stuff like that. It’s just that none of them directly involve this website… or at least not yet. So I’m going to honest instead of putting anything through a slow and agonizing sort of apparent death – whether or not that’s actually happening. This website is like a shiny front window with a lot of complicated pieces that still aren’t working quite right. The real business is happening inside the shop, and it deserves more attention than the front window.

As soon as the first corner of this stuff catches fire, you, dear reader of this website, will be among the first to know.

The Ultimate Soundtrack Post

Hey – it’s Brad again. For those of you who follow me on FB or Twitter (or know me personally at all) – well… then you already know that I not only make huge amounts of music to share with people – I also find huge amounts of it. It’s usually on a post where I just kinda’ list whatever I’ve been hearing lately that I think other people would like.

Except that way has a bit of a drawback to it: you don’t really get to see where I’m coming from in the bigger picture. The latest is rarely the greatest, you know? So here I’m giving you a couple really long lists of AMAZING music: the top 25 most played songs – both 4 and 5 stars – out of my music library (somewhere over 7600 songs) throughout 4 years in the USA and half a year in New Zealand.

Disclaimer: It is what it is. I excluded anything below 1:30 in length (concept albums are the only ones worth listening to as albums – enough said). I had to start fresh and reconstruct the top 70-ish most played songs via XML in the summer of 2008, so there was a pretty sharp drop-off somewhere in there. I also didn’t realize that a song needs to finish entirely to count as “played” until halfway through the first year… and you’ll also see some honorable mentions where I started with a lo-fi MP3 and got a hi-fi version of the same thing later. Aaaand it’s not like I don’t have a few dozen more 5-star songs waiting in the wings that I just haven’t listened to lately.

So do I sound like a music geek yet? (You: “Yeah Brad, you really do.”) Me: Aite, so I’ll take that as a compliment and you can take that as a sign that you’re about to get your world rocked. You’re welcome.

Top 25×2 June 2011

Sweet Purity

The latest from camp NSA: we have a shiny new a capella piece in the works. You know – it’s the only sensible move right after creepy southwestern folk and cinematic classical impressionism. We’ve naturally got to get a bunch of people from all over the world together and just have them sing this awesome song.

So yeah, New Zealand should be seeing a new vocal quintet (or sextet) – among other things – around in the near future. I humbly beseech you, my dear friend, to stick that in your proverbial windpipe and smoke it forthwith – with as much late 80’s production flair as you can muster. Also, look for the action to pick up pace here in the near future. Why is that? Well, musicians tend to be more productive after they get instruments, you know? Especially for the kind of music that just happens not to be a capella demo stuff.

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