Four months, research, music

Let’s see how I do with my last post’s list.  I’m going to take CI/hearing topics today. 1. 4 months with CI That’s right.  I was activated way back on May 4th.  I’ve been in for just 3 mappings since then at 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 months (though all were a bit late). My audiogram has remained hovering around 25-35 all the way across.  I think it is low because my maps are still getting a bit louder each time and they do the test Before I get a new map. I still prefer the Med-El FSP (Fine Structure Processing) versus the HD-CIS program.  My audiologists still insist that I keep trying both.  So one of my program slots is still HD.  They both sound good to me, so it’s just a matter of what I am used to.  Music sounds more...

Blog topics brain dump!

I want to write! But there are so many things that I want to write about that I draw a blank when I open this window to start.  Maybe a list will help… 4 months with CI CI #2?  2 CIs versus 1 CI and 1 HA versus bilateral EAS Music lately (wish I’d remembered to bring headphones to work today) Work – TX, LA, TX, PE exam, new suitcase to review (coming today!) Slides In A Flash – accept credit cards, paypal/google checkout, good old fashioned checks Photo hosting Twitter, Twitzap and tweetups Our sailing “vacation” The Kite Runner Using the phone, for work, for home, CapTel Web freelance work (woot!) Swimming Betsie the lawnbott (but she has her own blog I should write in!) AutoCAD – oh right, I’m supposed to be...

Piccolos? Yes, I hear them.

I used to joke that I did great in band, my hearing loss didn’t prevent me from playing, I could hear everyone… except the piccoolos.  And people would laugh and say that I wasn’t missing anything, or even that I was lucky to not hear them. When did I first realize I was hearing them with my cochlear implant? During Stars and Strips Forever. It’s always been obvious that there’s piccolo stuff going on there in that song. All the flutes play piccolos and they usually stand up and sometimes even move to the front of the stage. It’s a big show and impressive because they have to have the music memorized… but it wasn’t something I could hear. So now I have two songs that leave me choked up and make it difficult to...

The band I play in

The band I play in

I play saxophone in the Charlottesville Municipal Band, specifically tenor saxophone.  I found the band after moving to Charlottesville in 2006.  I waited until January of 2007 to join though as I didn’t get settled in at my job until late October and it’s always easier to join a group right after a concert.  So we attended the 2006 Holiday Concert and in 2007 I became a member. There are almost 90 people in the band but overall I find the instrumentation quite well balanced.  We have a decent rhythm section, and I believe as many as 5 tuba/euphonium players.  The sax section seems to hover around the size it should be. If we are short saxes then there’s a clarinetist or two who can help us out, and if we have too many, we can send them...

How to get song lyrics into your iPod

I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I’m having lyrics displayed on my iPhone/iPod. This is something that’s eluded me for a while now, so I thought I’d write it up. First off, you probably need to use iTunes for your music. Since iTunes is the easiest way to get music onto an iPod to being with you probably already have it. Inside of iTunes in the Info panel for each song (CTRL+I to view) you can change the title, album, track info. There is also a tab for Lyrics. Whatever is pasted into this Lyrics tab will display on your iPod. This page has a basic step-by-step guide for iPods: iTunes: Adding song lyrics to iPod (apple.com) So where do you find the lyrics? Generally a google search will turn them up. But doing that for every...

Music lately

I can’t get myself to start typing this because I’m listening to music on my iPhone (built in iPod) and I’ve managed to load lyrics to almost all of my 1500 some songs.  If I type then I can’t read along and the lyrics get lost. Music is sounding pretty good, even with just my CI.  The bass is a bit tinny… the vocals quite squawky, chipmunky but not high pitched. I can recognize Frank Sinatra as Frank Sinatra (very low voice). Songs that I know really well sound the best. For the curious this includes all the songs from RENT, a few Moxy Fruvous CDs and a couple of Phish songs… But not the Damien Rice album I bought right before my surgery… and not any of the albums that came from Don’s CDs. I’ve noticed in...

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