audacity – software. definition. way of life.

I love audacity.

Audacity Software
Audacity Software

I like Audacity, the free, open source software for recording and editing sounds, but I was specifically speaking of the word.

Audacity: Insolent boldness, especially when imprudent or unconventional; Fearless, intrepid daring

Many have said I’m just rude. I was born an underdog so I have a kinship to insurgents, rebels, guerrillas, hustlers & the unorthodox. My good friend, JNOTA of Redefinition Records, shared an article from the New Yorker Magazine – How David Beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules (by Malcolm Gladwell) about a unskilled basketball team of twelve year old blonde-haired white girls beating the crap out of every opponent they faces who were unquestionably more talented.  How’d they win?  Read the article for the full answer but here’s the skinny: audacity. Quoted from the article:

“All the things that distinguish the ideal basketball player are acts of skill and coördination. When the game becomes about effort over ability, it becomes unrecognizable—a shocking mixture of broken plays and flailing limbs and usually competent players panicking and throwing the ball out of bounds. You have to be outside the establishment—a foreigner new to the game or a skinny kid from New York at the end of the bench—to have the audacity to play it that way.”

My life never (hardly ever feels like never) follows the ideal path so I relate to this team who wasn’t supposed to win but won anyway.  The article is long so I’ll keep this short.  Read it & let me know which team you are on.

Life Lesson: It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you make happen.

defining hushbeats: silence the noise

I love the meaning of the name, hushbeats.

silence the noise
silence the noise

The concept is based on something I learned in the recording studio.  Most people trying to record vocals or live instruments have issues with ‘creating quiet’ on recordings .  There’s so many sounds around you that you probably don’t pay attention to such as; a car driving by, refrigerator hum, computer fans, ticking clocks & nearby noises that you wouldn’t notice until you turn on a microphone and start recording.  One time, I was at my home studio trying to lay down background vocals on the day the lawn guys came to do the yard. I might as well had been sitting on the lawn mower with the mic in my hand!

I tried to build a soundproof enclosures to eliminate noise. It took a lot of time, money & work and in the end, I was frustrated because I never achieve complete silence. I reached “the moment” – a place past believing anything will actually work but I gotta try anyway – and discovered how to manipulate the signal to noise ratio (that minimal sound interference can be masked by or even used as an effect for the intended sound depending upon the noise level).  So in a nutshell, I made music (beats) that would create the illusion of silencing the noise (hush).

Life principle: don’t let minor interferences distract you, take everything you’ve got & make it work for you.


I like this. Today, I implement version 2 of this website. Version 1.0 was designed four years ago. Dang!  I’m going to do a better job at getting with the program as far as my personal implementation of technology is concerned.  We are in the media age where sharing through various methods of technology is common place.  I love to learn and share so I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.

Tanisha’s Law School Graduation

I like photography: I’m such a visual being that I have to enjoy taking photos. I really enjoy editing & I love to contribute to the presentation of things. Its cool to see how people respond.

Tanisha’s graduation was an inspiring event. To graduate with a law degree is an amazing task that has truly inspired me. I’m very proud of her commitment and glad to be a part of it.

Tanisha’s Graduation Party

I love Family: It’s really cool when you connect with people that are close to you in relation but maybe not so close in daily life. I had an opportunity get together with my family this past weekend to celebrate my niece, Tanisha’s, graduation from law school (awesome!) I’m so proud of her & it’s been amazing watching her grow up into a beautiful woman – now, powerful too!

It was great seeing everybody and meeting a few people as well.

If a tree falls in the forest..

I love producing: I found myself producing a college radio show for about a year and we gave away prizes from time to time. We never had anyone call in that we didn’t already know or that we didn’t ask to call in {like my wife – thanks sweetie.} I knew of other shows on the station that had an active audience and the phones would ring during their shows but not ours.

Did we have a lame show or hosts? Was it the prizes? Maybe wrong time slot or lack of marketing? These questions needed answers but the first thing I needed to know was, why are we here? What were we trying to accomplish?

Being at the radio station with the equipment and knowing that you are really on the air had some appeal to it and we all want to feel important but it made me think, if we could confirm that no one was listening, would we pretend someone was listening so we can justify doing it or would we just do it because it was a good fun experience?

All of this runs thru my brain as I am setting up my first blog and wondering, will anyone read this or is it my self-sharing therapy? Will I be writing to interact with other’s thoughts of what I’m writing or just to express myself? I guess the chance of inspiring someone and/or being inspired {by myself or someone else} is the main compelling factor for me. That’s my tree falling in the forest hoping to make a sound.