Stony Ground nearing completion

Gang, new track to listen to.

Go to Tales from the Mancave and give it a listen and read about it.

Stony Ground will probably make it as the last track on “Tales from the Mancave” *and* it will be one of the last tracks on an upcoming fusion jazz album entitled, “At My Old School”.

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Kevin B. Selby

Two new solo piano tunes for Tales from the Green Room

Been busy people…been busy. I take “breaks” from random housework and I sit down at my master keyboard controller (Casio CDP-120) with XLN Audio’s Addictive Keys (with a custom Steinway grand piano patch that I designed) and I “dream out loud” with solo piano.

Two new tunes:

Happy Hippy Trail: The Happy Hippy Trail is a path (well worn, mind you) that, on the one hand, has purpose and direction and a general happy-go-lucky vibe to it. On the other hand, the trail is replete with meadows and glades where thoughtful introspection can occur (or one can simply enjoy the view, be content, and sort of fall into one’s “nothing-box”).

In The Box: for some reason, this tune felt like someone in a box trying to get out (hey…I can’t keep tabs on how my brain works…it just does what it does?!).

Head over to the Tales from the Green Room page and check ’em out!

The plan is for ~10 songs and then she’s done! Let’s hope for the best…shall we?!!

Sincerely,

K

2016-09-16 Live at Walter Clore (Prosser, WA)

Hey folks…here’s a little gig recording from a duo gig with Phil Lynch over at Walter Clore Center in Prosser, WA.

https://archive.org/details/kse2016-09-16.sbd.h2.flac24

While there are certainly some “rough” spots (we were told about a week before the gig that we had to perform instrumental songs so the mad rush to learn/practice a bunch of this stuff before the gig), nonetheless, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Selby certainly have some “musical conversations” that are interesting.

We seemed to enjoy taking a simple song (say, Chitlins Con Carne (originally written by Kenny Burrell)) and we played it various ways during its entire 10 minutes of play time (heh heh).

Other instrumentals had similar treatments.

Who knows…if we could somehow find a market for our little instrumental duo, perhaps we could do more Phil on solo guitar, Kevin on solo piano, and then perhaps some Phil/Guitar and Kevin/Keyboard (no drums or bass or whatever??) on certain things (just thinking out loud here!). Somehow gotta keep playing occasionally with this dude (Phil-ster).

Until next time,

K

Tasty Kitten

Tasty Kitten

Sigh….if there was one picture that summed up my love for all things “kitty”, it would be this one.

My wonderful wife discovered an app on her android phone that “cartoonizes” photos. So she began texting me cartoons of our favorite pics.

This is “Bear” (aka: Tasty Kitten | aka: Tasty Face | aka: kitty-who-is-my-purpose-for-living).

Long drawn out story concerning her birth/early years/current life, starts here:

Tales from the Mancave begins…

I told you there was another solo piano album inside my head. Head on over to this page and see what it’s all about!

Sincerely,

Kevin B. Selby

Parenting never ends

So…had an interesting “stream-of-consciousness” event today that I’d like to share with you.

Killed my email addresses today

In a further attempt to “withdraw”, I have killed my two main email addy’s (Gmail and Yahoo). And I’m not going back!

I had several reasons, but the only reason you folks need to know is that I wanted to really “quiet” my life so I can focus on getting not one, but hopefully *three* albums out the door over the next year.

Oh…the other reason was of course, the still spinning “circus” that we call American politics. I forced myself to binge-watch both conventions. Egads the platitudes…the inhumanity…the insanity…the inanity. Sigh.

Anyway…look for new tracks coming soon to this website!

Yours in musicland,

Kevin B. Selby

Stopped using FB today…

Actually…it was about 5 days ago.

Sigh. It’s really a struggle with today’s “social media”. I guess I got to the point where it seemed like every time I went to FB, all the “stuff” (“news”, posts from all the folks in my circle, etc.) were telling me who to hate that day. Very negative. And when I look at this horrendous political climate and the fact that it seems we are led by psychopaths and sociopaths, well…it’s only going to get worse as we head down to November 2016 (may God help us!).

So I quit.

And I gotta say…it’s kind of nice! I certainly don’t miss it. Now sure…if I were to release a new album tomorrow…would I worry that I didn’t have the outreach of FB to trumpet to the masses the new album? Hmmm…maybe…but then again…nobody really cares about a hobbyist’s music anyway…so it’s not like I’m losing major market share here! Heh heh.

So yeah…I think I’ll stay out for awhile. Who knows…I may end up not hating anyone for awhile…

Best,

K

Fixing up the site!

Heh heh…wow…it’s certainly been awhile since I paid attention to kevinselby.com.

So today I used the Way Back Machine (see: http://archive.org/web/) to go find all the content I used to have “back in the day” that described my various albums throughout the years. What a trip down memory lane. Some of the technology I used was wack! I mean seriously…an EMU Proformance Plus piano module! That thing was awesome (for its time).

Well…the really great news is that technology has progressed at a huge (yuuuuge) rate and I am now working on a new solo piano album (still don’t know what to call it yet…maybe “In My Own Dang House” (er…without the “Dang”)). Anyway…I will probably use XLN Audio Addictive Keys Studio Grand (see: https://www.xlnaudio.com/products/instrument/studio_grand) because it’s reasonably priced, it’s a Steinway D, you can adjust many many parameters to get what you want, and it just sounds great! As a keyboard player, when you want to “express yourself”, you really have to find not only a piano library (like the Addictive Keys Studio Grand, and many other similar libraries), but you *also* have to find a “controller” keyboard that you really “bond” with. I will probably use a Casio CDP-120 that I stole from a friend. It’s an 88-key weighted controller that just seems to “fit” my particular needs right now.

It’s funny…while researching the exact keyboard controller (and accompanying piano library) to use, my poor messy home studio was filled to the brim with various keyboards as I tried them ALL.

Here are the various models of keyboard controller I tried and why I discarded them (or kept it in the case of the Casio CDP-120):

  1. Yamaha DGX-640: I’m just going to say it: I hate this keyboard’s “feel”. It’s using Yamaha’s GHS keybed and to my tired fingers, it’s just TOO stiff. I can’t get away with the rapid fire keyboard notes that I need to on certain of my songs. So nope.
  2. Yamaha DGX-305: this is a keyboard I used for many many years (especially with the Baja Blues Band) and while I still love the keyboard, it’s only 76 keys and they are pretty light (i.e., unweighted) and therefore you have the opposite problem from the DGX-640: you tend to sound sloppier than you are because the keys are so lightly weighted (or not weighted at all) that your fingers spill over onto keys that you didn’t intend. Also…I’m finding that some of the tunes I plan on recording actually make use of more keys than 76. Much as I luv ya DGX-305, you’re out.
  3. Yamaha DGX-505: this is the bigger brother to the DGX-305 and therefore it’s basically an 88-key version. Same problems (lightly or un-weighted keys) apply. Interestingly enough…I maaaay use this sucker for live performance because I tend to not care as much about slop during live performance (I know…I should care…but I really don’t!). Stay tuned on this particular keyboard. It could be GREAT for live performance (because it won’t tire out my poor old hands).
  4. M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII: I mainly bought this because it came with the Sonivox Eighty-Eight ensemble grand piano library. It’s based on a Steinway D and sounds absolutely stellar. Unfortunately the library doesn’t behave as well as XLN Audio’s Studio Grand on my various computer systems. We shall see. Regarding the keybed itself: blech. The velocity values that the keyboard sends to the computer seem to be very inconsistent such that certain notes will jump out at you while other notes will be too quiet. This will not do for a studio solo piano album where I want to “sing” using solo piano.
  5. Yamaha Tyros 5: only 76 keys. However, if this dang thing had 88 keys I probably would use it because I actually like the action sliiightly better than the Casio CDP-120.
  6. Casio CDP-120: At first blush I thought this keybed would be too stiff, but the more I pounded on it and got used to the feel, the more I realized that I really can “sing” via solo piano on this particular board. So…until further notice (and I reserve the right to change my mind multiple times!), I will probably use this particular keyboard to control a software piano library.

Oh…before I forget…I had it in my head for the last 10 years or so that if I was going to produce another solo piano album it HAD to be using the Yamaha grand piano sound. I really do like the “sparkly” and brighter sound that Yamaha gets (especially in live performance where it cuts through a mix very nicely). However, I’m not convinced anymore that I really want that. The more I listen to various Steinway libraries, the more I like the warm, “woody” sound of the Steinway. Plus, using a Steinway sends me back mentally to college at Washington State University (WSU) where I played on many many different Steinway’s, but *especially* the mahogany Steinway baby grand in Regents Hall where I met that cute (still!) girl named Kathy from Brier, WA.

So anyway…there you have it. My musings so far. Let’s hope I can make the time to get these songs out of my brain and into Sonar and out to you!

Sincerely,

K

I’m Back!

Hey gang…sorry for the under construction the past few years…am working on a new solo piano album so I will have some examples soon…