During the past two weeks, I have been spending my yearly "Dad and Lad" time with my father. We travel together to places that interest us. We also bring along our DV cameras and produce a small video that we share with our family and friends. (Actually, the process of shooting and editing the video brings US lots of joy. We're not necessarily good at it. But we have fun together during our "Dad and Lad" production. )
This year we spent a good share of our vacation time at my new home that my wife and I purchased this last summer. This lovely new home has a lovely view of near-by hills (small mountains). Also, our home is located to near-by museums. So, we visited the Clark Fine Art Museum as well as the Norman Rockwell Museum. And we brough along our video cameras, of course. (But weren't allowed to bring them inside the museums, unforuntately. ) We captured some lovely mountain ranges while at the Norman Rockwell museum.
Our one big travel was to Gloucester and Rockport Massachusettes. Also brought along our DV video cameras there too. Captured some lovely ocean and bay shots as well as a beautiful sunrise.
Of course our happy little video needs some music! So. . . .
I wrote this very simple light jazz piece using JABB and GPO as part of the "Dad and Lad Production" video. I also used Wizoo's Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition. It was a real quick and easy composition. My intent was more to provide something for music for our video. I'm happy with it, though.
I LOVE the jazz drum sounds that are included with JABB. Also, I think that JABB and GPO blended well together. At least they did for this very simple project. More importantly, though, the process of creating this musical diddy was just plain fun as dad watched lad input everything together into the computer (my father does more "hands-on" stuff with the video editing end of things). He actually sat with me as I composed and midi-recorded this simple little piece. I asked him if he was bored. He said no. Apparently it was interesting for him to watch me "create", and was equally amused and entertained when I made a mistake and grumbled underneath my breath. LOL!
Anyhow, here's the mp3 file of the light jazz piece titled 2005 Fall Adventures:
2005 Fall Adventures
I am also including a Window Media Player file of the video that we did. The video isn't finished, though. I'm still working with the background sound. For now, though, you get the video with the music:
2005 Fall Adventures - The Video
I want to add that I really, really like JABB. I hope to make more time to further explore this program. What I've experienced so far with JABB has been very cool.
P. S. I really hope that there will be many, many, many, many more "Dad and Lad" times together. I say this as I acutely realize just how short and precious life is. We have such a wonderful time together. . .