Rob Ash

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    Ahn-al nathroc - uthvazs bethud - dochiel dienveh
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  1. In The Court If The Crimson King - King Crimson
  2. Hell. I need a bowl after that response.
  3. Really? ...REALLY??? Oh, for F*ck's sake. I don't know what to say...
  4. It didn't seem, in the first post you offered in this vein, that you were speaking only of song writing. I know what kind of site this is, too, so no need to go there. What you said initially sounded more like an over-arching philosophy. I actually knew that wasn't the case, and wrote in order to have you expound and explain. What you are describing sounds like simple empathy to me, John. You try to feel what others may be feeling, and then translate that into verse and song. No?
  5. I find myself wondering, friend John, how much of this line of thought, and especially this last statement, is just you riffing on a thought experiment, and how much of it is a literal relating of how you think or how you respond to situations in reality. I say the following with much affection: If the latter is the truth, I would soon, if you and I were closer friends, say, the live in the same town and hang out together as friends variety, to rely on you for many things, possibly. But a simple relating of required facts, such as in the scenario I earlier described, of needing someone to deliver very bad news to me, would never be one of them.
  6. Well, with Mr. Google's help, I was able to discover that a reference to a "goldfish bowl" can have a different meaning to a native Brit, when used in various contexts. These (meanings) include (but may not be limited to): - A rather odd scatological association involving the act of defecating. - A place where hard core interrogations occur. - A derogatory reference to politicians, especially where negotiations, or the forming of agreements is concerned. These have enjoyed a greater or lesser relevance in terms of the popular vernacular du-jur. Of the three above, the scatological association is the one still most often in use today. Do any of these connect your post to mine? If I had to guess, I guess the scatological answer to be the correct one.
  7. Less worthy? Far be it from me. But, less honest? Perhaps. And I mean so in the "not cagey or underhanded" sort of dishonest, but more the "join me in my fantasy" type of dishonesty. Where the delusion is equally shared by all. Including the story teller. I have to use the word "story" because that's the word we use for news articles, which are not supposed to be "stories" at all. Don't you worry now and then, with all that realigning of reality, that you will lose, or misplace the original truth of whatever situation you are converting to story form? That was, in fact, a rhetorical question. I dunno... I like fiction. Lots as it so happens. But a story is not what I'd want if a cop had to tell me my wife had been hurt or killed in a car accident. Painful or no, I would not wish to be spared. If my life needs editorializing, I'll handle the job internally. Just saying.
  8. Over The Mountain - Ozzy Osbourne
  9. Nice one, broheem. Are you actually old enough to remember Abbot and Costello?
  10. Been moving to our new home guys. Sorry about that. I'll try to make the delay worthwhile... F*uck Me Pumps - Amy Whitehouse
  11. I'll let that bit about worldliness pass, but had to bite on this little nugget. I like muscle cars. My first car, and still my greatest love, was a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. I had the 442 emblems taken off and installed "Supreme" badges... had a good laugh at the expense of many another traveler of the night by doing that. In any case, she was fast, my first girl was. Classic Detroit steel. Sloppy steering, loose traction. Big assed motor and big fat, raised white letter tires. Sleek, "fastback" styling. You could burn the tires to flattened, melted nubs, or go a hundred and umpty seven MPH on the straights. We won't speak of turns here. You never forget your first girl. Whatever the case, speed is, in some cases, it's own reward. In the case of my (new to me) STS, the car drives like a Challenger RT, and handles like a proper modern Sports Touring model. Hugs the ground, sticks the turns. Actually feels like it gets tighter to the ground the more lateral G forces you apply. Plus, you sit low in the car. It is not a boat with wheels, like old Cadillacs are. Sitting in the driver's seat feels more like you are sitting in a low slung sports car. I bought the car because of how it drives. And how it looks. I could never afford a new one. Someone told me recently that headlights for a new Cadillac run a thousand dollars each. Forget what the cars cost to buy new. So no new Caddys in my future. That said, I will readily admit I can't wait to get her out on the interstate. Or on some lonely stretch of winding, hilly two lane southern road. Haven't actually got a speeding ticket in decades. Maybe my luck is about to run short.
  12. Man, ain't that the truth, Tim? My mom's whole side of the family comes from south Georgia. I visited countless times as a kid. Lived there as a young man. Mahesh, the video was really enjoyable. It made me think of either living in (or near) or visiting major cities in the northeast part of the continental US... If you travel much in America, you can, over time, develop a sense that the country is split between that which is old, and that which is new. Starting with the area around the original 13 colonies, the northeast has many cities which appear to be full of old stone buildings and organizational features (or are decidedly missing signs of modern organization) from 3, 4 or 500 years past. Cities like Detroit, who's fortunes have risen and fallen almost exclusively owing to the movement of money into and out of the city's coffers, have been almost totally abandoned recently, after a decline which has lasted longer than my 55 years of life. Other cities up north, like Cincinnati, look almost as if they have suffered through a war or two. There are whole sections of Cincinnati that look as if they have been abandoned for more than one lifetime. On the other hand, many southerly cities in the US were destroyed, either partially or nearly completely, in the civil war of the late 1860's. Think about that... many southern cities don't have any major structures in them that are more than about 140 years old or so. And much of these cities are, of course, much, much newer than that. As a singular example of a southern city, Atlanta is so new and shiny it looks almost surreal. Here's why I type all of this... if you drive through Detroit, and don't stop, it is easy to forget that people live there. A few hundreds thousand people (used to be well over 1 million), as it so happens. It is easy to look upon what you see and see only the ugly, blighted, or dirty and polluted side of a city, and not realize that it is still a place where humans live, and work, and conduct their lives. Yet, if you go down into Detroit, you will see where people are slowly beginning to reclaim their neighborhoods. One building, one yard or blighted park, or burnt out lot at a time. Detroit may never achieve the status of a major northeastern city it had 150, or 200 year ago, and almost certainly will not do so in my lifetime, but it is far from abandoned. So, perhaps in a way that is similar to Bangalore, Detroit is a city of dual facades... one side not so pleasant to gaze upon, but the other far more attractive. In any case, it does look a lot like Georgia.
  13. I've had a chance to think about this a bit, and I want to expound upon my original comments. I still don't much care for this tune, but I admit now that the reaction is almost purely visceral. I also admit now that that fact alone (in my case, at least), makes this piece a successful one. As a song concept, the author of this ditty succeeded in evoking an emotional response in me, followed by more serious thought than I am, frankly, prepared to admit at this time. And that's exactly what a song like this meant to do. Well done.
  14. And it's still street legal? Christ, you guys must have an incredibly slow pace of life over there, Rudi. Our first car is a Ford Escape. 2100cc, 4 cylinder motor. Has a mild mannered form of turbo charging called Eco-Boost. The computer will only let it kick in under certain conditions. She's perky enough, but a race car she is not. But she does get like 27 in the city, and 32-33 on the road. And that with leather, cold air and other amenities. The STS is our fun car. For day tripping and weekends. Hell, I'm retired... did my bit for god and country and all. Got my kids to adulthood... alive, even. I figure I've earned a few years driving a 12 year old, but otherwise impeccable "sports touring sedan".
  15. As a singer, I wanted to include my thoughts. Others have alluded to what I am about to say... I just want to try and say it in a way that sinks directly into your awareness and makes immediate sense. I hope. In basic form, what others here have tried to get you to understand is the difference between singing with YOUR THROAT, and singing with YOUR GUT, OR FROM YOUR GUT, whichever you prefer. What you need to learn is that singing with YOUR THROAT is, almost certainly what is causing you to get sore, and lose access to your highs, as the evening progresses. What allows a professional singer to sing all night is knowing when to sing through the throat or from the gut. To learn to control these two types of singing, a singer has to learn to BREATHE. To start off, sing as you normally would, then take your hands. ball one into a fist, and then grab it firmly with the other. Place your balled hands against your abdomen and push firmly as you sing. if you allow the process to happen as it should,m and don't fight it, your singing will get LOUDER AND STRONGER. Singing louder and stronger, and HIGHER, will become easier the more you practice. Singing from your abdomen drives a lot more air through your vocal cords. This allows them to shape as they must for you to sing much easier than if you don't provide the extra air. To comfortably sing from the gut requires more air to sustain, so you will need to learn to control your breathing. You will have to "map out" when and where to breath as you sing a song. This map will stay the same, unless you or your band changes the arrangement of a given song. Each song you learn or create will require it's own unique map of when and where to breathe. When you sing the song in practice, you will need to practice breathing according to your map. This will support you in the song. The more rehearsed, or practiced this combination of learning to sing the song and learning to breath so that you provide your voice with the air it needs to sing properly, the better and EASIER your performance will become. Here is a short article on this subject. You can read it here, if you like: Break a leg.