ABOUT MUSIC

I had originally stated that music was to be part of this blog. I realized I was sidetracked by other things, and there are hardly any music posts on this blog. That will be remedied in the near future. I have lots to say about a lot of different kinds of music.

THE MAIN MOTORS IN ABBA SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO ARTISTS

Just reviewing some of my blogs tonight, including some that got much better than average responses. For some reason I was looking at them objectively, which is normally very hard to do.

I think at least some of my writing is pretty damned good. I was reading them as if they were not my own. I recall them as primarily being the ones that just gushed out of me with a laser focus and a smidge of wit. I found 3 of those tonight as a cursory perusal.

No doubt like other writers, I’ve beaten up on myself now and then, but not much.

I wonder what would happen if I tried to be a consistent, disciplined writer? I know I’ve touched on this before in possibly a tedious way. Certainly in emails to a few friends, and you know who you are.

I think of Bjorn and Benny of ABBA. For most of their professional lives, they’ve gone to their little cabin on their island estate nearly most days of the year for 4 to 10 hours and work on lyrics and music. Which means less than 3% of their time results in the final, great product, or something like that. Probably less than 1%. And they know that’s likely to happen every day they work.

You have to admire that. Emulating that is so tough. They treat it like a 9 to 5 job, just like the old Tin Pan Alley writers. Or any real professional throughout artistic history.

Basically working a 40 hour week to produce a stage rock opera or whatever once every two years, as best as I can figure, and I’m probably far off in my estimate. Hard for me to scale that since I don’t know what their true output is that results in public shows.

I know that some years back they did a Swedish language show about Queen Christina that played in only Stockholm or something like that. I’d like to see that just for the music.

Some people don’t know the show “Chess” was done by them. You ever hear “One Night In Bangkok” sung by Murray Head? It was a hit for a while a few decades ago. Still stands up with no problem whatsoever. Murray Head sang Judas Iscariot on the original “Jesus Christ Superstar” studio album by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

There was a later version on TV (PBS?) with Josh Groban and other talented people. Great staging and performances.

A FEW ADDITIONAL MUSTANG THOUGHTS

Gas mileage right now on extended flat road with auto transmission, mostly with cruise control:

74 mph: 24.35 mpg
65 mph: 27.1 mpg
40 mph: 31.1 mpg

Manufacturer rating for highway is 25 mpg, so I’m happy with those numbers.

This car idles remarkably low at about 700 rpm, will run in 6th or any gear at 1050 rpm. Keep in mind it redlines at 7000.

Transmission is rumored to be good for 800 pounds of torque, though draggers seem to rebuild them if they’re gonna run more than 600.

I figure if I ever upgrade the cold air intake and add a Bama tune to get it to 468 hp, I don’t have to worry about the transmission, as I don’t beat it all the time. Personally, I wouldn’t run the tranny more than 500 pounds. I doubt I’d ever be more than about 430 pounds at 468 hp.

I’d love to get a kit to lower the car 1.5″, but here in New England (New Hampshire) that’s maybe a bad idea, even though I don’t run it in the salt on frost heaves.

I commented previously about my gripe about only having bass and treble controls for the sound system. But if I didn’t say it before, it will crank louder than I can stand it without distorting or running out of power or flattening the speakers. First system ever I’ve had from a factory that will do that.