Four Music Songs I’m Diggin – July 10, 2018

1. “Nem Kaldi” by Gülden Karaböcek (released 1974)

2.  “After the Storm” (Instrumental) by Willie West and The Soul Investigators (released August 2016)

3. “Lost Lost Lost” by Pratt & Moody (released February 2017)

4. “Is It Any Wonder?” by Durand Jones & The Indications (recorded August 2017)



Work in Progress (WIP) 006 – Discovering cool music: Sam the Barista at Insight Coffee Roasters on 16th Street in Sacramento always plays great music! Discussing MOO’s totally-cool Soft Touch-finish “Super Business Cards.” Then launching into a meeting with Adam Weil, owner of Sacramento Web Design & Marketing Agency Websauce Studio.



Work In Progress (WIP) 002. Getting used to designing graphics in Affinity Designer, after using Adobe Illustrator since 1990. Finding a really good music mix to enhance the productivity zone is a long and worthwhile journey: Soul Cool Records / Pots & Pans Radio – The Funk Recipe Mixed by G- Spot on Mixcloud. But first, gotta snag some coffee at Insight Coffee Roasters on 16th in Sacramento.

An Important Lesson About “What’s Best”

April 3, 2017, I presented my 2017 Toastmasters International Speech Contest speech for the first time out loud in front of my Capital City Toastmasters club. Plenty of rough-and-tumble mistakes, including a totally botched opening. It was awesome! You can view the full “Mistakes & All” video here.

The third point in my speech was discovering the perfect music that allowed me to “flow” while doing my college homework. The feedback from my Toastmasters club was enlightening:

  1. Some people do best when they study in complete silence.
  2. While others do best when they’re listening to Simon & Garfunkel softly in the background.

Find your best studying/homework/focusing environment.

Does Your Life Feel A Little Flat? Feeling Stuck?

Fired up iTunes, started playing a favorite dance tune from Nightmares on Wax’s Boiler Room mix that pumps up my creativity and productivity – and realized: I bet I can make a few minor adjustments with the Equalizer.

The same is true in life. You don’t have to stay stuck at “flat.” You have options. Choose a new filter.

Try a new outlook. A new point-of-view. Your life is adjustable. And you decide your mood, your reaction to every situation. Just like in iTunes, pull up your equalizer and make a minor adjustment. The results will be major! You’ll become more productive, more focused, more creative.

Is Your Life Feeling A Little Flat? Try a new filter.

Songs for my Aunt Dorothy's death

My Aunt, Dorothy Strang, died on Oct 6, 2009 at approx 8 a.m. in Long Beach, CA.

My Mom (her sister), my Dad, my brother, Lance, and I were all in attendance.

We visited Dorothy 12 hours before she died. She was very agitated and very out of it, and surrounded by blaring news and sports TV channels on either side of her in the hospital room.

I brought a little cassette player and played classical cello music for her. My Mom, Annette L. Strang Walley, sang along with most of the instrumental pieces.


  • Schubert: Ave Maria
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumble Bee
  • Schumann: Träumerei
  • Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me
  • Saint-Seans: The Swan (from “Carnival of the Animals”)
  • Godard: Berceuse