Well, I haven't done this for a few years now, so I thought it was high time for some general feedback about what goes on around here... Of course, there's no better place to go for that than you, our visitors! This survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time to complete. … Continue reading Take the 2020 Cygnus Studios Survey!
Considering Marc Bolan of the band T. Rex is being posthumously inducted into the R&RHoF this year (as usual, about fucking time), the opportunity seemed right for a cover of my favorite tune produced by this true "Glam Rock" pioneer, a genre that's regrettably often overlooked. Please scroll down to read the complete story behind … Continue reading New Cover: Marc Bolan – Ballrooms Of Mars
Ever since this blog was first put online back in 2017, the 79 posts I've made here have received nearly 7,500 page views by over 1,800 visitors from 77 different countries. That said, I wanted to give a shout-out to you all, and thanks so very much for your continued support of my work here. I … Continue reading A Shout-Out Of Appreciation To All Cygnus Visitors!
Hopefully, I can make the time to produce more videos like this one, reviewing the masters of my primary instrument... I doubt this awesome drummer's name rings a bell for most layman, but here's just a few of his accomplishments... Drummer for the E. Street Band for over 46 years. Spent 17 years as the … Continue reading Drummer Close-Up: Max Weinberg
Here’s a brand new video demonstrating something I learned in the Boy Scouts, which will no doubt help you through this difficult time we’re all going through right now: How to properly manage your toilet paper use. Here's wishing you and yours all the best, stay well, and pray that it ends soon! By the … Continue reading An Important Public Service Announcement
It's high time I made an announcement that many new desktop wallpapers have been added to the subject page... Thanks once again to the good Doctör Ivan for his excellent work, as well as permission to make them available here. There are now 111 wallpapers in the collection! All are available anytime via the "Images" … Continue reading Rock Icon Wallpaper by Doctör Ivan – Loads of Additions
I'd adore having a Marshall tube guitar amplifier and cabinet, but there's no way I can afford it, at least not without my wife castrating me if I bought one. Currently, I'm using a Line 6 Spider III modeling amp which has served me well for about 15 years. It pushes 75 watts through a … Continue reading Constructing A Guitar Effects Pedalboard – Cheap!
Lyrics are the balladry which allows music to tell a story, and I’ve always found them to be especially important for just that reason. However, the style of some artist’s vocals often make them difficult to understand, or worse yet misheard as other phrases entirely. Hopefully, the videos I produce for this new page will … Continue reading New Blog Page: Multimedia Lyric Videos
Following the recent passing of Neil Peart, I realized the rather long post I had previously written missed a crucial part in the development of his talent, one which I've always highly respected and admired: His undying, constant drive to reinvent and better himself, not only as a drummer, but in every way humanly possible. … Continue reading Combining Psychology With Mechanics – Making a Good Drummer a GREAT One.
I'm absolutely floored, and literally in tears. My hero has passed, and what a totally monumental loss for the music world it is. Neil was voted best Rock drummer so many times by "Modern Drummer" magazine that he became no longer eligible for that tally. As anyone who's seriously listened to or witnessed this man … Continue reading The Death of a True Legend