Song of the Day – “Earn Enough for Us” – XTC

I can take humiliation
And hurtful comments from the boss
I’m just praying by the weekend
I can earn enough for us

It’s back to work for many after the Thanksgiving weekend. Beneath all the sunny jangliness from XTC, this song reveals what a drag it can be. From 1986’s Skylarking.

Song of the Day – “Groovin’” – The Young Rascals

Happy 71st birthday to Felix Cavaliere, keyboardist for The Young Rascals. I hope you’re all groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon.

Song of the Day – “The Turning Point” – Toto

Toto was the ultimate “corporate rock”. The Monkees are criticized for being put together by Don Kirshner, but their sound never was as slick and polished as this group of session musicians. But, being session musicians, they really do know how to play. Just sit back and enjoy, but don’t expect it to change your life.

 

Song of the Day – “Baby’s in Black” – The Beatles

Here, on Black Friday, is a very simple early tune from Lennon and McCartney. It is a waltz, as pointed out in the introduction, which makes it rare in the Beatles catalog. It was the first song recorded for Beatles for Sale.

Song of the Day – “Thanksgiving” – George Winston

For the seventh year, I’m posting this piano solo for Thanksgiving. It’s the lead-off track from Winston’s album December, and the video is of the entire album. So continue listening after “Thanksgiving” for some more great George Winston to get you into the holiday mood.

iPhoneography Apps – Adobe’s PaintCan: a nifty addition to beginner paint apps

Painting apps can take several different forms. There are the auto-painting apps, that apply the brush to the canvas in a specific, software-driven way. Glaze, Brushstroke and the AutoPainter series are among the auto-painting apps I’ve covered. There are those that allow you to “trace” photos, but the user completely controls the brush strokes and they can even paint completely from scratch. Procreate, ArtRage, Sketch Club, and the Brush menu in iColorama fall into this user-intensive group.

There’s a third group of painting apps which I’d call “software-assisted”. These apps do not allow for painting from scratch like user-intensive apps, but require users to touch the screen and make strokes (unlike the fully automatic apps). Mobile Monet, Photo Viva, Foolprook and today’s app, PaintCan, fall into this third category. These software-assisted apps fall into that middle ground between fully user-controlled and fully automatic. They give you more control over the result than a fully-automatic app, which can help your “eye”: the decisions you make about form and details. At the same time, they help with the brush strokes so that you aren’t immediately frustrated with lack of drawing skills.

PaintCan is an Adobe app. To me, that means it’s pretty solid, and has a team of developers that will back it up as long as the company maintains interest in it. Of course, the flip side is that you don’t have a single developer with the passion to keep it going, either.

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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “When I Was a Boy” – Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Jeff Lynne IS ELO, regardless of the fact that other splinter groups exist. They play the old stuff, and Lynne continues to create new stuff. This song certainly fits in with his output for that monstrously great group of the seventies and eighties.

The new album is called Alone in the Universe.