Writing to the Music of Minecraft

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Before you read the rest of this post, just click play on the video below of the video game Minecraft’s soundtrack, and either leave it to play, or click somewhere randomly on the length of the track to play some of its music. It would be appropriate because this post is about how I came upon this music by chance, and fell in love with it for my future writing!

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Free Online Audio File Format Conversion Site at Media.io

It’s old news to some people, but it’s not to others, which is why I’m writing to share this.

Media.io is an online audio file conversion site that converts your sound files from one format to another. It converts quite a few file formats (see complete list below) into the most popular MP3, WAV, OGG and WMV formats. Why get freeware that does this that might not jive with some of your other software, or operating systems? Why settle for recording software that doesn’t save in some of these formats, or pay for really expensive software that does just for the sake of it? Just upload your file, choose the format you want it output as, and download the new file after the conversion is done!

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for The Comparison Song (by me)

This was the first song I ever wrote, with a friend named Lis Soderberg singing it in the recording above. I’m posting the chords and tabs to share with friends who play guitar and ukulele.

The song requires an octave range to sing, and you actually have numerous opportunities to practice your octave singing jumps in the song. Sure beats scales! 🙂

The song came from a sonnet I wrote in 1995. It was inspired by my reaction to Shakespeare’s famous Sonnet XVIII (18) – Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Shakespeare dwells on this, comparing the subject to various aspects of a summer’s day. By nature, I’m a concepts person and not one for details. I can do details if I need to, but it’s not my natural mode. I’m all over the place. So instead of asking shall I compare thee to a summer’s day, I generally said I could do that, or compare you to this and that and those and these things. The kicker, or closing couplet that sums things up, is that I can compare you to all these lovely things, but that none compared to you.

It’s as simple as that.

So if you liked the song and want to learn to play it on guitar or ukulele, please click on one of the links below. Chords and notes are included.

Comparison Song, Minh Tan Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF

Comparison Song, Minh Tan Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

Comparison Song, Minh Tan Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF

Comparison Song, Minh Tan Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

Please RIGHT click here and choose Save Target As (or Save Link As) if you would like to download the MP3 of my “Comparison” song.

It’s free! 🙂

Please click here for guitar and ukulele tabs and chords to other songs on this blog.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 5.3

Testing my WordPress Space Upgrade with my Own Song MP3 for Free Download

I just got a WordPress space upgrade, which means I can also upload file types I was not able to before, like MP3s.

Well, it turns out I have recorded one song so I have an MP3 to which I have copyrights to share. I wrote the song, but it was beautifully sung by Lis Soderberg, with background parts, recording and mixing all done by the very talented Allister Bradley in the summer of 2008 at Humber College. The two of them really made this recording what it is. I just strummed on a guitar.

So here’s to testing out the new space upgrade MP3 file upload feature. Please click the right pointing icon below to start playing the song.

Please right click here and choose Save Target As (on PC systems) if you would like to download the MP3 of the above song. FREE!

The MP3 file on my WordPress account also allows me to share this music with anybody who might care to have the song for themselves after listening to it here. If I insert the MP3 without the file link, the WordPress Audio Player would appear, like above left.

If I copy the file link to some text, I can insert it for downloading like with the text just below the Audio Player. One point of note. I don’t know why but I couldn’t upload the MP3 file using Firefox. I’ve had the occasional uploading problem with Firefox, and mine is the most up to date version. However, it works fine in Explorer, in case you run into problems.

Please click here for the guitar and ukulele tabs PDF containing lyrics,  chords and notes for The Comparison Song

No, that’s not my vanity thinking you would. That’s a little demonstration of how you might share guitar tabs in the future. However, I think you would still be violating copyright to cover someone else’s song without paying royalties, even if it were your own arrangement and you weren’t making any money off of it. But it’d be great to share your songs with others instead of having to teach them!

If someone knows more on this issue, though, please comment. I’d love to be be able to share my arrangements and guitar tabs of well known songs this way!

In the future, I will be using SoundCloud to share my songs, as I originally did while reviewing the fantastic SoundCloud service. You can’t make SoundCloud songs available for download, I don’t believe, but its social media capacity for sharing and commenting on the exact spots in the song are amazing.

I hope you liked the song if you had a listen!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.5