Vinyl to Digital

March 21, 2005

My-Computer-Area

Last Wednesday the illustration class from Huntington College came to my studio to see what a real live illustrator looks like. Ken Hopper, their professor, says it’s a lot like taking the kids to the zoo to look at the animals. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of comment that was…

While here, Ken noticed my record collection and mentioned he was converting his wifes collection to digital. Since it was raining on Saturday again and I was stuck inside I thought I would do the same thing. I have hundreds of records and thousands of songs I never listen to because they are trapped on vinyl platters.

Many years ago my son Nick came into my studio while I had a record playing on the turntable (he was probably a 6th grader at the time). He walked over to it, stared at it in amazement and let out a long, low “WOAHhhh… you can actually see it spinning… can you play the other side, too?”

The photo above is my studio and that is where I sat all weekend trying to figure out computer music recording.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It looks like you’ve got a bunch of gourds crying out for a makeover there, Clark!

Don Jones

Dennis, I will pay good money for a tweeked up digital version of the Isle of View album by Jimmy Spheeris. And if I get some Batdorf & Rodney… there’s even more Jacksons in it for you

Don Jones

I just searched for that Jimmy Spheeris album and the cheapest I could find it was for $169! Mint condition brings $200… collectible no doubt.

Don Jones

Apparently Jimmie was hit on his motorcycle by a drunk driver 20 years ago. Therefore, everything is out of print

Don Jones

Scratch that request Dennis I just picked up the Isle of View album from iTunes. Best $9.90 I have ever spent… Excuse me while I sit back now and reminisce. Do you believe in time travel?

Dennis Jones

Hey Don, do you remember the time you, Karen and I had tickets to the Jimmy Spheeris concert over at Drury College and we showed up and no one was there and we went into the concert hall to see what the deal was and it was empty and someone was up on stage playing the piano and we freaked out because we thought it must be Jimmy but it turned out to just be a music student and the concert had been cancelled? I had forgotten all about that…

Don Jones

I sure do remember- it seems like it was in January or February. I was thinking he got snowed in somewhere and had to cancel.

Elaine Breshears

Wow!! I have Jimmie’s original albums. I loved him so much! I moved out to Washington DC in 1975 (from KC MO) and no one had heard of him. How sad for them! I’m going to iTunes!

Dennis Jones

The night I gave Karen her engagement ring we went to a Jimmy Spheeris concert in Kansas City… she worried the whole time that the diamond was going to fall out and be lost in the crowd… it’s 28 years later and the diamond has STILL not fallen out of her ring…

Don Jones

I didn’t know that- So you DID get to see him? DId he have a band or was it a solo deal?

Dennis Jones

Yep… tight band… good concert…

Dennis Jones

Don, I remember taking you to see your first concert… I think it was Pure Prairie League… when we walked out you said, “Denny, was that a good concert?” …and I said, “it was if you liked it.” Oh, the wisdom of the older brother…

Don Jones

You did indeed but it wasn’t PPL it was STYX at the old McDonald arena.

Dennis Jones

hmmmm… is that the one where the bottle rocket hit you in the head?

guy jennings

1973 jimmy was to play on a boat ride down the connecticut river; as we left the dock someone jumped overboard. the concert was relocated to the famous shaboo in mansfield near stoors a great show prevailed -guy east hampton

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Official Draft Day Report Card

May 1, 2006

BenRothlesburger

…2004 Draft Day Bust Ben Roethlisberger…

Every year I enjoy listening to the “experts” predict what players will be drafted by different NFL teams. It’s fun on draft day to listen to these same “experts” analyze why the NFL teams took different players than the ones they said they would.

What I find most interesting is seeing the “experts” post report cards afterwards on how the draft went. They give each team a letter grade on how well they drafted. I suppose this letter grade is contingent on how closely the team picked in relation to the “experts” predictions for them.

Well, not to be outdone, I now give you the Official Brother Jones Report Card grade… B- …maybe a C+…

..I base this grade on absolutely nothing…

…just like the “experts”.

The Comments

Don Jones

The NFL excitement was in the air on Saturday. I tuned in to my five local antennae stations but no DRAFT DAY coverage. I give the K.C. Chiefs a solid B for going out and rounding up some DE by the name of Tamba Hali. I like the name and believe this boy can play.

Dennis Jones

I’ll have to give Tamba Hali a B+ for being drafted… but I am afraid I will have to give him a D- for having a hard name for me to pronounce…

I also give Dons comment a C+…

…and Doug a D- just for fun…

Don Jones

Doug’s D- is for desertion. He’s been a no-show since last Friday. I give you an “R” for this awesome Rothslithburger drawing.

Dennis Jones

…well …sorry to say, Don, I have to give you a D- for not being able to spell Roethlisberger… but I give Roethlisberger an F for having an impossible name to spell…

Doug Jones

D- Doug reporting in…. The Teen Titans and all of Nashville seem to be THRILLED with their new draft pick, Vince Young. Word on the street is McNair is trying to get a deal with the Ravens… it’s a weird world…

Doug Jones

I’m boycotting BrotherJones today to support my fellow Hickspanics.

Dennis Jones

…oh, I see… you walked off the Brother Jones job site today… I’m afraid I’m going to have to change your grade from a D- to an F for that… sorry…

Doug Jones

F? …. F? …. that’s Fantastic!

Don Jones

I was thinking Vince Young used to be in Pure Prairie League and married Amy Grant a few years back. Now he’s been drafted!!??? I give him a grade of V for versatile. Had dinner with Michael Card last night… O.K. I was just in the back of the room and saw him at a distance. I did get a door prize of his new C.D.

Roballoo

The stunned look on the player’s face looks like he was hit in the helmet with a football.

Roballoo

Michael Card ~ He’s a talented little chap. Recently, I wrote some new words to his song “So little time…” Whole lotta food. So little time. It’s a church potluck, and there’s a long line.

Don Jones

I’m sure if Michael heard this rendition he would incorporate it in his concerts I give this comment a strong B+…

Dennis Jones

…I think that lyric would have worked much better if it were switched around…

It’s a church potluck, and there’s a long line…
Whole lotta food, so little time…

…so I am going to have to grade him down a bit for that… B-

Don Jones

Second verse… I know it’s wrong, and certainly a sin- But Uncle Roy’s up front, So I’m cuttin’ in.

Roballoo

Good one. maybe Mr. card will hire us to work on his next album!

bernardfromtheyard

Hey guys, What a cool site… I give myself a D- for not being named Jones but I love football almost as much as Dennis’ art! How much to buy a Big Ben Parody design for our T-Shirt store?

Doug Jones

Darn!!! what’s going on with LOST? I am still in shock over last nights episode!