Friday, April 23, 2010

Lyrics for "Inflatable Barbie Chair," "Progress," and "Tucson"

"Inflatable Barbie Chair"

And you say that you want to be in pictures
and you say that you want to be a star
With good ideas and a bright imagination
the best intentions won't get you very far

As you sit there, in your inflatable Barbie Chair

Another loser, dreaming in your basement
Alien creature, in orbit from afar
Stare in the mirror and pout at your reflection
Stream to the future, you don't know where you are

So you sit there, in your inflatable Barbie Chair

Is it in you? blood and sinew?
Is it in you? Is it in you?

And you're so real, so hip, and so together
Cool and sincere, with all the latest style
You quickly cheer what catches to your fancy
Taste touch and feel the sensomatic world

As you sit there in your Inflatable Barbie chair

It doesn't matter, these endless aspirations
Faded and tattered, a billboard in the sky
Forget your baggage, just leave it at the station
Purge all your sadness and move on with a smile

As you sit there in your inflatable Barbie chair

Is it in you? Blood and sinew?
Is it in you? Is it in you?


Creosote, tar and cinder
I'm walkin' down the line
Looking for an empty boxcar
to while away my time

Never have known the comforts
and pleasures of the easy life
No hand to grab ahold of
all is struggle, all is strife

Left in pain and derision
I made a snap decision
To the east
To make my name, my fame, my claim

Can you feel the city?
Concrete under your feet
Gets you feelin' giddy
Take up to the
street (13x)

Now you're really movin'
groovin' into the flow
keep it coming going
never be
slow (13x)

Taking up our place in the sun
Is it over, victory won?
Dust and memories
Are all that remain
at the terminus

Lean and old
This story's told a thousand times
It all comes down to nothing in the end


Jet trail scream
smoggy sunset pink
washboard dust
Rabbits scurry
from the headlight's glare

Pinion pines
crackling power lines
when you bloom so brief
it's easy to miss
that moment of color

No decay
faded to a pale
she's so clear
a winding arroyo
bending with the stream

devil spinning wind
shooting stars
scuttle and haste
of hard-shelled creatures

She's still there
eyes burned in my soul
Free, untamed
hostile and harsh
but touched with beauty

Rocky ledge
cool and clay beneath
Ancient fire
swirling embers
fly out to the night

New song and new player

I meant to record an existing song in my acoustic repertoire, "I Don't Mind," and will get to that eventually, but as I was exploring the various effects I can generate using the Cubase LE software, I went with a echoey guitar riff and built a song around it.

In this latest song, "Tucson," I use about 8 different guitar voices, including a flanger, phaser, overdrive, and distortion.

I've also found a new MP3 player. Enjoy the songs and please leave feedback in the comments box. It'd be nice to know someone was listening to this stuff. More to come soon.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Inflatable Barbie Chair song

Download Greg Locascio - Inflatable Barbie Chair

I tried using Podbean, but the uploader complained that the bitrate on my MP3 was too fast, so I converted it down to the proper bitrate and it's still not accepting it. Although doesn't have the nifty embeddable player, this is just as effective.

I enjoyed re-working "Inflatable Barbie Chair," the first song I recorded using the Cubase LE software, because this re-recording shows me how much I've learned in the past couple weeks. In particular, with this song I learned how to apply effects to individual voices. I didn't use any effects with "Progress?" because I only knew how to apply them to the whole song.

I'm still working on a funny YouTube video featuring this song, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Progress?" a song

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The almost 10 minutes of my song, "Progress?" has dominated my time and energies the past week. It has been great fun learning how to make and edit songs using my laptop. I'm no longer bound to one instrument or the whims of a recording engineer who may not have a good ear. Expect to see more songs from me in the very near future. Next up: "Inflatable Barblie Chair."

Music editing software: Cubase LE
Audio Interface: M-Audio Fast Track Pro, standard studio-quality microphone.
Instruments: Washburn acoustic guitar w/ amp line insert, Yahama Keyboard.

Here's a link to supload. I have had file compatibility issues with podbean. Even though I fix things like bitrate, it doesn't accept my files, so it's time to move on.

Download Greg Locascio - Progress

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cubs home opener, etc.

Going into the top of the 3rd inning, no score in the Cubs & Brewers home opener @ Wrigley. Listening to it on the radio while recording music on my laptop.

My life has been revolutionized by my growing mastery of digital music editing. I find the same skills employed in Movie Maker, especially cutting & pasting sound bites visually.

Last week i recorded "Inflatable Barbie Chair" & added my own drum & vibraphone parts. It's a good song because its structure is simple verse-chorus-verse. It's a totally different song now, & i can't wait 2 post it online. I'm working on a music video for it, using only still images.

I am now working on a more progressive rock-inspired number. Instruments so far: lead guitar, solo guitar, crunchy guitar, organ, vibraphone, drum kit, midvoice, bass voice. Over 5 mins. are already recorded, w/ about 5 more to go. I'm shooting for Meatloaf operatic bombast & paeans to late 60s Donovan & Iron Butterfly.

Take heed, mere mortal, for the fates reign from on high...    

The New Busy is not the too busy. Combine all your e-mail accounts with Hotmail. Get busy.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Northern Illinois school districts that do not have online or paper job applications

Most of the districts listed below require a resume, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, a copy of your teaching certificate, and a copy of an official transcript.

As of this writing (4/5/10), the list is complete. Please notify me with a comment or e-mail of any missing or inaccurate information.

I have compiled all web site and job application information for the following northern Illinois counties: Boone, Bureau, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Will, and Winnebago.

Districts that have no paper or online application process.


Bureau, Henry, Stark Counties Regional Office of Education

Bureau Valley Community Unit School District 340

DePue Unit School District 103

Princeton Elementary School District 115

Princeton High School District 500


Atwood Heights District 125

Calumet City School District 155

Central Stickney School District 110

Chicago Heights School District 170

Chicago Ridge School District 127-5

Consolidated High School District 230

Ford Heights School District 169

General George Patton School District 133

Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157

Komarek School District 94

*Lansing School District 158

Lincoln Elementary School District 156

*North Palos School District 117 (4/15)

Palos Heights School District 128

River Grove School District 85-5

Sandridge School District 172

South Holland School District 150

South Holland School District 151

Sunnybrook School District 171

West Harvey-Dixmoor Public School District 147


Medinah School District 11


Mazon-Verona-Kinsman Elementary School District 2C

Morris Community High School District 101

Saratoga Community Consolidated School District 60C


Emmons School District 33

Grass Lake School District 36

Winthrop Harbor School District 1


Deer Park Community Consolidated School District 82

Dimmick Community Consolidated School District 175

Earlville Community Unit School District 9

Grand Ridge Community Consolidated School District 95

LaSalle Elementary School District 122

*LaSalle-Peru Township High School District 120

Leland Community Unit School District 1

Lostant Community Unit School District 425

Marseilles Elementary School District 150

Mendota Community Consolidated School District 289

Mendota Township High School District 280

Oglesby Elementary School District 125

Ottawa Township High School District 140

Peru Elementary School District 124

Rutland Community Consolidated School District 230

Seneca Community Consolidated School District 170

Seneca Township High School District 160

Streator Township High School District 40

Tonica Community Consolidated School District 79

Wallace Community Consolidated School District 195

Waltham Community Consolidated School District 185


Flanagan Community Unit School District 4

Odell Community Consolidated School District 435

Prairie Central Community Unit School District 8

Rooks Creek Community Consolidated School District 425

Saunemin Community Consolidated School District 438

Tri-Point Community Unit School District 6J


Beecher Community Unit School District 200U

Chaney-Monge School District 88

Elwood Community Consolidated School District 203

Fairmont School District 89

Laraway Community Consolidated School District 70C

Lockport School District 91

Mokena School District 159

Peotone Community Unit School District 207U

Rockdale School District 84

Taft School District 90

Union School District 81

Wilmington School District 209-U


Durand Community Unit School District 322

Pecatonica Community Unit School District 321

Prairie Hill Community Consolidated School District 133

Rockton School District 140

Shirland Community Consolidated School District 134

South Beloit Community Unit School District 320

Districts that have no web site (that I could find) OR web site didn’t work


Cherry School District 92

Dalzell School District 98

Ladd Community Consolidated School District 94

LaMoille Community Unit School District 303

Leepertown Community Consolidated School District 175

Malden Community Consolidated School District 84

Neponset Community Consolidated District 307

Ohio Community Consolidated School District 17

Ohio Community High School District 505


Burnham School District 154-5

Dolton School District 149

Hazel Crest School District 152-5


Newark Community Consolidated School District 66


Braceville School District 75

Nettle Creek Community Consolidated School District 24C


Allen-Otter Creek Community Consolidated School District 65

Miller Township Community Consolidated School District 210


Cornell Community Consolidated School District 426

Cornell Community High School District 70

Northern Illinois school districts paper job applications

I've finished compiling a list of school web and job application sites for the northern Illinois counties within a 75-mile radius of DeKalb.

I have compiled all web site and job application information for the following northern Illinois counties: Boone, Bureau, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Will, and Winnebago.

The following is a list of school districts in the same region that require a paper application to be filled out and faxed or mailed in. I will provide the district name and web site, and a link to the paper application. You're on your own when it comes to mailing addresses and fax numbers. Good luck and please leave feedback or corrections as a comment.

All application links are for teaching and/or certified positions.


Hall High School District 502

Spring Valley Community Consolidated School District 99


Arbor Park School District 145

*Lincoln Elementary School District 156

Pleasantdale School District 107

Posen-Robbins Elementary School District 143-5

Thornton School District 154

Willow Springs School District 108

Worth School District 127

New Lenox School District 122

Richland Grade School District 88A


Coal City Community Unit School District 1

Morris School District 54


Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School District 307


Fox Lake Grade School District 114

*(paper application on same link as above)


Ottawa Elementary School District 141

Streator Elementary School District 44


Pontiac Consolidated Community School District 429

Pontiac Township High School District 90

Woodland Community Unit School District 5


Harlem Unit District 122

Kinnikinnick Community Consolidated School District 131

Winnebago Community Unit School District 323

Nature videos

In my ongoing quest to make videos about DeKalb County forest preserves (and, no doubt, other cool places I go), I present the latest video about Wilkinson-Renwick Marsh. There's a couple new things I did with this video. It is the first one to feature original music by me, an acoustic guitar riff. I hope to do more of that in the future. Production values suffer from meager equipment, but it's amazing what can be done with so little.

The second video is a minute's footage of a Cooper's Hawk in the forest along the Kishwaukee River near Esther and Jonny's place. I originally thought it was a red-tailed hawk because the tail is a little reddish, but within minutes of posting it on YouTube I was corrected by an ornithologist.