Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Video of Week., Misc.

The video of the week is "Mescaline Alley."  This is one of The Human's more recent songs recorded in his home studio, with AC Myles providing some searing lead guitar work.  The Human loves 60's trippy music and this is just one of those tracks. The accompaning video further highlights and elevates the mood.  So take a trip down Mescaline Alley.  At the end, there is a dumpster and by it, a big wooden door.  Go on in.  That's where the party is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gAewUXgH8c



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A few pics of Kings Canyon National Park. One of The Human's favorite places.  He was just there with family and friends.


Dusk. Gettin ready for some eats.


Sunlight Through the Sequoia's


Bridge across Kings River.  Up further is Sheep's Creek
Campsite.


Grizzly Falls


Our national parks are treasures protected due to legislation spurred 
on by Teddy Roosevelt with the urging of John Muir.  Without these
protections all the Redwoods and beauty would be long gone.








Friday, June 15, 2018

TGIF Miscellaneous

Happy Weekend.

Going camping up in Kings Canyon National Park. 3 hour drive from Clovis, CA. Love it there.

Kings River flows by campsite.  Big Redwoods. Beautiful Mountains. People come from all over the world. Still use a tent and good air mattress.  Too many people with generators now..the new generation...they are running and spoiling the ambiance of nature.  Rookies.


View From Campsite
That's Kings River
Yep Trout.

Campsites all along here.

Typical set-up


Good fishing and good hiking


Put up new video to go with Blowin in the wind.


Peace

Everyone have a wonderful weekend.




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Video of the Week. June 2018


This week's featured video is "Standing in the Shadows." It is from The Human's first CD, "The Real Stuff," released in 2006.

With 6 CD's released of almost entirely original music, spanning a 12 year period, The Human is often asked what is his personal favorite is.  It doesn't take him long to answer with "Standing in the Shadows."  Most don't know that there was a CD prior to the Real Stuff.  It was recorded in Porterville, CA in 2005. The studio had a big board and used analog tape.  3 songs came from the Porterville sessions and actually made it onto The Real Stuff CD in 2006. They were simply remixed and remastered.  The quality of the Porterville sessions were not up to what the Human wanted, especially when it came to the drums.  So the tapes were ultimately taken to Fast Traxx in Fresno and dumped into Pro-Tools and drums were upgraded. In the case of Standing in the Shadows, a sax was added during one of the solo parts that wasn't there before. Now, what makes Standing in the Shadows even more interesting is that is almost was never recorded. It was the last song attempted from these sessions. None of the band had even heard the song. The Human had a rough copy of it he did from his own studio. He played it at the studio for the guys and then the basic track was cut in one take.  So, magic definately happened, the song is somewhat of a miracle.  The engineer brought in Joanne Stephens to put harmonies and back-up vocals on the track. Her work further elevated the song.  Remixed and remastered at Fast Traxx in Fresno, you have the final version of Standing in the Shadows.  It's a powerful, emotional song about being stuck in a bad relationship for way too long.  Thus the title, "Standing in the Shadows."  Human calls it his rock anthem. The video and pictures go pretty well with the track to add to its impact and feel.  So, from 2006, The Real Stuff, please check out, "Standing in the Shadow's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vedmYpTv4


The Human remembers this pic well. Why?
Because they are playing Standing in the Shadows.



6 CD's from 2006-2017
99% original songs.


Get Humanized.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Music, Philosophy. Random Musings.

How does a relatively obscure artist that lives in a quiet town in the Central Valley of California manage to sell quite a bit of music domestically and internationally?

Nothing happens overnight.  Lots of work goes into all the songs.  Attention to detail. Attention to the small things that go into a track. Shakers, harmonies, balance. Emphasis on quality. Emphasis on uniqueness.

Good lyrics.  Lyrics that tell stories people can relate too. Things they have done. Things they have thought about doing.  Things that make them smile. No cheesy lyrics. No fluff. No songs clearly put out that are shallow and superficial that an 8th grader could write.  Human songs and lyrics come from living through interesting times. Listening to tons of music over the years. Going through many life experiences. It all surfaces one way or another in the music.

Marketing, Persistence. Consistency. I take no one or nothing for granted. I promote my music on many different sites. I take no site for granted. Even on sites where I get little response, I promote it there. You know why? Many still read it. They may choose for whatever reason not to comment, but they read it.  You can't sell shit if you don't take time to promote it.  I take no fan for granted. Anyone that takes the time to make a comment on my music, I thank them personally.  They are fans. They are the ones that buy and download the music. They deserve respect. They spread the word.

Unique rhythm guitar and style. While The Human is not an A List guitar player especially lead, his rhythm style makes and helps define his songs. Many have told him this. There is no Human Project without his rhythm guitar work, lyrics, and production and arrangement of each song.  It is unique, a big reason for sales of his music.

Nothing really happens overnight.  Unless you are lucky. Have a big label to back you, that throws marketing muscle behind you.  Have management. (can be shaky)  The Human has not played live in years (that's another blog lol) While this would certainly help promote and spread his music, he still manages to sell.  He compensates by paying attention to everything he has written about here.

So here we are. 6 CD's released from 2006-2017.  This has only happened because the music is noticed.  That is a driving force to continue on.  So, thanks to the fans for taking time to listen. Appreciate.  Purchase.  In one way or another, efforts will be made to keep da Human Project stuff flowing your way.

Peace


The Human was nominated by an artist from Louisiana soon after the release
of The Real Stuff in 2006.  Award was granted soon after.


The Human 2017.










Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blowin in the Wind

For some reason I decided to listen to Bob Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind," the other day. I was struck by the lyrics and even moved by them.  Much of what he is writing about in 1962, well... its still "blowin in the wind today." Even worse.  Not a very good commentary on progress of our world as a civilization and as a people.  Wars. Hate. Intolerance. Much driven by religion. A paradox? Yeah.

I took a crack at the song. It is rough around the edges, has blemishes and imperfections.  But I just wanted to do it. I am printing the lyrics below.  In the year 2018, things should not still....be "blowin in the wind." My version can be found here on my podomatic show today.
Peace.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject/episodes/2018-06-10T04_31_03-07_00


How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Bob Dylan



Saturday, June 9, 2018

First CD The Real Stuff

Most of you know The Human Played in bands during high school from 1967-1969.  The Anonymous Five, Trans Love Airway, and Black Earth. All these bands were excellent. Often times they were paired with bigger older groups.  They opened for The Commonwealth in Hanford in 1967. The Commonwealth was fronted by Tom Johnston who went on to Doobie Brother fame.  After High School. Loyd went off to college and the music from a playing standpoint was over for him. Oh he still listened to plenty, but no more giggin. So from approxiamately 1969-2004 The Human was inactive and not playing. This is a 45 year period.  In 2004 he met some guys in his neighborhood and he was invited to jam with them. This this started the ball rolling toward him playing again. He met a few key players. He purchased a Boss BR 1600 that had 8 tracks and a drum machine and he started writing using this. He had no idea of the songs were anygood or not. His guitar chops were, to say the least...rusty.  In a few months time he had written Jimmy's Juke Joint, Ridin This Train, Red Vette Roll, Standing in the Shadows, Working Too Hard, Hi Fallutin Momma and Headin for Tennessee.
So he decided to roll the dice and go into a recording studio with them.  Some of the guys he had been jamming with he took with him.  The sessions that went down in 2006 became The Real Stuff.
He sent it to Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and Adam Ayan mastered it and it has a nice warm sound. Once this CD was put into distribution channels The Human was in for a surprise, because it hit pretty big in Europe, especially Be Goode Records in Bern, Switzerland.  So, The Human was off and running temporarily at least.  He took some gigs at Stanford and some local gigs. but chemistry with some band members caused this temporary roll to grind to a halt from a playing live perspective.  But understand that The Real Stuff is an excellent CD. Raw, and da good Human lyrics and driving beats. It also would catapult him forward to the next one, Human Project II, Humanize in 2008 that he will discuss in a future blog.

Track Listing:

Hi Fallutin Momma
Ridin This Train
Headin For Tennessee
Stormy Night In Texas
Jimmy's Juke Joint
Workin Too Hard
Standing in the Shadows
Red Vette Roll

All of these tracks are available at spotify, ITunes and all distribution sites. The physical CD is available at CDBaby.  If you know the human at all he will send you one signed for $20.00. There are not many copies of The Real Stuff left. It is becoming a collectors item.



The Real Stuff 2006


Link to The Real Stuff Physical CD.
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/humanrocks2

The Human has a really good core fan base. They dig his style and lyrics that tell good stories. No cheesy lyrics..its real music. Over time fans world-wide will sniff out good music like they did The Human.  His fans are the best.

http://www.humanrocks.net






Thursday, June 7, 2018

Friday Thang TGIF

The Human getting serious about Friday's. It all started while he was in college.  Classes all week, bustin ass, then when Friday would roll around it would be about cold beer and rock and roll. Lots of both. This continued on through college and even after. Fridays are Fridays. Time to celebrate and party with some cold ones and good music and The Human had plenty. It's one of the reasons he got the nickname, "The Human."  So its only natural that he would write a song all about this and call it........"Friday Thang."  The lyrics tell the story big time. He also made a youtube video that goes with it pretty well too.  So see what Fridays used to be all about back in the day.  Is it that way today? Nah. Don't think so.  For a variety of reasons.  But check out Friday Thang video. The song is available for download at almost all major music distribution sites.

Friday Thang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AllVE-WhER8

Friday Thang
Words and Music by The Human. From Last Train Out, 2011.

The Human                          Vocals and Guitar
Dwayne Janzen                    Lead Guitar
John Dees                             Bass
Tom Scott                             Keyboards
Chuck Hernandez                 Drums

Recorded at Cobalt Studio. Fresno, CA 2011.

Produced by The Human and Rafael Carmony.



The Human Project
Real Music.




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Video of the Week

Taliban Man

The Human has started to put up what he calls a YouTube "Video of the Week."  Of course it will feature one of his songs. Last week he put up "Politics."  This week the video is based on his song "Taliban Man." written in and around 2009.  The song gives a bit of visual history surrounding the Afghan war and The Taliban.  This was a hard track for the Human to release.  He keeps it low key as he can. He does have some fear of reprisals in some form because of it.  He points the mindset of The Taliban. He points out some of our involvement in Vietnam, there are parallels. Then he points out our effort there and why this also takes on a Vietnam like aura.  The poignant last line sums it all up.
"And Taliban Man just sits and waits. Just like the Cong he filled with hate." 17 years there. We just keep sending our men and women over despite and campaign or political rhetoric you might here.
Our youth and students, not sure they can point out Afghanistan on a map. Not sure they understand the politics surrounding the war. The Geo-Political history of the region. Might help. Yes I taught all that.

Friends and fans of The Human Project, Enjoy Taliban Man from Best of the Human Project 2010.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eGe6hp4QcM

This track was recorded on a Boss BR 1600 digital recorder in his home studio. The Human Plays all the instruments.


The Human taught High School history and government from 1975-1995.


The Human Project


6 CD's Released.
2006-2017
Get on board The Human Project Train.
Real Music.


Peace









Monday, June 4, 2018

Top Downloads for May 2018.

Top 5 Downloads for May 2018

Not much change in the top downloads for the month of May. 46 different Human Project Tracks were downloaded, and The Human wrote 44 of them. Highway 58 did climb to the number 2 spot and Running from the Shotgun from "Last Train Out," 2011 made it up to #3. High Anxiety kept a firm grip on #1, a spot it rarely relinquishes. Overall another good month of download sales. Human Project fans are the best, an international fan base and they recognize a lot of hard work goes into the songs.

Top Five Downloads

High Anxiety                                Human Project II, Humanized 2008
Highway 58                                  Humanize 2017
Running From the Shotgun          Last Train Out 2011
Requiem For Washington            Last Train Out 2011
Bad Luck                                      Best of The Human Project 2010


The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017.

The Real Stuff                              2006
Human Project II, Humanized     2008
Best of The Human Project          2010
Last Train Out                              2011
Human's Last Stand                      2014
Humanize                                      2017

His songs are on almost all music distribution sites. Below is link to his website.


Currently
The Human has been working on recording a "cover song," at Pyramid Studio in Fresno. Most of you know that he rarely does covers, in fact out of 6 CD's only 2 covers.  This one is a Rolling Stones song from "Between The Buttons, 1967" mostly written by Keith Richards called "Connection,"  but the version he is working on is patterned more after the Montrose version from Paper Money in 1974.  He always loved that version and preliminary reports indicate that his version of just frickin outstanding or he would not be messing with it. Stay tuned for updates.




http://www.humanrocks.net

The Human Project
Real Music
No Cheesy lyrics
Old School Feel
Get yo boogie on.









Friday, June 1, 2018

History of the Human Project



This is a cool YouTube Video kinda outlining a visual history of The Human Project.  It really started in about 2005.  "The Human," got the nickname in is early 20's. He was a live wire, always had good music. Knew all the lyrics. A force of nature when it came to partying and cranking up tunes.  So late one night, one of his friends called him THE Human and it stuck.  When he goes into a recording studio no matter who he takes in,  the result is called The Human Project. He writes all the songs, produces, or co-produces, finances and markets all of it.  100% of his success comes from you. The fans.  It's a damn cool story.


History of The Human Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OAlz5U198k




The Human
6 CD's released.
2006-2017.
A small army of cool fans.  
It's a damn good time.

Video of Week., Misc.

The video of the week is "Mescaline Alley."  This is one of The Human's more recent songs recorded in his home studio, with AC...