Saturday, September 24, 2011

66 Sax: Shaman's Trek - New Song (Instrumental)

New Age Blues Sax - Tenor sax, Audacity echo-effect, pin-can percussion, C-harmonica, low-octave tenor sax overlay. This tune has a haunting yet smooth effect, like walking on a misty night in the fall.

Play on, and thank you for listening.


PS - poetry to go with the track:

Night Of The Pumpkin Mystic...

Walking the Hollowed Hills on a thin-misted night,
Stars glitter in and out of view,
Shadowed trees reach dark limbs,
Leaves rustle underfoot,
Dried grasses rustle the soft breeze,
Chills tingle spine,
Steps beat time,
Treading to the Underworld,
The place of pumpkins and candle smoke,
Where a faded flower dwells,
Seeking whispers and secrets,
Seeking the roots of time.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 09/24/2011

Side note:

Kind of interesting how I did this track - I used a program called Audacity, which is free online. The program has numerous effects, and can record numerous multiple instrument tracks. There are actually two tenor saxophone tracks, a c-harmonica track, and a "pin-can" percussion track. (Meaning that the percussion is literally an empty paint can full of colored plastic stick-pins.) I went through and cleared noise and adjusted volume level on each track, then added echo to the high-octave sax track. The result, as you can hear, comes out kind of "spacey" and yet smooth. I'm planning to start practicing some traditional Christmas songs soon, then I'll try doing some effects to spice it up, and see how it goes.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Is There A 'Noise Ordinance' That Prohibits Musical Instrument Practice On DuPage County Forest Preserve Property?

I asked because I was practicing at Hidden Lake at 10am this morning, and the Forest Preserve Police ordered me to stop, saying he thought he would be called with a complaint.

I've been practicing there in the mornings because I live in a condo building. I'm trying to be considerate of my neighbors, and there's nowhere else I know of to go.

Since I'm probably not the only person with this issue, I'm going to ask the county Forest Preserve board for policy clarification on this. I may also ask if they can specify a preserve location for this purpose.

I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge on this subject.


Dan Stafford
York 112 Precinct Committeeman
York Township,
DuPage County, Illinois

Saturday, September 17, 2011

66 Sax: Pics of Bello

Bello - Serial Number

Bello fully-assembled and out of the case.

Bello - "Bundy" engraving on the bell.

Click on any of these pictures to view them full-sized.

66 Sax: Autumn Night - New Age Blues Sax

(C-harmonica, tenor saxophone, hand percussion) Simple, basic, sultry, soulful. Picture yourself on a clear Autumn night by a fire, watching the stars, hearing the sounds of nature all around you. Just you, and the wide-open, cool and crisp Universe.

Love that sax,


Thursday, September 1, 2011

66 Sax: Chicago WNUA 87.7 FM Smooth it!

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A fresh breath of brass and reed...


66 Sax: I Was Out In The Park Wailin' On Bello...

...for about 40 minutes this morning.

Beautiful. Cloudless day and lush green park with a walking path 'round the pond.

The notes seemed to float out pretty sweet. You just can't miss a chance like that.

Play on,