Music

For Dad – Ode to My Father

This piece is a variation on a chord progressions I use all the time. The guitar is in a standard tuning and has a capo on the 2nd fret. This piece was more about learning to play with the simpler pieces to serve as a reminder of how simply my Dad always had me look at life. Electric bass and keyboards have been added to help round out the sound.

By Paul Wolke, ago
Music

Moving – Another Finger Style Acoustic Guitar Recording

Over the summer, I saw Andy McKee perform at the Newton theater here in northern New Jersey. This is a man who has been doing fingerstyle acoustic guitar for some time and is amazingly talented. The song of his that turned me on to this style of music even existed is one of his most popular songs and has garnered millions of views on YouTube. It’s called Rylynn. Much of what I’ve been writing since Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Music

New Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Recording

https://res.cloudinary.com/paulwolke/video/upload/v1510514472/Hope-demo-v2_jxhvtc.mp3 This is a fingerstyle acoustic guitar piece in standard tuning. I’m using a partial capo on the 5th fret covering the A, D, and G strings. My daughter clearly pointed out to me that the temporary title I gave to this song, “Hope”, was already given to a piano song from a year or so earlier. Now I’m on the hunt for a name of this song. Always looking for suggestions. @me if you have a Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Design

A Photoshop Retouching Stack

A Retouching Stack for Product Shots on the Web You often hear the term “stack” when it comes to development, but it’s kinda of fun to think of the layers of a Photoshop document as a stack, too. At work, I have to retouch a lot of product photos for the web. That allows a lot of affordances over preparing images for print. Not having to clip images alone is enough to bring a smile Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Music

Summer Sessions

To have these songs recorded has been a long time coming. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to accomplish but have always found a reason to put it off. Too busy, not good enough, not complete. Whatever the reason, it was always holding me back. Perhaps I was just too afraid to put it out there. Some of these songs have been around for years. Lullaby is going on nearly 10 years already. I couldn’t Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Music

To One of my Favorite Bands – Switchfoot

To one of my favorite bands – Switchfoot I still remember riding in a friend’s car and him saying to me, “you’ve gotta hear this guitar riff.” The song was Stars. And as I recall, I was just blown away. At first by the tone, then the riff. Alternative rock roots untangled in me a voice that said, “Yeah! This is Rock ‘n Roll!” This was more than 10 years ago. And when I was lucky Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Music

Mountain Song

A Thematic Musical Journey https://res.cloudinary.com/paulwolke/video/upload/v1510514474/Sick-3_dffztt.mp3 About once a year I like to get out to my sister’s cabin in the mountains to write music for a few days. It’s the perfect getaway. A rustic cabin with amazing acoustics, running water, electricity and a killer fireplace. There’s a view out the back that will leave you quiet and reflective. A trip there this spring yielded a song that I hadn’t intended to write. A good friend of Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Design

Colors Colors Everywhere

A brief rundown of some the color tools I use on a regular basis. Colorzilla Colorzilla They’ve got a really nice color eyedropper extension for Chrome that adds the ability to grab a color from the current page as well as simply selecting one from scratch. They also have a nice gradient editor. My favorite feature about the gradient editor tool is that they provide a URL to get back to the details of your Read more…

By Paul Wolke, ago
Music

David Bowie, An Inspiration

I’m sure that on this day there are many people listening to, humming or just thinking about David Bowie. It was a shock to hear of his passing this morning and I’d like to think that the world senses the loss of his amazing impact on our society over the last few decades. His pioneering creativity will always continue to inspire me.

By Paul Wolke, ago