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National Coffee Day

Today is free coffee at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and Wawa. Unfortunately, the first three locations are regional. However, Wawa is nationwide.  I will be talking about my experience at my second Wawa visit. The parking lot is a madhouse. So I can just imagine how bad it is inside. The rain is pouring down. People are gradually walking in the rain to the building as if it is a clear and sunny day. What do you know, I am wrong. It is not bedlam. People are waiting patiently to get their cups of coffee. I catch myself laughing because I see one guy carrying four cups of coffee without a holder. This is my third and fourth cups of coffee from them today. I can only guess that the hot chocolate is free as well. I say that because people are lined up for that as well. 

Uh oh, clean up on aisle six! It was bound to happen! Someone just spilled a cup of coffee. Luckily, there was no argument from the gentlemen whose pants received the cup’s withdrawal. He just looked at his pants and continued waiting in line to pay for his items. Wouldn’t you know it; the pumpkin spice would be empty now that I am in front of it. I guess I will go with the hazelnut. I sweeten them both to my liking and I’m out the door. 

This concludes my thoughts for today. If you haven’t done so, venture out and grab yourself a free cup of coffee. Oh yeah, have a wonderful day. 

Peace,

KennyMan

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While Watching Other People Work

I am sitting on the tail of a truck watching the contractors work. They are installing sensors in the center of the traffic lanes. It is amazing to see these guys work. A hole is drilled into a newly paved road. Then a section is cut out and cleaned. The parts are installed and the work area is sealed. Unless you are staring at the road, you cannot tell that work was ever performed.

This kind of reminds me of mixing music. The blend should be gradual. If the songs sound similar, your listening audience will not realize the song has changed at all. They will finally notice when the verses or the new chorus starts playing. I remember when I started DJing; all I wanted to do was scratch. After about ten seconds, people looked at me like “play the darn song already.” It took me a while to realize back then that playing the songs was what kept the party going. I was so into scratching that when I did look up, the dance floor was empty. Once I learned to blend the music that all changed. I had the dance floor locked until I played a slow jam set. “Slow Jam Set”; that’s what they call it now. Back then in the 80’s, it was “Play something slow, so they can dim the lights and we can grind.” SMH; teenagers. It’s a wonder so many of us didn’t end up being parents before turning eighteen. Anyway, as I was saying, mixing is a major part in DJing. 

Soooooooo, that is all on my mind at the moment. I hope you enjoyed the read. As always, feel free to leave me a comment. 

Peace,

KennyMan

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While Attending The Game

I decided to go to see my son’s league football game today. As I walked up, I swore I heard music. Sure enough, there was the DJ under a tent. As I walked by, his gear caught my eye. I saw that he was using the same CD Player that I used in the past, a Denon DN-S5000. The other was a Denon DN-S3900.

Like I mentioned before, Denon has pretty much the same features as the Pioneer CDJ-800, just at a lower price. His speakers were powered JBLs, the model number slips my mind. He said he just brought out his equipment so the people could have something to listen to between plays. At first I thought, “that was nice.” But then, I had another thought. Since I am new to the area, that sounded like a great way to create some business. Anyhow, we shot the breeze for a bit. 

After about five to ten minutes we looked up because we heard sirens. It turned out two ambulances and three police vehicles drove up. They all got out and walked across to the other side of the field. So happened, one of the players had gotten hurt. Unfortunately, he was carried out on a stretcher with a block surrounding his head. 

I turned around and the DJ had left his post. I did not find out about who to contact about this gig. I did, however, get his contact information. So, Rob if you are reading this, expect a call on Monday! I would call tomorrow, but you know, football season is underway. 

Oh yeah! As I was saying, the game resumed right afterwards. About five minutes later once again, my son comes walking up with a sling on his arm and the coach next to him. The coach explained that he needed to get checked out. His finger was swollen and may be broken. 

This was the second time he had been injured in less than a month. Maybe this means he is getting the injuries out of the way early in his career. We went to a medical center and luckily it was only swollen. So now I am at the pharmacy waiting on a prescription. 

Well…………. I am done with this conversation. I just felt like letting you know that. Let me set a reminder to call Rob. 

Peace,

DJ KennyMan

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Childhood, Reminisce

Remember Going To Drive-in Theaters Growing Up

 

 

Those were some of the good times of my childhood. The pictures above are from the one I use to go to. We would pile in the vehicles. When I say pile in, that includes the back floor and the trunk. We were frugal, so we snuck in our food and drinks. Occasionally, someone would be gracious enough to buy popcorn.

I really enjoyed the coming attractions and jingles as well. We went to see double or triple features. When it was time for the actual movie, everyone settled down. The speaker did not have a volume control. It was muffled when loud music and sound effects were playing. Unfortunately, there was no surround sound back then, or even a dual speaker system.

After the first movie was over, everyone was heading to the concession stand and restrooms. By the time the second movie started, my eyelids were heavy from being up all day and from the ‘itis. I normally slept through the second one. But if it were a triple feature, I was wide awake for the final movie.

All in all, it was a joyous event. As we were leaving, looking on the ground looked like a dump site. There was trash everywhere. The next school day, all the talk was the movies. We would reenact the action scenes all day long.

To quote Forest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.” Soooooooooooooooooo, did you go to the drive-in? How was your experience? Please leave a comment and let us all reminisce together.

 

Peace,

DJ KennyMan

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Remember When We Use To Play Outside

Remember the days of playing outside almost ALL day? Like on Saturdays; after watching morning cartoons. You would go outside and run yourself ragged. You come in the house, for a drink or a bathroom break, then right back outside you would go. Whether playing in the park, on the courts, in the yard, or even in the woods; it was all day affair. Me, myself, I’d be outside until my dad would call me home for supper. (That’s right, supper. That’s what we called it growing up.) 

It makes think of the following verses: Damn, the street lights just came on. My momma’s in the streets telling me to come home. I hit the gate and I hop on my Schwinn. Then I tell the homies, alright then. – This DJ by Warren G

Peace,

DJ KennyMan


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Just Watched The Get Down

(This is not my pic)

All I can see is, “Oh my gosh!” This brought back so many memories. If you are an old head like me, you gotta check it out. Growing up during the inception of hip hop was probably the best thing I can remember. The rap battles and DJ battles were the shot back in the days. Being a DJ in the school talent show was the greatest feeling for me back then. You know what, I ending this piece right now. I’m going to watch it again.


Peace, 

DJ KennyMan

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Getting Back To Business

I have been out of the DJ business for about seven years. For all that time, my family and friends have tried to encourage me to continue doing it. But finally, something has clicked inside me. I am looking to get back into it.

Let’s go back in time for a sec: I first started officially way back in ’85. In ’82 when Planet Rock hit the radio, I was hooked! I use to put my portable turntable next to my cassette player. I would mix Planet Rock and Numbers together. After that, I would use my parent’s record player and my aunt’s record player and put them beside each other. Notice, I didn’t say turntable but record player. I used one side of each speaker output as a cue and the other side as the main output. That is how I learned to mix. The players did not have tempo control, so I used my finger to slow down or speed up the record. After getting the hang of that, I saved any money that I got and bought my first DJ set. Of course, I could not afford the Technics SL-1200 turntable. I did not have that kind of money. My first set was two Gemini GL-101s and a Realistic 32-1100A Mixer. The turntables were belt drive, but I made them work. The mixer did not even have a fader, but that was okay too. I was nice with my set.

I did not know the difference between belt drive and direct drive until I snuck into the clubs. This one DJ, Gerald would let me on the ‘tables. He and the others used 1200s in the club; the real jawns. Not the cheap stuff I had. But because I was using belt drive, I mastered the Technics like it was nothing.

Alright, back to the present: Last year I finally upgraded my set to digital. I am currently using a Terminal Mix 4 controller with Serato DJ. For about twelve years, I have used CD Players. My last set included two Denon DN-S5000s CD players and an Electrix EDJ-6 mixer. Again, these too were belt drive. I still preferred them over the Pioneers CDJ-800s of the time. Basically, the same features, but less money. I have noticed that the Terminal Mix 4 definitely does not compare to the higher end controllers of today. But, as usual, I will master it, as if it were a Pioneer DDJ series controller.

Like I said, I am ready to get back into it. I was a hip-hop and RnB DJ then. I realize that I need to change with the times. I need to first start by working on expanding my music collection. Then I just need to hand out my old business cards (I still have the same number since ’02 by the way). Finally, I gotta get back out there. Hopefully, one day I will create a buzz, and you will say, “I have heard of this DJ KennyMan, in which you speak.”

Peace,

DJ KennyMan

This was my second turntable, I bought a set of them. This was the set I used in high school, along with a Realistic mixer, Kenwood amplifier, and dual 12" house speakers.

This was my second turntable, I bought a set of them. This was the set I used in high school, along with a Realistic mixer, Kenwood amplifier, and dual 12″ house speakers. (This is not my picture.)

First set of turntables that I owned. Again, belt drive, but I was nice with them in the '80s.

First set of turntables that I owned. Again, belt drive, but I was nice with them in the ’80s. (This is not my picture.)

This was my first mixer. I used it with my two Gemini GL101 turntables. Although it did not have a fader, I was nice with this. I should have gotten rid of this. This was my beginning.

This was my first mixer. I used it with my two Gemini GL101 turntables. Although it did not have a fader, I was nice with this. I should not have gotten rid of this. This was my beginning. (This is not my picture.)

2 Denon DN-S5000 CD Players with Electrix EDJ-6 Mixer inside Pioneer case.

2 Denon DN-S5000 CD Players with Electrix EDJ-6 Mixer inside Pioneer case.

I am currently using a Terminal Mix 4 inside a Gator case. I use Serato DJ on a Dell Latitude E6500.

I am currently using a Terminal Mix 4 Controller inside a Gator case. I use Serato DJ on a Dell Latitude E6500.

 

 

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