Easy To Be Hard(ened)

The opposers to Don the Con endure the entertainment provided by his nuclear meltdown presidency. In these past few weeks, I can’t help but think that Putin, Jinping, and Jong-un are making plans to crush the U.S. in the coming months due to the complete chaos of an unstable mind in the Oval Office, an empty State Department, firings via Twitter, Advisors exiting left and right for new ones 10x worse than their predecessor, while regulatory agencies are mutilated limb by limb by their “leadership.”

Hardened   [hahr-dnd]

1. made or become hard or harder.
2. pitiless; unfeeling.
3. firmly established or unlikely to change; inveterate: a hardened criminal.
4. inured; toughened: a hardened trooper.
5. rigid; unyielding: a hardened attitude.
6. (of a missile base) equipped to launch missiles from underground silos.
7. (of a missile) capable of being launched from an underground silo.

As a citizen of the U.S. for 55-years, I have become hardened to the deliberated crime of greed and avarice bestowed upon me and my fellow citizens by our elected representatives. #FakeChristians and the propaganda machine has been in full swing with a power grab by the GOP infused by the cash of their puppetmasters. Do not forget:

Imagine yourself an elected official who gives up every tenet of our American ideals to hold hostage our citizens only to keep your tribe, your clique, your party in power. Abject treasonous behavior as noted should land the entire Republican party in prison! Dim yes-men linked to the worst commander in chief in the entire 242-year history since the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. He uses Twitter to narcotize the masses. He tweets to anesthetize the media. He’s a twit and an anathema to all humans with souls.

Reibaka_Respect or Expect   (Reibaka)


For further listening and viewing:

Easy To Be Hard (written by Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni / performed by Michelle Lauto in “Hair”)

Easy To Be Hard (visuals of beautiful time-lapse/speed edit photography showing our gorgeous planet playing to the Three Dog Night-recorded version of the song)

Be careful with this next one. There are many chilling images from our nation’s history mixed in with others. They work with the song Question written by Justin Hayward, recorded by The Moody Blues. We are in serious trouble with a new trio in the WH who salivate at the prospect of going to war: Bolton, Pompeo, 45. Chill

Stevie Wonder Pastime Paradise

Coolio updated the song’s lyrics and filled out the melody in his version Gangsta’s Paradise also used in the movie Dangerous Minds.

Another cool rendition of the song by this amazing  Argentinian Choir.


About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. Outside Affiliations: - Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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