Two years ago a dear friend gave me the gift of really listening to lyrics. In my current mood I’ve been listening to lots of Fort Minor, Lifehouse, Linkin Park and Beyonce. I love the fact that Fort Minor is really Mike of Linkin Park fame doing rap.

So here are things to listen to:

Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy “video”: It is actually a great story in the song. Well done. Love it in pumped up black and white. I wish they would let you embed the video. I could watch it a hundred times and not be tired of it. Here is a decent version with lyrics.

Beyonce’s Put A Ring On It “video”: What she does when she’s mad about breaking up.

Lifehouse’s Broken. Really great lyrics and a love lost.

Fort Minor’s Remember The Name. It’s the way I feel sometimes. Anonymous but doing good work.

Fort Minor’s Where’d You Go. An anthem to everyone left behind. The video had me in tears. About someone deploying to Iraq. I love YouTube!

Linkin Park’s What Have I Done. A great song of regret and there is no alibi. So let mercy come and I face myself. It’s just so true and let go of what I’ve done…

Akon (ft. 2Pac and Bone Thugs) I Tried So Hard. An oldie, but reminder of how sometimes you just have to wait. Love the 5 steps forwards, 7 steps back line.

DVD Backup

Well the world is moving on to Blu-ray and I’ll have to get one of these bad boys at some point (and replace my whole television too, the lovely 250kg monster that it is). In the meantime, backing up DVDs and so forth goes on. Here’s the workflow I use. Its a little old these days, but has proven reliable:

# “DVD Decrypter”: has since been discontinued, but there is still a mirro available. You set it to File mode to have it work with DVD Shrink
# “DVD Shrink”: I’ve tried a bunch, but this freeware still seem to work the best. Basically, it reduces the files and leaves everything else the same. Run this in File mode to get the raw files
# “VOB2MPG”: to take these files on your hard drive and convert them to a single gigantic MPG file. Or use “DVD Shrink”: Leave the DVD in there and now rerun DVD Decrypter on the these files in IFO mode for it to work with iPhone or your computer. In IFO mode, make sure to check on Tools/Settings/File Splitting and set this to None and select the first stream. It does most decryption and then puts the VIDEO_TS files on your hard disk.
# “Videora”: works on the PC and it takes an unencrypted DVD files on your hard disk and converts them to iPod, iTouch or iPhone formats. You can also use this for PC viewing if you keep in mind the raw format of a DVD is 720x480i or in 4:3 mode what is called VGA X.264, so if you just compress to that, you’ll get about 700MB per hour for a high-def DVD. Or 350MB per hour for a lower def. So in Videola, for an iPhone, select the setting set H.264 480×320 768Kbps Stereo/128Kbps two pass. And for your computer, select H.264 VGA 1MBps/128Kbps.

Rich’s Top 10 Songs This Week

So what am I listening to these days…sometimes it is just a few songs over and over. So check them out…Thanks to “Nutsie”:, you can easily hook into the music videos of the songs you like. And with YouTube, folks are making “music videos” out of almost everything…So here is Rich’s top 10 and most even have lyrics:

# Avril Lavigne. “Holding On”: Great tune!
# Elliott Yamin. “Wait for You”: The audio quality isn’t too great and I know he’s am American Idol winner, but what the heck, he’s One Republic’s lead and the song with Timbaland is great.
# Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough”: So this is an old one, but it shows having a big library sometimes let’s you remember what you used to like. Haven’t listened to this in probably two years, but it is just great. Cool lyrics.
# Wyclef Jean’s “To All the Girls”: It’s hip hop, but it does have a message. Just listen to it. The rest of his album is equally great.
# Cassie Me & U. A relatively old one and not on Nutsie, but a great song. I know I’m genre skipping, but what the heck?
# Jordin Sparks “Tattoo”: Another American Idol winner, but I do love this song anyway. Great lyrics. I’m learning to love the lyrics.
# Paula Deanda’s “Walk Away”: Isn’t on Nutsie properly as it thinks it is from an album by Lo-Pro, but it is a terrific song. I love the “Does she play PS2 until 6 in the morning like I do”
# The Pussycat Dolls’ “Stickwitu”: This is a great video and they may be a former burlesque show, but boy at a great song. The video is a great way to learn spanish 🙂
# Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”: The only real rock song on the list. The image of just chasing cars and the teenage years are awesome!
# Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel”: I like this rock and roll mainly because it’s again such a vivid image of a real life phone call.

mp3 tagger

OK, I use Tritag for making my mp3s have nice tags, but it doesn’t have either lyric finding or artwork finding. “”: if you can believe it actually has a review of all Mac based MP3 taggers (talk about narrowcasting).

Here are some good recommendations:

“MP3-Info”: This lets you right click and look at tags, which is OK.

“MP3 ID3X”:// It isn’t freeware, but costs $18 and is ancient (not updated since 2005), on the other hand, it is the only mac tool I can find that does artwork and lyric finding. I have been using pearlyrics for lyric finding and it is just so, so.

Wyclef Jean and Keep Holding On

OMG, I just love “Sweetest Girl”: by Wyclef Jean. it is terrific Hip Hop for those of you who like that kind of stuff. Check out the “video”:

I’m also listening to “Avril Lavigne’s”: “Keep Holding On”:

The Good Death on Cold Case

I just loved this episode 23 of Cold Case. Called “The Good Death” it was to me really touching and as I’ve always loved the last sequences on Cold Case, the song “Good Day”: was just terrific. “Paul Westerberg”: sings it from track 11 of Eventually. For those of you who don’t know “Paul”: was the lead for The Replacements, one of the best alternative bands of the 80s. Eventually by the way was his second solo album from 1996.

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