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Michael MacDonald

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Mike MacDonald

(Feb, 2004) Hi, and thanks for visiting. I've loved music for pretty near all my life and, despite a small dearth of talent, I've been playing since I was 12 or so. I was never properly trained, something I'll probably always regret. Though I've tried to "retrain" myself from time to time, my bad habits are pretty deeply ingrained. My father worked on moving trucks and, from time to time, we'd find a piano that someone didn't want in our home. I'd fool around on it trying to pick out tunes until it was sold. When I was 18, I bought a Thomas organ and a book of some Beatles tunes and forced myself to learn to play.

While in college, I also learned the recorder and then the flute. My teacher on the latter was lavish in his praise when he told me how he was beginning to almost be able to tell what I was trying to play. Naturally, I filled with pride at those words.

Through the years, I've owned a variety of keyboards and in the late 80's I began adding computers to the mix. I began recording via MIDI on a Commodore 64 and then on various IBM PC's and hardware based-sequencers. I currently own a Yamaha PSR-2000, a Studio Logic MIDI controller keyboard, a Yamaha MU-90R tone generator and some various other recording and audio equipment. In the past, I've owned equipment from Technics, Roland, Emu and others. I've also written professionally about MIDI and audio recording and have done a little studio consulting.

I hit a rather low point in my musical career during a "live audition." It was to be one song ("Aja") and I figured how hard can it be to play a couple of chords? A finger fumble led to stage fright or stage fright led to a finger fumble, either way, I choked bad and though I thought I recovered and played several notes near the end that were reasonably dead on, it was an humiliating experience. To this day, I've not totally recovered from that experience.

While I play as an amateur (and amateurishly!), I've become adept at using the keyboard to help me play music while letting the electronics help with some of my fingering. I was shocked to find out I was far from the only one ("never let 'em see your left hand!"). What the keyboard doesn't solve live for me, the built-in sequencer and/or the computer does. I'll often lay down a series of tracks, quantize the results, use copy and paste from the best takes and lean heavily on technology to produce music that I probably could not have otherwise created.

As part of the recording process, I enjoy arranging music and composing my own music. A song I wrote in 1999 beat out 10,000 other entries in a song-writing contest. Some of my music has been played as far south as Connecticut, as far north as Newfoundland and as far west as Saskatchewan. A talented pair of Canadian artists recorded a song I wrote (she wrote nearly all of the lyrics) over the summer of 2003 and I've been approached by a country artist about another song that I wrote.

I've come to accept that I'll probably not be the next Billy Joel or Paul Simon, but music is an important facet of my life and one that I enjoy sharing. I appreciate Joe's hosting of some of my music here.

MIDI Songs

midi Mike provided 80 songs in midi format. These were created on the PSR-3000 (3k) or PSR-2000 (2k). Individual songs are shown in the table below and any one song can be downloaded by right-clicking on the song link. The table displays the song title, tempo (T), time signature (TS), lyrics (L), chords (C), where possible, the style used, the original volume (V), and the keyboard used (K).

Click on this link to download Mike's 80 MIDI files: MM-2k.zip, MM-3k.zip.

Mike's MIDI songs
Title T TS L C Style V K
Amazing Grace 80 6/8 N N 02 2k
And I Love Her 110 4/4 N N 07 3k
Another Day 110 4/4 N N 06 3k
Any Day Now 100 4/4 N N 03 2k
At The Hop 120 8/8 N N 02 2k
Avalon 100 4/4 N N OrchBigBand1 05 3k
Bohemian Rhapsody 192 4/4 N N 06 3k
Born Free 120 16/16 N N 01 2k
Camptown Races 110 2/4 N N 01 2k
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You 100 4/4 N N FrenchHouse 04 3k
City Of New Orleans 100 4/4 N N 03 2k
Close To You 82 16/16 N N 04 3k
Come On Eileen 120 16/16 N N 03 2k
Conquistador 120 8/8 N N 01 2k
Conquistador 120 8/8 N N 05 3k
Conquistador 105 4/4 N N 05 3k
Don't Forget 100 4/4 N N 06 3k
Easy Come Easy Go 100 4/4 N N 05 3k
Fly Me To The Moon 120 4/4 N N 08 3k
For Your Love 140 4/4 N N 01 2k
Get High With A Girl Like You 115 4/4 N N 06 3k
Gimme Some Lovin' 120 4/4 N N 03 2k
Good Vibrations 100 4/4 N Y 6-8Trance 07 3k
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer 120 4/4 N N SchlagerPop 04 3k
Happy Wanderer, The 100 4/4 N Y PartyPolka 05 3k
Hard Day's Night Funk, A 130 4/4 N N 02 2k
Hard Day's Night Funk, A 130 4/4 N N 07 3k
He Ain't Heavy 76 4/4 N Y 05 3k
Help! 164 4/4 N N 03 2k
Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again 120 4/4 N N 04 3k
Holiday 120 4/4 N N 03 2k
I d Like To Get To Know Someone (c) 100 4/4 N N 07 3k
Indian Lake 100 4/4 N Y RockChaCha 07 3k
In My Life 104 4/4 N N 08 3k
I Saw Her Standing There 100 4/4 N N 07 3k
I Think We're Alone Now 120 4/4 N N 02 2k
It's Not Unusual 120 8/8 N N 01 2k
I Will Survive 216 4/4 N N 07 3k
Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow, A 92 4/4 Y N 04 3k
Lonely Days 85 4/4 N N 03 2k
Love Child 104 16/16 N N 08 3k
Mahogany Theme 65 8/8 N N 08 2k
Make Those Wheels Go Round (c) 110 4/4 Y N 08 2k
MASH 120 8/8 N N 08 2k
Mighty Wind, A 96 4/4 N N 04 3k
Misty 68 4/4 N N 01 2k
Monkees Theme 120 4/4 N N 03 2k
Mr Lonely 66 4/4 N N 02 2k
My Name Is Tallulah 106 4/4 N N 07 3k
My Way 74 4/4 N N 01 2k
Needles And Pins 121 4/4 N N 08 3k
One 100 4/4 N Y MidnightSwing 07 3k
Over The Rainbow, Wonderful World 100 4/4 N N 08 3k
Playboy 100 4/4 N N 04 3k
Reflections Of My Life 100 4/4 N Y EasyBallad 06 3k
Riders In The Sky 120 2/4 N N 02 2k
Runaway 140 4/4 N N 01 2k
She Loves You 120 8/8 N N 03 2k
Sherry 128 4/4 N N 08 3k
She's Not There 120 8/8 N N 02 2k
Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely 120 4/4 N Y Cool8Beat 05 3k
Something 66 32/32 N N 01 2k
Stars And Stripes Forever 120 8/8 N N 02 2k
Stripper, The 100 4/4 N N 04 3k
Sweet Talking Guy 152 4/4 N Y BubblegumPop 06 3k
Tide Is High 100 4/4 N Y ChartPop 05 3k
Tie A Yellow Ribbon 168 4/4 Y N 08 2k
Toreador 110 4/4 N Y PopEnka 05 3k
Vehicle 215 4/4 N N 07 3k
Which Way You Goin', Billy (Piano) 110 4/4 N N 03 2k
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 120 8/8 N N 01 2k
World 100 4/4 N N 06 3k
YMCA 120 16/16 N N 02 2k
You Belong To Me 95 4/4 N N 06 3k
You Belong To Me (Country) 120 4/4 N N 02 2k
You Don't Own Me 176 3/4 N Y 05 3k
You Got It 128 4/4 N N RetroPop 04 3k
You Needed Me 100 8/8 N N 06 3k
You've Got Your Troubles 131 16/16 Y N 04 3k