Sunday, October 24, 2010

A disappointing setback.

When I was a lad, we had the album pictured on the left Songs From A Village Garret, folk songs sung and played by Raphael Boguslav, recorded about the time I was born. I loved the music and listened to it often, even after I discovered rock and roll. Boguslav stayed in the music business through the 1960s, but he never was a huge success and spent the rest of his life as one of the best known calligraphers in the United States.

So anyway, fast forward several decades. Songs from this ancient album would still get stuck in my head, so I searched for it online and bought a copy on eBay. (Thanks, Meg! I'm still not voting for you and I hope the millions you spent on this disastrous campaign will taste like ashes in your mouth until the day you die. Love and Kisses!) A friend had the tech to turn a record into .mpg files, so I now have the album on my computer and can listen to it at my convenience.

So far, so good.

If you go on The You Tubes, you can find a video about Boguslav's calligraphy, but none of his music. After I bought the album, I had a short e-mail correspondence with the artist, who was a very gracious person. He died earlier this year, and I thought that there should be some record of his music in the most important music library of today, The You Tubes.

I wanted to make an iMovie of his version of the traditional American folk song Buffalo Skinners, but iMovie doesn't like .mpg files, it only wants .mp4 files. This means I was able to make videos of Burl Ives and my own music, but trying to share Ray Boguslav's music with the world is so far no go.

If anybody knows an easy workaround, I'd be glad to entertain any suggestions.


Peregrin said...

I have FormatFactory installed, could conver the file for you if you wanted to arrange a transfer.

Matty Boy said...

That sounds good. Send me an e-mail at mookasaurus(at)(the name for Google e-mail).com

namastenancy said...

I had the pleasure to taking a calligraphy workshop with him once. He was a delightful man as well as a talented calligrapher. I'm sorry that there is a "no linking" restriction on the video on him at uTube because I'd like to use that as a tribute. Not that you'd know, but the calligraphy world has lost three greats in the last few months - Raphael Boguslav, David Meckelberg and Norman Brown. I haven't had time to do an adequate piece on them, but I'm working on it.

Matty Boy said...

Wow, small world. He was also a talented pianist, but he would have to keep his nails long to play guitar and short to play the piano, so he had to pick one or the other.

Peregrin was very nice to offer converting the files, but so far that hasn't worked either.