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Introduction Time [Jun. 15th, 2006|08:38 pm]
Hello peeps! My name is Jamie, and I'm a guitarist and singer. I used to do a gothic metal solo thing under the name Ater Draconis, but I've lost interest in that genre while simultaneously learning how to sound good while singing. Now I'm trying to start an actual band (with no success yet) in the vein of some weird rock/pop/electronica combination.

I've got a full song and in-progress soundclips on GarageBand and MySpace. If you're on dialup (like me), GarageBand has low-bandwith streaming abilities.

I'll check out the stuff posted here thus far as soon as I get on a high-speed connection or find some download time!

[edit] Oh and BTW I'm in Cleveland, and I'm a MtF, with a bass singing voice x.x But I love to sing, so screw it, eh? I think it's kind of entertaining how much of a switch it is from my singing voice to my girl voice while doing between song banter. [/edit]
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jam session [Jun. 14th, 2006|03:13 pm]

so i recently had a jam session down in phoenix, az (my old hometown) with my friend and his new band, "paper box" (http://www.myspace.com/paperboxx), which was exactly what i needed. 

my friend, jonathan standifird is a pianist/singer/songwriter and he just amazes me. i always enjoy hanging out with him and collaborating on songs. he's a lot better at lyrics than i am but i have more classical training so we help each other out and it seems to work pretty well. right now in the band there is an alto sax, bass guitar, and drums as well as female backup vocals. they have a pretty cool sound.

jon has known about my xdressing for years and is totally cool with it. often times when we hang out he doesn't even notice if i'm wearing a skirt unless i point it out or we are out and people give me weird looks then all of a sudden he's like, "oh brian...you're wearing a skirt!......hah...i like you". (brian is my guy name)

anyways i packed some guy shorts and one of my lighter skirts for the hot weather (107+ degrees ick) and during the jam i was wearing the skirt and my TOOL tshirt. it was so nice to just jam with people in the band who i had just met and didn't know me or my history with jonathan and have them just completely accept me no matter what i was wearing because we were creating music together. 

that gave me a high. it's like, being filled up after running on fumes. i played around with some melodies that i had been just kind of getting stale and having the sax, bass, and drums behind those old ideas...suddenly i was able to branch out and improv a whole new part of the song. SO COOL!

i also went to one of their gigs at a central coffee shop which was a lot of fun. they rocked the house and a bunch of people who probably only came for coffee stayed longer and got into the music. i also got to go up and play a duet with jon called "manic" which is basically the two of us mashing the keys in time with each other. much fun to play but i ALWAYS break a nail. :(

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pandora [Jun. 14th, 2006|10:18 am]

has anybody heard of www.pandora.com ?

i am totally in love with this website and i'm trying to tell as many people about it as i can. if you love discovering music based off of artists you already enjoy then this website is worth checking out. i have found sooooo many new or unknown artists this way. 

check it out and let me know what you guys think

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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2006|11:38 am]

Just thought i'd say hi!!!!

I like mostly all forms of electronic music.. 80's ect. I like to experiment with old computer and others things in a musical context..

umm i collect records, computers, i'm crazy about clothes and hair and all ..

Not much else.. lol :)

my website is http://www.metro-sonus.com

no music there yet and i have a myspace at http://www.myspace.com/metrosonus
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2006|02:10 am]

[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |lemur-Whitestripes]

Hi Im Toni Im a drummer and industrial DJ. Saying Hi to every one.

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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2006|08:17 pm]

Hi, I'm 22 and have played a few instruments throughout my life, my best one being alto sax which I've been playing now for 9 years. One interesting thing I've found relating gender and music is that, since coming out I have been able to improv instead just having these ideas in my head and not being able to translate them to my fingers. My jazz group was very happy about the change. :)
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Moo. [Jun. 13th, 2006|07:29 pm]

[mood |hungryhungry]
[music |Brendon Small://Septopus Theme]

I’m Cara. I’ve played cello all my life. I also do ambient music and remixes. I’m also 22 year old transgirl, 17 months on hormones. So, hi!

Feel free to listen to some of my things at http://www.carabear.net.
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introductions [Jun. 13th, 2006|12:33 pm]

[Current Location |deep in the belly of corporate america]
[mood |energeticenergetic]
[music |the chatter of sales]

hello and welcome to TGmelodies! let me introduce myself. my name is amy and i am a 25 norcal pianist/songwriter.

i've been lurking around the mtf, crossdressing, and transgender communities for awhile and noticed that there are a lot of musicians that play open mics and such. this inspired me as a fellow musician to create TGmelodies as a place where we can come to inspire each other with our stories, ideas, lyrics, and accomplishments. 

i am by no means a lj guru so if anybody has any suggestions on how to make this community better please feel free to email me. 

one of the things i really love about music is the universality is has that allows it to transcend language, age, and gender barriers. also as musicians it gives us a certain license to push the envelop of what society deems acceptable or commonplace. do you feel that being a musician gives you more freedom to present as opposite your birth gender or express gender related issues?

thank you again for being a part of this community! i hope that this is a place that will inspire and encourage all of us.



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