tag:c3w.org,2013:/posts c3w {official} 2017-10-09T09:17:03Z tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1197001 2017-10-09T07:49:40Z 2017-10-09T09:17:03Z When I think of 'Bless the Rains Down in Africa'

Toto :: I visualize actual rain, a light rain, happening now, a world away.  They don't need a torrential storm because the land is so dry, as far as I know. . . but I listen to your song consistently.. and each time they get a bit of rain.. and with each rain, their soil gets soft, and they play in it - and then they plant crops in it -- I listen to it often.  You've invited our consciousness into Africa, to make life.  Truly blessed to have found this tune.  Saw your backstory - its still working - still amazing - blessed is Africa.

{official toto}

p.s. maybe you're this guy:

this is my playlist, surrounding 'Africa' ::

love from san francisco, --c3w

tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1196912 2017-10-09T01:27:54Z 2017-10-09T01:44:38Z when I'm not writing music.. I prefer to vinyl cut for t-shirts

using a 'silhouette portrait' usb vinyl cutter, and some software, I often bring images.google.com stock into photoshop, edit and scale the bits I want, then bring a .png into the 'silhouette studio' wherein I play with trace options to get an optimized cut.

I first load in the vinyl, matte (reverse) side up, which has been cut to the size I intend to print, taped with scotch or electrical tape.

the image, itself, is also flipped horizontally in the program, for iron-on, or non-flipped for sticker/adhesive.. 

I bought sample packs of both iron-on and stickers.. so I have most imaginable colors.. and everything looks good in black

the cutting process is quite mesmerizing, fast, and super accurate.

as i use a 'hook' to pick out the negative space, I then also consciously peel along its lines, observing any 'printable vinyl' I may be about to damage.. in those cases, say an incomplete cut - I use a blade to force a cut on its edge. 

the cut is complete, after picking into the 'relief' portions of the cut.  I chose this particular image because it had that 'texture' and I thought it would be easy to trace and cut.

I was right.. it looks rad.. do notice tho the border cuts are duplicated.. I probably could have spent more time doing 2 traces, an outline, then the relief bits.. this program does not accept line-art, EPS, which is a bummer.... sometimes I upscale a smaller image, which helps me get a better cut.. especially if things are horizontal and vertical, i.e. just lines.

iron on with a paper 'shield', such as a paper bag, so as not to melt vinyl onto the iron, about 15 seconds.. and done!

throw that over a long-sleeve undershirt, find a cap, suit up, and we're good to go!

this was the original image:

tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1195532 2017-10-03T02:02:50Z 2017-10-04T19:24:25Z 'etc.' 2.5 hour album to hit digital shelves mid-october!

everything from my very best, along with scraps from the cutting room floor, etc., brings you 34 tracks in 2.4hrs.

find your favorites and post them here!

love from san francisco, -- c3w

tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1176415 2017-07-24T02:23:25Z 2017-07-24T02:23:25Z metrognome

tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1155798 2017-05-21T04:32:57Z 2017-05-21T04:32:57Z noperperpeturalmotionmachine'd (initialize mix) ]]> tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1155797 2017-05-21T04:32:17Z 2017-05-21T04:32:17Z timezone (unhinged mix) ]]> tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1155799 2017-05-21T04:31:20Z 2017-05-21T04:31:20Z trippedup {rev mix} ]]> tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1155801 2017-05-21T04:30:08Z 2017-05-21T04:30:09Z treasure {trove mix} ]]> tag:c3w.org,2013:Post/1155796 2017-05-21T04:29:23Z 2017-05-21T04:29:23Z c3w is now live, in San Francisco