Dave Johnson

Praise for The Ghost of Maddingbrew

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Well, like all hungry and aspiring wanna-be-paid authors, I haven't swung by Amazon in a few weeks to see if anyone, anywhere, (please God, please) is buying my books, rating my books, complaining about my books. Ya know. Just some sign that anyone other than slush pile agency jockeys and my nightmares are actually paying the slightest bit of attention to the things that come out of my head. My therapist SAYS he does, but I would lie too if the shoe was on the other foot. I blame him NOT ONE IOTA. But wait! Both lo, AND behold, The Ghost of Maddingbrew has crossed paths with actual, spendable, U.S. currency, and people REVIEWED the book. Which in turn, causes other people to buy, read, and review the book. That's how it works. I'm even happy for the folks who buy the book, use it as a paperweight to keep the last Twilight FanFic mag from blowing away, ...
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Lorenzo the Magnificent…and other Stuff

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

 

If you're not a slave to Facebook like most of us, you may not have heard, but I will FINALLY be releasing my latest book Lorenzo the Magnificent (The Medici Chronicles, Vol.I) this coming Friday, October 13th - everywhere! If you happen to be in the Harrisburg, PA area, I'll be selling 20 copies of the final proof at the annual Bodhana Group tabletop gaming fundraiser Save Against Fear. On the same day, you can order the finished product in print or digital form at Amazon, Barnes & Noble's Booksellers, Goodreads, and at my publishing site, Createspace. If you have no preference, I always appreciate orders from Createspace since a larg...
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The Bodhana Group

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Last September, I was anxious to get out and do something with the boys, since I'd been cooped up in the hospital on and off during the fall. I fished around online and found a board game convention in Harrisburg called, "Save Against Fear." If you don't know, our family are absolute board game wackos. Our board game library is larger than our DVD collection, and not a Monopoly or Scrabble game to be found among them. Many people outside of geek culture are unaware of the new board game revolution. It's been a growing "thing" over the last ten years, but in 2018, there are about 1,600 new strategy board games scheduled for release. Game Cafe's are springing up all over the country, such as our favorite dig, The Game Table Cafe in Mechanicsburg, PA. You pay a small entry fee to stay as long as you like and play games from their massive collection - somewhe...
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Suspended demo

Friday, May 5th, 2017

I thought it might be cool to let everyone hear what one of the tunes sounds like in the "demo" stage. There has been very little actual "mixing" done to the song at this point - it's just a raw recording of the basic arrangement. In particular, the guitar, bass, and vocals are actually first takes, and haven't been touched up, so you get to hear all the bad notes and missed cues. The levels aren't right either - some things are too loud or soft, and haven't been touched by any studio "magic" - reverb, effects, pitch correction, or compression. So what you'll hear is much like a band practicing, before the sound guy shows up, just a raw, first time pass at the general idea. Even if the notes and lyrics remain the same, the final version will sound much more full and "commercial," like what you'd hear on the radio. In other words - this is just a demonstra...
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Preview of Livestock & Breakables

Friday, March 17th, 2017

My attempt at an acoustic version of "Livestock & Breakables" from the upcoming concept album, "Conversations from Room 1170." I'm still working hard to get my voice in shape after the surgeries, so kindly forgive the pitch-iness in spots.


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