Blankets & Lemonade

March 10, 2018


I have just put another Vlog up on You Tube. In this I ramble on for a few minutes about two topics: blankets and lemonade. At least these are the key words to which I free-associate. Here is the usual link:

Hope you enjoy it. Talk to you later, my dear Vlogophiles.

Vlogging virtually by Tower Bridge

February 6, 2018

Another attempt to make some progress with the Green Screen and the sound. Both still need work; the project is ongoing.

Virtual Vlog from Tower Bridge, London

I shall be playing a show today in Second Life at Cafe Musique at midday in SL (that is midday in Los Angeles, too), streaming from my mini-studio in England at 8.00 p.m. this evening. Hope to see those of you who like to listen, inworld.

Btw, if you do not belong to the Second Life virtual community, you can still listen to my show live (but with no graphics). There is a page on my website that explains how to do that…

Hope that link works for you. Speak to you later, my dear blogo/Vlogophiles

Vlog with a nice sunset

February 3, 2018


Here is my latest Vlog. I am slowly making progress. I have used a better set-up for the sound, I think. And this vlog was taken on  proper camera, as opposed to a phone. I think I have succeeded in getting the vlog to appear in landscape orientation and this will obviously be better for the folks who want to watch on a computer screen. Here is the link

I am speaking against a rather nice virtual sunset in this Vlog

Another blog

February 1, 2018

I am trying to get a reasonable workflow in terms of my attempt to become a Video-Blogger (Vlogger). One problem has been that my movies have arrived at some of your screens in the incorrect orientation (so you have to lean your head to the side at 90 degrees in order to watch them).

Regrettably, my learning curve is very steep in this regard and I am still not confident that I have got the hang of things. My primary objective is to get the Vlogs to work on You Tube. I’m not sure how well the links  from my Lewis Music home page are working.

The current situation is this. I have cleared out some old stuff from my You Tube channel. There are now basically two blogs up on it (one dated 28th January and the other 31st January, 2018). So you could try to reach them from my Lewis Music site, and hopefully that will work.

In terms of the 31st January blog, I will endeavour to now put a link to that directly from here, as follows:

Fyrm’s latest Vlog


Hope this works. Bye for now, my dear blogophiles

My First Attempt to Vlog Using a Green Screen Technique

January 25, 2018

It has taken a while and I am still not confident about using the HitFilm software, excellent as it may be. However, I have succeeded in getting a VLog up on You Tube that makes use of the Green Screen technique….

I recorded the blog sitting in an easy chair in my little studio. The room is too small to take a proper Green Screen, but I managed to make do in a Heath-Robinsonesque sort of way. I’m afraid the content is not brilliantly inspiring but, at last, I managed to turn my solid wall background into an open window looking out onto some rather old-fashioned buildings on a street in Paris.

I hope to explore more virtual scenes in the future. The downside of doing the Vlog in this fashion is that I cannot play the piano. I attempt to explain what the problem is, within the Vlog. And I talk about my spectacles and the fact that I possess a high-domed forehead! I bet you just can’t wait – lol…

Fyrm’s first use of the Green Screen technique in a You Tube Vlog

Speak to you later my dear blogophiles/Vlogophiles !!



New Vlog on You Tube

January 21, 2018


I have just started a new Vlog on You Tube in the name of Fyrm Fouroux (aka John Lewis Smith)…


New song up on Bandcamp today!

January 18, 2018

Hello! I have just put my new song ‘The Cleaner and the Teacher’ up on Bandcamp

This song should be regarded as an imaginary story about a (divorced) woman who has taken in a French teacher as a lodger. She also happens to work as a cleaner at the school where he teaches. Eventually, one things leads to another and they embark on a secret love affair. So, you might want to think of the song as a piece of fiction, rather like a story in a novel. This is my first new original song for 2018!

I have talked about how I made the song on my website…
I do the acoustic version at my live shows in Second Life but I made an orchestrated arrangement for Bandcamp  using one of my studio DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation). Hope you enjoy it. Bye for now, my dear blogophiles.

Driving somewhere in the car

November 3, 2017

I present to you a clutch (geddit?) of navigational TLAs…

  • WLA = Wrong Lane Addiction
  • SLR = Seeking the Longest Route
  • WTC = Wrong Turn Compulsion
  • SND = Sat-Navigational Depression
  • SLO = Schizoid Lane Occupancy
  • RIR = Randomized Indicator Response
  • NKC = Never Knowingly Correct

I hate travel. Speak to you later, my dear blogophiles.

Mobile phone

November 2, 2017

I’ve had a busy couple of days. The mobile phone I have been using clogged itself up and ground to a halt this week.  Anyway, I have taken on a mid-range upgrade that seems to be working a whole lot better. However, the replacement caper has gobbled up a mass of time and effort; these things only work ‘out-of-the-box‘ if you have already discovered how to make them work out-of-the box on a previous occasion. Ah, well, nothing like a badly translated technical manual to cheer you up! So, my plans to push a little harder with my piano practice this week did not work out as envisaged.

Be that as it may, I am out for breakfast tomorrow, with my friend Tom. Speak to you later, my dear blogophiles.

Second Life gig 31 Oct up now on website

November 1, 2017

Hello! This is just to let you know that I have put up the mp3 file for the sound stream (no visuals) of the live music gig I played in Second Life on 31 October 2017. There has been minimal studio editing on this file. What I played is, more or less, what you hear – warts and all.

Hope you enjoy

The link is from my home page and you can click to the audio stream on the left hand side of the page towards the bottom.

By for now, my dear blogophiles.