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About race car mom

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  • Birthday 01/02/1956

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  • Location
    iowa
  • Biography
    mom of 3 good kids, new to the christmas light desplay thing
  • Interests
    flower gardening, suduo, scrapbooking
  • Occupation
    part time rural carrier for the USPS
  • About my display
    just getting started
  1. i am working on Christmas Angels by Michael W Smith. have you listened to that song? i know its not what you were thinking but it has a lot of highs and lows and it is much easier to sequence i think. good luck!
  2. i really like percy faith and his orchestra... the album i have is called music of christmas a lot of the music on this album would sequence well. good luck
  3. is anyone working on Joy to the World by Percy Faith? i have searched everyway i know how on the internet and can not find any display or sequencing for it. i have been working on it for weeks and just not happy with what i have done. i would be very grateful for any help. thank you for your time!
  4. could you put mini trees up where the 3 pots are? how about a tree or talking face outlined on the black gate(i think its a gate) arches on the roof? stars, snowflakes, wreaths could go anywhere on the building.
  5. were you grinning like a crazy person watching it?? seeing lights dance to your own sequencing is a GREAT feeling!! good start, good way to get a feeling how sequencing works. keep it up!!
  6. thank you for your replies! i really really like joy to the world percy faith version. i remember as a little kid listening to my dad sing this song. he was not a big singer but he really liked christmas carols and he had a nice deep rich voice. i have very fond memories of dad singing this in church. so this seems the perfect song for me to do. mr. evil grin guy, are you telling me you already have this song done? or should i be expecting a link when you get it done?? looking forward to it!!! i have been working on it but.... thanks again!!
  7. hi i am a newbie this year too! did our 1st show this past christmas. we had 16 channels. you will be surprised how much you can do with 16 channels. we has 6 arches - 6 sections each 6 channels, 3 white holdman tree 3 red,green,white lites. 3 channels. 18 mini trees, 6 white, 6 green, 6 red. 1 channel controled 3 trees of the same color. we had them in a wagon wheel circle and could do lots of patterns with that. 6 channels. and lights on the house were 1 channel. most people loved the arches, they just could not understand how they worked!! you can build lots of mini trees cheap. i got tomatoe cages at menards for $1, 2 strings of lights after christmas sale 67cents each, a few zip ties and a mini tree for under 3 bucks. start early and have fun! i would be happy to try and explain anything better if you want! good luck!!
  8. hello all - looking to the experts here!! i am new to sequencing, we had 16 channels this past season and i think it looked ok. planning to add 48 more channels this year. any way my mom (84 years old) really wants Joy to the World added to the show(it was one of my dads favorite christmas songs). she likes Percy Faith and his Orchestra. it is a flowing song, kind of quick tempo in some spots. (maybe you could listen, sorry don't know how to do a link) how do you get your display to flow together?? do you go through and sequence each element in your display - arches 1st, then mega tree, then mini trees and so on? is it a matter of practice practice practice, or is there a secret i should know about? hope you understand what i am asking!! thank you for your time.
  9. we really want to do a nice 4th of July display. our town of 800 does a BIG 4th celebration. population grows to several thousand, 3 day event. i have been studing displays on the internet. anyway our thoughts are - a flag (ordered from the coroplastic site) 2 spinners built from pvc - that would be 48 channels. i have 16 channels left. i am thinking seperate stars. i could use them like snowflakes and put them on the house or i could put them on my lawn and use them like mini trees. my question is - are you building them or buying them. help with either would be great - if you are building them, how? if you are buying, where? or if you have a better idea for 16 channel usage let me know. thanks for your time!!
  10. very very cool! do you have a "how to" on the stars. we are trying to put together a great 4th of july display and your stars would be awesome. thanks for your time.
  11. thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. love the fire works too! trying to find info on them.
  12. hello all - we would like to build a flag and use my new lor (16 channels) in july. how big a flag looks good and how many lights do you use per stripe and how many blue lights? thanks for your time
  13. i just want to chime in and add my 2 cents that is WAY COOL!!!! we are just starting out this year with 16 channels and that tree of yours is something i really want to add next year. i hope you don't mind being a celebrity!! looking forward the the "how to" and thanks for sharing! merry christmas!!
  14. thank you so much for taking the time to answer me!! my arches - well i live in a town of 800 people and everyone i have talked to comments on the cool half circle thingys! i have them doing lots of different patterns to the beat of the music. i like how holdmans "squirt" and mine do not! so looking at his sequencing will be very very helpful. i have lor by the way. i am trying to sequence a song using things i didn't before so i can see how it looks in real life while the lights are up. thanks again for your time
  15. this is our 1st year too! we got 4 songs done, they are ok but like you said can see room for improvement. we have 16 channels and did not get them until november! so i have the basics down but there are a lot of the tools i don't understand or know how to use. is there a good tutorial i should be watching? also someone said earlier to download holdmans sequencing Where!!!!!!!!???????!!!! I would love to see how he does his arches. mine just are not right. also want to learn how to "pulse" the lights on the house to the beat on some songs but have no idea how. thanks in advance for any answers i really do need help. merry christmas!!
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