Privacy/Cookie Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how the blog collects, uses, and discloses personal information through the website. is a Google Blogger site.  I share my thoughts, my music... typically songs with a distinct Southern Gospel feel to them.  I freely share midi files of my playing.  The arrangements are still my copyright, so you can't sell them.  If you'd like to share them, that's fine.  Just please credit me and send people to my blog to download the ones they want.  Every visitor to my site is greatly appreciated.  :^)

    It's a hobby, for fun, and to help keep my mind active.  It's never going to make me rich, or pay the bills.  But maintaining the custom URL ( and associated Google services, runs about $12 per month.  I'd love it if the site eventually paid for itself.  To that end, I plan to use AdSense, and will probably add a related affiliate company or two, if it makes sense.  (Like one that sells sheet music, or teaches piano.)
    I'll probably put a "buy me a cup of coffee" button somewhere near my free midi downloads.  It's completely optional.  You can totally download the midi arrangements for free. (When I finally get caught up enough to post them!)
    Once I start AdSense and affiliates back up... If you click on any ads/links, I'll get a little bit of credit.  If enough people click on them (Adsense), or make a purchase (affiliates), maybe I'll even make enough  money to break even on the costs of maintaining this site.  If you don't that's cool too.  I'm thrilled knowing people find my arrangements useful!

    Quick side note about blogging for income... it's certainly possible, I've had blogs in the past that made small amounts.  Other people make a good living at it.  If you intend to blog for profit,  choose a subject that you can reasonably update regularly, and often.  It's one of the many requisites for earning income from a blog.  This Grace Notes blog is intensely time-consuming.  It can take weeks (or more, my memory is nowhere near as good as it used to be) to learn a song, come up with an arrangement I like, then record it, post the appropriate videos and files, and write a blog post about it.  
    That much time investment would be stupid, if I intended to make a living from it.  Money is nice... but I do this because I want to.  Lots of personal reasons, but it'll never be a "profit machine."  

Information Collection and Use

    The website may collect personal information, such as your name, email address, and other contact information, when you voluntarily provide it through this website. This information is used to provide you with the services you have requested, respond to your inquiries, and improve the website.  

    It may also use cookies and similar technologies to collect information about your use of this website, such as the pages you visit, the links you click, and other actions you take on the site. This information is used to understand how the website is being used and to improve the user experience.

    The site uses (will use) Google AdSense and Analytics to display ads. Google AdSense uses cookies to serve ads based on your prior visits to our website or other websites. You may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting the Google Ads Settings page in your Google account.

    Other affiliates (if I add any) may collect data.  In the past I've tried a couple.  One that sold sheet music, which I dropped.  It didn't seem to add anything special to the site.  Another that taught piano, with an emphasis on Southern Gospel.  If that one's still around, I'll probably include it on this blog sooner or later.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

    I do not share, sell, or rent personal information to third parties unless required by law.  I do not personally maintain any data about you.  The only thing I personally will know is whatever you feel like sharing if you drop me a comment or an email.  :^)


    This website uses cookies to improve the user experience and to understand how the site is being used. By using this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  This is a Google-owned site, and I will eventually use Google Adsense on it.  Google tracks site statistics.  You can opt out through your Google account.  Google is very nice about it.  If you're not sure how, just Google the question and they'll step you through the process.

    I'll likely choose a good affiliate or two, which will include ads on some pages.  Full disclosure, if you click on any ads on this blog, they might pay me for the clicks.  Google Adsense is more about numbers of clicks.  Affiliates are typically more about paying me if you buy something. 

    If you'd rather opt out, and want a very simple option, I highly recommend a Browser Extension called NoScript.  I've used it for years.  It's very customizable, and you can choose not to allow ANY shenanigans, or you can allow All shenanigans, or you can be very selective and approve only certain things.  You can even allow a temporary approval that only lasts an hour.  

    NoScript is a great extension, and it's free  (They accept donations!)  If you're interested, Google it.  

 Links to Other Websites

    This blog may contain links to other websites that are not operated by me. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party's site. I strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit.

    I have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.  I won't knowingly post or allow posting of any dangerous links, but it's ultimately your responsibility to choose what links to click, and to make sure they are appropriate to your needs and interests.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

    This Privacy Policy may change from time to time to reflect changes to information practices. If I make any material changes, this page will be updated.

The Use of WE, US, OUR... etc.
    It was difficult to find a policy template without making me sound snobbish.  I am not a WE, US, or OUR.  I am not a "YOUR COMPANY NAME."  

    I'm just me.  A guy nearing his mid-60's that likes to talk, and enjoys sharing my piano music.  A guy that semi-retired mid-2022 for health reasons.  I still work part time.  Then I go home and help my wife list things for sale on eBay.  We struggle to pay our bills, but always seem to make ends meet.  

    This website is for my own enjoyment.  So if, anywhere above, I've missed a royal "WE", or an imperial "US", it's not intentional.  I barely understand the whole 'cookie' and 'privacy' thing, and sure don't want the European government coming after me for not implementing their complicated policies. Nor California, for that matter.  

To Big Brother:
    Just a thought in case any big governmental entity or clandestine agency is tracking me here... guys, if you're going to make sweeping changes to the entire world, please include some how-to guides.  Not definitions.  Not laws and penalties.  I'd really appreciate a practical, easy-to-understand, non-technical guide on how to do all these cookie consent widgets and junk. Maybe provide simple government-sponsored code/gadget that I can drop into my blog, so that I'll know beyond any question I'm being compliant with the requirements?
    All I want to do is write a little blog, and maybe have it pay for itself.  A cup of coffee or a banana split now and then.  You've made it very difficult and scary for me to enjoy my small blogging dreams.

    Or, instead of making each individual person go through heck trying to learn enough to stay out of trouble, why not make the companies who WRITE the cookies build notifications into their cookies???
Why must I act as law enforcement, security agency, and oversight committee... isn't that your job??

Sorry, rant over.  If you've read this far, THANK YOU!!  I've been trying to figure this stuff out for a couple of weeks, and it's giving me an ulcer.  Decided last night to go for it, do my best, and hope that 'best effort to comply' will count.  

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