Sunday, October 31, 2010

NM: walk back, bright stars, no wind, silence, yellow crescent moon like an upturned goblet fuul of tunes, 2:40am.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chris Buckley (fiddle), Dan Lowery (flute), meself (bouzouki). This could get Dangerous.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

NM: coming off Caprock into canyon & range, bright chill sun, one turkey buzzard etched sharply against blue sky.

Monday, October 25, 2010

NM: in the midst of a day of sadness, a sunset of stunning, roseate, Turner-esque beauty.

Working draft to Press's & Series's acquisitions editor. Page count: 419. Word-count: 102.627. Next stage now!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter Meetings: git down.

Friday, October 22, 2010

They still some student musicians in this world who mistake "attitude" for "professionalism." They gonna be sorry.

Our boys in the Battlefield Band welcome the Chilean miners home: class all the way:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NM: dark rain clouds rolling in from the south, with a cold wind sweeping all before them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Turkey in the Straw" = "Possum up a gum stump," what Hans Nathan calls "an Ohio River tune of the 1820s." See

Numinous moment

NM: catching teeth-gritting ice-cream truck jingle on wind, & realizing that, 1000 miles west & 200 yrs later, it's "Possum up a gum stump."

Monday, October 18, 2010

Numinous moment

NM: that moment, in the session, when two players lean in close to better hear one another--one way we say "I love you, man."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Note to frat kids: saying your fashion show or dance marathon or teeter-totter game is "for charity" doesn't make it any less narcissistic.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Not unrealistic to infer that a college prof teaching 1100-1300 undergrads over a decade might have a better grasp of late-adolescent mentalities $ maturation.

Of *course* music is a sacred, holy thing. Isn't it obvious?!?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Note on the Hallowe'en season: don't bring that "glittery emo douchebag Twilight shit" anywhere near me. I've got garlic & wooden stakes.

Sometimes, as a teacher, it's the compassion you dispense, as much as the content, that matters.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Why I iz Firefox uzer: REYNARD!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Still wondering why the fuck outside reviews tend to exploit their anonymous status to grind irrelevant axes. Not a way I choose to be.

Numinous moment

NM: the complex chatter, argument & over-the-back-fence gossip of early morning bird-song.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lotsa traffic on R candidate Iott, a Waffen SS re-enacter. Nobody's commented on the KILT in this photo: fuckin' Celtic-Supremacists!

The King of Rock and Soul

We lost Solomon Burke, the Wonder Boy Preacher.

JB was more desperate, the Wicked Pickett was more dangerous, Otis was more of a leader, Brother Al was more messianic, Sam & Dave more competitive.

But Brother Solomon, more than any of the rest, made us believe in the gospel of the music. When Solomon sang, we all still believed we could be saved.

"Turn on Your Love Light."

Thank you, Solomon. You surely turned it on for us.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Palpable city-wide sigh of relief as Fall Break begins and kids bug-out of town.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Useful skill: learning to provide interviews in easily-transcribed bites lessens likelihood of misquotation:

Numinous moment

NM: pristine cloudless sky, cool temps, light breeze--cycling feels like bird's flight.

Frickin' LOVE Google Maps!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Memo to pickup-truck frat-pigs passing my bike, blaring Wu-Tang (who'd scare 'em green on street): "yes, bitch, I AM laughing at you."

Numinous moment

NM: slivered crescent moon rises over die-straight W TX east-bound streets & lines of traffic lights--all green.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Suffering results when we forget that we are all *already* home.

Pete Seeger's wisdom: "It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with."

Saturday, October 02, 2010

In the face of humans' greed & brutality, the only weapon is a greater, more radical humanity.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Tea Party movement has provided quasi-legitimacy to fear, ignorance, bigotry, and greed. These are not core American values.

New tires (Schwalbe Marathon) EXPENSIVE (80 bucks!!!) but also AWESOME.

Numinous moment

Numinous moment: pouring milk into dark coffee--it curls and rises from the depths like slow-motion wind storm.