Archive for the ‘MUSIC’ Category

Song Sunday: Celebration

February 14, 2011

I’ve been learning a number of covers, and had intended to record one today, but the arrangement wasn’t quite ready… Meanwhile I finished a new song of my own, and roughed it out on 4-track this evening.

Come into my Kitchen

January 30, 2011

come into my kitchen

Come into my Kitchen, c. 2005

All sorts of unexpected fruit are setting this January. Unfurling intentions, re-emergent obsessions and semi-radical Acceptance have charmed my first weeks of MMXI.

In particular, I’ve been sucked back into my love affair with Guitar. Something’s different this time though: I haven’t really been writing a lot of music, instead I’ve been learning how to play songs by others. I’d never really tried faithfully covering a beautiful, simple song, and I’ve found the practice of learning tunes I love to be tremendously gratifying and inspiring.

It’s weird to me that I never spent much time doing this before, in fact I consciously avoided it. I’d always been focused on writing my own songs, and even when I’ve covered a song in the past, I felt like it needed to be significantly altered, mutated, overcomplicated, turned into some Other thing that I could inhabit. I feel now like my unwillingness to learn and play a simple song was a misguided ideology, a nutrient-deficient musical vegetarianism. Singing and playing a song with an acceptance of the perfection it’s author’s work has imbued it with–without the need to completely revamp or rewrite it, relinquishing all of the stretching, slicing, fussing and fucking with it, and just enjoying it, As-It-Is–has been a holy and pleasing thing.

I’m not sure what I’m going to Do with this; I don’t really see it as a performance-oriented pursuit at the moment. There’s not really any goal, beyond learning and enjoying. Pleasure and craft. I overlooked the enjoyment that could come from such a normal, rudimentary practice for too long, and I’m giddy about the inspiration it’s providing. And maybe sometime, I’ll play your favorite song for you.

Gallery Hours

August 23, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I spent the afternoon working in the gallery I used to call job; at the desk of the past. Here’s an interlude against self-pity and stress-stoking, in celebration of slow time.

Weapons on Bed

July 11, 2009

Another excellent search term that leads to /M/S/ – I would hurry up and use this title for a song or a poem r somethin, but instead here’s another video from Novos Baianos:

I should be dancing

June 20, 2009

Saturday is the new Friday, where I am concerned, and as I prepare to perform my various labors, I’d like what what she’s having

The Move

June 7, 2009

Blog in One Part

April 9, 2009

Watched Glass: A Portrait of Philip Glass in Twelve Parts last night. It was an exceptionally revealing film; it had the simultaneous impacts of amplifying my adoration and respect for Glass and his work while also humanizing him and offering a bit of revelation to be disappointed by–like any good biography.

In Summary: Titanic Genius, Searching & Obsessive, Mutant Heart…Vampire?

Glacier Glance

March 29, 2009

Soft Clip

March 28, 2009

Free Heino!

March 20, 2009

Should you have the need/desire for a dense progging tonight




Free Heino!