Music Repeat

A music repeat from last year:

Here is my rough mix of Kites Over the Playa, made right after I recorded my guitar parts – presented here with Matthew’s permission. You can find the final version on Matthew Schoenings beautiful album The Art of Live Looping – available from his website and our ListeningLounge.

You can download the high quality 320kbps file here.

And yes, the title was inspired by Matt’s visit to Burning Man.

Tuesday in Santa Fe

I am tempted to play mostly tunes from the new album this year, and only a handful of older pieces. Yes, I think that would be interesting. The new stuff and maybe “Snakecharmer”, “Heart Still/Beating”, “La Luna”, “Firelight”…

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The Coming Tide of Global Climate Lawsuits

Yep. See this post from 2005, this post from four years ago, as well as this and this.
One-sheets (((link to wikipedia definition))) are little one-page advertisements that a record company sends out. The CD distributor uses them to solicit orders from stores. The digital distributor uses them to make sure download stores carry the new album. A radio promoter will send them out to radio stations. In the past, one-sheets were mailed all over the country or hand-devilvered by a large record company’s sales-force, but now they just get emailed around.

We turned to our publishing administrator (((she went to school in the UK and probably enjoyed a better education than any of us))), who agreed to write the one-sheet for the new album.

The one-sheet for Petals on the Path can be downloaded here.

The work’s the man
The work’s the man; you can’t get something out of nothing.
– Edward Hopper

From this week’s Upaya newsletter:

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
– Albert Einstein

Saturday in Santa Fe

Bill commented on April 18th, 2010 at 09:41
Can you recommend a couple of live mic’s for small spaces(guitar)? Thanks

I have tried many different microphones for the stage and for quite a few years now (((since 2004?))) I have been very happy with Shure KSM141 condenser mics. I checked and noticed that they go for $399 on Amazon, or you could pick up a used one.

the muse finds you
There is a Pablo Neruda poem that begins:

And it was at that time… Poetry came
to find me.

(Via neo bohemia)

It truly feels that way. How did music find me this Winter? I was hiding from music, in a way. I had no plans to record (((I really did need to NOT think about composing and recording after The Scent of Light, which was wonderful and exhausting…)))…and yet…

Recipe – Pad Thai –
iPad Thai?


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This will change the landscape of stories.

William Gibson
“If I can make you curious enough, there’s this thing called Google. If you’re curious about the New Orleans Indians, or ‘second-line’ musicians–you can look it up.” The Internet, he suggests, can provide its own creative freedom, releasing writers from having to overexplain, allowing history to light the characters from within

Beautiful old-fashioned bags and aprons:

Stanley & Sons


(Via the music of sound)
Oh no… groan…

Ping, a social networking garment
Get a ping back.Technology is integrated into the shoulder of the garment that provides a subtle “tapping” feeling. If your friends send you a comment or a message back, the garment will notify you by tapping you on the shoulder.
(Via Beyond the Beyond)


BBC News – Rosslyn Chapel was haven for bees
An ancient chapel has revealed a new mystery with the discovery of a 600-year-old hive built into the stones.

Builders renovating Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous in The Da Vinci Code, found the “unprecedented” hive while dismantling a rooftop pinnacle.

The bees entered the hive through a hole in a carved flower crafted by the chapel’s master stone masons.

A friend sent this link. The photos should give you a few good laughs, and if you are a school teacher, maybe you’ll cry.

Teabonics: The most ridiculous – and misspelled – tea party protest signs

Letter to a Young Musician #7

Dear Friend,

How to produce a sound, draw a melody from the strings, is a constant question. You can hold a guitar comfortably, which may choke the sound a little, or you can hold it a little less comfortably and produce a finer tone. Somewhere in between those two extremes lies the perfect way to hold your instrument.

In Flamenco, when the guitar was mainly accompanying singers or dancers and when volume was an important concern in the days before amplification, people often balanced the bottom of the guitar on their right leg. The advantage of this position is that the guitar is loud and sings. Unfortunately the guitar isn’t very stable in this position and has to be held up by the left hand, which is not free to move about the neck.

In the last fifty years most guitarists favor this position: cross your right leg over your left leg. Rest the cut-out of the Flamenco guitar on your right thigh. Lean over so that your body is collapsing on the guitar to a degree. This will put your right hand in a good position to strum the strings and your left hand in a great position to play the neck.

Actually, I haven’t done that during concerts for a couple of years. I have been using a footstool, but while classical guitarists put their left foot on the stool and rest the guitar on their left thigh, I put my right foot on the stool and the guitar ends up in the same position as if I were to cross my right leg over my left leg.

The trick, then, lies is finding a balance between holding the guitar securely and thus enabling both of your hands to move freely, and holding the guitar lightly, so that the instrument isn’t choked and can sing. Similar to many relationships, isn’t it? Hold your lover tightly and set them free – at the same time. How do you do that? With care.

Don’t forget to practice.

Friday in Santa Fe

Thursdsay Morning I rode the Mariachi Bullitt to have breakfast with Jon. I use a New York-sized chain to lock it up. :-)


NYC Tilt-Shift photography by Olivo Barbieri
(Via Cool Hunting)

Check out the index as he has phtographed quite a few cities around the world, inlcuding Shanghai, Beijing, Las Vegas, Rome. Check out the Pantheon here – since it is a flash site, you’ll have to navigate to photograph number 3 yourself. Some fine armchair travel!
I watched a few TED talks this week. This one, by Sam Harris, is quite good. Some of what he is saying here echoes what Ken Wilber has been talking about for some time. Flatland is wrong, some opinions are of higher value than others. My opinion on what’s wrong with your car is so worthless compared to the opinion of a car mechanic!

Other talks I watched this week: a short talk about roundabouts and a new traffic sign: New Traffic Sign: Take Turns. Here is a screenshot I made on my phone while watching the talk:

A beautiful and heartfelt talk by Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic: Music is medicine, music is sanity. After his talk, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1! And The Danger of Science Denial.
And, to balance the seriousness, check out this captivating hippo (((thanks Guy!)))!