Thursday

Opened my electric guitar case, perhaps for the first time since the 2009 Summer tour, and the tuners looked like this:

That spray my friend applied that was to reduce the friction over the nut, which creates an unpleasant sound, must have been a little bit corrosive!!

Two rehearsals yesterday. Jon, Houman and I worked from 10:00-13:00 – Michael was coming back from Europe on Tuesday, was stuck in an airport for most of the night, and arrived in Santa Fe late Wednesday morning – and Jon, Houman and Michael worked in the afternoon. More rehearsing today. We are working on a few weaknesses that were bothering me, and I think we are really making improvements.

Tuesday

Music and Spontaneity at World Science Festival – NYTimes.com
When the Melody Takes a Detour, the Science Begins

Trailer for an upcoming documentary movie about Yohji Yamamoto:
YOHJI YAMAMOTO: THIS IS MY DREAM (Vimeo)
I am always finding the way… how to pay…
A very moving video, I find, and here Yohji is not talking about money.

Disney’s MultiPlane Camera
Walt Disney’s MultiPlane Camera (Filmed: Feb. 13, 1957) – YouTube

The Global War on Drugs has Failed — Marginal Revolution
The report of The Global Commission on Drug Policy is very strongly worded and the commissioners are so stellar it will be difficult to ignore

Upaya Newsletter for 6/6/2011
This is my simple religion.
There is no need for complicated philosophies, not even for temples. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple.
The philosophy is kindness.
– His Holiness The Dalai Lama

The Peonies are blooming:

Because of the big fire in Arizona smoke has been in the air for days. Last night, long before sunset, the red sun was sending these tendrils into a room in my house…


Hazy sky with bright red sun, nearly an hour before sunset:

San Miguel

Yesterday evening I arrived at the San Miguel chapel around six. A small stage, just large enough for a guitar stand, a chair and a few candlesticks had been set up at the stairs to the altar. I was shown into a small room in the back where I could tune my guitar and wait for the performance, which was to start at seven. That room contained a number of white and purple priest’s robes and smelled of mothballs. There were boxes with signs like “Kneeling Santa: Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. There were also many boxes with signs like “Apache Nativity”, “Navajo Nativity” and “Pueblo Nativity”. A little later I saw a beam of sunlight dance across the scene above the altar:

At 18:30 the candles were lit. At 19:00 an announcement was made and while that was going on I snapped this image:

I had tested the acoustics on Tuesday Morning, but filling the chapel with so many bodies meant they would soak up a lot of the sound. Yet, as I was told by audients at the reception following the performance, in a room at the Rio Chama restaurant across the street, everyone in the room could hear the guitar. Some people reported that it sounded great even in the back. Well, churches and chapels were built to carry the priest’s voice, so this is perhaps not surprising. I played a little harder than I would have liked, because I was a little worried about the sound of the guitar carrying to the back of the room, but it was a total pleasure to play for such an attentive audience.

I was asked to perform at San Miguel again next year and am considering that. I noticed one double outlet near the front of the chapel… I could bring the Neumann microphone, my Martech pre-amp and the 722 recorder, which records all the way up to 24/192k, and record a live album. The chapel receives the money from ticket sales and I get to record a solo live album… everybody wins!