Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Liam's daycare classmate Ginger is obscured by Thea in the picture; her dad John is helping her make a paper souvenier.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
party last night. Other highlights in food include Akio's bar-b-que
ribs, E's lamb meatballs, Tiffany's caramel coconut rice krispie
treats, and Hankie's yummy brownies and cookies.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Martha Davis rockin the late oughts!
The Motels were a favorite of mine in the mid-eighties. Their new album This is actually as good if not better than anything they did back in the day. So right on to Martha for coming back with great songs. Her career in music started in 1971, so she's been at it for a long time.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Now I ride my bike almost every day. It's my main source of transportation to and from school at the University of Maryland, and will be for the next 3 years or so....in good weather. I'm not as "burly" as my older bro, who lived in Flagstaff, AZ for many years, and for whom biking was his main transportation. Snow, blizzards, rain, or just plain cold, windy days didn't stop him from his appointed rounds.
Thanks again for the wonderful gift Chris.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It's pretty weird being in school at my age surrounded by late teeners and early tweeners, but I have met a few nice students, and a couple of nice Teaching Assistants. The work load is heavy, but it'll only get worse in the Fall, so i have to pace myself and get used to it.
I may not blog again for months...we'll see.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
"It is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering".
It's from philosopher J.G. Bennett, who was a student of G.I. Gurdjieff . I came by Bennett, and thus the quote, via Robert Fripp, who was a student of Bennett. Fripp frequently used recorded snippets of Bennett's speeches on his late 70's albums, the quote here being from the song "Exposure" on the album of the same name.
I like the fundamental truth underlying the quote. It has connections with Buddhist thought among other things.
I'm tagging Aaronish, Heather and Daniel. Hope this one hasn't got to you already. I'd hate to be a double tagger.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
They had a blast, and I think it really helped to get them to sleep, too. Not that they sacked in early or anything but Thea put herself to bed totally with no fuss and all i had to do was check on her after I got Liam to sleep (with very little fuss).
Kel had to work late tonight, and actually isn't even home yet as of this writing. She hates working late as much as I do, and I know she must be stressed. And she also hates missing out on kids time and family time. This post is for you Kel, as Thea would say, "The bestest Mommy in the World!"
Sunday, March 23, 2008
All Souls is a very cool Unitarian Universalist church in Northwest DC. It actually is across 16th Street from where we used to live in Adams Morgan "back in the day". I found the whole experience to be refreshingly inspiring. I heard mention of the application of a "reasoning approach" to religious faith within the first few minutes of the service. And All Souls is known for being a liberal institution with a focus on social justice. The congregation is made up of people from a wide variety of different faiths, including even agnostics and atheists.
We may attend once a month or so, possibly more, toward the goal of giving the kids a childhood experience of religion that is also appealing to us as parents; one that has a foundation of values that we can solidly get behind.
Oh yeah, and they also have a killer church organ
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
The same night we saw Yoko Ono play at the 9:30 Club in NW DC. As she sang her lengthy piece called Rising we felt like she was just so speaking to us. The next morning we headed for the Poconos. Upon arrival, I locked the keys in the car before we even unloaded our baggage in to our overpriced, wall-paper-pealing-off-the-walls, hot-water-only-works-for-about-a-minute cabin. That night we ate Totinos Pizzas from the restaurant (sic) across the street from the resort (sic again).
Yeah our love is strong!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1. Since having kids my rate of bathing and grooming has gone to Hell (in a handbasket, no less).
2. I have to lie down to have shots or have blood taken. I'm a fainter.
3. My favorite thing to eat for dinner is breakfast.
4. Related to the last one, my favorite drink to have with pancakes is Pepsi (well, it's Diet Pepsi now).
5. I'm still in love with Hayley Mills. It's ok, she's a celebrity, so she's not real.
6. I've only ever had sex with one person (and no, it's not Hayley Mills).
Tag yer it:
Saturday, February 2, 2008
She's probably only looking dubious because i was taking a picture of her. When she feels it she can eat up the camera, but when she wants to portray a different kind of mood, my daughter can score a look in micro-seconds. I really hope this talent in front of a camera doesn't lead to a career in modelling in years to come.
The birthday party she attended was at a Gymnastic Center and the kids were able to get acquainted with the various features like the trampoline, the obstacle course, balance beams (low to the ground), and a giant rope (for them swung on instead of climbed). And the finale was a short romp in the giant pit of foam. Needless to say it was a blast for all the kids.
Then they had pizza, a Princess Castle pinata full of candy, cake, and all was rounded out by a nice goody bag. The birthday girl, Thalia, just turned 4 and goes to Thea's daycare. Also present were friends Sakeena, Jaela, and Sachi among others.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Phoresis is almost done....a 5 plus year recording Odyssey.....It has not been without problems. Like tonight when Nick's automated digital mixing board decided it couldn't save all the mixing info unless we wanted to sacrifice some previous mixes. The 0's and 1's are harsh taskmasters...it's their way or the highway.
My latest song from "Speedbath" is here. It's called "Around Dusk" and I hope it treats you well.
Now that CASH is a viable entity and not just an amorphous blob floating around in our heads, those of us who work here are becoming increasingly aware of its quieter gifts. I knew this construct was necessary in order for us all to share interesting music, but intangibles like political implications are now sneaking into my world view. I've always believed that what I do has more in common with the field of research than the field of entertainment. Of course, from the beginning, I knew that in order to reach people with sound, I had to make records and play clubs. Sounds simple, gets ugly.
In order for someone like me, (The Artist) to reach out and grab the Music Business Experts who in turn, reach out and grab someone like you (The Audience), they ask you in not-so-subtle ways to play by the "rules" of the entertainment industry. These rules are not mysterious, nor are they difficult to follow. In fact, there's only one real rule: be attractive. If you work in the recording industry, you must play attractive music, you must be an attractive human. If you work in the film industry, you must make attractive movies, you must be an attractive human, etc. The definition of attractive is where we all fall down.
Healthy people view it as a melange of sensory, intellectual and emotional input. Healthy people are attracted to music and film -- and humans -- that move us. The wildly unhealthy entertainment industry views attraction as: easy. That's it. Just like high school! This is how bimbos happen and I don't just mean the Barbie doll kind. Male bimbos, female bimbos, musical and filmic bimbos...a bimbo is anything one-dimensional enough to be taken at face value with no potential for insight or growth on the part of the consumer (oooh...scary...insight!). Every time Nothing is wrapped in Fashion and sold to the Public, a bimbo is born. Bimbos always make someone money. They're e-e-e-e-easy.
I've watched musicians I loved buy into this insidious phenomenon. The idea that to bring their music to more people they'd need to dumb it down. Whether they believed in their own success or their own failure didn't matter, the end result was the same: something imaginary killed their art. The "experts" ask, are you a bimbo? If your answer is no, then you flunk the music business and eventually you disappear. If your answer is well...I could be...here's a picture of me 'looking cool'...here's a flimsy song... then you're allowed to share your music with the public. But what music? You dumbed it down! Why bother?
For twenty years I lived with this quandary. Thank you, CASH people, for removing me from that ugly world, for taking our amorphous blob and running with it. I make records, I play clubs, I'm in the music business, but I no longer have to answer to some vague idea of a "market" or demographic. I no longer have to play by the crap rules of the entertainment industry, I only have to answer to my stake-holders. Now my job is to throw myself, body and soul, into my research and share it with you.
Note: As of this writing, Kristin's CASH subscribers come from 12 different countries on 5 different continents.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The clever packaging of the CD includes a clear cover which shows through to the disc. It's awful purty.
The Heaventree Records website will be coming soon, as will be more releases. The next scheduled release is An Old School Single Helping by Unola. It's a single disc sampler of tracks from Unola 2000, the band's 10 CD Box Set released in February 2006.