Edgar Allan Poe and Autumn

I have a book of the Complete Works of Poe, and each Autumn I read from it. The stories and poetry just seem to fit like a glove in Autumn. Partly because of Halloween, partly due to the metaphor of earth going into a Winter Slumber. It works for both hemispheres, actually, but Halloween is certainly a Northern Hemisphere tradition. Its funny, the first…

Twelve String Autumn

I found more little hints of fall along my bike ride today. I also cut and painted what will become the Imaginary Puppet Theatre full moon with bats from a few blog posts ago. Big excitement here in Orinda this holiday weekend! Man, its so nice when you’re in your own world and loving it. Today’s song is part of a love affair I’m…

Pick Your Poison!

Today’s photo shoot is about choices we make in life – good or bad. We have a lot more control over what we do than we think – but sometimes its a windy path and a lot of hard work and patience – both seem to have withered with the advent of the Internet and its “always on” and “swipe left or right” instant…

Jesus Ain’t Coming Back

I was listening to The Dead Country Radio Show and The Dead Roots Syndicate YouTube podcasts yesterday. These are great Alt-Country shows and you can hear the Johnny Cash “man in black” influence throughout the music – whether it be rockabilly, alt-country, bluegrass or some other hybrid sound. Just awesome. Kicks psycho billy up a notch or three… I woke up (and with tongue…

Nearing Autumn

I love Halloween even all these years later. I love Autumn, but with global warming, Fall doesn’t start until November anymore. With wild fire “season”, my love for it has been dampened. I dread the smoky days. However, we do have fall colors in my area here in Northern California. We’ve recently had a few chilly evenings and even days, and while its still…

Anatomically Incorrect

Big fun with Lap Steel, Bass and Piano today. We’ve had the best weather this summer, but as if on cue, the smoke from the Sierra Fires are supposedly on their way here. I think last year it was just about August 10, so the timing is about right.

Lose to Win

I’m losing weight, and its a lot of work. I decided to name this blog and song after some corny idea of a motivational speech on losing weight – or perhaps a goofy self help book that repeats the same three ideas for hundreds of pages. Anyway, yesterday and today I had big fun with the 12 String guitar.

(Great Grandpa) Bishop Edward Waddington

WOW – my 7th Great Grandfather is a historic figure in England. Bishop Edward Waddington: Sunday “grab bag” …. My Mothers side of the family is turning out to be quite interesting. Exciting genealogy find today. I worked on puppet theatre set design, music and genealogy. Big fun Sunday! That was after weight lifting and cycling to and from the gym and cleaning the…

Revolution: Spaceship Earth

I’m reading a great book about the American Revolution by Rick Atkinson called “The British Are Coming”. I’m interested because using Ancestry, I found out that I have some British and German relatives who were in America before, during and after the Revolution. As we approach August, Summer is already 1/3rd done. Back to School sales start and swim meets go through their final…

Haunted Camera

I received a new Golden Age R1 Active MKIII Ribbon microphone today and wanted to test it against my trusty AKG microphone, the first test was with a mandolin. Turns out, the two mics complement each other very nicely. The song was just a jam, at first it didn’t sound like a blues song, but the bass line just had to go bluesy –…