GO!

I wrote my first Golang or Go program – which is a really cool computer language that Google sponsored, and where a few heavy hitters (from my day in the field) were co-developers. The language is a really nice combination of C and Python, and by C, I mean Kernighan and Ritchie C. This makes it so easy for me to quickly pickup. Best…

Devolution and Magical Thinking

While the name of this song is revolt, its actually the lack of people protesting where their very survival depends on it. Instead they protest that which saves them. I’ve never seen such a mass suicide, but Jim Jones and Jonestown was a minor precursor. Witness the Red States who are on a dangerous bender to NOT have people vaccinated. See the GQP rally…

Camera Eye Puppet Theatre

As you know, this series of Puppet Theatre is NOT to do puppet shows but a cover for doing still life photography. In fact, the 10 years I did Assemblage art were also to give me something to photograph. I’m now working on a puppet stage set that includes cameras as the backdrop – so it should be fun. Building miniature sets with all…

Cameraland

Next up in puppet fantasyland will be cameras. Yesterday’s train station photo shoot yielded more good photos than I expected, so using a puppet theatre as a still life photography “stage” is working out great. Fun fact – I’m having fun trying to compose songs using the Lap Steel. I don’t play it the same as Country players play it. The same goes for…

All Aboard!

The Newton Train Station is ready for a photo shoot – which will happen tomorrow. Today’s song was written first using the mandolin and was a lot of fun and fell together quickly. Having a great 4th of July. Not doing anything special, (well, art, music and cycling are always very special).

Homeward Bound

I’ve had a great two first weeks on the new job. It’s everything I’d hope for – actually even a bit better, if that’s possible. Todays song is a bit drone, dirge and full of melancholy because it was written in a minor key. I’ll have to share how I came up with this – its a totally new way for me as far…

Introducing The Orchard Demo Tape Project

I’ve decided to change the name of this blog to match its main purpose, and be as direct as possible. I’m curious to see if it might attract more readers. Kabarett 391, with its nod to my love of all things Dada is probably too abstract and obscure. My main goal for this blog has been to showcase my music, assemblage art and photography….

Newton Train Station Progress

I was going to paint the trim and windows, but had too much fun building ladders, a cart and a hand truck, and oh yeah, the Semaphore signal pole. I’ll use painted wooden buttons for the red, yellow and green lenses. That one is close to being done. I’ve got a great song cooking in the song oven, so stay tuned. I’ll need to…

My Other Guitar is a Mandolin

I love the Mandolin! It took me quite a few months to stop treating it as if it were a mini guitar. Its tuning is similar to a violin (D G A E), where a guitar is (E A D G B E). The Lap Steel is completely in a world of its own. I finally realized it’s tight strings and percussive effect is…

Flying

Yesterday I decided to start writing a song using the Lap Steel, and I accidentally stumbled on a way to strum the strings while “dropping” the steel on the strings. The drop was a light handed drop – in fact I tried to make it smooth, but that will take a lot more practice. (The “steel” is the metal bar that lap and pedal…