Toasted Oak

Todays song is a real experiment – where I tried several different ways to play the Lap Steel. Its not my best song – but I did learn how the Lap Steel is way more than (my old wrong opinion) that it was just an accompaniment instrument. The Lap Steel can be played as a zither or harp as well as guitar and slide guitar. Its WAY more versatile than I ever thought, and I was mesmerized at how you can try all kinds of crazy things on it. Some ideas don’t work, but there’s a lot of room to stumble on “happy accidents”.

In a word, its FUN.

(Great Grandpa) Bishop Edward Waddington

WOW – my 7th Great Grandfather is a historic figure in England. Bishop Edward Waddington:

My 7th Great Grandfather – Bishop Edward Waddington – 1682 – 1731

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 house.

Today I had the burning urge to play the lap steel. Like the bass – where all of a sudden I had a break through and step up in my playing, all of a sudden I “get” the lap steel, and kind of understand how and where to play it. In today’s song idea, which I gave myself one hour to write – the lap steel was almost the entire song. I added a cool Solina background part – just for variety. It was another “quickie”, nut I do find that trying to “speed write” is a kind of fun game that helps improve my improvisation.

I also am very close to finishing the imaginary puppet show set of a Leica and Roleiflex cameras. These things are a lot of fun to build – and I try to use as much pure junk as possible.

Leica Digilux-1
Roleiflex – just started, needs work

All Aboard!

You Could Even Say They Glow

The Newton Train Station is ready for a photo shoot – which will happen tomorrow.

The Klown Family

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).

Introducing The Orchard Demo Tape Project

Circa 2002: Leica’s Inexpensive Digilux-1 Camera

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. I had intended on adding video of puppet’s and puppet theatre, but having them at rest and at ease amongst assemblage (miniature) pieces I build is what stuck. I love that serendipity – its answers the question, “What do puppets do in their time off?”.

I also realize that my #1 goal is to try to write a song a day. I think I average 3 a week, and that is fine by me. It means the songs would be ready to bring to band practice and see if the band wants to shape and mold into something worth putting on a record. (My 30 year old son is into vinyl so its cool that I can even use the word record).

The photo today is a 4 megapixel Leica camera they released in 2002, years before they could get into the market with their ridiculously priced cameras. It was made by Panasonic, and it still works with an adapter. The batteries are no longer in production and the three I have are dead.

Anyhow, I should have a new song later today or tomorrow. Stay tuned, and thanks for visiting.