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Blog post: Monday, June 18, 2012I’m sitting in the Winter Garden as Steve Reich’s Six Pianos fills the space around me. No delay or reverb effect can match the sound of a piano note traveling 500 feet, hitting glass or stone, and returning. Reich’s pieces … Continue reading
Blog post: Sunday, May 6, 2012I rode in the Five Boro Bike Tour for the second (and last) time today. The 5BBT is the bicycling equivalent of St. Patrick’s Day, but it does have one unique feature: you can ride over the Verrazano Bridge. The … Continue reading
There were barricades on Prince Street I thought it was a movie at first (Unexepected Elegy for Etan)
Blog post: Saturday, April 21, 2012Thursday night I went into Soho for my weekly rehearsal with the Antelope Dance Project and Prince Street was full of news vans and police trucks and barricades. And for once, it was something real — not a movie, not … Continue reading
New Song: Wednesday, February 22, 2012For Lent, I may be giving up hope.
New Song: Monday, February 20, 2012An all-harmonica instrumental. Some combination of stagnation and majesty ... a monarchy overdue for a revolution?
New Song: Monday, February 20, 2012It is only February, and I want to announce my withdrawal from the election. Of course I'm going to vote, but I don't want to hear another word about it until November. This piece is long, ugly, and perhaps impossible to listen to. Which is exactly how the election, the coverage, and the conversation feels to me right now. The base of this song is a series of small loops from a guitar improvisation Mike Skliar did here yesterday, overlapped and intersected and run through a filter. Over that is increasingly ugly harmonica, both live and looped.
Video: Sunday, January 31, 2010Quick run-through of this lovely fiddle tune, which my friend Rick Shields likes to play at jams, but for the fact that I get the chords wrong too often. So I finally sat down and learned it right. Well, mostly....
Video: Thursday, August 6, 2009Performing my song "She Left Me In the Red" at the 2009 Augusta Heritage Festival, with Joe Newberry, Mike Compton, Ann Downey and Clay Buckner. It was an amazing honor to sing with a backing band like that!
Video: Thursday, August 6, 2009Accompanying Amanda Lynn Stubley on her version of Gillian Welch's "Annabelle," at the Augusta Heritage Festival, summer 2009.