Sunday, April 24, 2016

I'll Be A' Traveling

Starting on Tuesday I'll be making a sudden, emergency driven trip to the Land of the Free. Not a fun trip, no Disneyland etc, but I'll be there for two weeks or so. Mostly in horse territory outside of Tucson, Arizona. Maybe a trip over to Alamogordo, New Mexico ("the land of the fat cottonwood trees"). Billy the Kid territory. Due to time finally catching up to my father, you know, time catches up with all of us eventually.

My sister has no Internet at her house, which probably makes her and her husband the only people in their demographic in the entire United States that have no regular Internet access. They don't seem to care. They seem to like books the best, although they do seem to tolerate DVDs pretty well. Maybe I can go to a coffee shop or something; I think my nephews have Internet, maybe I can glom on them. I'll say hi! when I get a chance.

Might even think of a few tunes to share.

I'll say hi to the wildlife for you. There are Javalinas, which are mid-sized, wild pigs that love the desert. There are coyotes by the score, noisy as hell. There are several kinds of jack-rabbits, various sizes. I'm no expert. Mostly I stay indoors. I don't like to think about the snakes and lizards. Not to mention the scorpions as big as shoe boxes.

In the meantime, you (and I) can meditate on the blessings of remaining alive. It often seems like a mixed blessing, but seriously, let's just go for it. It has it's attractions, after all.

Eddie Bo-Hook & Sling(1969)

There goes that YouTube again. I was just making some notes for school, you know, and I started off on some Wild Tchopotulus long ago. And the YouTube found this! How great is that.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Magician Ricky Jay- Card Trick (Merv Griffin Show 1983)

Oh, that Ricky Jay. Supreme card trickster and historian of the art of prestidigitation.

Man, he does whatever he wants with those cards. How do they even stand for it?

Friday, April 22, 2016

My Father's Situation Is No Longer Fluid

My father has, in fact, passed away. He suffered a stroke; it was quick. It’s never a surprise when someone who is ninety-five dies, but it is always a jolt when a parent dies, especially the second parent to do so.

It was a bigger jolt for my sister. He died sitting at the kitchen counter of her home, having coffee. That makes for an awful interlude.

She’s in Tucson; I’m in Thailand. I’m also in the middle of my summer term at school, with students to teach. Or be taught by someone. Luckily I can afford to buy a last minute “full fare” airline ticket. “Bereavement” is no longer an issue that interests air carriers. I’ll probably make it within a few days. It’s Saturday morning as I find out about it, and before I leave I’ll need to get a reentry VISA. That’ll be Monday, the next day that that office is open. We’ll see how it goes.

So I hope that your morning is going better than mine is. Not that I’m complaining, I’ve got the living part. The dead part is harder. 

lightnin' hopkins - bring me my shotgun

Maybe it's true that Lightnin' Hopkins could only play in one key, but he played the hell out of it.

Dear Lady Twist - Gary U. S. Bonds 1961

Could this cut be any more Ska? This kind of skip-beat came up down south, New Orleans, Memphis, Kansas City. The records, and the bands too,were popular down in Jamaica.

No criticism, that's just music. It's like a river, no, it's like fifty rivers starting way up there and twisting around each other down the line, feeding each other, learning a lick here, leaving an influence there.

It's music.