David Byrne’s Survival Strategies

April 29th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This article about the music business (don’t miss the audio interviews) from WIRED is worth a look.

Dancing in the Future

April 28th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink

Several weeks ago I posted a pod about my song Illumination. When I began to write Illumination in the early 1990s I also set out at the same time to write “the ultimate dance song”. That impulse grew to be the subject of tonight’s pod, Dancing in the Future. » Read the rest of this entry «

‘Wise Selfish’ much better than ‘Foolish Selfish’

April 20th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Today I went to see the Dalai Lama at our local basketball arena. This is one of the things I like about Ann Arbor. When the Pope comes to America, he sets up shop in Washington and New York. The Dalai Lama spends a few days in my home town… » Read the rest of this entry «

Springsteen endorses Obama

April 16th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This may help in PA…

John Archibald Wheeler dead at 96.

April 14th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

John Wheeler has died at the age of 96.

Wheeler was the real deal. He was searching for the Truth, and he followed where it led. His Classic Delayed Choice Experiment has had me scratching my head for the last ten years… » Read the rest of this entry «

The Angel Pig

April 14th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Tonight I will simply share the cutest bit of audio that has ever graced my little corner of the Universe. In the first week of June 2002, when my daughter Theodora had just recently turned 3 years old, I was in the early stages of improvising musical settings for Arnold Lobel’s FABLES.

One way to get some work done while caring for a 3-year-old was simply to have Thea sit next to me at the piano, where I would often have my mini disc recorder turned on just in case I came up with something worth remembering.

Thea had a request –

“The Angel Pig”

What she wanted was to see Lobel’s illustration of his FABLE The Pig at the Candy Store. Once I found the correct page we were privileged to see a winged pig flying “joyfully” through an outer space of candy.

Thea had something to say.

Such are the conditions in which this composer worked for years.

Thank God.

Video – Cracks in Canadian Ice Shelf

April 12th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

‘Map of Canada has changed,’ scientist says after rangers see collapse of polar landmark first-hand.


VIDEO: New cracks in Arctic ice shelf

Al Gore’s New TED Talk

April 8th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This very recent talk at TED by Al Gore concerning the latest developments in the Climate Crisis is a must see. Our danger is acute, the situation is urgent, and Al Gore is at his very best here.

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It’ll take about 27 minutes to watch the whole thing, but at least watch the first little bit. You’ll find time for the rest. (Click on the little TV icon in the upper right hand corner of the AudioDesk media player to go into full screen.)

Please watch, and share this link.

UPDATE: Per Gore’s statement, late in the talk, that we should go forward into this generational challenge with Joy, thankful that we are the generation that has been given an opportunity to do something truly momentous, worthy of the best in humanity, I am reminded of the theme of one of my songs, Rising Blue.

An Embarrassment of Riches

April 7th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

What happens at Song Night at my house?

A typical night was last April 12, 2007. Dave Mason and Steve Osburn came over. Dave played bongos and Oz picked up my fretless Fender Bass.

Then we improvised new songs, which I recorded and promptly forget about, as I’ve been too distracted to transcribe the discs. Here’s one tune:

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It’s good – we should write a lyric. » Read the rest of this entry «

Clinton in Michigan

April 2nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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