Friday, November 23, 2007

Micheal Moschen

Listen to this in a quiet space... just zone on the rhythm and the movement.

Happy Thanksgiving. Today I'm thankful for ritual and tradition.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sweeping the Clouds Away

An astonishing revelation of the child-proofing of our nation. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Sweeping the Clouds Away
NY Times
Published: November 18, 2007
Sunny days! The earliest episodes of “Sesame Street” are available on digital video! Break out some Keebler products, fire up the DVD player and prepare for the exquisite pleasure-pain of top-shelf nostalgia.

For the complete article:

Monday, November 19, 2007

I am me always

You'll see here in Top Dog's frontal lobe... this shadow, its the silly indicator and she's got a big one.

I adore the silly. I respect the absurd. The off the wall and easy to make fun of. Everything has merit if you have the right perspective. So don't freak out if I say Constantine played a good show or I want to see Hitman. I'm still my normal pondering, observant self. The me that I am can appreciate... period. Why does everything have to be taken so seriously? Love the sudden attention for what was described by someone as a possible aneurysm, but its just me. Love y'all and keep reading! Thanks.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Flocking Starlings

The way Starlings flock is amazing. I thought for sure there would be a treasure trove of myths about them, but I haven't found one.

While unrelated to the starling, this is an interesting tidbit I found in my searches: - The kingfisher, called halcyon, was believed to be able to make the oceans calm while incubating. This legend is thought to be the origin of the saying "Halcyon Days."

Constantine Maroulis and Jim Boggia Rock Bend Studio

Constantine can sing, is a showman and has incredibly devoted fans. Jim Boggia fab guitarist, fab vocalist, compliments Constantine well and is hilariously uncensored. Constantine does do a lot of covers and he does them well. With that, there may not be a cd made of the evening b/c of licensing and such. Keep an ear out.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse Mediated by H.L. Hix

Review: "H. L. Hix is one of the most distinctive writers of our time."

Review: "...untroubled authority..., and the talent to make us weep."

In poems at once playful and grave, National Book Award finalist H. L. Hix pits excerpts from the speeches of George W. Bush against arguments from Osama bin Laden in a poetic dialogue embracing politics, literature, language, and culture. Reframing Beltway sound-bites and Islamic fundamentalist rhetoric, God Bless delves into the minds of two men whose intransigence has had global consequences. To break the stalemate, this original sequence of poems plucks the antagonists from their bunkers in Oval Office and Afghani cave and presents them for the first time face to face. Hix then opens the conversation to a diverse panel of experts, including the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, CNN s terrorism analyst, distinguished professors of Arabic and Islamic studies, and other prominent writers and authorities, who shed light on the issues raised by the poems.

H. L. Hix teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA at the University of Wyoming. In addition to his books from Etruscan Press - two poetry collections, Chromatic and Shadows of Houses a collection of essays on poetry entitled As Easy As Lying, and an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words - he has published a number of other books of poetry, poetry in translation, and criticism. His poetry has been recognized with the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Peregrine Smith Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Chromatic was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry.

A link to a couple of podcasts from a recent radio interview:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

bend studio + constantine = controversy

Tonight, I got my Lakewood Newsletter from The Advocate there is a link to their blog covering the controversy of Constantine coming to Bend Studio. wow - that's controversy worthy, really with everything going on in Dallas music these days? Cool, let's sell out the venue. Go see how Constantine will make an intimate acoustic venue work. (7:30 doors open/ 8:00pm start. $15 adv.-$20 at the door. Tickets = under music.)

Here's a direct link to the blog:

Enjoy the drama, I did. *gasp*