Adagio for Strings (for Trumpet)
Adagio for Strings (for Trumpet) Jan 6
In the late winter of 2014 we traveled to the Northern Midwest, as Emily (my partner) had family there. We ate haggis and drank raspberry wine and sat beside duralog hearth fires and in the midst of it all I found myself run-in with a fin de siecle cornet...
Solar Cooker Sep 23
One of the perks of working from home, in Tucson, is that most days I can have a hot lunch. Cooked in a solar oven.
The principle is simple: focus sunlight on a pot (preferably black, and shallow) wrapped in a transparent heat envelope...
Pallet Couch Sep 21
Ever hear the one about the pallets, coffee sacks, and leftover foam cubes who walk into a Tucson house? In case you haven't, this is what happened.
We found 5 used pallets at Amado Feed and Pet Supply (off an ad on Craigslist) for $1 each...
Dear Singularity Sep 5
Because I thought, Hey, you'll be reading this,
By 2050 or whatever Hawking said,
After you've defeated all the humans and whatnot,
And because you'll have all this data
--posts, tweets, porn--
And you'll run your megamind analytics on what humani...
Greyhound Lure, Protagonist
Greyhound Lure, Protagonist Feb 27
Of course the question everyone ALWAYS asks me about this one, (see five, four, and three, and two), is but What do you Mean with the Title?.
Bad question. Don't focus on the title. It's not aesthetic in the least. It's like, more or less, anti-aesthet...
Bedford to Graham
Bedford to Graham Feb 19
This one (fourth in a lockstep line of song offals in the month of February, listen to one, two, and three) gets its name from two stops along the L line in Brooklyn.
Listen to it. Bedford to Graham.
Here's how it works: the lyrics are from Shakespe...
An Tamsi Ni Aldrick
An Tamsi Ni Aldrick Feb 16
...because they, whomever they may be, seem inclined to dub Austin the Live Music Capitol of the United States of A -- though I'd wager my raccoon coat that them in New Orleans or Seattle or Memphis might dispute it (but that is neither here nor there), I...
Reposado Feb 15
Colophon slash telegram: February 2014. Resolution #4: Write and record 30 minutes' worth of original music. Stop.
Offertory number Two (see one) is Reposado, a Tejano/Tex-Mex styling, featuring a grossly underappreciated instrument, the melodica (thanks...
The Shift Geologic
The Shift Geologic Feb 14
A few fetid Februaries ago (2010), at a time in my life when I was shacking up in a one-room schoolhouse nestled in snowy Taos, New Mexico and writing my [first] novel, 1337, I took up a challenge from a courageous friend: record 30 minutes' or 10 tracks'...
Charlie Kind. 8. Kamala
Charlie Kind. 8. Kamala Nov 9
Long into the night, performer after performer took center stage. There was a woman with a well-memorized one act segment about a bar fight in a Scottish pub twenty years ago, presumpt...
Charlie Kind. 7. With the Childlike People
Charlie Kind. 7. With the Childlike People Nov 9
The stage, its floor and walls matte black, scuffs here and there and leftover bits of reflective tape, a harsh spotlight illuminating the lonely microphone stand through a hazy mist o...
Charlie Kind. 6. Awakening
Charlie Kind. 6. Awakening Nov 6
For a long time Charlie wandered through the grove on the far side of the rail yard, absorbed in his own thoughts. He marveled at how in his short life the things that he felt mattered...
Charlie Kind. 5. Duffy
Charlie Kind. 5. Duffy Nov 6
The railroad yard that the train finally stopped in, a good twenty-four hours since it had slowly lurched to life, was quiet in the morning and full of the sound of sparrows from the...
Charlie Kind. 4. Freight Hopping
Charlie Kind. 4. Freight Hopping Nov 4
The pit boss of the Southern Metro rail yard was always the first one to the shipping shed in the morning, before the Bull, before the conductors, before the longshoremen. His coffee t...
Charlie Kind. 3. D'Illusson
Charlie Kind. 3. D'Illusson Nov 3
In the ecoles of Paris, every child knew the name of the brilliant D'Illusson, and in every Parisian coffee house one could hear a table of berets ruminating over his teachings in the ...
Charlie Kind. 2. With the Scholars
Charlie Kind. 2. With the Scholars Nov 3
The sun blazed hard and late that August and made everything in Brock feel gummed together. From time to time, across the soda fountain or outside the chapel or in the communal garden,...
Charlie Kind. 1. Son of a Preacher
Charlie Kind. 1. Son of a Preacher Nov 2
In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the asphalt on the highway, in the shade of Foster's Original Soda Fountain, in the shade of the First Peter Gnostic Church is where Charl...
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Rewriting Ender Apr 12
Over the past weeks, on my bus rides to and from work, I've been reading the Ender's Game books by Orson Scott Card.
It was, after all, the book whose philosophy took up a good portion of the first serious conversation I had with my partner, Emily. So...