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14 November 2020 -- Making a Decision

As I have mentioned here, I've spent considerable time since the pandemic began doing a deep cleaning of our house, nesting, working to create a sacred space for my songwriting activities. 

One result of all this cleaning is that…

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21 October 2020 -- Meeting 20-Year-Old Me

Jim Corder, one of the professors in my PhD program at TCU, once said that texts can be archival. That is, the texts we make — texts of all kinds, verbal, visual, musical, etc. — if they are done well…

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14 October 2020 -- Metaphors of Balance

I have been feeling out of whack recently, unsettled and unbalanced. I mean this literally as well as figuratively. On the one hand, I find myself faltering going down stairs, so I need to stop and reset myself before continuing…

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11 October 2020 -- Creating My Sacred Place

As Austin Kleon puts it in Keep Going -- 

Creativity is about connection -- you must be connected to others in order to be inspired and share your own work -- but it is also about disconnection. You must retreat

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7 October 2020 -- Eddie, Eddie, Gary, and Paul?

Eddie Van Halen was a genius who not only reinvented how electric guitars could be played, but also reinvented the electric guitar itself with his hand-built one-of-a-kind instruments. Like Jimi Hendrix and Michael Hedges, Van Halen completely redefined what the…

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1 October 2020 -- Time for a Pep Talk

It's October 1st. The weather is getting decidedly colder. It is dark -- I mean, really dark -- in the morning when I get up, so dark my dogs don't even want to get out of bed. I am also…

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25 September 2020 -- Dad's Last Gig

One result of the pandemic and our extended quarantine is that I find myself seeking to do a deep clean of the house, a full-scale reorganization of our stuff — kind of a long-term nesting thing, I guess. It started…

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