I've been converting my old reel-to-reel tapes to MP3. I found one
tape from a concert I did in the Berklee Recital Hall some time in the 1970s. It was
a quartet concert with Larry Baione, but to open the second set I played a solo piece I had
just written, called "Fragments."
We participated in the Wellness Weekend at Victoria Inn in
Hampton, NH, this past weekend. I played acoustic guitar while Mal
gave Reiki sessions. Very relaxing for everyone involved.
That Old Guild
For the Authors Night at the Fogg Library in Eliot, Maine, I was asked to play acoustic,
so I dug out the old Guild.
I recently did a volunteer gig for senior citizens, and the sponsoring organization,
Homemakers, sent me a nice thank-you note.
Music and Books
I played at the reception in the Exhibit Hall for the New England Librarians Association
in Portland, ME. Music and books -- my kind of gig!
Just For Luck
Tonight I'll be playing a duo with bassist John Hunter at a private party
I've played for many years. Each year the party has a theme, and, this being 2013, and 13 being
considered an unlucky number by some and a lucky number by others, the theme is luck. I made up
a set list, and made sure I included many tunes with the theme of luck. As I often do with tune lists,
I used color to allow me to rearrange the order of tunes to help me order the tunes.
John and I have played together many times, and could certainly play the gig
without a set list, but I figured I'd make one just for luck.
I was honored to have two of my poems published in the most recent issue of the Clackamas Literary Journal,
which just came out. Oddly enough, the most recent issue is the 2010 issue. In 2012 the editor wrote
to all the contributors apologizing for the delay, saying that proofs were ready to send to the printer,
and adding, "Though small compensation for such a long wait, I would like to offer you each five
free copies of the 2010 issue, in addition to the two contributor copies we normally provide."
Last week seven copies arrived in the mail. The issue includes an Editor in Chief's Note (see image).
When I was a senior at UMass/Boston, I edited the student poetry magazine, so I can relate to the trials and tribulations.
NE Book Festival Awards Ceremony
Our cookbook, No Fret Cooking,
which includes my two CDs, "Music to Cook By" and "Music to Dine By,"
recently won Honorable Mention at the New England Book Festival, and a cocktail party was given
honoring all authors in the 2012 competition. The awards ceremony was held on Sat.,
Jan 19th at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA where authors from all over the
country gathered at the historic hotel that has been well known as a gathering
place for famous authors. It was great to meet so many interesting authors.
The pictures from the event just arrived and we wanted to share a few with you.
Quite the honor for us to receive an award where so many
of the greats were often seen.
I've often heard it said that people don't read on the web. I've written a lot in
these Player's Journal pages, and, of course, I'd like people to read it.
I made a video of myself reading through some of my Player's Journals entries
on the topic of practicing. My hope is that some people who might be put off by the thought of reading a lot of text might be
drawn in to my journals. I was motivated by something Aldous Huxley wrote in an essay from 1956 entitled "Censorship and Spoken Literature":
In this universally educated population vast numbers never read, or read only the most rudimentary kinds of
sub-literature and Neanderthal journalism. Many of these illiterates are the victims of a theory of education,
which has carried a praiseworthy concern with synthesis and wholeness to the grotesque point, where it is regarded
as improper to teach a child how to analyze a word into its constituent letters. The result, as Mr. Rudolf Flesch
has pointed out in his lively book Why Johnny Can't Read, is that thousands upon thousands of boys and girls
spend ten years at school without fully mastering an art which, under the old analytical methods of teaching,
was in most cases perfectly well understood by the age of five or six. To the hosts of non-readers and poor
readers must be added all the radio and television addicts who have never acquired the habit of reading and whose
reaction to a book in a hard cover is one of mistrust and a kind of fear. Seeing it, they know, without further
investigation, that it is not for them -- that if they tried to read it, they would understand nothing and be bored to death.
But it can be shown experimentally that, if you can get these non-readers, poor readers or reluctant readers to
listen to someone else reading aloud from a book which they themselves would never dream of opening, many of
them will not only understand what is being read, but will become passionately interested in it.