Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sometimes a hangover leads to the most creative, exciting fun-filled kind of days. Today was no exception; as I had so many new ideas, fun musical moments and what seemed like a new and endless apprecation for beauty in the simplest things.

Playing some Celticmusic today with my long time friend, the fantastic jazz vocalist Tena Palmer. She really introduced me to a lot of great music both while we were playing and listening. This music is really my roots (or my ancestor's roots anyways) and I did play some of it with my Grandpa McKeown when he was alive.

It is interesting how it connects with the mega-bluegrass kick I am on these days. Some obvious similarities and differences.

Still not sure why I was hungover after having a couple drinks with friends at our local last night. (might be partly to blame on the less-than-five hours sleep I got)

p.s. Leafs won again tonight...hurray!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hi folks,

my friend; sound poet, improviser and all around brialliant aritst Paul Dutton sent me this note (below). I didn't know that he did "visual poems" as well. He is a great writer, performer musician/improviser and was one of the four poets involved in my limited edition An Eager Leap Cd. Actually the title for the Cd came from his poem that he wrote for that project called Jazzstory. He also recorded that piece on one of his Cds. I highly recommend checking out his work, including these interesting online pieces (that also have a life beyond your computer) or live you can hear his group the CCMC (with Michael Snow and John Oswald) on January 26 at Hart House on U of T campus. (I think admission is free!)

If you are not familiar with Paul's current work you may recognize his name from the famous "performance poetry" group The Four Horsemen from the 70s.

Seven of my visual poems are included in the just-issued Cross-Media issue
of the Web publication *Unlikely Stories*,
Four of my works there are from *The
Plastic Typewriter* (1979) and there are another three from my *Narcissus A*
series (middle to late ’90s). Yes, older work, but many of you may
nonetheless be unfamiliar with it.
I earnestly encourage you to wander through the whole issue.
Contributors are listed alphabetically, with links to their pages, but if
you want to see what I've got there, dash directly to

Fun rehearsal with the Rob Clutton band tonight. What a fine group of musicians if I do say so myself. Ryan Driver was playing the flute tonight, Lina Allemano on the trumpet and captain Rob played double bass. I took both an acoustic guitar and a banjo and boy did that feel good.

I will put out energy letting people know how much I want to do this and I am sure it is only a matter of time before a few things will pop up.

Rob's interest walk the line between avant garde improvised music and catchy, pretty simple tunes. Combine this with the instrumentation and the artists mentioned above and you have some can of worms.

Kids will be up in six hours...zzzzzzzz


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