January 2010


as the little girl in the ruby slippers once said.  I’ve been back about a week and a half  and am getting caught up on most fronts. The hike in the English woods with Hank and Harold was accomplished before the snow really set in there. Those folks are not used to the kind of cold they got recently and getting a flight out was more problematic than I expected but was managed finally. Overall it was a good tour, though I’ll have to wait till Eddie does the complete accounting to see just how good. He’s gone to his winter place in Key West to rest up and plan the next outing for the orchestra. I don’t expect to hear from him for a few weeks at best, so as a result there’s no recommended listening for this post. However I would like to again suggest that if you have not yet done so, please do visit my revamped website. In particular the mosaics page has new photos of some of my work that I think you might enjoy. The wagon featured above (The Flower Power Flyer) is just one of the things you’ll see there. My thanks again to everyone who’s been following my exploits and a promise that there will be new music to hear soon on my site so please do stay tuned, and take care. Photo by Bob Grieser

from green and pleasant (if slightly chilly) England. The engagement on New Years Eve went very well and now we’re preparing to head back home to complete this world “tour” and catch up on real life. My thanks to all those who have been following our travels and special thanks to those who made it to the shows. Hank and Harold are looking forward to a break, as is Mr. Ersatz so the timing is right. Before we’re done here though, there is another recommended listening for you folks.  Today’s pick is “Briefly Shaking” by Anja Garbarek released in 2005 on EMI in Norway. This disc is a wonderful collection of songs with a techno blend of great sonic textures to match. My favorite track is #5 titled “Shock Activities” a real catchy number for sure but many of these are just that. Check it out I think you’ll enjoy it. Speaking of enjoyment I think the Headstock brothers and I will go check out the New Forest National Park before we leave here on Wednesday.  A hike in the woods would do us good and who knows when we’ll be back this way again. I’ll post you folks when I get back home, meanwhile take care and my thanks to all you for reading and listening along the way.Image courtesy of twistedpapers.com