Several months ago I wrote a post in my old blog about having been deluged by spam addressed to a person unknown to me, the mysterious Arthur N. To my surprise I've had several enquiries over the past few weeks regarding Arthur and his email deliveries. (Not bad, when I didn't think anyone even read that post!). The best bit came from my friend Chris in response to an email about the planned deletion of my former blog:
Last Thursday I went with friends to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden for the final Summer Nights Concert, featuring New York-based folk singer Lucy Kaplansky. It was my first visit to the park, and I was eager to hear Kaplansky, largely because I had seen her name mentioned over the years alongside Eliza Gilkyson and Nanci Griffith.
I know a few artists (composers, painters, authors) who are able to set a schedule to create and make it work. There are probably a lot of creative people who are able to function that way, but in my experience there are far more who are engaged in a constant battle with their own personal creative muse.
I think part of the problem may be that many artists remain at the "partially creative" stage, meaning that even if they're completely self-employed, they're often involved in other activities besides their actual craft. They may be teaching or coaching within their field, and the artist doesn't always have the freedom to schedule creative time on a regular daily basis.
I've always been a bit of a mystery to friends, as well as myself. I have a hybrid accent from living in widely different locales on both sides of the Atlantic, along with the quirky distinction of choosing not to write in so-called Microsoft or American English unless submitting an article for a US-based publication.
It was my good fortune to spend the last two evenings enjoying the music of Nashville-based Americana artists Eric Brace, Phil Lee, and Tom Mason. The trio of singer/songwriters are working their way through New Mexico on their way to a gig at the historic Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado. Those who attended concerts at The Range Café in Bernalillo and Apple Mountain Music in 'burque were lucky to witness two different sides of these amazing musicians.
Victoria Woodworth belongs to a rare breed: the singer-songwriter who excels in both fields. Woodworth’s songs are fuelled by raw emotion, her lyrics capturing the essence and complexity of human relationships. Her style is more Americana than Nashville, more contemporary folk than country, and owes a great deal to classic folk rock singer-songwriters like Laura Nyro and Paul Simon.
Welcome to the first of my new music reviews! I hope to make this a regular feature of my blog as I continue to explore my lifelong music addiction. For this first review I ve chosen the latest release by Australian composer and pianist Tim Fatchen, an album entitled Dark Sparkles.
Three videos by independent filmmaker Rick Mereki are taking the internet by storm, as well they should be! His caption on vimeo reads: 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage ... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ... into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films ... = a trip of a lifetime.
Here's my favourite:
It's the 8th of October, and there's snow on the mountains. Temperatures dropped severely overnight, and while there's no snow in the city, apparently there is copious snow to the north. It's rare to see snow this early in the southwestern desert landscape, and it's a thrilling change from endless months of summer and the brief pseudo-autumn we've been enjoying.