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  • Citizen creative placemaking: my personal backstory November 20, 2017
    When I was an undergraduate college student, I took a class that changed the focus of my life. This is a pretty broad brush to paint on a set of morphing decisions I’d been making for years, but bear with me – I’ve got a point to make. I started out my college career as … Continue reading →
  • Thinking about the role of music October 24, 2017
    So I haven’t posted in a while. Okay, since March (!). But it’s been a busy busy time – I started a new position a year and a half ago and we’ve been developing a new office. It’s taken more time than even I would have anticipated. Great times! I may at some point blog … Continue reading →
  • Chuck Berry -curating sounds and memories March 20, 2017
    Update: (okay, it took less than a couple of hours to get to this, but you knew I would). I have to include this wonderful retrospective by Peter Guralnick about his interview with Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino in New Orleans in 2011. (You think of trying to interview them as … Continue reading →
  • Total randomness – how else to deal with this year’s Oscars? February 28, 2017
    I’m a fairly rabid reader of The New Yorker, for what it’s worth. And today’s article on the glitch in the Best Picture Awards at the Oscars this year struck me as one of those moments where we create our own soundtrack. Since I’ve been posting on this blog more regularly lately, I thought I’d share … Continue reading →
  • RIP Clyde Stubblefield February 21, 2017
    There are far too many losses to the music world, this year, and every year – maybe last year just sensitized me to it or maybe we’re getting to that generational shift? Either way, today I’m sharing the soundtrack that’s guiding my morning and a brief obit from Digital Music News. Let the Funky Drummer … Continue reading →
  • Remembering Al Jarreau February 13, 2017
    Just a quick post today. Al Jarreau was one of the voices of my childhood and teen years – one of the happy, beautiful voices that countermanded all the emotional art rock I consumed at the same time. This tribute was put together by Wisconsin Public Radio – there’s a request by his family to … Continue reading →
  • Thinking about protest music, the Women’s March, and Joan Baez February 7, 2017
    Rolling Stone published an interview with Joan Baez yesterday about the Women’s March and protest music. While I strongly recommend reading it, there are a couple of highlights I’m thinking about. There’s a lack of music as a positive, uplifting (Baez’s word) force right now – protests are focused on anger. This movement needs an … Continue reading → […]
  • On protest music in the current age 1.28.17 January 28, 2017
    I’ve renewed an old research interest – protest music. Not terribly a shocking interest for an ethnomusicologist in the crazy times we’re seeing, but it’s been a recurring theme in my toolkit of research subjects. John Mellencamp (whose work I don’t normally look at) just released a really interesting song that takes on inequality, protest … Continue reading […]
  • Mourning 2016 Musicians – Glenn Frey January 18, 2017
    This is just a brief post but I anticipate more of these to follow – every one of the artists I miss deserves a post of his/her own. So I’m still not over last year’s losses. And by that I mean the musicians lost to the world when they died last year. For me this … Continue reading →
  • A guest blog from my new housemates August 5, 2016
    I broke down this week and did something I avoid – I went to the local animal shelter (because I can’t go without bringing home new friends). Even worse, I went into the kitten room and was immediately accosted by two small feline persons who informed me in no uncertain terms that I was taking … Continue reading →

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It’s been a very busy year for me. I’m in the process of redefining how my scholarly identity fits in with my work life; frankly an invigorating process. I submitted abstracts to a set of conferences and found myself overextended (they all got accepted. Whoops.) and, for the first time in my professional life, I’ve withdrawn myself from a conference I was to present at.

For folks who know me, there is a moment of shock following hearing a statement like that (I overextend all the time – now I finally figure out how to say no?) but I find it an encouraging thought. Though I must say, I’m very sorry not to get to this conference that will have a bunch of folks I’ve been wanting to hang out and talk with for years.

So, job situation? Transforming. Scholarship? Progressing and, similarly, evolving. And to top it all, my improv theater teacher moved back to town a month ago and I see myself finally having (some) time to start performing more seriously again. Like, on stage. Sometimes even with a musical instrument, like I was trained to.

Except that I think my performing is changed transforming, too. Practicing is no longer just practicing, but clarifying my performance toolkit so that I can go on stage and do my thing. I’m starting to mix up the palette: last night I brought in a (bad) poem that I’d written in high school that became so much artistic baggage over the years and used it as a mechanism to talk about what I’m writing about here. (Note: If you watch the link, turn up the volume on your speakers. I’m never loud enough.)

Mostly it works, but I think this still qualifies as a work in progress. Still, it’s a step in my performing evolution; while this was an improvised piece, I did plan out a couple of elements ahead of time, i.e. the poem itself and one or two images that I use to anchor the story. Like any improvisation, this will improve as I clarify which tools fit in this kind of story.

I start to see a future where my research is the structure, my performance is trained improvisation, and my job becomes the fuel for both. Which is what I always wanted. Which is how a box becomes something to launch from. Except that I need to edit for better syntax.


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