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September 24, 2011

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Sometimes fate awards a consolation prize, an unexpected lovely moment to assuage previous disappointment. And so tonight, as I walk WaterFire with friends contemplating the beauty of the flames dotting the river, the soundtrack begins playing the notes of my recording of Beethoven’s “Adagio for mandolin”. “It’s me!” I exclaim in amazement. It takes my friends a moment to realize what I mean. I have heard from others that my music has been played, and I sent the creator of this amazing event all my CDs when he asked, but this is the first time I have actually been here to hear my contribution to the soundtrack. Thousands of people stroll the mile+ stretch of river gazing at 100+ bonfires, listening, unawares, to me. Definitely a magical moment. I’m including the track here for you. Adagio in E Flat Major

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September 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

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February 13, 2011

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Back from a visit to a friend in a nearby city. The perspective one gets from being away in someone else’s domain is always interesting. It’s as if, returning, everything is new and the door is suddenly open to change. We’ll see what the week brings. And although I’m not a big fan of tomorrow’s holiday, today is Musical Sunday, and I do love this song– My Funny Valentine here performed by my now-defunct group the World Cafe Quartet.

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February 14, 2011 at 12:08 am

February 6, 2011

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Most of the day is spent setting up and running a concert @ my university– by a great chamber music group that I am delighted to present. Grab coffee w/ a long-missed friend after, and then head to the annual Superbowl party @ my friend B’s house. There is a hint of spring in the air today, as temperatures rise above freezing and sightings of grass are reported. Of course, since this is February and we are New Englanders, we realize that it is false spring, but still we stand up straighter and linger a bit as we walk in the unfamiliar warmth of the sun. For “Musical Sunday” this week I’m posting another track from my mandolin group Enigmatica, the Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth’s delightful Fon-Fon. Enjoy!

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February 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

January 30, 2011

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Quiet day, spent mostly indoors writing a grant application. The snow continues to pile up outside and I wonder if I will ever be able to take my trash to the curb for collection again. It’s Musical Sunday, although I am posting late, and so I’m adding a link to a Bach Presto (From Sonata III for Violin BWV1024) played by my mandolin octet Enigmatica. Enjoy!

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February 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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January 16, 2011

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I don’t want to oversleep, so of course I wake early, about 4 hours after I went to bed. I spend an hour in denial, then I’m up and off to the morning roda @ Praca Sao Savador. I play well– better than the last couple of times out– indicating to me that I’m more focused on tasks at hand. I’m especially happy about a kick-ass version of “Diabinho Maluco” (Crazy Little Devil), wicked fast and really clean, since Luiz, guru of the guitars, suggested it when the 2 usual soloists were kindof shutting me out by playing tunes I didn’t know. He knew they didn’t know this one so it was all mine, and I got a few “parabems!” (congratulations!) from the players– sweet! Yes, rodas can be really cut-throat, depending on the attitude of the usual soloists. Since I am always a guest I am super courteous and never step on toes, but enough players know me now and want to hear me play so I get some help breaking through. After playing for a couple of hours I pack up my bandolim, indulge in a caipirinha, from the drinks-and-CDs stand, and get a Bahian chickpea, shrimp, and okra dumpling sandwich from the ladies pictured. Drink plus food and exhaustion hits like a sledgehammer, so it’s home to dump my stuff and crash briefly. But I still need to get to the weekly ” feria de hype” (hippie fair) to buy a birthday present for my Mom (tomorrow), because I leave before the next one, so there’s nothing to do but sling my tired body on a bus for errands. Home, dinner cooked, and typing now, I predict a pre-midnight bedtime– good for me even when I’m not is Rio.

Today is “Musical Sunday,” and since I left home w/out tunes to post I was wondering what to do. So I Googled myself and “mp3” and found all sorts of illegal downloads online. Here’s a piece I wrote for my friend Romulo, reminiscing about a fabulous, now defunct, Tuesday roda we used to go listen to every week as students. Tercas no Trapiche (Tuesdays at Trapiche) is recorded by my Rio band, Agua no Feijoa, on our CD “Roda no Rio”. Enjoy!

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January 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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January 9, 2011

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A 2-roda day, so it is truly a “Musical Sunday”! Each roda has a different personalty. The early one is outdoors in a neighborhood square with many people gathered around, most come every week so the music has become part of what the neighborhood is. The evening roda is more of a performance– I played here last Sunday as well– and today marks their 4th anniversary so many people have come, both to play and to listen. The pic is looking out as I walked to the hall. Today I’m posting a live performance from Rio. My friend Luiz was giving a solo piano recital and since I was in town he asked me to sit in to play the tune he wrote for me, Meu-Bandolim Enjoy!

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January 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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January 2, 2011

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My first roda of the trip– such a delight! It’s held at the Forte Copacabana for a cheerful and enthusiastic audience. This is the group to my right, and an equal number are to my left. I love the give and take of the live roda sessions– you never know when you will be able to jump in with a section of the melody, or where you will improvise a countermelody or comp chords. I know these people and have played with them whenever I am in town for the past 2 or 3 years. The notes feel so sensuous under my fingers, sliding out from some store of memory untouched when I am in the US. The beauty of Rio, friends, fireworks– they’re all wonderful, but the music and playing in these sessions is truly why I come.

It’s also “Musical Sunday” today– I just realized that I missed it last week in all the worry about snow and departures. For today I’m posting a Brazilian tune I recorded w/ my friends Richard and Luiz, “Reminiscencias,” which appropriately refers to reminiscing. I have been, I will be, but right now I am happily in the moment. Enjoy! Reminiscencias

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January 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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December 19, 2010

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Today is Carol Sing– a treasured event of my holiday season. It began years ago, and many of our children have grown up with it as part of their lives. We sing English 4-part carols from centuries ago, interspersed with familiar carols from more recent times. And wassail is drunk and toasts are made, and absent friends call in with requests. Today it is as wonderful and nostalgic as ever, welcoming friends old and new, and missing those no longer with us. I pause to honor the ghosts of Christmas past who sing with us tonight.

Today is also Musical Sunday, and I’m posting a carol from my CD “The Sounding Joy”. It’s written by the great American composer, Charles Ives, and is called simply “A Christmas Carol.” It comes with my wish for a joyous holiday season, as our year prepares to turn around with the shortest or longest day, depending on where you are in the world.

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December 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

December 12, 2010

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Lights on my tree. Not quite sure how my hand slipped to create this perfect spiral, but I love the serendipity. It pours rain all day and I’m glad when my chores are run and I can come home to dry out. Crazy range of weather the past few days but, after all, this is New England.

For Musical Sunday I’m posting one of my favorite Christmas songs, Coverdale’s Carol, recorded w/ my friend Bob for the CD that’s part of my mandolin method book. Hope it transmits the mystery and beauty of the season to you as it does for me.

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December 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

November 28, 2010

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A walk in a local horticultural center lets us breath in warm air and smell gorgeous flowers. The place is full of families with dressed-up children taking their Christmas card pictures in front of beautifully decorated trees. We settle for a couple of 4-generation shots taken by helpful passer-bys. When we return I try to dash off to post my NaNo at a local Starbucks, but my Mac won’t restart. Ack! I stare at the plain grey screen, disappointed, but so happy that I thought to save my NaNo words to my pendrive. In the evening we have a family get-together for dinner with much laughter and baby games.

It’s also Musical Sunday today, and I’m posting a cheery Americana piece I wrote for my daughter’s dance company’s 3rd birthday celebration: Suzanne’s Wedding Hoedown I’m playing w/ Alex, who is now married to my daughter, on electric bass. You’ll notice the quote from “Oh Suzannah” and the wedding march. Enjoy!

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December 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm