Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The wind is up and the hawks are screaming. It must be March.

When we moved into this house two years ago this month, one of the first things I saw was a redtail circling about a foot over the top of the house with prey in his beak. He flew to a live oak in the neighbor's yard where he was joined by his mate, the biggest hawk I have ever seen. We soon realized that they were raiding squirrel nests that had been left exposed when the live oaks lost their leaves.

A day or two ago, I took Lani for a walk through the neighborhood. At one point, we heard the hawks calling to each other at close range. I looked up and saw the female light on a utility pole. She called out to the male who swooped in and mounted her. I stood still and watched the birdie porn, totally amazed at what I was seeing. Hawks are messengers and visionaries as totums. I always try to be vigilant regarding things I see and hear after I see one. I choose to believe that observing a pair of hawks in such an act of creation is an omen of good things to come, possibly the fruition of a long held desire. I am sharing this with you along with the hope that you will have your most cherished wish fulfilled soon.

Friday, March 6, 2009

I Hit the Double Nickels and Take Up with Blues Musicians

House concerts are the most intimate way to hear an artist perform. They got started in the early 90s as a way to provide a listening environment for traveling folk musicians and their audiences. You can't get a lot closer to the music than sitting in a living room with the musician a few feet from you. I have attended lots of house concerts and hosted my first ones in San Angelo, Texas in the mid 90s.

It has been a while since I have lived in a house with the size an configuration needed to host such an event and now that I do, I have decided to celebrate my up coming birthday by inviting my favorite blues band to do a show here.

Way back in the day…before people brought canopies and circus tents, before the RV slots, all the campfires at Kerrville were out in the open under the stars. I camped at Camp Stupid then. (Did you know that I am actually a charter member?) It was on the other side of the road from where it is now, up against the fence where the RVs park. We had the most amazing song circles. On the most magical of many magical nights under the stars, I found myself sitting next to a tall, skinny National guitar player from Houston. He had me laughing so hard I could hardly breathe with his lyrics while absolutely blowing me away with his musicianship and vocalizations. I have been a huge fan of his for more than fifteen years and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my slamming into the double nickels this month than to ask him play in my l! iving room.

Announcing a house concert featuring Moe Hansum Band

Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 pm.

The Moe Hansum Band has been together in many incarnations since the early 1990's. It ignited from the songwriting, singing, and guitar talents of Mike Durbin and Chuck Schwarz. The instrumentation currently consists of two acoustic and resonator guitarists (Mike Durbin and Chuck Schwarz), an upright acoustic bassist (Sandy Buller), and drummer (Stephan B. Miller). They have performed at festivals such as the Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, Texas) and at many other locations in Texas including Atones (Austin), the Continental Club (Houston) and Dan Electros Guitar Bar (Houston). They have also entertained at house concerts and private parties throughout Texas.

The Moe Hansum Band has an uncanny ability to personally move their audience. Songs like "My Old House" transport audience members to the memories of a childhood home complete with the childhood dog. From being moved to tears on one song to stomping their feet on the next song, Moe's audience deeply experiences their music. Moe's music can be healing and therapeutic for those longing for an authentic voice in traditional and modern folk blues. Mary Harris, of Ken & Mary's Blues Project, calls Moe "the John Stein beck of music...When you hear the rift of the guitar in 'Poor Boy' your body starts to sway, you see the screen door slam as it closes on your broken heart...Time with Moe is like visiting your best friend to rejuvenate your soul, to laugh and dance, to drink from the fountain of leave feeling nourished in body and soul and smiling...wanting mo'e..."

For more information about Moe Hansum Band please visit their website

Please email for reservations and directions. Suggested donation is $15.00. Please bring a folding chair if you have one and carpool if possible. We will provide some snackage but feel free to bring your own. We will have water and non-alcoholic drinks available. You are welcome to bring any other beverages you wish.

****The vocalist in the video is Sonny Boy Terry. Moe Hansum will be a three piece band for the concert.*****