Monday, May 31, 2010

A few

The bees are dying steadily, at about 100 per day since last week. There are still a few survivors and foragers. Laboratory samples will test for nosema and tracheal mites. Wednesday begins a two month 'drift' for me and I will continue shooting, writing, and singing.

Friday, May 28, 2010

All things must pass

All things must pass, little Honey Bee.

Sick drone. After a day in the 'infirmary', I loaded him back in. Look at those eyes! Their purpose reminds me of the last track on Dr. Hook's "Sloppy Seconds".

Storm losses? We shall see.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In The Garden

It's been a hard week for the bees. There are a great number of new dead bees.

I found twelve dead drones. I had only seen one before and it was different looking than these ones. I don't speak "bee" so I don't really know what's up. The optimstic interpretation is that with this long bout of cold weather, they've been holed up in the hive. They've had to work to keep warm and not been able to forage as much. So this could be something like 'storm losses' and hopefully not disease.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I found this in my songwriting notebook, written by a 23 year old me.

As I packed up and prepare for a road/camping trip, I decided to learn this Townes song. It has been raining for days; most of May has been gray.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Don't Let The Sunshine Fool You

Another Townes Van Zandt song.

doesn't this look Cloud City from the Empire Strikes back? (sunset 5/19/10)

When Guy Clark's Cold Dog Soup was released in 1999, I had already created a web site celebrating Guy's music. That record was the first new album I was a part of and I think it's a good one. Townes died on New Years day in 1997, about a year before I got into him. I remembered Townes on Ralph Emery's "Nashville Now" in 1993, back when I was first getting into country. I taped shows off of TNN (The Nashville Network) and Townes Van Zandt and Bill Monroe were on that same episode. If I only knew then that those two men would loom so large for me many years later...they became two of my top influences, but not until years and years later.

I remember hearing Townes performance of his "Pancho and Lefty" and compared to the version I knew by Emmy Lou Harris, well, I wasn't impressed. But it planted the seed for me about 'where songs come from.'
Get yourself a piece of that rainbow pie, no reason in the world that you can't get by.

It was sure a trip to see that footage in the documentary about Townes, "Be Here To Love Me". Here's Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark and me, 2001.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cold Dog Soup

School bus...

I learned Guy Clark's "Cold Dog Soup" this morning.

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