Big Night –Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is hosting my first CD release party. We will have fun, food, music and wild celebrations far into the night, or from 5 to 7 pm, whichever is deemed the wisest course of action. I am working on getting some surprise guest musicians as well. And the great thing is, you don’t have to buy a CD to come out and have a good time. I will have some free stuff that I will be giving a way.

I’ve been playing the guitar for most of my adult life, and this is the first time I’ve ever done something like this, so I would be honored if you would come out, celebrate with me, and share in my happiness in this once in a lifetime event. See you soon!!!

 

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See you there!?!

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Two Upcoming Performances

As is often the case, I will be at Urban Beans from 8:30 to 10:30 pm Saturday, September 7. That evening, I will be hosting an open mike at The Bee’s Knees, 2222 N. 16th St. in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. What are you doing this weekend?

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Will You Be at UB?

I will. I’ll be performing my originals and more at Urban Bean Coffee House, 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix, from 8:30 to 10:30 Saturday morning, August 31. I have two new songs that I have written that I’m taking out for a test run. I hope to see you there.

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A Great Gig at the BTA

Had a great gig at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum last night. A warm audience–at least 100 degrees, buzzards circling overhead (whatever that portends), and only a touch of rain. My music has found a home.DSCF213033DSCF214222Photos by Dan Sharayko. (My hair by The Wind)

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Two, Count ’em Two, Gigs on Saturday

I will be playing at Urban Beans this Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10:30.

I’ll also be playing out at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Saturday afternoon from 5 to 6. One hitch if you go there, though–the BTA concert is a members only event.

I’ll be playing songs from my new CD. I hope to see you at one of these fine venues.

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R. I. P. Maxine Jewett

Arizona lost a special person Sunday night. Maxine was an icon in the valley, who, though she didn’t play an instrument herself–couldn’t, in fact–supported the efforts of musicians all over the valley with her contributions to the folk music community. Founder of the Southwest Acoustic Music Association, she was a true friend to the people who sing and play at festivals all over Arizona, including myself. She will be greatly missed. Thank you, Maxine, for all you did, and for being you.

I’m sorry but I don’t have a picture of her to post.

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Nature’s Power

Let’s not forget that Nature is way more powerful than we are.

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Photo by Francisco Negroni of the 2011 Cordon Caulle volcanic eruption in the Region of Los Rios in Chile

Check out the National Geographic Photo Contest for more great pictures of nature.–R

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Everyone’s Guitar Skills are Unique

Including this young lady’s:

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(As seen on Reddit)

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So Many Insects . . .

I am not a scientist, but I got to play one today, and it’s all because UC Berkeley is overrun with bugs.

Well, their museum of natural history is.

They have over six million insects that have to be catalogued, and they have asked for our help, so if you want to be a scientist, this is your chance to do it from your computer. They have assigned a code to each picture of the insect. What they would like us to do is to type information from the picture into their database.

Check out this web article for information about the Calbug project. Hope you have some time to help. –R

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Nature and Mindfulness

I often spend a little time searching the internet for good news about nature. Here’s a link to an article by Tony Bates, the director of a mental health organization, about the effect that nature can have on people, seemingly regardless of their psychological condition.

I will be looking for more evidence that Nature Nurtures Naturally, and will pass it along as I see it.–R

 

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