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Thursday, December 17th, 2015
3:24 pm
Been a long time, been a long time, been a long....

Live journal, I haven't seen you since 2011. Not much to report. Same old Chris with grey hair. New records done, new one in progress.

Older, fatter all the stuff that happens with time.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
11:34 am
It's been so long
Man, it's been so long since I've used this account, I think it doesn't like me anymore.

Is anyone here that is not on FB or Google+
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
12:14 am
Belladonna Smiles almost done
We are so close - two more parts and tracking is complete. Two mixes, then mastering and pressing... Life is good.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
4:12 pm
Writer's Block: 420 friendly?
A number of U.S. states are planning to legalize marijuana. Do you agree or disagree with this policy, and why?


Yes! It's insane for us to ruin people's lives in order to "protect" them from the use of a helpful and sometimes fun substance. Prohibition has not only helped make the police state, it's set back the hemp industry for 80 years. Acid-free papers, oils, fiber products, rope - all of these would be common. Instead we chose to cut old growth for paper.

We also created a black market that continues the old corruption of alcohol prohibition keeping the prices high and the marketers unregulated and dangerous. You don't see beer truck drivers having shootouts over territory, or hops farmers with secret grows in the national parks. It's an herb, it's relatively harmless and it should not be illegal to possess or grow.
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
7:12 pm
Writer's Block: War and peace
Many countries require all citizens to fulfill a mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Do you think the current recruitment system creates or sustains socioeconomic inequality?

In what universe does this "draft without loopholes" happen? The politicians use the fact of their kids being in the service as a badge of honor - while they end up doing office work for generals. Meanwhile the increased army just gives the power structure more meat for the meat grinder - the draft didn't slow Congress in Vietnam, it just gave them bodies to escalate the war with.

Mandatory universal service is nothing less than involuntary servitude. A guaranteed job for everyone who wants one, sure you bet. A mandatory service "experience"? I'd join an army to fight an army that tried to force me to join it.

The Netherlands used to have mandatory universal service. It got in the way of people finishing school and getting into the job market and paying more taxes on their increased earning capability.

The numbers on lower income people joining the army actually don't pan out - there was a study a few years ago that showed that the army was majority middle class. I'd have to search, but it was probably in Slate or Salon.

I never understand this idea that everyone owes two to four years of their lives to the country, and it almost always comes from people I know who are otherwise liberal. Certainly we pay out portions of our lives in taxes, but the government works for US, not the other way around.

I don't think there is a greater governmental evil than conscription. If you can't throw a war that everyone lines up for, than you shouldn't be putting it on. I sure as hell am not willing to kill or die so that oil companies can guarantee their profits and some jack ass in the army has no right whatsoever to make that decision for anyone. What part of "involuntary servitude" is unclear?
Thursday, September 10th, 2009
11:04 pm
Album making choices in the world of mp3s.
Hey everyone! I hope your Labor Day weekend was good. It always means end of summer for me, and I love the coming of autumn and the changes. I am not heat boy; bring on the falling leaves, the cocoa, school and sweater weather. But first a few days of sun and cool - enough to get the yard put away. I guess we'll finish the patio next year.

I've been thinking a bit about how the changes in how we listen to music affects how I write it. I'm not sure if a majority of people listen to their music yet on mp3s, but it's been a couple of years since MP3 has been the most purchased format.
That means that most of us hear music as part of a playlist - so in a sense, it's a "singles" market. Which means I should make each song interesting as a single song. Read more...Collapse )
Monday, August 24th, 2009
2:44 pm
Bone Poets Seeking new cellist
Bone Poets Orchestra is seeking a new cellist. If you know of a cellist who reads, works well in section AND improvises well in jazz and rock-ish traditions, that's the person we're looking for. They can e-mail me at chris@bonepoets.com or contact me via the contact page at http://www.bonepoets.com

We're looking for someone for recording and for the October 17th Shoreline show.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
5:53 pm
Liz AID success!
Yay! We did good for Liz! I'm really pleased that so many stood up and gave. This community should take a bow!

Woo hoo!

Not sure that I'm at liberty to reveal the numbers, but they are significant. You all did good!
Friday, August 21st, 2009
3:20 pm
LIZ AID!!!
Tonight at Betsy's looks like you might need a sweater... Just about ready to head over. A few more things to pull together. Cool enough for leather pants! Woo woo!

I'll have tickets for the October 17th show with me as well...

Yay!
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
10:29 am
Mark your calendars Friday August 21
Hey folks! Our friend Liz Anderson got hit by a car and has multiple fractures that will keep her out of work for awhile. So we're doing a benefit house concert on Friday August 21st at 8pm in Redmond. More details to follow...

Also: Due to insurance restrictions this will be a strictly no alcohol event. (
Not that our shows are drinking things anyway...)

Yay!
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
6:38 pm
We need a drummer for August 2nd
Learn 15-20 songs, drive to Eugene OR (expenses paid) play in front of 4000 to 6000 people all for $150. Need kit player with serious chops who likes Gaia Consort music. Possible future gigs as sub or percussionist. Need to know by tommorrow afternoon.
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
7:39 pm
Oh the puns
Me: "I'm airing my toes."

Sue: "To stink is footy, to air divine."

Me: "I stink I saw a footy tat!"
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
5:23 pm
Garage Sale at the G Spot!
Hey folks! We're having an extended family garage and art sale up here at the G-spot this weekend.

Some music related gear, a REALLY well done anvil style case with wheels - and note below SERIOUS Star TRek memoribilia. Come on up and see us!

Lots of great stuff! Furniture including 2 matching love seats, teak student desk, etc. Electronics. Art and collectibles. Office organizers and things like staplers, tape dispensers, etc. TONS Star Trek memorabilia and collectibles! Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. ONLY. Please don't arrive early! 321 Avenue G, Snohomish. WA, close to downtown and Snohomish High School.
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
2:51 pm
You think that's steam punk?
THIS is steampunk :-)

It's actually from the Wave Goth Fest in Leipzig, Germany, but how cool is THAT? Pics below the cut...
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Monday, May 11th, 2009
10:10 pm
So much thanks
To every one who helped on Saturday night, we thank you from the core of our exhausted little beings!

Specifically: Woosi, Mike, (Mike's friend whose name is escaping me, arg!) Chris, Julia, Helen, Brian, Christine, DAVID, Jim, Susan, Ian, the sweet folks at Soulfood, the musicians I get to play with and I know I'm forgetting too many people.

It was a lovely night. We had two separate parties come up from CALIFORNIA to see the show. Amazing... additional important BPO announcements behind this thoughtful cutCollapse )
Friday, May 8th, 2009
2:20 pm
Latest mix, "Belladonna Smiles"
For those of you interested, the first mix of "Belladonna Smiles" is up at http://www.bonepoets.com/listen.html

I'm liking it quite a bit. We'll make some changes, but they're pretty much dressing. We'll be doing it tomorrow night for sure...
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
12:55 am
Almost sold out at Soulfood
Brown Paper is sold out, I'm sold out and Soulfood is not very many tickets away from being sold out for the May 9th show. If you want to come to the show, get thee to Soulfood.

I want to stress to folks that half the house is standing room. We figure that many, maybe most, will want to dance anyway.

I'm psyched. We have an all day rehearsal tomorrow - and then Saturday the show! We'll have tickets for the October 17th show available at radically discounted prices too. I'm trying to keep the idea going that if you come to the all the shows you'll save money - enough to bring friends.

I was hoping to finish one more song, but instead I made unfinished progress on three. That's the way it seems to work for me. The lines come slow these days, but there is much less cringing going on. In the past I might have "settled" for something that was almost there but not. These days, I'll chew on a word.

The wonderful J, W and L and Sue painted skeleton cookies to give away. They are delightful and so are the cookies. Not vegan though - egg in the icing. Sorry.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
10:03 pm
On the track to selling out May 9th
Hey folks! Those of you who are coming to the May 9th Bone Poets Orchestra debut at Soulfood Books in Redmond should get your tickets if you haven't already. While I really want to sell out, I don't want to disappoint people who might make the drive. It's that close.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/57333

You can also get advance tickets at Soulfood Books

The music is coming along - we mixed Belladonna Smiles today. We also have really cool bumper stickers. Now of I can just remember the words.

I put the mix of "Spin" up in a public place: http://www.bonepoets.com/listen.html

It's going to be a fun night!

OH! Also Mark your calendars for October 17th at Shorecrest Center on Oct 17th. If we're lucky the concert will be the cd release show. I hope to have deeply diacounted tickets at the Soulfood show.

Also again: Faerieworlds http://www.faerieworlds.com/ is extending their discount til May Day. Might be the last Gaia Consort show ever. We love Faerieworlds!
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
7:49 pm
It bothers me...
that I want a kindle. The last thing I want to see in the world is the general acceptance of "licensing" books. As a copyright holder, and one who has studied and continues to study it pretty extensively, I've come to believe that we've let copyright and other forms of intellectual "property" go too far. The Kindle may do for books what the music industry couldn't pull off with recordings.

I'll have to look a little closer, but I bet you can't "loan" a book file, even if you delete from your device.

And the idea that Amazon can turn off your library, if for instance, you don't keep up with some variety of ongoing fee, that is just wrong. Apparently the thing phones home to the Amazon store ALOT.


But oh, boy what a cool bit of tech. I don't believe it will ever replace the tactile joy that is a part of reading a paper book, and it's hard to imagine anything replacing some of the cofee table books we have, nor the big atlases. But, boy what a cool bit of tech.

I used to have a saying that the only worth moving was books and records. While I miss the old sit down and listen to four sides of an lp whilst reading the lyrics and scouring the cover art, that's not the way we listen to music anymore. I have 1,000 records on my hard drive and playlists have become the way of listening.

I wonder how the kindle will affect our reading habits in another 10 years. What a cool bit of tech.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
5:10 pm
DP equivalency passes in both WA houses! Gov. to sign.
From Equal Rights Washington:

"Victory is at hand! The 2009 Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill just passed out of the House and is now on it's way to the Governor's desk. When signed into law (the Governor is supportive), this Bill will add all the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage under Washington State law to Domestic Partnerships."

This is about as good as we're likely to get - and was something I advocated for. If you can't use the word marriage, pass a global law that says "Anywhere in the law the word "marriage" is used, the words "domestic partnership" shall be held equivalent.

In a few years people will stop fretting about marriage and we can just call all "marriages" "domestic partnerships" :-)

Once the governor signs (she supports the bill) the fight moves on to the inevitable inatitive, which is already running fear mongering and fact-short ads.

But raise a glass for the moment - every great once in awhile, equality takes a small shuffle forward.
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