May 22, 2012 8:31am

AudioA demo rendition of the blues classic: “Stormy Monday.” Yours truly on guitar and vocals, Walter Gershon on percussion, and Ty Cosby on harmonica. See below for the first track (a demo version of “My Girl”) and more info.Stay tuned for more tracks and please share! … [Read more...]

May 22, 2012 8:21am

Listening to the playback at Manic Muse Recording. (Photo by Walter Gershon) … [Read more...]

May 22, 2012 3:19am

AudioBefore I share the heavy stuff, here’s a short and light cover of “My Girl” I recorded for my new demo. It was a great day in the studio (Manic Muse Recording) with the talented Walter Gershon on percussion (and, later, on soprano saxophone) and crazy Jon Jones engineering and playing a little clave.I’ll post the other track (a short rendition of “Stormy Monday”) tomorrow and the inaugural track of the Upi Dupi La La Sessions, “Pa Ingalls,” after that.If you’d like a copy of the … [Read more...]

May 21, 2012 4:21pm

Another nostalgic photo: playing at the Peace Picnic with my good friend (and super guitarist) Spencer Elliot, in Columbus, OH, circa 2009. … [Read more...]

Catfish cleanin, lunch with friends, and mastering…

That, more or less, is what’s on the ledger for today. I’m hoping to have the tracks we recorded on Saturday mastered and uploaded by tomorrow or the next. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Upi Dupi La La Sessions, Part I

Today I’ll begin recording the summer-long Upi Dupi La La Sessions with my good friend and percussionist/saxophonist, Walter Gershon. I’ll do a demo of rhythm and blues covers (for getting work at bars and coffee shops), then Walter and I will do a few tracks of free improvisation. Everything we record will be up for free download, so stay tuned. … [Read more...]

My Twitter Garden and Interviews at The Paris Review

Twitter has become a lovely garden of interesting things for me to read. I’ve had to weed it a bit, and could still weed it some more, but it’s getting pretty reliable: just enough news to not live under a rock and, best of all, a few choice specimens to harvest and eat — immediately. Between other things — seeing if we can buy a house or not, shameless self-promotion, e-mail correspondence, eating Doritos, writing a letter, drinking sweet tea, more self-promotion — … [Read more...]

May 18, 2012 9:28pm

Look, as far as Christopher Hitchens goes… He was a dishonest person. A dishonest writer. Interested in self-promotion, in self-congratulation. That is what his work is about. His mode is self-promotion and his theme is self-congratulation and I think that is all there is to his writing. Of course he was very smart — it’s no compliment to call a writer smart, you have to be smart to be a writer. It’s like saying a carpenter is good with her hands, it’s a sine qua non. Or like saying a sprinter is … [Read more...]

Debut at "Contending Modernities"

Contending Modernities is a weblog hosted by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and affiliated with Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project, housed in their Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs. I just published my first piece for them: “Beneath the Healthcare Wars: Difficult questions about living and dying.” It was stimulated by the FUS healthcare story, but goes in a different, more fundamental direction. Thanks for reading; … [Read more...]

Dear FUS: one of these things is not like the other

My alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, has been in the news lately. They’ve been skewered and adulated by the two, predictable sides of every news story for discontinuing their student healthcare coverage. Their main published reason for doing so is out of concern for participating “in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.” However, in the same week, FUS honored former CIA Director (during the Bush … [Read more...]