Some Daiquiri Music: “A Todo VAR”

 I am giving a talk and showing some photography on Wednesday (see the poster above) at UBC and, inspired a bit by Alphonso Lingis, I decided to record a soundtrack for it. You can hear it by clicking the image.Here it is: "A Todo VAR."I played drums, bass, and guitars, and all the noises, plus the mix, in one night. I did the old stacking tracks technique. Listen with headphones if you want all the bells and whistles.BONUS:Here it is with the slideshow I'll be using: … [Read more...]

Abortion Beyond Poli-Tricks

Just over a month ago, I gave a lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, sponsored by Students for a Fair Society, based on the work I've been doing for a short, forthcoming book on abortion, to be published by Patheos Press in 2014.Soon thereafter, Tristyn Bloom, a junior fellow at First Things, gave an excellent talk at Yale University, printed at The Federalist. The particulars of her talk are different --- and more diplomatic towards pro-lifers --- but the general trajectory is, … [Read more...]

LIVE at The Empire UPDATED

Last night I played the first all-original set I've played since 2006, at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, at The Empire theatre in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. The show lasted just over an hour and a half and I played songs I've written from 2003 to the present. I was joined by my brother-in-law, Shawn Kolles, on drums. Here is most of the full show (with part II below)  and, below that, I'll add links to the individual songs as they get uploaded. Enjoy!SPANISH CHOIR THERE WAS A BOY WHAT … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Salon and Molly McCluskey — UPDATED

Dear Salon Editors and Molly (if I may),I read your article, "My Steubenville," with great personal interest. Before I get to that, let me clarify one key term for you.The word 'Steubenville,' in this case, is like the word 'bat.' To bat your eyes at someone is different from swinging a bat or throwing a dead bat at someone. See? The same word actually refers to very different things. I suppose you could bat your eyes while swinging a bat at a bat that someone threw at you, but even then it … [Read more...]

Sep 18, 2012 2:28am

AudioA lecture from today’s “Foundations of Educational Thought” class on Rousseau and education, based primarily from the Emile. (Not a replacement of my ongoing installments of “Class Notes.”) … [Read more...]

May 29, 2012 9:15am

AudioHere’s another track for summerlong Upi Dupi La La Sessions, titled “Sleeping Tomas.” It’s my second time using GarageBand, after the track I made yesterday (below) for my other son, Gabe. I recommend that you listen to it with headphones on. … [Read more...]

May 28, 2012 9:55am

AudioHere’s a GarageBand track I made to entertain my son during the wee hours of the morning. It is my first time using GarageBand, but he said it was great, so there you have it: “Gabe’s Up Late,” a classic intro track for the ongoing Upi Dupi La La Sessions. Stay tuned for more! … [Read more...]

May 25, 2012 8:01pm

AudioYesterday I was the featured guest for a demo recording of Musings, a proposed radio show for WRHU, Hofstra University. The host and creator of the program is Eduardo Duarte, a fellow philosopher of education and super duper guy. The show mixes music and philosophy in a very free, improvisational way. I think the whole show really made some cool moves and we’ll soon be recording a part two. The show played my new track, “Pa Ingalls,” from the Upi Dupi La La Sessions and two versions of Mil … [Read more...]

May 24, 2012 5:10pm

AudioHere is the first recorded track of the summer Upi Dupi La La Sessions titled, “Pa Ingalls.” It was recorded in one live take with Walter Gershon on soprano saxophone, a snare drum, and cajon; and myself on the same snare drum and electric guitar. After the session have been recorded, I will release this as a free downloadable album. Enjoy and share! … [Read more...]

May 23, 2012 10:46pm

AudioHere’s a somewhat psychedelic, experimental rendition of Stevie Wonder’s epic “Living for the City,” with Walter Gershon on percussion and myself on guitar and vocals. Tomorrow I will release the first track of the Upi Dupi La La Sessions. … [Read more...]