February 22, 2017

Stargazing Picnic

Tonight we had a stargazing moon picnic in the mountains of Colorado - brightest stars I've seen in years. Brought a little Roland Jupiter-08 with a solar panel powering it (we all took a turn playing it) and clear jello with blue berries mixed in. I saw one very prominent shooting star. I think I may have seen others, but they were so faint I don't know if I imagined them.  

We had red filtered flashlights so not to ruin our sensitive night vision.

Wish Peter could have been there too.

February 10, 2017

Bruce Schwartz

I have to admit, I've never really been into this style of puppetry. It just never quite clicked with me. Today I discovered Bruce Schwartz and it hit me hard! In this piece, he did on the Muppet Show (accompanied by Cleo Laine), a man, or... seemingly gender neutral person, is lamenting their recently departed lover. It's just heartbreaking and by far the most sophisticated thing I've ever seen on this program. 

These days puppetry is a huge part of my life and work. I usually hate puppetry - I hate the way the culture around it has developed, I hate the meaningless discussions and the big personalities. I hate how hardly any real emotion is transmitted. But when I see videos like this, it reminds me of my earliest experiences with the art form and how enchanted I was, and why I'm still chasing that thing today. 

Thank you, Bruce Scwartz. 

February 2, 2017

Through Passages of Time

It's probably my favorite album of 2016 (other than Nostalgia for Infinity by Sound of Ceres of course!). Clay Pipe Music is definitely the latest label I'll be keeping an eye on.