Friday, December 23, 2016
A beautiful new piece of music from German pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka. Light, bright, and extremely accessible and enjoyable, this 5-track EP shows a more straightforward and playful side of the artist.
Mostly. The pace slows, the notes darken and lengthen, occasionally, as in 6am, but it is still affirmative, upward looking music.
This is a good way in to Hauschka's music if you're curious or just in need of some focus-feeding background sounds.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Look who got his first stripe in Taekwondo this week!
We ended up having a pretty mellow weekend around Boise these past couple days, and that's just fine with me. I'm just getting over a cold, Cathy's just starting one, and we all had hugely busy if extremely rewarding weeks. So, we chilled. And I got to hang out with this guy a lot.
We went to Taekwondo. We went out for lunch. Went and saw the Christmas toy train exhibit, which never disappoints.
We went for a gorgeous and icy family hike in the Military Reserve.
We hung new pictures. We did laundry. We had chile verde and homecooked black beans and homemade tortillas for dinner. We read books and played legos and read more books.
Great run today in the foothills.
Not too far above 0degreesF, but the wind was down and the sun was shining.
Josie certainly enjoyed it. And after being sick this past week is was nice to get outside and work for an hour or so. Sweat it out.
I look forward to getting in some mileage again.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
I've been spending lots of time out in the office tying flies. I'm actually getting a lot less horrible at it. It's meditative, relaxing, and kind of a lot of fun now that I can manage a few basics.
Actual fishing time has been slim, but I plan to rectify that. I made it out to the Boise a few days ago and landed over half a dozen easy, some nice ones, and three on a fly--a lopsided old-school non-parachute Adams--that I had tied! I've had hits and interest before, but this is the first, second, and third fish I've actually brought to hand on one of my own flies. I have to say, pretty dang gratifying. Especially since I got all 3 fish off clean without hardly touching them.
Getting cold up here in Idaho, and you can't stay in the river for long, but man was it nice to get out there and put hands on some trout. It's otherworldly beautiful when the river is surrounded by snow, too.
Monday, December 12, 2016
This is a book just put out by our good friend Elisabeth McKetta, with help from her good friend Troy Passey.
It combines lines of poetry--nonsequential, loosely related one to the next--and art in greyscale that combines words and scratches and sketches and shape into way more meaningful compositions than you might expect.
It is truly a beautiful book, and reminds me that books can be beautiful in a way that so many media cannot.
I read the entire thing the night I got home with it. And I look forward to reading it again. And again.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
I cannot stop listening to this record.
amiina is a quintet from Reykjavic, Iceland, that traffics in lush, warm minimalist music. Classical instruments and haunting, spare melodies with quiet percussion only sometimes, this is music to send you down the rabbit hole of your mind.
Fantomas is the score the band developed and recorded for a screening of a film serial from Louis Feuillade from 1913. Like so many of the best scores, this stands entirely on its own and adds a depth to amiina's catalog. This is great stuff.