bring back the jam

I was reading a recent post by Austin Kleon, in praise of mediocrity, when I felt a chord struck hard, deep inside. He was quoting author Tim Wu who was bemoaning the  lack of hobbies in modern times due to our dogged…

takeaways from 1RiffADay

September 30th was the last day of a thirty day challenge called 1 Riff a Day (or #1RAD) sponsored by She Shreds magazine. The challenge is simple - just post one "riff" - on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass…

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Bamboo and Roses (live demo)

By request (ie, various requests from Daddy every time I've called home over many months : ), I made a live video of me playing his song "Bamboo and Roses". I've had a long history with this song (which you

1 Riff a Day Challenge

Ever since September 1st, I've been participating in one of those online "post-one-x-every-day-for-y-days" challenges on Instagram (@cristinaawilliams) and it's been absorbing the spare time I had been trying to set aside for blog writing (or writing or most any other…

new bunny on the block

I've chronicled our urban wilderness experiences in our backyard a few times already. The front yard is a different experience altogether. We don't 'hang out' in the front yard (not many people do anymore - used to be folks would…

always learning

I'm playing at the local CSA again - every other Wednesday in exchange for the freshest veggies in town! - and I'm working out some fun covers to add to the mix. At a gig like this, it's not…

when the rain comes

The longing had been building like those clouds on the horizon. A little insistent voice that drones constantly in the back of many Tusconan's minds like a snooze alarm on low: "When? When? When?" When will the rain come?

summer lilac explosion

That's what it looks like in the front yard right now. Two weeks ago we had our first rain in 100 days and it was drencher. Then this week, the two Texas Ranger shrubs (and their offspring) are exploding with…

lizard bunch update: the next generation!

Younger desert spiny's are coming into the fold now. Especially Micro, the littles one yet. Jamie is also a great documentarian of this lizard life happening in the suburbs of Tucson and captures the spirit of these unusually social reptiles (social…

unconscionable

Credit: Piotr Krzeslak

I guess I normally keep this blog politics-neutral - though that is certainly not how I run my Facebook page. I like to keep the writing about music, philosophy, the desert and every now and…

the yardbirds

The lights went down at the Rialto Theater, the universal signal that the show was about to start. Applause erupted, the audience was ready to go. Then a hush fell on the darkened stage as five shadowy figures darted…