Unclaimed Freight will be performing at Boston Techjam at 5:50pm on October 3, 2013. We are one of 5 bands each doing a 1/2 hour set of music between 5pm and 9pm. The gig has given us a chance to refine our transitions between tunes. We have been rehearsing pretty hard and I have to say we sounding pretty tight. We are very much looking forward to the gig.
On the back burner and on their way to the front burner are two major projects I will be heavily involved in for Temple Ohabei Shalom. I will be back to fill you in on the details when I know them better. Still simmering away on the back burner will be, for the time being, a project to perform my original music at a local venue. I recently had a major breakthrough, but I’ll have to talk more about that later, too.
Now it’s time to go to the world of door hardware. TTYL
It is interesting to watch life unfold. I found door hardware to be surprisingly rewarding this week. For part of that I thank my employers and their customers, and for another part I thank the Door Hardware Institute for publishing my article “Multi-Function Doorways” in the September, 2013 issue of their magazine, Doors and Hardware.
In other news I wrote a rhythm and blues piece called “Love Is No Fool” and an article about the basic principals of the key machine. “Love Is No Fool” came out pretty well considering my rudimentary equipment, and despite the rather twisted lyrics is an uncharacteristically conventional kind of tune. Hmm.
Unclaimed Freight has a huge gig coming up October 3rd in downtown Boston. More info as that unfolds.
In other words, I have a LOT going on. It’s nice.
I often consult the I Ching, using tossed coins to create the hexagrams that lead to the numbered passages. The coins create broken lines, unbroken lines, and lines that change from broken to unbroken or unbroken to broken. To me this is a kind of poetry, bringing into play the forces of gravity, time, momentum, friction, light and thought to deliver a message in a powerful yet circumspect way. I suppose I go to the I Ching the same way I go to a poetry reading or slam – open to receive the lines that will speak to me a message that perhaps I seek without even knowing that I seek it.
The poems this week in the Poetry Locksmith pages at Eye On Life remind me of the enjambment (if you will) of the tossed coins of the I Ching. There is quite an array of difference here, even between poems by the same poet. Donal Mahoney continues his prolific streak and Samuel Vargo makes his EOL debut. Please stop by and see if some of their wonderful, remarkable lines speak to you.
I am ostensibly on vacation this week, but since it is more of a ‘stay-cation’ I am around today, having fun. I wouldn’t mind if every day was like this.
Poetry is really the opposite of silence. Poetry is the voice of the open heart, and even when you read the most inaccessible free verse you can hear with your mind’s ear the voice of the poet’s innermost self, if you listen.
I wrote a piece of music called Silence, but I could not stand to listen to myself sing it, so I published an instrumental version. The words go like this:
Another song … why? Sing it to the empty sky, the deaf and blind: another song.
Sometimes I open my mouth and sing loud and clear, but though people are near no one hears.
When I sing, it seems that only I can hear, but if you listen you can hear me in the silence.
No one may notice, someday I’ll have gone on my way where nothing matters but energy.
There may remain a melody and if you listen, maybe you will hear me in the silence.
In other news, Donal Mahoney has been exceedingly prolific this week, gracing Eye On Life with four - count ‘em – four poems. Impressive. Stop by and enjoy. Also I published an updated article about delayed egress hardware over on HubPages.
Looking forward to rehearsal this week with Unclaimed Freight and our family vacation at the end of August. I hope everyone is enjoying a fine summer.
Yesterday I finally sang my (ahem) most popular song on SoundCloud, “No I Don’t Miss You” in front of an audience. Most of Unclaimed Freight was there at a party/student recital given by an excellent vocalist and teacher. The students were performing mostly original compositions and were backed up by a band comprised of Berklee College of Music students. They were all amazing singers, not like me. :) So after a while they ran out of material and I just happened to have just enough copies of the C lead sheet for “No I Don’t Miss You” with me. :D While it is an easy song to sing, the chord changes are challenging, but these Berklee guys had it down by the second verse and the keyboard player played a burning solo. I got applause and later a couple came over to me and complimented my performance. Very nice day for Tom’s ego. Afterwards I told it ‘good for you, now back in the box.’
It was a challenging day for UC since our regular bass player, one lead singer and the other horn player could not make it to this party. I tried to hold down the role of the sole horn and part time bass, and Pete and David the guitar players and Tom the drummer all played with their usual poise. And of course Meredith was great as usual singing lead.
In short it was a good day.
I just finished a new song, “Love I Want To Sing You,” inspired by Shye Ben Tzur’s performance at the Outside The Box festival in Boston.
At Eye On Life last week we published two poems by Donal Mahoney. Next week we have a returning contributing poet and a new contributor, so stop by often, or stop by here because I’ll always let you know what’s new at EOL.
I’m also working on a Door Hardware Genius article about automatic door openers that I expect to have up this week sometime, if I’m lucky.
I told a friend just yesterday that I love interesting juxtapositions. I love them because they are a strong basis for choice, irony, humor and reflection. This week at Eye On Life’s Poetry Locksmith we feature two works that comprise such a juxtaposition. Please stop by and enjoy.
My life often features interesting juxtapositions. I am an interesting juxtaposition – well, at least to myself ;) As a Hardware Genius I guide people in hardware selection and repair all day and as a poet and musician I, well, create poetry and music. This past week I wrote an article about ways to hold doors open (along with a taste of the philosophical aspects of that), played music with Unclaimed Freight (some jazz this time, very nice) and finished off writing a piece of my own. While putting up this new piece on SoundCloud I rediscovered a piece I had written sometime before called “No I Don’t Miss You” and sent a link off to the rest of Unclaimed Freight. There is some interest in performing it – a prospect I enjoy very much.
I am enjoying my juxtapositions.