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Friday, September 24, 2010

Write Bloody

The Knife Kite Revival is amazing! If you get a chance to see it. SEE IT! This is the 3rd Tour of the insightful trio which consists of Buddy Wakefield, Anis Mojgani, and Derrick Brown founder of Write Bloody. The show also features Timmy Straw playing brilliantly behind the poets which is one of the most noticeable improvements since i saw the first tour two years ago. Straw also plays a few of her own songs from her album State Parks. (i've taken with me everywhere i go since got it) This adds another element to the Revival itself with other small comical gestures in between. Handshake Intro, Short Poems, Human vs Hot Dog Strut Offs, Road Trip Games, I hate Anis, Improve,  Light Bulbs and Red Blazers. These guys are the pioneers to this new life of poetry and Hello Bird is on board to help paddle it farther. Performing poetry for a living. If that ain't in the 10 top most dangerous jobs in the world then you probably  have only seen a spitfull of cliche poets. Complainers. Burrowers. Half Empty Pity Parachuteless Pieces of Badly Used Pencil Led. Wake Up. Don't be a dial tone. Words can do so much more for people! The Knife Kite Revival and Write Bloody are here for proof. 

Hello Bird Goal - In three years apply to Write Bloody to be my Publishing Company, which means i will be touring a minimum of 20 times per year if i get accepted. Help integrate spoken word into our current school system (Elementary, Middle, High, College)  as well as establish a curriculum which will entail Artist and Business, Benefits of Creative Process, Creative Writing, and Music Therapy.

Steps along the way include: Establishing self in High School Classroom as well as Poetry Community. I welcome this opportunity and hopefully this small Hello Bird project will burn a pathway for future artists.

Knife Kite,
Good Luck with the tour.
See you again at Western in November!

Friday, September 17, 2010


I am morphing a platform for my art. This idea scares the light out of me. It is overwhelming. Do you know the feeling being outside of something and not in it. The trick is: Change the story. Be inside of what you want to do.  I am looking into my mind into where i want to be in the future and it feels far away. Im five years old picturing myself at forty. Between the years wonderful things are happening. I tell myself keep going. Finding the right people and doing the things you want to do is not a paradox. In fact people never cease to amaze me in how much they can overcome at one time. Rise to the occasion. Spend a night on a plateau. Come down to greet someone as they approach. Talk them into cracking  a smile. If need be point them in a small direction. And after an exchange of how far we've come along as being human being watch them walk away waving a hand.

When they are well on their way and out of sight paint a picture or draw a map.

Leaning: Automatic Payment Plan to pay for Cost of Living while saving for Hello Bird
Practice: CAGED Music Theory - Fretboard Logic Workbook
Writing: Black hard bound Journal full of list, ideas, songs. (Vol 2. for bookshelf) Journal Supplier Dakota Arts
Paint: Trees, while listening do different tempos Alexie Murdoch, White Stripes
Reading: Slow Money, intention answering the question, where and what do i want to spend on? And How can we build a better community?
Filling out: ShipIt Workbook By Seth Godin
Future Plan: Website hosting Book and Artwork with Hello Bird Blog
Performance: last on the timeline - Music/Poem + Curriculum, Audience Unknown

Monday, September 13, 2010

Trees Session Numero Uno

Inside five trees live four Mountain Goats
Inside four Goats live Three Hearts
How many Wild horses does it take to resurrect a genius? Two. It takes two lovers to make the right kind of love. What if in an old story apples could be eaten one by one or two by two. Carry them circus juggler style in between each finger. Throw them high and ovaltine to into the air so that more can be carried at one time. Toss one to you sister. four to your brothers. six to your parents. Keep some in the antlers. Balance a few on the banister lookout. I can feed you from inside of a whale. Swallow the salt water reverse osmosis spit out the great lakes. One, two, three, four, five fingers on a branch can hold two leaves an entire winter just fine. When the snow comes to slow us down and the sun stokes his wood stove. In longhand Curly Q lettering write a slow and bright poem to match the season of changing colors.

Tree Pantings

Acrylic and Fabric Paint
Above Right: 20x16
Below Right: 18x14

Titled Saturday and Sunday
You choose which is which :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Xtreme Bean

Dear Xtreme Bean,

We made it little guy. Can't believe your almost walking and using your words like "Extra Hot Carmel Toasted Marshmallow Latte" or "Blended Mocha with Chocolate on the cup." Remember that time the kids had an open mic for the food bank and the place was so packed you couldn't move. Or that time those two farmers came to meet for coffee. They each drove a big tractor and parked side by side and took up half the parking lot. Man, do we got the best customers! Its fun to serve our community because we are all looking for similar things: a good place to raise our families with a good school, Friendly people around us, Hard workers that care about what they do, A City with movement that is close but not too big and overwhelming. A sense of safety. I don't think that's being too picky do you?...  And look what we're surrounded by Ocean, Mountains, Glaciers, Rivers,  Moss, Trees, Rain. Yep we even love the rain. It makes a good hot cup of coffee that much more enjoyable. We know what we got around here and we are happy because we are thankful for it. We appreciate you for giving us a place to grow, share, and learn. I am excited to spend another adventurous year with you Mr. bean.  


Friday, September 10, 2010

Side Project

Do you have a side project?

I saw a home documentary once about improvisational music. Loud, sporadic, awful, out-there kind of sound. That was the sound. The musicians - an old man, his family, and a few close friends. Simply Beautiful. At a live show i could imagine people being on one side of the rope or the other. You were either listening to them and asking yourself what in the world are they doing? Or your watching them and telling yourself that you want to do something with the people you love Right Now! and you don't care what it is.

My favorite part about Rockumentaries have to be the behind scenes interviews. Not the bullet point press interviews where they guy kind of brushes you off with some weak small talkie type responses. The ones i like there is guy sitting in a lawn chair, telling you a story about the time him and his friends stole their grandmothers truck so they could carry the amps. 15miles in next to a field  they run out of gas. She's the only person they know; they call her up. "Grandma can you please find someone to come get us? and uhhh... we kinda got your truck"  Grandma rescues her grandson plus the band and decides shes up and out of bed she might as well come to the show! There's nothing like playing for your family. Someone will tell a story about how they prepare or what its like to spend three weeks in a car making up small games. Games about town signs. The way to eat food with only your left hand. And of course all the interestingly speaking/dressed people who are constantly moving in and out of sight... Then he gets up out of the lawn chair and takes you to a wall of cd's and goes right to a particular one. He opens it up. Puts on something you wouldn't expect. Don Mclain, Son House, Link Wray, Woody Guthrie. What he's hearing is more than any sound, more than music, his heart is in total agreement. The song takes him and all along the way his mind quietly studies. He is time traveling. Suddenly he snaps out of it, nods his head "yup thats it right there."

The interview i saw on the improvisational doc was guy who wanted to play as much as he could. He worked at a restaurant as a cook. It could of been a laundry mat or a convenience store didn't make a difference as long as it was a job that didn't require him to do anything extraordinary.  But in fact how he approached it was the extraordinary part. He showed up to pay his bills so he could play music. Work+Bills=more music. He was finical set to do what he wanted to do. And his bosses loved him. He didn't complain, came to work on time, made some delicious food and made the playlist in the kitchen. Went home picked up the guitar, end of story. His side project which, was initially music became his work, and the restaurant became more like a side project. A co-pilot.  So i ask you again. Do you have a side project?

My side project timeline:

work: landscaping/ print shop -> side project: autobiography through poetry and short stories
work: landscaping/print shop -> Side Project: Performing/Distributing/Marketing my first book
work: landscaping/print shop -> side project: Xtreme Bean Espresso
work: Xtreme Bean Espresso -> side project: Music CD/ Painting/ Hello Bird

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Club: Slow Money

inquiries into the nature of Slow Money - investing as if food, farms, and fertility mattered. 

We are not far enough along to give a insightful book report but it doesn't mean i haven't had about a dozen chats on the subject which could stretch all the way to Port Townsend and back. By "we" i mean me and two of my favorite people in Bellingham have started an informal book club. Meaning it may only last one month until the school season starts. The goal phrases for the club were: lets read something that involves economics because your an economic major. And it should be about business because that's what you've been reading and you own a business. Im inviting isabel :) do it! How bout something with a positive spin or a slant on making a difference. Hey have you noticed how every lawn in bellingham is turning into a garden? Yeah thats what I'm talking about going back to the old ways. - No, its not old. we are...  progressing. Into something new. 

This was sent to me last night i'd like to pass it on:  Grist a beacon in the smog

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rhode Trip Road Island

Photo: Washington USA

I like this world because out of curiosity it is very likely that we may never know where we might end up. Or what part of ourselves we must face in order to get there.  Our shear movement and adjustments force those close to us to help in ways in which can only be done by them facing themselves. Like finding the right words to say when your trying to make a fleeing moment last forever. Or a phone call of support from five to seven states away depending on direction.
Today my brother arrived in Rhode Island for his new school. That makes two of us in Washington, three in Wisconsin and one in Rhode Island. Brothers and sister that is; including me. Some families never get a chance to live under one roof. But they spread like wild fire and can become torch carriers. I love anything unconventional that still works. Its not that it works better but i'd say we get different things out of our structure. We start to say things like this:  "Hey guys is it true that if you move away and not run away. And your family stays where you moved from. And you visit on one or two occasions or a summer even every year until your twenty something or thirty something or eighty something. That you can simultaneously grow and grow up in two ridiculously awesome places at once with out anybody noticing you are gone? :)"  I did not make that shit up. So with that being said - Good Luck Sage!

Gift Idea: Blanket

If you truly want to thank someone, wish them well, let them know that your always with them. Give them a blanket. A gift that means warmth and shelter. What two better things are out there for a traveler, friend, or loved one.

At the seed...

And so it is
Just like you said it would be