"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

"The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again, I heard them say
Don't dwell on what has passed away
or what has yet to be...

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Musical Musings

I just put up a new music-only webpage.I will continue to post my other writings here, but I will be updating the music-only blog with my videos, MP3's and upcoming concert dates as they come up in the calendar. Right now, I am re-posting the videos of me singing and playing the guitar that I have on You Tube at my new music blog.

Feel free to stop by and have a listen!

Click here for the link!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Traveling Dog...

luci in the Rockies
Originally uploaded by musicmuse_ca
My dog Luci is a great traveling companion. She truly loves long car rides to new places.

This shot was from our trip last summer across country to move from California to NYC. We were going up into the Rockies after staying overnight in Albuquerque New Mexico. It was a magnificent day, the weather was perfect, the road was empty and the air was clear. Luci spent the day enjoying the view, dazzling passersby with her pink doggles and sniffing the high mountain air.

I wish we could have spent more time here, and I am definitely planning to go back to Taos NM, which looks like an amazing place. We did stop high up in the Eastern side of the Rockies. Luci loved getting out and leaving her mark in yet another place as we crossed the continent. :)

I just got back from a long weekend in Vermont, and again Luci proved to be game for anything. She spent most of the trip just like this, looking out the window in her goggles and smelling the sweet smells of the Vermont evergreens.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Storm in the Desert

storm in the desert
Originally uploaded by musicmuse_ca
The weather suddenly turned ugly after our trip from the Grand Canyon across route 40 and New Mexico towards Albuquerque. The red dust was blowing hard everywhere, making visibility difficult at best.

We started down the long and lonely path to the Petrified Forest in the face of fierce red dust storms and howling winds. I took it as an omen, telling us to turn around and head back to the main road. The car was weighted down with all the things we were driving back to NYC with us from California, and to top it off, the "check engine" light came on as we headed further from the main road and into the national forest area. After my terrifying experience of almost loosing my brakes as we made our way down from 8,000 feet in Yosemite in the pitch black, I decided better safe than stranded in the deserts of New Mexico.

I decided not to push our luck.

By the time we got back to the highway, visibility was limited and the rain was pouring down in sheets. We managed to stop at the visitor's center off the main road, so we could see what we were missing, but the weather was getting even worse, so we headed into Albuquerque for the night. As we drove into town, the sky opened up and cleared. The bright New Mexico sun greeted us for the early evening, leaving the terror of the open road behind us.

When we settled in for the evening, the storm we had left behind us became even more surreal and dreamlike in my memory. But the sounds of the howling winds and the raw power of the red dust lingered and haunted our dreams.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Painted Desert

Painted Desert
Originally uploaded by musicmuse_ca
We stopped at some of the native American reservations on our way from the Grand Canyon, and got this view of the Painted Desert. It was incredibly hot, dry and beautiful. The people selling the crafts were friendly and informative, and the desert was magical.

This part of the journey back East was my favorite. The American Southwest, and the Great Basin, are special places. Magical and powerful. I hope I can get back here without a car full of my belongings someday and really explore this wild land....

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