It’s difficult to single out a favorite memory I have of Rick Hulett. Memories spring up unexpectedly. Sometimes it is a song I hear on the radio, or I drive by a spot we played music togetherMay 14, 2014 midnight read more..
You may have noticed in the last few issues of the news I’ve been asking folks to send in Rick Hulett memories.May 7, 2014 midnight read more..
On Monday, March 31, The Hapa Hillbillies will be swinging it up in decidedly vintage Hawaiian fashion from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.March 29, 2014 midnight read more..
Mandolin player John Reischman has umpteen years of experience playing, recording and teaching bluegrass on the West Coast —and he never plays one note out of place.March 8, 2014 midnight read more..
Marilyn Thompson has been singing since she was a little girl — and now, with help from her husband and family — she has a professional Nashville-recorded CD to show for it.March 1, 2014 midnight read more..
The other night I read a ten page science fiction story from 1957. The piece was called “The War is Over,” and it was written by a guy named Algis Budrys.February 1, 2014 midnight read more..
Before diving into introducing you to folk musician Avery Hill I thought you should know that my last blog post caught the attention of a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., called the Tax Foundation — someone from that organization thought I might enjoy a blog post on “the historical realities of estate taxes on Downton Abbey and a discussion on how the real Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) has dealt with these same issues.”January 22, 2014 midnight read more..
(If you didn’t see episode 1 of the new Downton Abbey series, don’t read this yet.)January 8, 2014 midnight read more..
‘Murder in the Key of D’ promisesDecember 21, 2013 midnight read more..
When I mentioned that I spoke to Thomas Dolby the other week, friends have asked me if he is the guy who invented the Dolby™ noise reduction system found on a lot of stereo equipment. I laughed to myself, partly because it didn't occur to me, of all people, to ask him.December 4, 2013 midnight read more..
Two distinct character personalities were evident in my phone call to a couple of fools the other week.November 23, 2013 midnight read more..
It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed someone for the house concert series that happens at Paul Blackburn’s house, so please consider this my wakeup call on that. I know that over the years these shows have been a really nice way to hear music in an intimate setting.November 16, 2013 midnight read more..
Last minute technical difficulties did not seem to put a damper on the start of the second annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival at the Columbia Center for the Arts.November 13, 2013 midnight read more..
I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the topic of a major spiritual pilgrimage has made an appearance in my blog for the second time in as many weeks. Last week, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher played a piece called “Diario dun Camino,” based on composer Jeremy Gill’s personal journey along the 500-mile trail, and this week, filmmaker Lydia Smith will be at the Mt. Hood Film Festival with her award-winning documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.”November 6, 2013 midnight read more..
Whenever I listen to classical guitar music, I always think about the time I saw Andre Segovia’s guitar. It’s in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a glass case, in the musical instrument room.October 26, 2013 midnight read more..
As time moves on, 20 years doesn’t seem that long ago. When people say to me “I did this and that 20 years ago,” I’m fazed less and less in terms of mental trauma. Instead of thinking: “Oh my god, if you did that 20 years ago ... how old does that make me?” I’ve learned to just accept it and move on.September 28, 2013 midnight read more..
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