Covid-19: Week 10 – The Re-opening?

It might be a long time coming … Most of the US will have re-opening starting this week. While I sure want the economy to come back, I don’t expect much and don’t think anything will happen quickly. Georgia and Florida got caught downplaying their Covid-19 cases to appease Donald Trump Nice rearranged statistics. Look at the dates … I saw a report where…

Inspiration in Tough Times

Waiting for a post Covid-19 world It’s only been two months since our life and world has been changed “forever”. While it has been driving some people insane (thugs breaking a Target workers arm after being told to wear a mask), I’m finding great solace in “sheltering in place”. There are many renditions of a theme that I subscribe to that I never would…

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange – The Songs I’d Love to be able to Write . . .  I’ve been having so much fun playing and writing music – and I’m really digging the NPR “Tiny Desk Concerts” – man, every damned one of them seems pretty superb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2QjEgOtCAA Mandolin Orange is a new favorite – but watch out – there are so many superb bands I’ve…

Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass

The Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass Music is turning out to be my next Ham Radio. This instrument will complete my “Tiny Desk Studio”. I have never had any inkling to play bass, but then I started hearing that all of the guitar / bass manufacturers had smaller basses that were originally meant for students to learn, turned out to be very popular with…

Covid-19: Week 9 in Lock Down

Birch Trees in Bend – After The Snowstorm – R. Holoch Its been long enough for this “New Norm” to feel like a new chapter. Big changes happened at work last week, but I still have a job, and I am more excited about work than ever. I have a new project that should kick off soon – and its something I’ve been trying…

Plague Doctor

Plague Doctor I had some old assemblage “knick knacks” laying around, so I decided to put something timely together. The Plague Doctor isn’t a Doctor – he has a Master’s in Science! Its been interesting reading about the Bubonic Plague in Europe and the 1918 Pandemic – but the Plague Doctor really caught my attention. The Plague Doctor did provide data on who was…

The Pandemic Waltz

The KY6R Studio Big fun in the KY6R Ham Shack and Music Studio. In fact, its perfect for both pass times. Today I worked on a waltz. I wanted it to be a bit “dirgie”, but not too dark. I think the speed makes it dirgier than if I played it faster – this is where the tempo has a big affect on a…

Song Writing

A Fantastic Song Writing Book In the 80’s I met my band mate and singer / song writer and fabulous guitarist Jeff at Blue Bear School of Music at Fort Mason in San Francisco. We were both living there at the time and our band played many SF Dive Bars. Our song Writing teacher was Bonnie Hayes, and like Pat Pattison, she teaches at…

A Few Rays of Hope

Mt. Shasta – Northern California – R. Holoch I’m speaking for myself and those close to me who have thought a lot about this Covid-19 situation and whom I have had nice chats with. The single thread has been that this Pandemic and Crisis has made us all thought “What is most important in life?”. A secondary thread of discussion has been how inspired…

Let’s Not Go Back to Before

I’ve Replaced Going to the Gym with Cycling In the 90’s and early ‘aughts I was cycling between 100 – 160 miles on average. About 5 times a year I’d add in a metric century ride, or 70-ish miles additionally in a weekend day, doing The Grizzly Peak, Top Hat, Marin Century, Holstein 100 or Healdsburg Harvest rides. This sort of go back to…