Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A belated but still not very good tribute to David Bowie


I put something up shortly after David Bowie's death in January, noting that he deserved a real post. This, unfortunately, isn't really such a post. It is however, something that I recorded a few days after the first post and figured I'd just go ahead and finally put up:

Sound and Vision solo live straight to one track mono.

Next posts should start giving more details about my intended next music release, such as it is.  But there's no doubt in my mind that nothing on that album will match anything on any of Bowie's.


Monday, May 16, 2016

The Gedankenband on Spotify


It's two posts in two days!

Hard upon yesterday's celebration of the Middle of May, I figured I might as well remind all the Gedankenfans that I've got all (I think) of my music up on Spotify for your streaming but not downloading needs.

The link to the Gedankenband page is here, though inexplicably one of the albums has snuck in under a slightly different band name here where apparently "Andy Rivkin and his Gedankenband" was treated as two artists together. 

Anyway.

I've also made a Gedankenband "Greatest Hits" playlist on Spotify, which should be open to all.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's the Middle of May


Time to get back to a bit of music here. I've been working on a new music release for some time this year (working title: Unreliable Narrator). The last few things I've put out have been EP length, with 4-5 songs, but I'm currently thinking of something longer--I haven't put out something album length in over 5 years. So, I've been slowly recording songs and collecting older efforts to see if they can be improved.

One of the songs almost certain to make this album is "Middle of May".  A version of this song was on the Local Technique EP, built on a very early take that lacked a verse written a little bit later. Since this is the middle of May (well, tomorrow is formally but we're close enough), I thought I'd post an instrumental version of the "album version" of the song.

Happy spring!
Middle of May (2016 instrumental version)
Middle of May (Local Technique version on Bandcamp)
Middle of May (2014 "lo-fi mini-concert" version) 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 NaPoWriMo Poem #30: A Last Sighting Before This Apparition Ends


A last sighting
before this apparition ends.
Upon return
perhaps a different side will show
for an
irregular wanderer
that none will ever
call a star
but perhaps some
may think
more than a dim lump.


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And with that, my participation in the 2016 National Poetry Writing Month is completed. :)  I'm pleased to have met the challenge of writing a poem a day in April for the 7th consecutive year, all of them can be found on this blog.

Friday, April 29, 2016

2016 NaPoWriMo Poem #29: I Do Not Believe


I do not believe in science.
It is not a deity
to which obeisance is owed
or in which faith is demanded,
nor a mystical force
working miracles
beyond ever understanding.

Rather,
I trust in science
the way I trust a friend
(or coworker
to be more accurate)
whose behavior makes sense
usually
and who I think has good reason
for acting as they do
even if I wonder
if sometimes
they maybe drink
a bit too much.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 NaPoWriMo Poem #27: Going Under


Cryo isn't so bad.
That's what I hear
from the vets.
"Only way to fly"
they say.
It's literally true
when going
to Alpha Cen
or even Iapetus.

But still I wonder
what will I miss
and what world
will I wake up to?