Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Farm livin' is the life for me.



For those of you who are urban dwellers. City people often imagine that life in the country is quiet. Rural America is all about small, unmuffled gasoline engines. starting at sunrise.  Some guy has been running a bucketloader, back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and so on for the last nine hours. He's supposed to be preparing the riding arena by scraping off the top few inches of loose soil and preparing the ground so that several tons of sand can be dumped on it. The arena is about 2,000 square feet. You'd think he would have hit water if not China by now. Actually, the arena looks about the same, except for the tire tracks from the bucket loader. All of this is taking place about five feet from the sheet metal walls of my home. I am grateful to report that the guy got here before sunrise and wanted to get started right away but my landlord wouldn't let him. What is wrong with people? I can't think of anything that I would want to do at five in the morning. I'm guessing that several large truckloads of sand will be dumped at my backdoor at five tomorrow morning. Then the bucketloader dude can spend nine more hours spreading the sand, back and forth and back and forth and back and forth etc.

Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful here, but I'm thinking I might want to return to the big city. I'm not making any plans or looking at any apartments. I'm just putting it out there. The last time I put something out there, I got a job. I think I'd prefer a small, quiet place of my own but I'm open to the possibility of roommates.

I notice that nobody, nobody at all, pays any attention to the songs I occasionally post. This is great stuff here. Listen up. Here's some of what I'm listening to lately.

Howsabout I try a "provocatively" titled song?

The Girls Are Naked- The Creation (Buy) 

Dock Boggs was one fuck of a punk rock guy.

Old Rub Alcohol Blues- Dock Boggs (Buy) 

Finally, this is simply the most badass white blues song ever recorded. Absolutely.

Release Me- Charlie Feathers ( This is seriously out of print. Buy it if you can find it.) 

Any chump with ears can listen to music. Have you been producin' any art lately? (Comrades Nazz and Todd, you've already posted your answer in the affirmative.) I've worked up an almost satisfactory version of "Crazy" as written by Willie Nelson and made famous by Patsy Cline. For some reason I've been enjoying playing Television Personalities songs. The down side of my amateur musical career is that I have not been making it to any Ukulele Club meetings which is a real shame. I did however receive a fan letter for this very blog from the head anarchist down at the Petalukes. She publishes an interesting blog, California Women, I'm looking forward to reading more of it. My lessons with Tippy Canoe are  on temporary hiatus as Tippy tours and I reintegrate myself in the workforce. However, thanks to the good works of the Petalukes, I will be attending a work shop by Jim D'Ville. I'm just working around to studying Jim's book on music theory and his ear training for ukulelians video.

Sometime soon I'm going to work up ukulele versions of "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole (among many) and "My Andy Warhol Poster" by The Time.

Life is pretty good.

8 comments:

Birdsong said...

I just signed into blogger to write something of my own for a change and your minutes old posting jumped out at me. I'm nobody, cause I listened to "The Girls Are Naked." It reminded me of one of my favorite paintings in the world "The Dance" or "Joie de Vivre" by Henri Matisse. I have a post card of it with some of my favorite images for positive vision.

Joie de Vivre

Jon said...

Laura, thanks for that lovely painting. I know you've been painting and writing and playing music. It all started when Madame Pamita posted something to Facebook, "Are you creating or just consuming?" I've been asking myself that question ever since. I'm a lazy, sloppy creator, but my assessment is that I'm not just a consumer.

Madame Pamita said...

I'm a troublemaker that way.

Birdsong said...

Keep making that kind of trouble, Madame. Get the rest of us off our asses!

Todd said...

Doc Boggs = Punk. yes.

nuff said...

blessings Jon,
todd

@eloh said...

I enjoyed the music.

Years ago, I lived up on a mountain... the tree frogs were deafening.

Nazz Nomad said...

keep playin that uke - and hit those meetings cum jamborees!!!!!!!
I hate silence- I need white noise - an a/c, humidifier, electric chair, vibrator, something anything to drwon out the voices in my head. and that's no joke

Steven said...

Hey, yeah, I never listen to the songs. I should though. I've never been into buying music...just listening to whatever is on the radio. Which is mostly crap. HOWEVER, I recently signed up for a "Zune Pass", which allows me to download an unlimited amount of songs from the zune marketplace. The downside is, if you quit paying them the monthly fee, all of your downloaded stuff vanishes...I"m not even sure how they do that, but what the hey.

Wow, there is some great stuff out there!

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