It’s a bit gloomy here. The rest of the town appears to be missing.
Currently basking in the good news that my COVID-19 test came back negative. The creeping crud I’ve had that prompted the test seems to be relenting a bit as well.
This new release from The Kronos Quartet is filling in the afternoon nicely.
I awoke this morning at 4 a.m. in my new apartment in Lawrence, KS. I guess it’s official now. Or is it official when everything I own isn’t randomly spread about on the floor?
Looking forward to great new experiences in #LFK.
This morning it’s Jon Batiste.
I’m letting the Classic Quintet handle my morning. The “apostrophe” albums.
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones.
Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’, and Steamin’. (Walkin‘ is a bit of something else.)
Enjoying this excellent album…
… while I look forward to the arrival of this one.
Challenging and rewarding. Listening to David Bond, Dewey Redman & Modular Dynamics.
In addition to listening to late-period Count Basie today, I got hold of another favorite from my vinyl collection. Sophisticated Giant was Dexter Gordon‘s first American studio album after fourteen years as an expat in Europe.
Listening to Woody Shaw – Blackstone Legacy. This won’t be for everybody but it sounds just like my brain right now. It sounds like strife.
Listening to the audio-book version of Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk. Confirming and infuriating.
An installment of my Library of America subscription arrived today. Melville. I should be able to rip through this in no-time.
What a listening spread today. There was more but these are the highlights.
Fine playing. Jeff Hamilton is one of my favorites. Going to be a good morning.
Enjoying another amazing food share from my friend Will Leathem. The man can cook it up!
I just had a wonderful phone conversation with a friend from back in my New Jersey youth. Someone I haven’t seen since I was about 14-15 years old. It was the easiest thing in the world. Friends online now friends again in the direct sense. Reach out.
Well, it’s 5:06 PM here in Kansas City and I just completed my morning workout session. 93º Not skippy.
Subdivision off my walking route. You can paint your house any color you want as long as it’s…
AM walk. I should know what kind of flowers these are but I don’t.
Yesterday these were covered with beautiful blue flowers and I failed to get a picture. Today, they look more like…me.
They may be sorry they had me over as there wasn’t much food left by the time I got through eating. Left with cookies and homemade apple pie under my arm.
I have such generous friends.
I just completed my slowest 20 min. on the rowing machine in as long as I can remember. So sore. I guess the key word is ‘completed.’
2 x 5K walks, 2 x 20 min on the C2, 100 pushups (cheats), 100 curls.
A very pleasing listen to pre-fame Chuck Mangione this evening. More straight-ahead blowing than what came later. Gerry Niewood’s wonderful soprano sax playing.
I ventured out to walk this morning in what I discovered to be the last hospitable portion of the day. I could feel the humidity, but there was still a decent breeze blowing up the road from the river. About the time I turned around to come back the breeze stopped.
My focus shifted to hoping the light and the heat would leave some of the good parts of my body and soul as it sheared away everything non-essential. No longer a hospitable morning.
Home from an evening walk. 83º so a bit of relief from the day’s heat. I’ve been enjoying walking without earbuds, especially later in the evening when it’s quieter.
Tonight was a little noisier as some folks are beginning to set off their fireworks already.
Now home to choose which of the several books I’ve got going I’ll read until I get sleepy. I’ve got Asimov, Stegner, Updike, and McPhee all well involved.
Today’s walking. Made an attempt with Marilyn around 6 pm. We made it 30 minutes and bailed. Miserable humidity. I tried again just now at 10pm. Still just awful.
Imagine a fine mist of Elmer’s Glue hanging in the air. Gonna be a long summer.
2x6K walks today. Caught the sun on the first one. Caught some funk simmering off Line Creek on the second one.
It seems the fat-tire cruiser bikes are catching on.
This morning, the news checking and 1st coffee are accompanied by a somewhat rare recording. The Hiroshi Fukumura Quintet – Morning Flight, 1973.
There is so much great jazz from Japan that I’ve missed.
2 5Ks today. One around 1 pm and another around 8 pm. I’ve been doing my walks without earbuds recently to see if the different kind of quiet allows me a better quality of thinking.
If you graduated from a Kansas City high school in 2020.
Start out the walk with a decent breeze, rain clouds overhead. Big drops begin to fall and I worry about getting drenched.
Storm clouds move off. Wind drops. Heavy wet air. Soaked in sweat instead.
Moving slowly due to intermittent fasting. Ketosis coming on. Can’t get my legs to swing forward with any pop.
Keith Jarrett Trio keeps me going.
Whew! A sweaty walk tonight. Humidity caught me off guard but now that I think about it, I was listening to some hardcore NOLA funk à la Stanton Moore, so I guess it was appropriate.
A C2 row and a walk. Another C2 row and a walk coming up. Listening to Stanton Moore bring that funky New Orleans drumming.
I spoke with my former band director Jim Swiggart from Hutchinson, KS on the phone today. What a pleasure! He’s 80 years old and still consulting for high school band programs around his state of Arkansas!
Two rows, two walks, some good reading, Steinbeck, McPhee, and Waugh all got some of my attention today. Stevie Wonder, Semisonic, Matthew Sweet some of the listening.
I started intermittent fasting today. Late day meal only. We shall see.
Second 5K walk in for the day. Somebody I follow on line posted a Ray Wylie Hubbard YouTube link today and now I’m all in.