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.
5k walk in. Grey sky and humid, rain on it’s way.
I think the days of heat have arrived. There will be a few more cool nights maybe, but it’s time to shift over to warm brain.
What a wonderful day listening to Stevie Wonder on his birthday. Such a tonic for today’s troubles.
I tried my hand at writing and posting a poem. I can’t sleep, so here I am, up and getting ready to finish reading my current book. I’ll go for an early walk when it’s light enough.
Nice walk with the sun on my face. Bill Withers, James Brown for pep in the step.
Short row and a short walk to close those rings. Earth Wind & Fire in the ears. Almost raining.
It is a beautiful blue-light morning here on the northwest corner of Kansas City. Rain coming…but in a while.
Started back on the machine last night. Now finishing 1st half of today’s paddle. 20min. Listening to this wonderful album. Suzanne Vega – An Evening of New York Songs and Stories.
Currently digesting a wonderful meal dropped off by my friends Will and Leslie. Chicken, Hummus, Baba ganoush, middle eastern pepper and onion relish. How thoughtful are my friends?
My morning spent cleaning up cat hair and listening to Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Guiffre. First time I’ve heard it. Outstanding.
An exchange of text messages with someone I hold close makes for a rough night.
Today’s soundtrack, 7 hours of Miles Davis – The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel.
Enjoying Stanley Jordan’s Magic Touch this morning with my coffee. Touch/tapping style of guitar fingering.
My tortillas are getting better. Refried Pinto bean burritos tonight.
Devs is good.
60min. C2, 13,747m. With St. Vincent – Marry Me.
The first housefly of the year has made its way into my apartment. Let the hunting season begin.
Some reading time. Edward Abbey – Desert Solitaire.
60min C2, 14,014m. Listening to Pat Metheny – From This Place.
Watched the first episode of Devs. Looks intriguing.
C2 60min. 13,754m. Accompanied by “Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”; 3 Meditations from “Mass“; On the Waterfront”
Brother Dave on the phone from Palm Springs. All is well with them. He is teaching his high school music classes with Zoom.
Listening to The Amazing Bud Powell – The Scene Changes.
I assigned Marilyn the task of watching Stop Making Sense and gave her some questions to answer and report back on afterward.
- Who is the lead singer and what is he doing now? (Video is from 1984.)
- What is the bass player’s name? What other group did she play in at the time?
- Who is the African American keyboard player and why is he important in American music?
- What is the iconic visual image from this film?
5K C2 – 2:01.5 split. What do you suppose a song entitled Lincoln Reviews His Notes might sound like?
Parent-teacher conferences at Park Hill H.S. Meeting with Marilyn’s teachers. She’s doing so well. Finding her groove as a student. I’m proud.
5K C2 – 2:01.0 splits. Pat Metheny Group – First Circle.
Rowing done. 7888 meters to round off to 350,000 meters for the year Bill Evans – Conversations With Myself for music.
Listening to Larry Carlton’s guitar solo on Kid Charlemagne makes me think all those years ago Steely Dan gave me an unfair baseline for what constitutes a good solo in rock.
Got a row in on the ole C2. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic for sounds.