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Impressions of Ely
originally posted as Albuquerque Positive Thinking on Duke City Fix
republished in a slightly edited version in The Ely Winter Times, 2008-2009

Over my left shoulder, a wolf howls. The sled dogs respond from over my right. It’s probably getting close to 6AM, and I’ve been wrestling with that eternal debate of cold camping: do I get up to pee right now, or can I make it another hour? The bladder wins, and I squeak across the hard snow in my boot liners. I’m squatting, exposing my delicate bits to the cold, when the wolf/dog call & return starts again. Dawn is flirting with the eastern horizon, and the stars are retreating by the dozens. I warm my fingers on my belly to make the sleeping bag zipper easier to work, and snuggle back down to watch the sun slowly illuminate the tiny forest of ice crystals that have accumulated around the opening of my bag, springing up overnight with my every exhale. Read more…

Back To the Campfire: Relaxing With My Morning Jacket
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 8, Jan/Feb 2006

Patrick Hallahan is riding out a cold Kentucky afternoon in his “fuzzy pants.” So christened by his brother’s girlfriend, the old pajama bottoms say a lot about his approach to My Morning Jacket’s impending stardom. For a band that’s creating buzz from Bonnaroo to Hollywood—having rocked both that flagship of summer festivals and Cameron Crowe’s last picture, Elizabethtown—the Jackets are emphatically anti-celebrity. Read more…

Esthero: Goddess Worship Starts Here
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 7, Nov/Dec 2005

From the cover of her latest CD, Wikkid Lil’ Grrrls, Esthero’s pink-lip-glossed seduction reaches right for your erogenous zones—and you almost feel guilty about it. Almost. I mean, this is obviously going to be far too easy. Those coppery curls, that come-hither glance… you think you’ve got this chick all figured out. Better watch out. She’s not as sweet as she looks. Read more…

No More Grokin’ In the Free World
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 6, Sept/Oct 2005

Geeks and hipsters alike held their breath when the Supreme Court decision in the MGM v. Grokster case came down in late June. The Titans of Technology and Big Media had clashed yet again, but, for such a landmark case, the results were maddeningly middle-of-the-road. Read more…

Afterglow At The Crossroads: Sarah McLachlan
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 5, July/Aug 2005

Sarah McLachlan writes from the crossroads of the universal and the personal, the general and the particular. Her songs spin off into both directions, but her fans always find a place to get on board. But in such accessible terrain, spotting landmarks can be a tricky business. The lay of the land can be deceiving. Read more…

Profile: South Austin Jug Band
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 3, Mar/Apr 2005

What do you do if your band is lucky enough to snag a flat-picking guitar champion? You let him play fiddle, of course. Then your prize-winning fiddle player picks up a mandolin, and joins your bass-playing drummer, your electric blues guitarist (who’s playing acoustic), and your singer/songwriter who didn’t pick up a guitar until he was older than your star fiddler is now. Whew! But wait–these boys can play. Read more…

Profile: Cake
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 2, Jan/Feb 2005

Choose your words carefully when cutting into this Cake. Since its inception in 1992, Cake has provided something of an ongoing vocabulary lesson for rock journalists. Defined as much by frontman John McCrea’s precise lyrics as by the many imprecise attempts to categorize their sound, this California quartet challenges its audience with each new release. It’s complex music evoking complex reactions. Read more…

Crested Butte Center For The Arts
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 2, Jan/Feb 2005

What makes a show so irresistible that you’ll pack the car, call in to work, and drive hours and states away to see it? Is it the great artist, the intimate venue, the hip town? Well, fill up your gas tanks, because one little Colorado town is expecting to see you soon. Read more…

Profile: Fan Man Productions
originally appeared in Hyperactive Music Magazine, Number 1, Nov/Dec 2004

Jamie Lenfestey is not cool. While life as a Santa Fe concert promoter regularly brings him into contact with the likes of David Byrne, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle, it’s all strictly business. “I got over very quickly any notion of being cool from it, ” he said of his brushes with fame. But he clearly loves his work: “It’s satisfying bringing music that wouldn’t otherwise be here,” he explains. Read more…

Kinesio Taping and Massage
originally appeared in Massage Message, bimonthly magazine of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association
reprinted in Best of Massage Message 2009

A quick trip through your local gift shop will tell you that people want to take the benefits of massage with them. Wooden rollers and vibrating gadgets, herbal salves and oils, and beaded seat covers abound, all designed to extend the benefit of bodywork to the home, office, car, or plane. In your practice, you doubtless see clients who could benefit from any technique to extend the effects of massage over time and distance… Wouldn’t it be nice to send them home with something extra, something that would continue the healing process begun on your table? Read more…

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