All things must come to an end. As the supply chain issues finally appear to be straightening themselves out, demand seems to be falling back to pre pandemic levels. I don’t know if anyone knows what the ramifications of that will be. Big companies that loaded on product have hit hard times, and the big guys continue to gobble up local retailers at a furious pace. I used to say Trek and Specialized would own the majority of stores in 10 years. Now I don’t know if it will take that long. Nothing lasts forever I guess. Whenever possible please consider buying from a local owner.
What I’m listening to:
Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro and Tent Show Troubador I discovered Papa Lemon after I started playing the ukulele. I found it fascinating because there are bits of interview mixed in between the songs. Stories about New Orleans in the early 1900s, medicine shows and living as a working musician at the height of the jazz age. The sound quality is good, and the songs are great. What a life that man must have lived. (affiliate link)
One day I stared walking. I can’t really tell you why, but it’s become a part of my routine that is equal parts exercise and meditation. It allows me to clear my head, or flesh out an idea I’ve been thinking about. Sometimes I will see, or hear something and try to turn that into a haiku as I walk. High school taught me that a haiku was 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. I guess all the rules went out the window long before that, but I enjoy the puzzle of trying to fit an idea into the 5/7/5 format. It forces my brain to come up with synonyms, or different sentence structures.
Here’s one that I wrote the other day while strolling though the soup that passes for air down here this time of year.
hail stone sized rain drops
falling neatly spaced apart
between them I’m dry
What I’m Watching:
I’ve certainly mentioned Rick Beato and his “Everything Music” channel on Youtube before. His series “What Makes This Song Great” has taken some of my favorite songs and uncovered layers I never knew were there.
He recently posted an interview with Derek Trucks. Derek is arguably one of the greatest living guitarists, and has been playing professionally since he was a pre teen. The interview touched on areas that were quite surprising to me. He also showed a man that was humble, and reverent. Famous nearly his entire life, and yet still has his head screwed on the right way. Bravo.
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