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Tue Jan 06, 2015 at 09:17 AM PST

Danny Schmidt gets me again

by Bisbonian

My favorite modern day singer/songwriter has never shied away from telling it like he sees it.  I love his voice, I love his music, and his heart.  And I really love the way he expresses his views on what is right and wrong.  Years ago, songs on Columbine and 9/11 really went straight to my core. He's about to release a new album...I just listened to a demo acoustic version.  And again, one song really stood out to me.  Straight from the heart, no holding back.

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Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:12 AM PDT

Old Joe Clark, by Rooster Rick

by Bisbonian

I play Old Time banjo.  Much has been written, by some of the best in the field, to explain what that is, exactly.  I won't try ...suffice it to say that it is music that's been around a while, and it gets you to move your feet.

Like many genres, Old Time has it's standards, it's "chestnuts" that you must learn to play to have any credibility as a player, but then you must not play, especially at a jam, because everybody is tired of it.  Old Joe Clark is one of the best examples of such a song.  

In the 1970s, John Hartford, one of the best banjo players, and entertainers, to come along in a while, decided that Bluegrass (child of Old Time music) was getting a bit stodgy, and he started modernizing it, and taking it in a new direction.  His version of Old Joe Clark turned the character into something like the hero of Monty Python's "Life of Brian".  And...poof!

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Today was my grandmother's 100th Birthday.  She wanted to have a party on the beach, so we met there with her this afternoon, for an absolutely gorgeous day on the Silver Strand, near San Diego Bay.  Perfect temperatures, sunny day, pleasant little breeze, and an amazing backdrop of crystal blue water on one side, and towering thunderstorms over the mountains on the other.

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Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 06:20 PM PDT

The Place Where It Rains

by Bisbonian

The Place Where it Rains
As a kid, I grew up in and around San Diego, but it seems the most formative experiences were all in the mountains in the eastern part of the county.  The day after I graduated from High School, my parents moved to Colorado, and I have not lived in San Diego County since.  I do get back fairly often, but only for a day or two at a time...I finally got to spend a week there, recently, and reconnect with some places that were very important to me.  More below the tangle of Dodder Plant.
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Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:30 AM PDT

Cochise County Kossacks meeting

by Bisbonian

Last night, AZ Sphinx Moth and I hosted an Old Time music jam at our house.  We have a good view of the fireworks from our front yard, as well as a really nice porch, and a good livivng room for a jam, in case of weather.  

Sphinx Moth made the goodies...a Greek yogurt, cucumber dip made from the first cucmber from her world famous strawbale garden, with garlic and dill that she grew, to finish it off. She and our grand-daughter made festive chocolate cupcakes, with strawberry, blueberry, and white icing stars for topping.  Various liquid refreshments, chips, etc. rounded out the spread.

One of the really fun things about the meeting was that we officially met Itsadryheat, by accident.  He was one of the guests, and we had met before, but it wasn't until he saw the garden, and recognized AZ Sphinx Moths work, that he put two and two together, and figured out who we were.  I had been to his house, but in another jam situation, and even though I knew where Itsadryheat lived, I never made the connection.

So we had music in the living room, and then moved to the front porch, and then watched the fireworks, and then stuffed ourselves with some really good food.  One of these days, we'll have to try it again and get Paul Ferguson to join us...I think that might be a quorum.

Hope everyone else had a festive fourth!

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Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:29 AM PDT

Theme Song for a New Vision

by Bisbonian

Yesterday, OPOL posted a diary calling for a fundamental change in our society, and our way of thinking.  I would like to propose a theme song.  It is from an Old Time/Bluegrass band called Old Crow Medicine Show, but like OPOL, commonly known by an acronym, OCMS.

http://youtu.be/...

That's all I've got...short and (I hope) sweet.  Gotta go adjust the valves on my bus now, while it is still cool.

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Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM PDT

Bisbee Arizona, a photo diary.

by Bisbonian

Bisbee has been in the news a bit lately, from the City Council approving Civil Unions for any couple, regardless of gender, to the Attorney General of Arizona vowing to hold back the tide on marriage equality.  In all the excitement, I've been trying to keep up with telling people what Bisbee is like, and why any semi-sane person would want to live here.  Commonmass suggested that I do a photo diary, and I agreed...that was a good idea.  So here is Bisbee, in all it's glory, and some of the rest, below the coppery cloud of dust.
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Crowded City Council Meeting, Bisbee AZ
Crowded meeting hall at the City Council
Bisbee Arizona has long been an oddment in this deeply red, often backward thinking state.  Last night, our City Council really went out on a limb, bucked the trend in Arizona, and approved a measure extending recognition and whatever benefits the City has to confer on couples in same sex Civil Unions.  It opened up a can of worms, and I suspect the storm is just beginning...and we've now got a front row seat.  Follow me below the approaching firestorm for the details, and some background.
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Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:08 AM PDT

Cupeños Denied Homeland, again.

by Bisbonian

Last August, I wrote a diary about the Cupeño band, how they had been removed from their land in 1903, and how they had a chance to actually buy it back. They had been saving their share of money from a joint venture casino with another tribe, for the sole purpose of eventually buying back their homeland. I was anxious, and somewhat hopeful that they would be successful.  They were not.

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Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:51 AM PST

America's Most Unoriginal Sheriff

by Bisbonian

I came home last night, after four days on the road, to find that our newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County has recently joined the bandwagon of at least 242 County Sheriffs vowing to refuse to enforce any unconstitutional new gun laws.  To reassure us of his commitment to protecting our rights, he wrote a guest editorial for the local newspaper. More details below the emblem of convoluted logic.

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Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:29 AM PST

Another Shooting Tragedy

by Bisbonian

Just the story of yet another shooting tragedy.  Two boys, playing in the house, find a gun, one of them dies.  'Just the facts, Ma'am.'  Follow me below the powder flash.

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Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:57 PM PST

Biplane Cross Country

by Bisbonian

I have been reading a lot of diaries about airplanes here on DK lately.  Talk of experimental aircraft, warbirds, KC-135s, and especially biplanes really gets the juices flowing, and I feel the need to do one of my own.  I don't know what it has to do with politics, but other people seem to be enjoying them, too, so follow me (if you dare) through the orange cumulus cloud for an aerial tale of adventure and discovery.
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