Monday, September 28, 2015

Can't Live Without You

I came late to the fraternity of humans who can't live without animals.  A few years ago a stray cat staked out our back yard for himself, so technically I was rushed. There's more. Earlier that year two people died and left a crater I couldn't stop staring into--so death came late to me too. After that I was ashamed I ever had the nerve to write about death, and although in the re-reading my writing sounds authentic, I know what I was thinking and, believe me, I had no idea what I was talking about. So then, this cat. Those who have had animals save your sanity, I don't have to tell you. Part of the appeal of animals is they don't talk.  Their physical presence is the magic potion. So, when Jim McGarrah's manuscript came in over the electronic transom and I started it one cold snowy night, planning to read a chapter and go to bed, but then couldn't put it down, I knew I was reading the real thing.  It's the story of a warrior coming home and not having the words to breach the chasm between people who have stared into that particular crater--combat--and those who have not. And then his father buys this horse.  And Jim decides to train the horse.  And the rest is a funny, sad, riotous bout of first rate storytelling.  And the best part?  It's all true.       

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Catch Him if You Can

The latest dispatch from "Songs of Ourselves" contributor, Jonah Matranga.  He's on the road again.

JonahSaysHi Sep 2015

Hellos and Homes
I've just finished booking a fun run around Germany/France/NL (and my first show in Belgium in way too long), Sep 23-Oct 9. The thing I love most about this particular list of shows is that they're almost exclusively in homes or non-traditional settings (record stores, museums, all sorts). As I've gone on through the last coupla decades, I've learned that this is as good as making music for a living gets, for me at least. It's so simple: A nice, small space filled with enough people chipping in what they can to keep me fed and fueled and on the weird, wonderful way that is my 'career'. #HappyLivinSmall

Anyone that wants info on any of the shows, I'll post as much as I can publicly, and in cases where the hosts want to keep their personal info off of the internets as much as possible, just write to me and I'll send you all the info you'll need to be at the show nearest to you. Please spread the word.

And if you want to make a show/tour happen near you, let's do it. Speaking of which, I'll be around the UK one more time this year, in late Nov - early Dec. Anyone with ideas/offers, let's make more fun stuff happen. For whatever reason, it's proven harder for me to make this stuff happen sustainably in the States, so let's change that, my fellow Americans :)

Sacto sweeties, see you soon for TBD Fest! Proud to be part of it.

Thanks, always.

I love ideas. Do you want to too?



Sat Sep 19 - Sacramento, CA - TBD Fest - My set at 1:30pm-ish
Wed Sep 23 - Paris-ish ideas? Lemme know :)
Thu Sep 24 - Paris-ish ideas? Lemme know :)
Fri Sep 25 - Morthomiers (FR) - Festival L'Automne de Morthomiers
Sat Sep 26 - Lille (FR) - House Show
Sun Sep 27 - Utrecht (NL) - House Show
Mon Sep 28 - Tilburg (NL) - House Show
Tue Sep 29 - Dordrecht (NL) - House Show
Wed Sep 30 - Oegstgeest-ish (NL) - House Show


Thu Oct 1 - Brussels-ish (BE) - House Show
Fri-Sat Oct 2-3 - Rouen (FR)
Sun Oct 4 - Koblenz (DE) - House Show
Mon Oct 5 - Berlin (DE) - Ramones Museum
Tue Oct 6 - Berlin-ish ideas? Lemme know :)
Wed Oct 7 - Stuttgart (DE) - House Show
Thu Oct 8 - Montabaur (DE) - House Show
Fri Oct 9 - Duren (DE) - Record Store Show

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Love in the Time of War

 Blue Heron Book Works is thrilled to have Laura Libricz join us with her spell-binding trilogy of love in the time of war--my absolutely favorite kind of tale.   Here's the story:  In 17th-century Germany on the brink of the Thirty Years War, 24-year-old Katarina is traded to the patrician Sebald Tucher by her fiancĂ© Willi Prutt in order to pay his debts. Forced to move into the Tucher country estate, Katarina is met by a crazed archer, Hans-Wolfgang, carrying a baby under his cloak. He tells her a fabulous story of how his beloved was executed by a Jesuit priest for witchcraft right after the birth and makes Katarina swear on her life to protect the child.

I mean, right?

Here's more about the wonderful writer, Laura Libricz:

Laura Libricz is a writer, a mother, a guitar factory worker.  And she loves to write.  Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she moved to Upstate New York when she was 22.  After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college.  She tried to "do the right thing" and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.  Most of her writing from that time landed in the fire.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to GErmany, where she resides today.  Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, the first book fo the Heaven's Ponds Trilogy, is scheduled to be released in 2015.  The second and third books in the series are scheduled to be released in 2016.