Tag Archive: music

Dragged out

I haven’t been writing much, I know. My job — and the 34 miles a day round trip I take to get there — is wearing me out. I wish I could afford to cut back to 4 days. I even missed a deadline for Peppermint and Sage ezine.

In the meantime, a person who loves me has been going through hell and I’m virtually the only one willing to even listen. I’ve been sending her every drop of extra energy I have. Gee, maybe that’s part of the problem.

In the next few weeks, I have a Gathering to go to (which I might skip of day-trip), a Pagan Prison Ministry workshop in Georgia, and then have to get ready for Confluence in Pittsburgh at the end of July. I need to get more time practicing. I actually have a friend who keep calling and wanting me to play for her via Skype, knowing that I need the practice, but I just don’t have the energy.

Still no idea when I’ll be able to get my CD to become a physical reality, but it is still for sale as a download (with extras) at http://mordewis.bandcamp.com .

Guess that’s it for now.

Hugs,
Me

Quiet Here

I’ve been quiet lately. I’ve had a few visitors, a lot of contact with family and friends, am coming up on my One Year anniversary at work, and am just being as organic in living as I can manage.

I fixed a computer for a co-worker, and have spent several hours upgrading my own computer’s operating system; it was Ubuntu Karmic Koala when I got it, it is now Trusty Tahr (WHAT IS A TAHR???), that’s up upgrade through 9 versions.

I’m working on performing a couple new songs.

A friend got me access to Netflix, so my computer speakers are now on my TV (no clue how to get sound from the notebook computer to the TV speakers), which means I need speakers for the desktop computer.

Still having some difficulties when something goes wrong which was not expected. Some of that is normal. Asperger’s support group came up with an outing this month, and there is no way I can afford it so no support group until next month.

Guess that’s it. I’m happy, solitary, and still moving forward.

Hugs,
Me

Moss by Blind Lemming

I was asked to send a bio for use at one of the conventions I’ve been invited to play at. I jotted down something I wasn’t happy with. I turned to people who know me, and my old friend Blind Lemming Chiffon, a Denver-area musician, wrote the following. Thanks, Lem.

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Five years before the first Moon landing, in a place few people speak of (otherwise known as California), Moss began playing songs and writing guitars. In 1981, we had a Worldcon in Denver, where Kathy Mar discovered filk, and a few months later, I went to my first MileHiCon. Ted Sturgeon was the GoH, and I remember filking in the con suite with Moss and Kathy (who had a band in which Moss was keyboardist, an odd thing in itself as he does not play keyboards). At the 1982 MileHiCon and in subsequent years, I remember filking with Moss, Kathy, Anne Prather, and many others, as we outgrew the con suite, and even had music guests a few times. Moss and I haunted open mikes from Denver to Boulder, and he introduced myself and others to the tunes of Stan Rogers. He also acquainted me with much music that has stayed with me to this day, from Klezmer to Uncle Bonsai to Rory Block. Once we were stuck in a blizzard in a VW microbus on a lonely Colorado mountain road on the way home from Colorado Mountain Con in Vail (sadly, Ted Sturgeon’s last con) and we got out to put chains on the tires. I think when you’ve helped someone put on chains in a blizzard on a desolate mountain, it gives you a right to call them “friend.” Moss is my friend.

In 1990, Moss left Colorado for Detroit, and became “the filker to be named later in the Marty Burke trade” (Tim Ryan’s phrase). It was right about then he began writing filk songs (as opposed to the more broad category, “songs”) and hanging out with folks like Tom Smith, Tim Ryan, Steve Macdonald, Dave Alway, John Philbus and . . . so many. I shared a room with Moss at my first two filk cons, OVFF in 1992 and 1993. Great times. After Detroit, he moved around like a radar blip, hither and thither, but never yon. His current residence is in Blaine, TN, just outside Knoxville.

I’ll say this much about the songs Moss writes: you need to hear them. He’s quite a talented writer, if not as prolific as I’d like him to be. Still, he’s done 3 songbooks, and his album is available on Bandcamp . I’m not sure whether his accomplishments as a writer are in spite of or because of his lifelong struggle with disability, perhaps a combination of both. He’s very open about his disability and has written extensively about it in his blog.

In recent years, I’ve encouraged him to get himself to the Raleigh NASFiC, and to GAFiLK, where I’ve watched him thrive in filk circles and make many friends in the community.

If I could trade my own singing voice for someone else’s, Moss is someone whose voice I wouldn’t mind having. Whether singing his own songs or from his extensive repertoire, he has an ability to bring the songs alive and make them his own that is something I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.

– Blind Lemming Chiffon

[Moss’ CD is available at http://mordewis.bandcamp.com, titled “All the Love”, only $10 including bonus cuts, and some day to be a real physical CD; all Moss’ song lyrics and some recordings may be found at his website, http://peacefulhippo.info]

And also losing it

I got out to Walking Fern Farm yesterday among so many people who love me, for a meeting to determine our Festivals, Moon Rituals, and Male and Female Retreats. Soon after I got there I started crying.

I’ve been so overwhelmed. I’m doing the best I can. But at my age, going from barely being able to take care of myself to having to take care of a good-sized house, a fiance, and her daughter, all by myself, has been too much for me. I have no way of fixing it… other than finding an under-the-table job which pays me to do nothing, and I don’t think anyone’s out there. I’ve tried selling my music and some meditation necklaces, and nobody is buying. My honey is selling jewelry, and has no market. We’re not begging (most of the time) but nothing is happening to keep us from needing to beg.

I got a lot of sympathy and a lot of advice, most of which I can’t use but it was welcome hearing people trying to help.

I came home and crashed. Slept until 6:30. And was still tired at bedtime.

Some of the fatigue could be from the new blood pressure medication, but I’m not feeling that. It’s the stress that just doesn’t go away, and not all of it is financial.

If you can help, my music can be purchased at http://mordewis.bandcamp.com and the meditation necklaces and other things at http://serpentscoils.ecrater.com .

Not Begging

I need about $1000 to fix the van, hurt in the traffic accident already reported. Instead of asking people to give me money, I’m asking people to buy my downloadable CD. The cost is $10 for 18 songs… if get 100 sales, that means more people have access to my music, and I can fix the van.

http://mordewis.bandcamp.com
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Featured

I got an email about an hour ago saying that I was now a “featured artist” at The Rhythmic Lounge . I’ve uploaded 7 or 8 songs, including a Utah Phillips song, one by John Austin Martin, Phil Ochs, Kathy Mar, and three of my own (including two with original tunes). Feel free to check them out and let me know what you think. The more fans I have, the more I can get.

Hugs,
Me