Book Review: World Within A Song

World Within a Song by Jeff Tweedy

Reading how Jeff Tweedy listens is an interesting experience. Tweedy, of Wilco and other solo projects, is a thoughtful musician and music listener, and this book collection of small essays and observations, along with some reflections of his life as a musician, allows Tweedy’s mind to roam.

I appreciated learning about some bands I didn’t know about, and about Tweedy’s obsessiveness with music — sometimes, the more obscure, the better — as a kid who always felt a little out of place in his social circles because of that obsessiveness (which paid off as a musician leading bands like Wilco, and co-leading bands like Uncle Tupelo).

What comes through in a folksy but clearly authentic writing voice here in World Within A Song is Tweedy’s deep love and appreciation for the music of other artists, and how his own listening experiences shaped his life. I appreciated the stories, the observations, and even in places where I might have disagreed with him, I found myself, as a reader, almost in conversation with him.

And any book that celebrates all kinds of music, and provides some funny anecdotes about the world of a quirky rock band, is going to be OK with me.

Peace (and Sound),
Kevin

DS106: Remix Monday (on a Wednesday) Week 5

Oy. I completely missed the fifth and final remix for my Remix-it Monday that I started a month or so ago on a whim, to see if I could remix one single piece of art from the DS106 files every week, for five weeks. I was right on track for weeks one through four. Then, Christmas happened.

So this week’s Monday Remix comes on Wednesday (’cause I forgot about it completely Tuesday).

This final remix uses the Firefly AI Art generator, and then some photo filtering, in which the character is sort of looking to the future and wondering about where art and remix are going (same, here, by the way).

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Curious about the other remixes?

Peace (and art),
Kevin

PS — here is a remix that I didn’t end up using

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A Calendar of 25 Poems: Advent Of Love

I used mentor poems from my friend, Deanna, and wrote 25 poems each day from December 2 (I wrote two that first day, to catch up, after realizing the first day had passed me by) through the 25th, and then designed this calendar of links to the mentor text poems, my poems, and the visual version (each used an AI-generated image based on the context or words of my poem).

The embedded version of my calendar is compact and might be too small to be useful, so here is the link to the published version of the calendar.

My process: I would read each poem shared by Deanna each morning, mull over the mentor text, find a line or phrase, then build a poem off that idea. Next, I would go into Firefly AI and work to get an image based on my poem, and then use Pablo to layer the text of the poem with the AI imagery. Finally, I would come to my own calendar and update the day.

Peace (and writing),
Kevin

Film Festival: Emerging Filmmakers of Western Massachusetts

Film Festival Northampton Dec2023

Last night, my eldest son – Colin — and his film-making friend, Lucas, hosted a free event at our city’s old and beautiful Academy of Music. The event — Emerging Filmmakers of Western Massachusetts — featured a series of short documentaries and movies from local people in our area. My son and his friend had two movies on the agenda — a music video and a documentary.

The theater with the big screen was packed with people, and it was a fun night but also a proud night for my wife and I as we watched our son showcase his talents and shine a light on other filmmakers, too. Plus, donations helped support the local food bank.

I was reminded, as we watched the movies, of how many short films my son and I did when he was young (and then his youngest brother, now in college, studying film, took up the baton years later — and in fact, his movie was shown in the same theater as part of kids’ film festival many years ago).

It was a lovely evening, with many old friends and families reconnecting.

Peace (and film),
Kevin

 

Gift Of Peace (Solstice 2023)

Each year, I try to do at least one or two different things with a song for the holidays that I wrote some years back with my friend, John Graiff. This year, I tried an acoustic version, with some slight musical and lyric changes, and last night, my friends Bob and Greg joined in playing and recording the song.

Here is the original version:

Peace (and light),
Kevin

Acoustic Guitar and Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree with Guitar

My neighbor, Greg, and I have been practicing my Gift of Peace for guitar and bass, and this shot of the tree, with the guitar and music stand, seemed quite lovely. I used it this morning for a Daily Create.

Peace (and Song),
Kevin

DS106: Remix Monday (Week 4)

I’m doing a five-week, every-Monday remix of a piece of art from the earlier days of DS106. (Read more about what I am up to here). This is week four. So one more week to go. It’s unusual for me to stay with something like over many weeks time. I am usually a move-quick and get-it-done-and-published, but I like taking some time here over a period of a few weeks.

For this week’s activity, I took the text from the original image (the text has become my main focus for remix) and pulled it into Lumen5, which is a video-making site. I decided against photographic images, which is usually how Lumen videos are created, and instead, I used one of its templates with designs. I think that makes more sense for what I was looking for in the words flowing from one phrasing to another.

Peace (and Remix),
Kevin