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I'm a pretty enthused musician, have gone through many stylistic phases and these days I'm focusing on Appalachian and 'new acoustic' fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, as well as singing. I also have ideas about starting a Afrobeat band, or an indie folk project, or some avante garde outfit like the Tin Hat trio and John Zorn. I'm trying to make it my full time occupation.
First off, if you're interested, I have a plan to record a sort of land-based ambient old-time fiddle album with ballad singing and poetry and sweet artwork and liner notes and everything. I think it'll be lots of fun.
Otherwise, I'm just trying to be a healthy balanced post-industrial post-modern North American semi-domesticated human. like we all are, right?
Toward those ends, I like to consider myself idealist and philosopher in some non-pretentious/judgemental kind of way. I'm always trying to work out the problems of the world in my head. I'm thinking it comes down to taking more responsibility for your life, and your choices, that and love and compassion and other warm fuzzy things.
I really enjoy learning about nutrition and health, and I'm into eating super good organic local free-range lacto-fermented grass fed awesomeness. I run, bike, try to stay on my yoga, etc.
I read books. I read internet blogs and things like the New Yorker and Orion. I like to discuss these things.
I've been an activist working on anti-mountaintop removal stuff and anti-fracking stuff and worked on several organic farms and have done quite a bit of gardening and tree planting. I'm super psyched about permaculture.
I actually like to pay attention to politics, although I'm fairly jaded about them. Sometimes I think it's valuable to try to influence the political system, but I tend to find direct action more appealing.
I try to carry with me a spirit of deep respect and appreciation for this life and everyone in it. I love the world. I get blown away by sunsets, people, mountaintops, trees, moss, the ocean, music, art.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Couches are starting to feel like home...
I've been rambling around several cities in Europe using CS and other means to find myself places to stay and people to meet. it's been pretty great.
pretty much everything.
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a lot, I'm a geek for the news and politics and opinions and history and philosophy (I can talk your head off about those things too, so be careful).
I found both the Dharma Bums and the Grapes of Wrath on my travels through Europe. I had read the former, the latter is blowing my mind, and both have, along with being abroad, rekindled an appreciation for what's truly amazing about American culture.
The craft and ancient art of poetry has become more and more of a passion, prompted initially by the land-based poets Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder and also the Beats (especially Lew Welch, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Ginsberg) Mary Oliver, ee cummings, Robert Bly and Saul Williams are also at the top of a long list of favorites.
I don't have any patience for entire movies usually, but there are several I want to see, and some others that I love.
I'm a pretty big music "connoisseur"- I several thousand things starred on Spotify...everything from avant-garde jazz to good boom-bap hip hop to old time fiddling. I'll try to get into whatever you're into though...I grew up on classic rock and country. (WV represent!)
Music I'm digging on lately: Avishai Cohen (the bass playing one), Pedro Luis Ferrer, Cesaria Evora, Sam Amidon, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Pharoah Monch, MF Doom, Alboran Trio, Trio Dolce Vita, Avi Avital, Henri Texier, the Low Anthem, Beirut, Hank Williams, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Bonobo, Bruce Molsky, Foghorn Stringband.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One's not enough:
first of all, this life of mine/ours is amazing down to the smallest details, and it's a constant challenge to keep that in focus all the time.
to be more specific, a few sunsets come to mind. times on rooftops in cities, climbing mountains in Appalachia, playing music in houses, watching spontaneous music on sidewalks, meeting amazing people on busses, finding my friends or friends of friends or brand new friends in unexpected places.
Hiked three hours into a village in the middle of a contested area of the Lacandon Jungle (see picture above) We thought we might get killed, but it turned out alright :)
Toured the whole United States with a band from top to bottom (12,000 miles!) in a malfunctioning vegetable oil pirate van. and more recently, drove from Italy to Denmark in a 1973 Land Rover 4 speed diesel that went about 45 mph tops and shot black smoke out of the back.
Woke up this morning.
Teach, Learn, Share
Music, stories, lots of stuff.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In