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Exciting mail from Ferny today, now in Atlanta. He has an idea for a 'spin-off' group that picks up where "Electric Gauchos" left off:
Love it! Lines up nicely with my Get Crafty Remix (with drums) idea that keeps knocking on the door to my heart up every few weeks.
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Exchanged mail with old friend, Mark Long today reminding him to make sure I'm on the Zombie Xmas party list this year.
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So there is hope, if he does some homework and builds a site that demonstrates his abilities.
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Speaking of Vancouver, heard a rumor in my inbox today that there is a chance that Derek and Whitney may end up back on the West coast of Canada. Fingers soooo crossed.
Images for the Inner Knot compilation keep rolling in - some of them are stunning, like the ones I received yesterday from our old European crafty friend, Paolo Aizza:
My sister's birthday today. And yet, why is she so impossible to reach on the phone today? Oh well - she received her small, token, gift a few weeks ago.
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I may have to resort to both and let the email piss off those who hate to read long mails, and the meeting piss off those who hate meetings.
Either way, hopefully the importance of the message will outweigh the drawbacks of the medium(s).
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Extracted from a mail that I recently wrote but never sent in considering how to deal with the fact that making decisions within a creative process automatically divides a group into two halves: those who agree and those who do not.
OF course, grapes can produce wine or whining. And sometimes sourness can also enhance flavor - if it blends with the rest of the ingredients.
Okay - shutting-up for now with lame-o analogies.
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As a guy who earns his living as a Program Manager working within an intellect-centered hive of super-geeks, I have become accustomed to studying, debating, and expressing complex arguments in long mail threads that carry a whole chain of decisions, assumptions, and unfolding group intelligence.
This is how I earn my living.
Like last week, I'm still troubled by how to best explore planning and decision making with a diverse group of non-PMs, the following analysis just popped-out as a potential study aid to determine which approach to take in discussing SC next steps with the large and diverse SC community.
In examining these kinds pros and cons, it is clear that taking either approach will alienate some faction within the larger SC community. And that is before the message itself has a chance to even begin to alienate individuals with some of the bold proposals I have brewing.
Those who hate meetings will have a difficult time and those who hate email will have a difficult time -- in general, to get anything done in the world today, both are required communication mediums.
Which do you prefer? Or perhaps a more accurate question: which one do you hate the least? Interesting how much stuff we 'hate' determines the course of how and what gets done (or not.)
Evening: SGC rehearsal with JoelP and TaylorS. Good focused work. More homework for next year. Good thing I did not spring a special recording project on this evenings work. I considered it a one point earlier in the week, and then abandoned the idea as 'too early.'
Instinct was sound, but the time is not right. Caught that signal too and averted a waste of time. Getting better at this kind of pre-reading.
But it does not change my pelota-inspired push for surprises and aspiring delivery of more than we think we can comfortably deliver.
Thai dinner out w/ J in Bellevue. More engaging discussions and belly laughs over our so-called Program Managed lives. We have much in common.
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Although I would normally go way out of my way to see both Mark and Jarod, tonight it was just too much.
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Then onto the First Primary variations on a dorian tetrachord in alternating legato and staccato phrases.
Finally, a short experiment with a 'B-Warmup' that unfolded nicely as Curt, Bill and Sandra arrived for sitting. For me, the sitting was fairly focused, but occasionally interrupted with a major cat-induced sneeze. I find my attention wanders less when I am in an allergy-free zone.
Also had a thought that arrived as I sent out feelers for the GC universe of those who know and are known. Sharing it here for what it's worth (perhaps not much):
'Sending out good wishes,' while a potentially powerful practice and connection building exercise in contact at a distance, may also be a rather superficial way of making contact compared to more direct methods.
If contact is really desired or necessary (or if sending vibes of good will is really a goal) then why not make it real by actually doing something for those who you are 'contacting' or sending good will to?
Ex. Receiving good will at a distance from Trey on any given Saturday morning may be 'helping' me in some immeasurable but important and intangible way, but his recommendation two years ago to go out and buy the "We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes" CD by Death Cab for Cutie has actually had a quantitative, qualitative and positive impact on my life.
Not meaning to stir up any trouble by these last few paragraphs.
But just gently questioning the difference between doing something that we think has value (for ourselves and others) because we've been told it has value, and something that has a tangible impact in my own experience.
Hmm... just had another thought about this: HEY - maybe Trey is NOT actually sending me good vibes on Sat mornings! But how could this be? "Trey no Crafty? Not possee-ble!"
(said in my best crappy Marco fake Italian accent.)
Hi Marco, btw.
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Then off to a day of tying up loose ends and errands.
Evening: Welcome home Travis, Chris, Curt partay at WalterH's place. Great to see the extended SC community out and about this evening. Some outrageous and fun reconnections. Especially nice to reconnect with Frankie and Debra. And an engaging conversation with PaulO and DavidLV on "Linked" and its impact on what is and what is coming.
Also interesting to introduce and observe J in this context.
Just as we were leaving, I heard Curt pull out his wicked harmonica and finally hear what all the raving is really about. Great stuff.
Not sure how this could have slipped through the cracks during SBBS recording earlier this year. Fortunately, KMFDM seems to have captured some of this energy on their latest release.
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Warm and somewhat unsettling email today from parent-like friends, Pauline and Socco who finally received a copy of the Box Set. A sort of completion. And a slight pulling on heart strings that I thought were mostly healed. No worries though.
Morning: missed my now totally "expired" (according to Wired Mag) Bikram Yoga this morning in favor of extending my denial of the sore throat I am carrying.
Afternoon, off to Seattle Rep Theatre for a mediocre but amusing rendition of Over the Moon. Even bad theatre is still a reminder of the potential power of being in the same room where art is struggling to leap off the paper and into our lives.
Early Evening: Turkey Dinner with Johnni's multi-talented friends.
Later: Death Cab for Cutie at the Showbox. A great show. And a few significant connections. Ran into ex-BTV artist relations shiva BarbaraM. Great to see her and I intend to see her again soon to catch up, among other things.
Also spoke to the person taping the DC show - she's making a documentary about the Seattle Music scene. And she knows of BTV. Will exchange some details with her when I get home. How could SGC history (and misc BTV overlaps) not somehow be part of a Seattle Music scene documentary?
I could easily add Death Cab to the list of bands for whom I would gladly drop everything for. There are not many on that list right now. Their passion, power and innocence is reminiscent of the very young U2 I saw on their 1st US tour many many years ago,
Here's a geeky, stoopid and subjective 'The Player' game:
I hope Barbara will introduce me to them sometime soon. Not sure if any of them are closet or future League or SGC or SBRS fans, but their arrangements are extremely Crafty.
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Reminds me that TravisM mentioned today some blurb he saw in Rolling Stone at Curt's house about artists who are madly releasing live shows as CDs and web downloads now. He said the list was exactly the BTV roster of artists we spoke to almost two years ago.
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