Thursday in Santa Fe

02010-03-05 | Music | 10 comments

Here is a snippet from one of the tracks I am working on. I especially the interplay about 50 seconds into it:


Resetting the Zero Point of Civilization
tanding on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish diggers, the German-born archeologist waves a hand over his discovery here, a revolution in the story of human origins. Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn’t just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 years ago—a staggering 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge first took shape. The ruins are so early that they predate villages, pottery, domesticated animals, and even agriculture—the first embers of civilization. In fact, Schmidt thinks the temple itself, built after the end of the last Ice Age by hunter-gatherers, became that ember—the spark that launched mankind toward farming, urban life, and all that followed.
(Via Long Views)

Nujood wrote an autobiography, published in the U.S. this week, “I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.”

Op-Ed Columnist – Divorced Before Puberty –
The United States last month announced $150 million in military assistance for Yemen to fight extremists. In contrast, it costs just $50 to send a girl to public school for a year — and little girls like Nujood may prove more effective than missiles at defeating terrorists.


German Judge Grants Six Publishers an Injunction Against Rapidshare
“The court ruled that Rapidshare must monitor its site to ensure the copyrighted material is not being uploaded and prevent unauthorized access to the material by its users. The company will be subject to substantial fines for non-compliance. Rapidshare collects monthly fees from many of its users and encourages the unauthorized uploading of content with a variety of reward programs.”

Also see:
We-Love Music,
Stolen Goods,
Tuesday in Seattle,
Email from Romania,
and Another Scheeme.
This is very funny:

Unhappy Hipsters
It’s lonely in the modern world


  1. Matthew


  2. yumi

    50 seconds = Yes! Very nice!
    The rest of the seconds aren’t too bad, either.

  3. Brenda

    Wow the change at 18, 28 .. 51 sec – Like it alot!

  4. Brenda

    oo it the 17th :0

  5. Matt Callahan

    I imagine these pieces will take on a life of their own when played live. Much more so than previous songs have.

  6. steve

    This seems as if it would lend itself well to extended improvisation.

  7. Ottmar

    Hm, this is improvisation. But, it could always be MORE extended, of course. And yes, with the trio we can adjust the music, especially the length of a song, to the audience and the collective vibe in the venue.

    By the way, do you know how jazz-improvisation came about? People would often dance to swing music and the club owners and band leaders tried to lengthen the songs that were “working”. And by working I mean music that made the customers happy, made them dance,which made them thirsty and that in turn made them spend more money on drinks…

    Now Jazz has become a mostly intellectual music, more akin to modern classical music than to the entertainment it used to represent…

  8. Matthew

    Had no idea about the jazz, but it’s very interesting. Can’t say that I’m surprised.

  9. Carol

    I am continually amazed as the age of man and his artifacts gets earlier and earlier. 11,500 years ago lots of thought and labor was put into that temple. Thanks for sending that news. I wish we would hear more about these kind of events in the news broadcasts. I am so thankful for the net, and people like you who spread the good stuff. Thanks

  10. yumi

    “$50 to send a girl to public school for a year — and little girls like Nujood”.

    The idea of keeping any person down…has to be fear. At any age, she is impressive human being.


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