Here are a couple of photos Salma took in Annapolis at the Rams Head this week.:

You can find the whole set on Salma’s Flickr. Nice images, taken without a flash, and from a difficult vantage point! Thanks Salma!

Had to park the bus away from the venue yesterday. Google suggested a walking distance of 2.5 miles or 48 minutes. I decided on an alternate route along the Charles river and led the pack to Harvard Square in less than 1.5 miles and 20 minutes.

Wish it was easy to tell Google Maps when their routing is bad. Or is it – I have never tried. Noticed a Wagamama on JFK Street and made a mental note for lunch, as I love the Wagamama restaurants in London. Walked around for a few hours and enjoyed the familiar sites. Here is a shot from Wagamama, where most of us were having lunch, of Stephen passing us across the street:

The evening was a good experience in view of playing 12 shows at the Blue Note in Manhattan next week. We played two different sets. I looked around for DK, but didn’t see him. Next year I will have to use the microphone to ask him to stand up… :-)

Load-in and load-out was a horror – I don’t think the club is set up well for touring acts – but the food at Henrietta’s was outstanding (((but the apricot sorbet was too sweet))).

It was nice to spend a day in Cambridge!

Friday Afternoon

Current listening: Hilary Hahn: Schönberg / Sibelius

Took a walk down Mass.-Ave. after lunch. Beautiful Spring day here in Cambridge.


I saw the following referenced on the music of sound.

The “Amen Break” and Golden Proportion
A student recently asked if I had any insights into why the “Amen Break” is so popular in some modern music. “What’s that?” I had to admit that I hadn’t heard of it. But when we listened to it, a drum break beat, I recognized the rhythm right away. I’d heard it in television commercials and the music of James Brown, and elsewhere. You probably have too. I became intrigued when I saw an image of the audio waves themselves because I immediately recognized the Golden Ratio in the structure of its timing. And I was surprised to find an even deeper relationship to the structure of the human body.

Haven’t read the whole bit yet, but am always suspicious of statements like that regarding a deeper or hidden relationship or meaning… Our brain loves to seek and find connections – it’s what it is wired to do. It is the reason why my random slideshow works well with the music: experience your brain in action.

Our brains seek and find connections in everything, and sometimes that can be hilarious. I remember, our first bus-driver thought every single woman he met desired him. Clearly a delusion, just his brain seeking and finding signs and then twisting them to its liking…