Monday, February 17, 2020

Highways










Dear Highway Goers,

A  beautiful song for you, for today.  Here's another little highway song, because here at the Dodo, we love the open road.

Here's a little film on how to be your own William Tyler.  Oooh, that Organizer box is the bomb!







Friday, February 14, 2020

For all the love in the world.











Dear Celebrants,

Here it is, your song for today.  You don't know it, because sometimes I am very shy about confessing my love for this or that cultural tidbit, but I adore this song, just adore it.  I love the whiny refrain, and the stair-stepping guitar chords behind it.  I love that thinking of what a love song isn't requires you also to think of what a love song is.  I also love that nearly all songs are love songs, and so if you think you have one that isn't, you might have to declare it outright.

I saw Public Image Limited once, in concert, and it was a bit of a sonic mess, because the wind grabbed a lot of the sound, and the keyboards seemed very thin and reedy.  I came home thinking that they needed a studio recording to corral the sounds so they'd be fit for hearing.  But now, I think, no, all outdoor music gets twisted and trampled by the air, and anyway, I am weary of perfection and clean sounding polish.

The call of the muezzin, the punk(-ish) lead vocalist, the opera singer, and maybe even the coyote's howl are all expressing the same passion.  Many happy returns of passion day to you!



















Monday, February 10, 2020

Come here often?












Dear Readers, Viewers, Friends,

Here it is, the very first post, from seven years ago today.  Isn't that something?!  Happy Anniversary to us, and here's to the future and all its possibilities!









Thursday, February 6, 2020

In readiness.


















Dear Visitor,

These are a few of the odd items I am constructing these days.  I am getting ready to put them all into a small gallery in late March.  It should be a nicely crowded, maximalist sort of an exhibition.  I hope you will drop by to see it all!











Sunday, February 2, 2020

Gather Momentum










 
 




Dear Ticketed Passengers,

It takes a lot to laugh but it takes a train to gather momentum.  The glory of the metaphor of the train is the gathering of momentum, and I offer you some songs to illustrate my point.  Use them to pick up speed, or to gather your forces.







With a train the sound is also of going, the decreasing, dopplered -ainnnn sound; the sound of being gone.  You can use it to let them know you have left.