Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Social Music

Dan Zanes with his daughter Anna
Photo by Anna Williams
Pomegranate Arts Project gallery

Back in October, Dan Zanes recorded a "Nodcast Podcast." It's a free download, and is under 20 minutes long. After listening to the interview and music, I'm convinced even more that Lucia needs a ukulele.

If that isn't enough for you, here's a National Public Radio interview from 2003:

Christian Bordal on Music: 'House Party' from Dan Zanes. You'll need Windows Media or RealPlayer to listen to the interview.

I was already taking guitar lessons when I first heard Dan Zanes. However, it was Dan Zanes who inspired me to work on playing the guitar in local social settings. In college, I attended lots of musical coffee-houses on campus, and wished that I could be one of the performers myself. Instead, I wrote a radio-play version of Daniel M. Pinkwater's Guys From Space* and had friends act it out.

I plan to take voice lessons starting in 2007. I plan to be comfortable with the guitar in front of other people by this time next year. Rather, I am comfortable in front of other people now when playing guitar, but I hope actually to hit the right notes most of the time!

*My motto is from the book is, "We are space-guys. We know what we are doing."


Philip said...

Well, I know I've been a bad person who hasn't been keeping up on your blog, but where are the other shouts of glee from your other readers? Come on, people! This is cool and Alkelda should get some supporting "yay!"s here. So, good for you!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thanks, Philip! Now, how about you bring over your fiddle and jam with MDTB. We'll have a real hootenanny.*

*One of Oz's** favorite words.

**Oz from Buffy, that is.