Monday, April 25, 2005

Cocoon Music 

At the butterfly museum today for baby's first true outing. Older sister Willow, an old hat unfazed by high-ceilinged air aflutter with a hundred multicolored wings, chased button quail around the concrete floor to the underfoliage, stuck her nose into resting orangewings to feel the tickle. I chased her, in turn scolding and celebrating her allatonce. Mommy rested on benches. Baby in the bjorn leaned against her chest, asleep through it all.

Lunch afterwards -- foccacia sandwiches and fresh turkey clubs -- and a trip to the candle store: teacandles in Sage and Citrus, Primrose, and Tulip for the naming ceremony two weekends hence. Supper at the door when we returned, thanks to a wonderful meal exchange for new parents here on campus. Flawless bedtime with Willow apres ziti under a smooth goatcheese-and-fresh-tomato cream sauce.

How nice to forget the looming jobless, homeless horizon for an afternoon.

But the kids are back tonight, classes tomorrow. And the radio show is for me as much as for them a weekly meditation. So I key into the dark classroom building, stumble downstairs to the basement, settle myself into the deepred swivel chairs, ready to play my heart out for this community on the cusp of leaving so many of us behind.

Playlist, as always, follows. Every last drop.

Tributary 4/25/05

Skavoovie and the Epitones -- Fat Soul
Phish -- Down With Disease
Steve Earle -- A Girl Like That
Guster -- Barrel of a Gun
Rusted Root -- You Can't Always Get What You Want
Suzanne Vega -- Fat Man and Dancing Girl
Ben Folds Five -- Tom & Mary
De La Soul -- The Magic Number

poembreak: Bounden Duty by James Tate

Dan Zanes -- Wonderwheel
Kathleen Edwards -- In State
Jason Faulkner -- Both Sides Now
Wilco -- Kamera
Tori Amos -- Cornflake Girl
Sebadoh -- Cold As Ice
The Gourds -- El Paso

poembreak: Ignis Fatuus by Yusef Komunyakaa

Bob Dorough -- Too Much Coffee Man
Iron & Wine -- Woman King
Bill Withers -- Ain't No Sunshine
Lucy Kaplansky -- It Ain't Me Babe
Ray Lamontagne -- Jolene
Sam Phillips -- All Night

poembreak: Trying To Make Music by David Wagoner

Kasey Chambers -- Runaway Train
Shivaree -- I Close My Eyes
Richard Shindell -- There Goes Mavis
The Chieftans w/ Lyle Lovett -- Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
St. Germain -- Montego Bay Spleen
Donna The Buffalo -- Seems To Want To Hurt This Time

You've been listening to Tributary, your ten to midnight Monday night show on WNMH, serving the tri-state area (no, the other tri-state area) and the world every week with a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and everything in between. Have a good one, folks.

posted by boyhowdy | 9:30 PM |

Hey Boyhowdy, glad to see Tributary is still going on. Just figured I'd wander through again since I'm trying to get back into the whole blogging thing (trying out MSN spaces, has some nice features, but less configurable - think "Blogs for Dummies"). When your blog says "Last day at NMH" is that to say you will be leaving the school (not that it would surprise me with the recent changes)? Anyway, hope things are going well, your daughter must be getting big by now!
Ah, I appreciate a man who reads the sidebar :-)

Yes, Geoffrey -- and sadly so -- I will be leaving NMH at the end of this school year. Not sure where I'm going yet, and the market has been pretty brutal to this self-made Rennaisance man, but I have high hopes that I will be at a different school of some sort by September of next year.

An email address or other way to contact you personally would allow more content. If you're merely interested in following up on the raison d'leaving, I posted something here early in the process which includes frontlinks to my short pithy reaction when the cuts came down the pike.
You're always welcome to contact me for any reason, even just to chat, best place is my school address, gsb2 at duke dot edu or you can use the one listed on my current space (there's a link on the old blog, which should be associated with the posting name)
Also, saw you just had a second, congrats!
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