Monthly Archives: April 2020

It just tumbles around in the air

Painter and Artist Nicholas Harper has been allowing free download of one print each week during lockdown. I find this gesture to be very generous. Here is a link to his website.

Last night I was looking to see if Netflix had All Is Lost in it’s library, a film starring Robert Redford and a sailboat.  It did not but it gave me a long list of films that somehow had some sort of tie to that film, as I browsed titles I saw Rolling Stones; Ole Ole Ole, a trip across Latin America.  I decided to peruse it with the visible fast forward while stopping in to catch scenes.  I got caught up in the drama of the idea of would the last show of the tour , in Havana, would it happen?  So I fast forwarded ahead until they indeed did arrive to the city.  One thing I will say about the film is that South American audiences party and adulate like something I’ve rarely expeirenced, and it is fun to see.

So then I continued to browse and I started a film called War Machine, I honestly thought we would watch a bit of it, get tired and find something else, but we endured the entire thing.  Based on the nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings, it is a fictionalized version of the events in the book based on United States Army General Stanley McChrystal.  Michael Hastings also writes for Rolling Stone magazine, which probably is why it ended up in my browse list for the evening.


Listening To Whole Lot of Love, Prince Live Indigo Sessions.  Jeff Parker, How Fun it is to Year Whip and Executive Life, Blue Carousel by Martin Denny, Prince 1+1+1=3, Fran-Dance Miles Davis, Juice B Crypts by Battles, Search For Peace McCoy Tyner, Immediately Invisible by Portico Quartet, After The Storm by Robert Glasper, Bird of Prey by Pixies, Penny Taken to the Hospital by Hildur Guonadottir, Valgeir Sigurossan’s Camera, Cyrano De Berger’s Back by X.

Photo taken at dusk from Just outside cabin on Green Lake, Spicer Minnesota.

The Source

Tonight Pamela and I are planning to watch a new film called The Planet of the Humans which is streaming for free on You Tube.   So we did indeed watch this film last night, it is a tremendous bummer on many different levels.  We knew 2020 would be a challenging year for us, but it keeps exceeding expectations.

We are making mussels for dinner.  One of our favorite things in the olden times was to go out for mussels.  We were able to sit out on our deck while we ate for first time of the year, that in itself gave us a bit of relief.

The Photo was taken at Afton State Park Beach.  Talk about death of a brand.

Birthday Wishes

This my 55th revolution round the sun does occur in a dubious year, during a pandemic which has caused a shut down of my city and state, but not of my special day which is being celebrated as I type on social media.  Many persons have taken the time to send me kind wishes.  Pamela and I are going to have an extra special dinner with Olive Oil Pear Cake with walnuts (one of my very favorites) and Sweet Science Vanilla Ice Cream.  Chicken Liver Pate with sliced baguette, shrimp with cocktail sauce, and Salade Nicoise.

French Sauvignon Blanc and Chronicopia Dank West Coast Double IPA by Venn Brewing Company from South Minneapolis.

Right now we are hanging out in the kitchen listening to Become Ocean by John Luther Adams.  Earlier the song Barfly by Ray LaMontagne was softly filling the room.  The rest of our evening was accompanied by Lento, Avril 14th and East Meets West by Daniel Hope, Ping Pong by Stereolab, Don’t I know you from Somewhere? by Nico Muhly, Take 5 and Last Night You Were A Dream by Portland Cello Project, Flim and How Deep Is Your Love by Bad Plus, I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship by David Bowie, Angel Share by Doveman, Hallelujah and C’est Lamoure by Jello Slave, Joppa Road by Ween, Surfer Girl by Bill Frisell, and Trizteza by Baden Powell.

Everyday can’t be a birthday and that’s because that would just be too rich!


The photo was taken in Idaho.

Earth Day

Been Listening to EOB Album Earth, of course.

Pamela and I watched a film Hail Caesar by Cohen Bros.  Also we started a series called Cuba Libre.  We started and finished a two season (so far) series called Kominsky Method that we both enjoyed.

Pamela, Remo and I went to Afton State Park for a 2 hour stroll around the grounds, very pleasant.

Photo was taken in a park in Northeast Minneapolis.

With a little help…

Pamela and I continued our deep dive into Malcolm X by watching the three hour Spike Lee film, Malcolm X.  Released in 1992 it’s pretty good considering how old it is, and I credit Denzel Washington’s performance as main reason this film continues to hold relevance.  You may not know who Malcolm is as our history has wiped him off the map while glorifying Martin Luther King.  New York and New Jersey remembers him with school and street names but the rest of the country has no space for him.  It was good to refamiliarize myself with many of the story’s particulars including his sad and senseless assassination in front of his wife and children at the Audubon Ballroom in NYC.

We also watched a film on Netflix called Tigertail that was a bit ok, not bad.  We also rented on Amazon the 2019 film The Current War.  This film was mostly of the point of view of Edison and Westinghouse and treated Tesla as a one trick pony with no real prospects.  It was also OK.

Listening to; Strange Wing by Chicago Underground Quartet, Circling by Donny McCaslin, Postal Lady by Atmosphere.

The photo was taken in Chicago.


Essential Work

My family has adopted the two storm drains on our corner, and now we are semi responsible for keeping them clean, and reporting the weight of debris we clear.

Pamela and I are watching; Who Killed Malcolm X? on Netflix.  Contains mostly photos of late 50’s early 60’s New york, but also some film footage.  Malcolm was an extraordinary brave soul, or was he a reckless revolutionary? It seems to me in retrospect that he was one of the few who dared to use truth to power.  

Making food from this book this evening,

Made the Eggplant and yogurt spread on pg. 191, and the Indonesian yellow rice on pg. 287.


Listening to; Unique Spiral by Chicago Underground Quartet, Torokh by DakhaBrakha, 2020 by Enemy Radio, Hey Debussy by Pixies, Shangri-la by EOB.