North by Northwest! It seems like I travel to the Pacific Northwest yearly. And this is true. Below is the poster. Hints of the last Whole Earth Catalog. I feel those Douglas fir, summer in the 70’s, nature in your face, grungy sensitive, gratitude feelings. Pass out (in the grass), Share, re-post if you’re feeling generous. Every bit keeps the dream alive.
POSTER CORRECTION: I corrected the Silver Dollar Show in Jackson, Wyoming. I play on July 2nd! I also added two dates: one in Silver City, New Mexico and Alpine, TX. Thank you!
I announce the Summer Mountain Tour ’17! Below is the poster. Share for me please! Every little mention via email, word of mouth, or social media share helps. There may be another date added in New Mexico, and we’ll soon know the location of the Alpine, Texas show. This has been an interesting week. Central Texas is beginning to heat up to the point where it’s difficult to think unless you’re submerged in cold water. Tomorrow, mid-June, the forecast says triple digit temperatures. This heat scatters attention, so I’ll make a scattered list.
It includes questions, advice, quotes, random thoughts and is separated by commas: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture, All Quiet on the Western Front compared to Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Velcro Strips are probably the best for temporarily hanging van curtains, Kurt Cobain used a lot of power chords, neither major or minor, Austin Traffic, Is phone and internet addiction the most common addiction?, placing attention back on the breath all day is a helpful practice, in, out, in((((, out))))), songs are mysterious-some can be so good, the comments section on the internet is a disaster, Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha, I try to stay away but get sucked in, Pierre Etaix movies are pretty awesome, Le Grande Amour is kind of like The Seven Year Itch by Billy Wilder but more surreal, “What I have here is a canvas, and I am living in it.”- Forrest Bess, the external world is my own projection, just being there has an effect, life is water, death is not bad, life is valuable, money is a kind of energy, energy is energy, compassion throughout the day, this moment springs from mind.
With joy I announce the South Texas Tour. For those of you who remember the South Texas Triangle Tour of late 2014, this is a modified return to that tour. This time I’ll be going deep into the South Texas Valley. This last show in Harlingen will be a song in the round with two local songwriters. I’m very happy to be able to play in the valley because this is where my Longoria family is from. If you know any friends or family in these South Texas towns, share this poster with a note and invitation (you can do so with the icons at the bottom of this post) Ask them to introduce themselves to me; it will be much welcomed.
Today I went to McKinney Falls with Rich and Chris. Besides talking and hanging out Rich had something that he had to do on his phone, so he was on a text line with his bandmates. Chris was writing in his journal, and I was ‘trying’ to let the stream work on me, but mainly I was snacking on apples and cheeze. We did some swimming and all of us are slow water enterers. The water wasn’t even very cold, but we’re all just wading there for minutes not getting in. I like to say all kinds of mantras or prayers about why I’m getting in the water…intentions. For example I’ll go swimming in January and the water will be cold, and I’ll say something like “I’m diving in this water to put out the fires of war” and there I go. But lately I just count down from 5. Like with kids in a classroom, you start counting down from 5 and everyone shuts up and knows that when 1 comes, something has to happen. So, I’m counting down from 5 for many things in life.
Later we went to lunch and we talked about some theoretical phone call that we would get that would say “You’ve made it”, “you’re off the hook” or “here’s some money, stop worrying”. We wondered what that phone call really would be. Seems like I’m always getting some kind of call. But maybe the call is “You’re making it”. That’s what I think. It’s 70 degrees and clear, and It’s like getting constant encouragement from the big Koonaklaster as John Fahey would’ve called it. The encouragement I’m getting this time around is I’m getting to play some awesome upcoming shows. Spring-Fed Arts Series, Song in the Round with Colin Gilmore. I’m playing shows in San Antonio and Corpus Christi in May. Not to mention the encouragement of waking up this morning.