Monthly Archives: April 2013

Papa Jo

There is a smile of love, And there is a smile of deceit, And there is a smile of smiles In which those two smiles meet. – William Blake This is wondrous, truly a smile in which all the smiles … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief died a few days ago. She was a truly beautiful dancer – just look at her hands alone in this video. She had few equals. Forgive me for striking a somewhat sour note at her death. I was … Continue reading

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A New Mandolin

I just bought a mandolin – mostly for my daughter, who plays violin (which is fingered like a mandolin). We’ve both been having fun figuring it out. Neither of us is quite up to this yet.

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Pound for Pound

Billy and Dad recently saw The Bad Plus, one of Dad’s favorite working jazz bands, give a really great show at the Mill in Iowa City. The first song they played, also the first song off their new album, was … Continue reading

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