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Wow! It’s Summer Already!

Yeah! I haven’t exactly been lighting up the blogging universe with posts. I think the last one was in Fall of 2017. Whatever…I got old, I slowed down…way down. I’m not really doing anything very interesting musical anymore but I think there is going to be a big rush of stuff coming. So stay tuned for that you 20-30 people a day (maybe) who still visit here. I have been taking a lot of pictures and cooking a whole bunch of different food. I was thinking of putting some of that on here too…so there might not be as much Guitar in The Guitar Cave anymore…that will probably be ok.

The other thing is: If I were a young guy I would get a YouTube channel and do something that way because for music, art, graphics, cooking or really most of the stuff I like, a YouTube presentation really is the way to go. A blog can still work for political analysis/social commentary-type stuff where most people, especially older people, would rather read than watch… and where the commentariat plays a big role in how the blog/site functions and how popular it is. I think everybody has these preferences…some would rather watch this or read this, etc., etc.

I started this blog in 2011 and these types of channels hadn’t materialized yet. For that matter, when I started playing Gypsy Jazz, online instructional material on jazz guitar was pretty hard to come by unless you were already a player. YouTube has really become what television always should have been — entertaining and instructional, whether it’s for guitar, music, art, food, whatever. One can enjoy watching a channel spotlighting a skill, even something as humanly basic as cooking, and (if one is capable of following instructions) prepare that dish or those dishes for an evening meal. And it’s all driven by audience choice…dial up whatever you want and I’m sure you will find exactly that and not something that a group of people who own a station or a media company decided you should watch at a certain time. It’s soooo cool to be alive to see this and I make use of it ALL THE TIME.

Speaking of photos, here is a close-up on the plaque of the Charlie Parker residence in the East Village, New York City. Follow the link in “residence” for property info. Charlie lived here from 1950 to 1954 and besides the land-marked townhouse that is worth whatever millions people with too much money are willing to pay, there is an annual Charlie Parker Festival in the park across the street. It is one of a few good concerts one can see in the summertime.

I dunno…just, because.

Happy 2017

bill

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is looking forward to the New Year! It will definitely be one full of many challenges. I think we can agree on that, yes? No matter what comes along, music will help with anything the universe has in store. We’ve all seen how powerful the effects of music are on people in all kinds of situations and certainly I make it a point to never forget how healing the ability to play, listen and appreciate music is. Definitely one of the major joys of our existence on this planet. Never forget or take for granted!

Also, in the spirit of new beginnings, I am rolling out another type of Dispatch, one that will allow me to cover an assortment of small items within one post. It’s the same kind of formula as the GuitarSongs series, which I was really enjoying and will pick up again in a few weeks. ShortRiffs will cover everything going on in my life, music-related and not. The Gimme Shelter and Vital Van posts, which are full of music, but also full of other stuff, are two of the most popular posts I’ve done and I want to do more of that kind of writing. The name is a word play on the (guitar) riffs we all play combined with the old slang of “riffing”: a short piece of speech or writing that develops a particular theme or idea. Ideally, that is what I will attempt to do and maybe even have a thread that will snake through a few or several of these posts; like an old-time serial.

As always: I totally appreciate everyone who reads, comments, and sends notes. This blog is almost 6 years old with 116 posts and 50,000 visitors. I never thought it would be the thing it is today and I have only my awesome readers to thank for that! Take care and keep playing!