Riffing on Books and Life – Arts & Sciences Literary Blog by interactive new media author & artist Terry Bailey


House Concerts

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John York plays Gelencser House Concert

When I am not working at the art college where I am employed, or reading and riffing about books, I can usually be found playing music or listening to music. I want to mention a wonderful tradition to all of you, for I have learned many people are unaware of it: house concerts.

Many have been so media saturated by the big commercial musicians and artists that you may not be aware of a musical world much more rewarding, democratic, personal and human. House concerts are a part of that musical world. All around the United States, and I am told in many other countries, too, people open their homes to host audiences and an eclectic group of touring musicians. Some of these musicians are famous in the commercial world of music, and simply enjoy the more intimate setting of a house concert from time to time. Some are solo, or duo, or small groups troubadors who spend their lives traveling the country in Chevies and minivans - not big tour busses - sharing their music from the countrified south to the freeway linked west. A few house concert musicians just stick to their own backyards, playing regionally in people's homes and in small clubs and other venues.


A New Year!

My cat Salomé Wishing All a Happy Holiday Season and New Year!

My cat Salomé Wishing All a Happy Holiday Season and New Year!

Hi - I'm rushing off to my teaching and web/interactive media department management job, but wanted to check in this morning to let you know that I am back. It would be better to announce my holidays before the holidays, I know. My apologies. This holiday I really needed to take some down time from my over-the-top busy career as a college employee as well as interactive author, digital artist and blogger. It turned out to be one of the best holidays I have ever had, not because of holiday events or downtime, but because I took the time to visit with or talk to almost every good friend I have in the world. It's important to do that now and then, isn't it? Especially if you work in this high tech world that I live (and thrive) in. One of my best friends is my new cat, Salomé, so here is a picture of her wishing all of my readers a fun-filled, happy, warm, and book and idea filled holiday and new year.

Not to worry, though. This did not mean I stopped reading or thinking. I have read a whole slew of new books over the last couple of months, and will be riffing about them here. I have also attended some fascinating lectures at Cal Tech (near my home in Pasadena), and will talk about them here, too, over the next weeks.

Although my primary interests continue to be creativity, the mind and science, I would like to refer you to a book I have not read, but will put on my "to read" bookshelf. Does anyone remember the slide guitarist, singer-songwriter Ry Cooder?