Saturday, January 01, 2011

looking forward, looking back: happy new year

happy new year!
what’s ahead along the music road
a series on artists of the decade: thinking about how to do this I decided their work was work more than a just a listing

further adventures as the Great American Road Trip travels in the American west

deeper reflections on music and creative practice
continuing with occasional photo focused posts

and of course, continued insights into Irish, Scottish. Americana. and folk music from many different neighbourhoods, and sometimes, from behind the scenes
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looking back at a few favorites

I considered several reflections on music and creative practice from the past year on New Year's Eve

over at A Traveler’s Library, Vera Marie Badertscher, the instigator of The Great American Road Trip, takes a look at what states you liked best in books and references a post I did a bit ago on what parts of the trip you were enjoying most through music. Michigan, Indiana, and Alabama ranked high, and there are two more to add: road trip music New York City: Irish Musicians and road trip music: American west.

reviews of recordings by a top fiddler and composer, an Irish songwriter, and a rising star from Scotland, and a selection of the best releases of 2010:
Hanneke Cassel: For Reasons Unseen
Dreams in America: Luka Bloom
Musical imagination: Matheu Watson
Best Music, 2010

two stories, one about the bodhran and another about kickstarting an Irish music recording.

at Perceptive Travel an evening in Belfast
Song Journeys
and at Wandering Educators
Scottish musician Sarah-Jane Summers shares the best of the Highlands

thanks for reading, and being part of things here, and thanks especially to all musicians who shared their music and their ideas. here’s to a bright new year for us all.

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Anonymous Vera Marie Badertscher said...

Can't believe that our road trip across America will soon draw to a close. Just a little over two months from now, we'll unpack the trunk of the car and end that journey. Wonder what journeys will capture us after that? I predict that Scotland is in your future....

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

Happy New Year to you as well. Thanks, as always, for the musical inspiration.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Casey@Good. Food. Stories. said...

Artists of the decade sounds like a great series to initiate - looking forward to it!

12:01 PM  
Blogger MyKidsEatSquid said...

I'm enjoying reading your posts. I always feel like I learn something. Thanks.

8:25 AM  

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