Observations 2022-07-11

  • The Park District’s rolling metal cart of old school roller skates with bright orange wheels.

Observations 2022-07-10

  • Appreciating that it’s illegal to turn right in front of a CTA bus because it precludes the stress of trying to turn right in front of a CTA bus.

Observations 2022-07-09

  • Getting back in the studio after a COVID-caused quarantine.

Observations 2022-07-08

Observations 2022-07-07

  • The bar at the new Judson & Moore distillery in Chicago, made out of a tree from one of the owner’s childhood home.

Observations 2022-07-06

  • Piano moving attempt 2 [2022-06-28]. This time, with real pros. They made it look easy.

Observations 2022-07-05

  • Casey avidly monitoring radar as extreme thunderstorms and wind travel from Iowa toward Chicago.

Observations 2022-07-04

  • The near-constant lightning raining down over Chicago.

Observations 2022-07-03

  • Watching fireworks from Casey’s office window.

Observations 2022-07-02

  • Walking miles to the lake.
  • The Cubs fan who almost thought it was OK to put his toddler in a Divvy bike basket and ride to the stadium.

Observations 2022-07-01

Observations 2022-06-30

  • Eatin’ broth. Recuperating.

Observations 2022-06-29

  • THE BEAR. A new show from Chris Storer. Chicago through and through, with a Wilco song cherry on top.

Observations 2022-06-28

  • A horribly botched piano moving job. The professionals showed up with no packing materials, no lift gate, no sturdy dolly… They got it in the truck but couldn’t get it out. Neighbor with forklift came to the rescue.
  • Andy Allen: “Why do furniture designers keep designing new chairs? We know it’s not to solve the problem of ‘sitting.’ The chair is simply the medium. The true goal is something bigger — to inspire, to broaden our understanding of what’s possible, or express something unique about what it means to be alive today.

Observations 2022-06-27

  • Recording awesome, harsh, angular improvised music with Matt R.

Observations 2022-06-26

  • The last day of a weeklong, lovely session.

Observations 2022-06-25

  • Sammy’s and my improvised synthesizer-and-drums duo show at Mu Gallery, opening for BSA Gold.
  • Casey’s DJ set at Golden Dagger benefitting Chicago Abortion Fund.
  • Driving behind a freakily reckless car, whose occupants got out at every stop light to twerk on the street and/or on the hood of the car.

Observations 2022-06-24

  • The release of Joan Shelley’s new album, The Spur, including two tracks on which I play drums.

Observations 2022-06-23

  • Helping some friends move an old metal desk from one room to another.
    • The midcentury “E.G.A. Cemetery Planning Services” brochure we found in it.

Observations 2022-06-22

  • Recording Jack H playing a makeshift glass, ceramic, and metal receptacle percussion kit.

Observations 2022-06-21

  • Chet recording distorted C-3PO-y guitar sounds through a ring modulator.

Observations 2022-06-20

  • Day one of a weeklong session.

Observations 2022-06-19

  • Preparing for a week in the studio.

Observations 2022-06-18

  • Eating elote with Casey at the beach.

Observations 2022-06-17

  • Rowing an inflatable boat with Casey for the better part of the afternoon.

Observations 2022-06-16

  • Emerging from a hiking trial to find a woman in her 60s, Stephanie, doubled over, coughing. I asked if she needed help. She said she was OK, “just trying to breathe.” We stood and talked about her former job as a nurse, Native American music, and God for a while.

Observations 2022-06-14

  • The tiny beads of sap oozing up, gleaming, on a wooden deck.
  • Walking with Casey on a rural road at night, Basil’s new collar lamp lighting the way.

Observations 2022-06-13

  • Cooking, crying, napping on a bean bag, and listening to music with Casey.

Observations 2022-06-12

Observations 2022-06-11

  • Playing with Sima Cunningham at the historic Green Mill (for the Paper Machete variety show), and then later at the Hungry Brain.

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