Tag Archives: music

Friendly Exhibit: Ghost Bike, Park(ing) Day, Printerns and More

My friends are awesome. Besides putting up with plenty of b.s. from me, they make and do amazing things. I’m so blown away by┬átheir┬átalent and courage. Lucky me.

See what I mean?..

Ghost Bike: Michael Christensen

Mike and I sip coffee at Coffea every so often. He usually wears tight pants and a helmet. He’s the author of The Minus Car Project, a blog about his mission to minimize the use of his car. That means biking it is his normal mode–even in January. This seems awesome enough in itself. But he recently did something that might just be the coolest project I’ve seen yet. He and his bike-shop buddy came up with Ghost Bike, an artful tribute to a fallen bicyclist in Sioux Falls. Read about it on MinusCar and Argus Leader and watch it on Keloland and KDLT.

photo by Flickr user Bill J

Park(ing) Day: Whitney Parks

I learned how awesome Whitney is when I watched her almost single-handedly make Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 13, 2010 in activism, Raves


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The Best Songs in Life are (Mostly) Free, 2009

When the office building you work in pipes relentless John Tesh Radio Show for 6 hours hours a day, you are bound to dig for some musical gems and experiences to load up the iPod. My journey of songs for 2009 took a very cheap and fruitful path. It felt like being a hunter-gatherer. So, if you live in J.T. Hell, don’t worry, I’ve found all the medicine you need. And made lists–many lists… Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 18, 2010 in music


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Posted by on April 13, 2009 in universe


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TV on the Radio

Just a quick little shout about a band that’s new to me. And is awesome. I saw them on the Colbert Report the other night, and have since blown 5 bucks on iTunes. If you like lots of different music–weird but beautiful stuff–like me, TV on the Radio (yes, that’s the band name) is worth a listen. You can even listen to a bunch of songs from their new album on the website.

Buckle up.

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Posted by on February 11, 2009 in etc.


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Turn it down

I try not to complain too much on bartblog. Not much point in it, cause I want you to like reading. But I just got home from an experience that doesn’t quite make sense. I’m sure this will get back to Adam, the new owner, through the bartblogosphere, so I guess maybe I want it too.

I play in a rec men’s volleyball league here in the village. It’s not too serious, and most of us are not too good. And it’s fun. We played especially hard tonight, so a few of us headed up town to the local establishment for a cold one and some conversation afterward. (After I stopped at home and rocked Zoey to sleep first, that is).

It was nice, until the bartender suddenly cranked up the music so loud that we couldn’t even hear each other anymore. After a while she asked us if it was too loud, and we said yes. And she smiled and walked away. And didn’t turn it down. Go figure.

So we left. Earlier than we would have otherwise.

…There. Now I’m done whining.

[The new owners are working hard to make a go of it, and to make it a fun place to hang out. I really appreciate that and wish them all the best. And we’ll keep spending some money there. Just saying.]


Posted by on February 4, 2009 in rants


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Dancing in the Circle

We hit the First Night festival on Wednesday afternoon and evening in Sioux Falls. It’s a tradition for us–in fact I was on teh committee that helped Shannon Barnes start First Night several years ago. It’s a cool family celebration of the new year. The kids made turtle art, danced with Phil Baker, and really enjoyed a dance performance by Dance Gallery. (Mesa is convinced she must enroll in some classes now.) I enjoyed another really cool and unique performance called Constellation, but the little ones got a bit scared of the star god.

turtle art project dancing

The sad news is I further confirmed that I am getting old by falling asleep by 11pm. Here’s a video of Zoey and Mesa “Dancing in the Circle” with Phil.

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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Celebrations, crafts, Family


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Positive News (and free music!)

My friend Tim Merry is a super-gifted slam poet from Novia Scotia. He’s also a world-class facilitator and host for change. His band Merry and Durkee will be releasing an album called Positive News in November, and they are releasing a handful of the songs now–for free download–on their website. Positive News is about “Giving voice to the greatest fears and joys of being human at this time on the planet.” It’s good stuff, and probably like nothing you’ve heard before.

More on Merry and Durkee (pdf alert!)

Tim music is cool, and his way of using impromptu poetry to harvest and reflect group experiences is way cool. He makes up lyrics that describe a moment, emotions, feelings, a speech, experiences just shared–and sets them to song–right there on the spot and in the moment. More of Tim’s stuff to download here.

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Posted by on July 31, 2008 in poetry


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