Saturday, February 14, 2009
The passing of the first anniversary of Scot’s death has left me weary. Since I’m still having trouble being able to load my podcast, I am going to make this a short entry with a nice image. I’ll get the music eventually.
The music for today is by Jamula, another laboratory project of Jerry Farnsworth’s. Jamula’s line-up consisted of Jerry--no coincidence--on guitar, Scot on bass, and the killer mouth organ is being played by Tom Smith. Tom has a tremendous feel for this instrument. I'm not sure these pieces had titles. Today's track was recorded live on 4-26-06. Jamula was a jam trio, but I believe Kenny Wright is sitting in on drums for this session. Another drummer, Paul Schneller, often sat in as well.
Jamula actually had a couple of gigs, (a memorable one being on the front porch of the Runcible Spoon here in Bloomington)--but mainly they were all about improvisational grooving. They came up with some great riffs. Scot and I used to laugh, imagining this music as the soundtrack of a spaghetti western.
The artwork for today is a piece called, “Perfect Day.” It was inspired by Scot’s childhood summers spent at the perfect, Lake Okoboji, in northwestern Iowa, at his grandparent’s cottage. Lake Okoboji is big medicine. It’s a blue water lake, so it’s beautifully clear and sort of glows from within. The piece started out as a painting, which was later photographed, and then re-worked in the newly created digital file.