Friday, November 5, 2010

oh the places we will go....

i have been to the moon and back in the last week
since we've been home from tour.

or at least it feels like it.
i have managed to get a lot done:

a wonderful dinner with the Red Cat at our favorite italian restaurant up north

 my good friend michelle has had the same best friend since the first grade, Kim.
a few years ago Kim found out that she had ovarian cancer.
this year, out of the blue, Kim's insurance company canceled her policy.

:::insert expletives here::::

so Michelle organized a fund raiser and i made a few pieces to donate to the event.
and i also made Kim her own ring.

carved jade earrings with cinnamon jasper

Kim's ring... chalcedony with oxidized sterling detail. hand stamped with 'rise above' inside the ring band.

chalcedony and sterling hand stamped earrings

hand blown glass and sterling ring with oxidized detail. 'believe' hand stamped on ring band.

 all of the pieces i donated, auctioned for way more than their retail value and
the event raised $7000 for Kim.
EDIT ::: actually, i've been corrected, it raised $14,000:::

i'm so proud to be a part of something so communal that feels so right.
health care is an amazingly bizarre system to me.
people like me, an artist and musician, are forced to pay
an obscene amount for coverage,
and most people that have coverage,
can't use it for what they really need it for.
it's really a shame.

on another note...
remember that awesome book i found last month?
well i made a piece drawing from that inspiration
and the sketches i had started before the book.
i love this new piece and, yes, i am definitely keeping it.
however, there will be many more to come in this new style.
it's a bit of salt, and a bit of pepper, 
and a dash of paprika and ooo la la.

three tube set jewels... peridot, orange sapphire, and yellow sapphire.

the top is a rivet set smokey quartz, and the chain wraps around the top rivet.

it's a bit paisley, a bit mandala, a bit of autumn ooo la la.

one of my favorite bands is Phish.
for many reasons, one of the foremost being that they make me dance like
no other band does.
and i love to dance!
so this last week they were in the northeast and we got to go see a few shows.
on halloween they traditionally play 3 sets of music.
the middle set is a musical costume of an epic album.
the first year they did The Beatles White Album.
the next years saw Quadrophenia by The Who, Velvet Underground's Loaded,
Talking Heads' Remain in Light, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon,
and last year was Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street.

 This year they played three night's in Atlantic City with Halloween falling on night three.
and the musical costume this year was
Little Feat's Waiting for Colombus
which was actually a live compilation album from 1978.
oh what a weekend!

i usually don't take too many pictures before, during or after a concert.
i hate to even carry a bag with me, so a camera never makes it either.
but i do have a decent camera on my iPhone so i snapped a shot inside.

it's been a good couple of weeks! 
we have a gig tonight in woodstock and band practice next week,
so hopefully i can get into the studio this weekend.
i hope all of you had a terrific week as well
and an even better weekend.
get out there and run like an antelope...
out of control!


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