Archive for October, 2009

Of Men & Mice

What – pray tell – is the difference between a pet mouse you buy in a pet store, and those little frisky critters that run around your house wild as they come in from the cold of winter to seek shelter?

One, we hold, and pet, and say how cute (some of us do anyway), the other we scream at and throw brooms!

Ah, the onset of winter has brought the wild little critters into my family abode, and alas Kim has me setting traps, because they do carry disease sometimes. So Once again – it’s the demise of the meeses – and probably rightly so.

But isn’t everything pretty much subject to our perspective – our world view? Do we see through a glass darkly? As Pilot famously asked Jesus, “what is truth?”.

so sometimes I think we are magnets to these little mice. They seem to like our family. Doesn’t matter if we move. Year after year. i could even say we are cursed! Why us? I hate killing things, including mice. why can’t we just get a break?

Or maybe that is the point! Who says it’s a curse? Isn’t that just a perspective? What if one of us in my family is really a pied piper? Or a Dr. doolittle? Maybe we send out a subsonic signal that only mice can hear, saying “Warm house. Good food. Apply within.”

When i was little, my mother Barbara always said I should become a vet, because animals were attracted to me, and dogs always seemed to like me – you know, like ones that would bite or bark at others would come up to me and sit in my lap. In fact, it still happens to me now.

Perspective. Probability.

If you could zoom out and see the block, would it show 250 mice in the neighborhood? 1000 mice in the fields? Biliions of mice on the planet? Don’t they all need a place to go?

We are only limited by our ability to see only what we think we see.

Mice, dogs, careers, prejudices, ego, wealth, poverty, religion, politics, conspiracies, kindness, selflessness.

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Time Out Of Mind

The last 2 weeks I have written or started 5 new songs. Didn’t do it on purpose – just doing the sit down, play around with alternate tunings, and flow of creativity kind of thing.

Here’s the lyrics to a new song I wrote in the last few days. It’s kind of a Pop Rockish power ballad. This is after the first edit. Will probably do a 2nd edit to tighten up the assonance and lyrical meter – as some consonants and vowels seem in sync, but when sung don’t always flow as good as they might, etc.

Time Out Of Mind

Like a secret Joan of Arc
pulling daggers from the start
skipped the head went to the heart
catching souls on fire

If I was Michael Angelo
painting Sistines in my show
the anatomy of how this goes
would leave the crowd awe …

inspired , desired, tired
of taking no for
an answer, romancer, chancer,
the muse is here
upon you
don’t let it pawn you

When the world is running out of time
and everyone is stumbling half blind
someday you’ll wake up and you’ll find
this love was, time out of mind

If you’re still seeking for a sign
the answer to the grand design,
someday you’ll wake up and you’ll find
this love was, time out of mind

time out of mind

Cosmic light across the room,
a billion years that came too soon,
and like them I would crash into,
you to find my future

But now the futures looking bright
Because I am here with you tonight
And I’ll put up a good fight,
just to tell you that I feel…

inspired , desired, tired
of taking no for
an answer, romancer, chancer,
the muse is here
upon you
don’t let it pawn you

When the world is running out of time
and everyone is stumbling half blind
someday you’ll wake up and you’ll find
this love was, time out of mind

If you’re still seeking for a sign
the answer to the grand design,
someday you’ll wake up and you’ll find
this love was, time out of mind
time out of mind

Aaahhhrrrgggg The Pirate

Oil in the car…..basement flooded…..rusted busted pipe…..drive kids to school……wrote a few new songs……met with Kimari Rawlings and her band to practice a song we co-wrote……talked with my friend Shane Jackman briefly about the music business……went to Village Inn with my two older sons………did some research for Indie Mocha and Indie All Stars……met with committee for next Art City Music Fest………it’s getting cold in Utah…….

Thom Sequoia - Fall Drive 10-09

Thom Sequoia - Fall Drive 10-09

 

Art City Music Fest a smashing success!

Due to unrelenting pressure (you know who you are) ….from Allen…oh crap, I went and said it…..I am now posting the skinny on the weekends successful turn out for the very first Semi-annual Art city Music Fest.

The committee consisted of Allen Hughes, Carrie Hughes, Lyle Hadlock, Susan alleman, Kemari Rawlings, and myself (Thom Sequoia). I was able to help mostly with advice on the program to Carrie who did a great job of putting the program together, and also I helped write the press release, and sent it out to press and my list of artists and bands.

The event itself was a workshop, where artists, bands, musicians, and songwriters from all genre styles and all levels of expertise, got together and broke off into groups during the day, and wrote original music on the same day in collaboration, and then performed that evening for an audience open to the public. (How was that for one very long sentence?)

The turnout had at least 30 plus music participants, and
probably 150 audience attending the evening’s performance.

I got to write and perform with a few guys. We called ourselves “Leroy”, and had four guitars and four vocals, writing a song called “Running”, a la Eagles/Crosby Stills & Nash in style and harmonies. The guys were Thom Sequoia, Bill Webster, Mark Ainge, and Dave Cole. And we sounded pretty darn good for never having played together before Saturday!

Later in the day when all groups had broke off and already wrote a song, I realized Kemari Rawlings of Country fame had not been able to get with a group because she had to leave for a while and then come back.

So I convinced her we she write a song real fast for her to perform. We ended up writing a tune called “No more living for tomorrow”. It ended up being a duet, with me on the guit and her fiddle player from her band – Kevan Paul – jumping in on fiddle, and both of us singing. It turned out pretty good, and we got lot’s of amazed comments that we could sound that good on a song we just wrote in 45 minutes!!!!!

As a final note, I just have to say congrats to all those who came and participated. There sure was a lot of great talent, and some great budding talent. It takes guts to get up there and do something like this for those first timers. Good job everyone!!!!

acmf-crowd

Thom Sequoia & Ms. J (Linda Jackson)

On my recent trip to The SF Bay Area, I stopped by my High School and visited Valhalla with me and the boys. We got to catch up with Mrs. Linda Jackson, who was our illustrious Theatre teacher, and has been championing the cause of the Arts for over thirty years. Our group of thespians and music teenagers was the first group she taught at Irvington.

I got to see most of the gang at the class of 79′ reunion, even though I was class of 80′. Including Jim Suth, Tony Pagan, Athena Duros, Gayle Thames, Lynne Anderson, Cheryl Kratochvil, Kyle dawson, Neil Burkhart, Tim Tyree, Ken Centers, Cindy Dawson, Keri Quade, Bev Hansen, Lisa, Laura…….and so many more I can’t name them all. It was great to see you all!

But back to Ms. J! Here’s a photo I took with her in Valhalla. I know she will be retiring in the next few years, and it sure would be great to do a benefit concert there in the next year to help raise money for the arts, being as how the State of California has cut budgets drastically in the college and public education systems.

What do you say California friends? Would you come?
Let’s do it!

Thom Sequoia and Linda Jackson at Valhalla 2009

Thom Sequoia and Linda Jackson at Valhalla 2009

 

Get Back, Honkey Cat

Better get on back to the woods…with my redneck ways…..oh, change is gonna do me good…..

Thanks Elton! Anywhoooo, please “get back” and check back, because I promise to have some music videos and MP3’s posted soon for your listening pleasure.

Facebook Woe’s

I thunk I dun messed up! In creating a Facebook page for Thom Sequoia, I inadvertantly used the regular sign up portal, and didn’t realize there was a link down below for musicians, with cool musician apps like gig dates, videos, mp3’s, etc. I may have to start over, cause I haven’t been able to change it yet. Crimeny!!!!!