the acoustic zen of an almost-moved-out-of home is never underrated, however wistful https://t.co/Axrgo7MXfc
— ../westy (@westyreflector)
Jul 29, 2021
take your fences
take your shutters
take your blinds
— you are here —
take your window screens
take your windows
take your mosquito nets
take your flashlights
turn off the sun
That Old Guitar on That Old Guitar
Uncle, a 1934 Gibson L-1 flat-top acoustic, came to me via my wife Cat’s father, Steve, a stellar pianist and big band leader in Chicago. Cat’s great Uncle Ernest, Uncle’s original owner, bequeathed the guitar to Steve.
Cat & I found Uncle (in his original case) in Steve’s basement on a trip to her Chicago home. I tuned him up best he would, and strummed an open G major (the strings were a dozen years old, at least). He rang for less than a second before the bridge popped off. The sound of the chord was brilliant, however, and I took him back to New York, where the luthier of legend Paul Schwartz of Peekamoose Custom Guitars worked his magic (he is “The Moose” in the lyrics).
Paul has modded all my guitars, and also built me Fabien, an extraterrestrial Peekamoose M2 that’s the only electric guitar I’ll ever need if I ever need to have only 1. Definitely the one I’m grabbing, running from a house fire.
Uncle’s restoration process at Peekamoose involved a lot of micro-movements, acclimation periods, and clamps. And took almost 2 years.
The original bridge and half of the top’s bracing were not salvageable, and got replaced. Everything else is a time capsule, a literal message in box. The fretboard is still worn where Ernest spent most of his time playing (lower frets in open G tuning from what I can trace), and the flat-top’s 87-year-old finish reveals the most gorgeous cracks when the light hits it just right.…
“Let me in, Luna.”
“Take me to @downtowndoghouse to see @baracudajo. Massachusetts has turned my coat into hard scrabble!”
“Kid, that’s where we’re going. Tomorrow you see JoJo.”
“Oh, ok. In that case what are you waiting for? Come in! I’ll ring the Footman.” pic.twitter.com/J7uGNlbmIc
— ../westy (@westyreflector) May 12, 2021
“Moose fact socks?” sniffed Luna. “Even for the northern realm of Luna’s Lands, they show no taste.”
“Dare you argue?”
“Lol hold tongue or I’ll take it.”
“They’re staying on, Kid. I have never had a bad day in moose fact socks.”
“Plebs all around me. Pfft.” pic.twitter.com/C6o3pzAZly
— ../westy (@westyreflector) March 16, 2021
“Behold Queen Luna’s Lowell castle until July!”
“You 3rd-person now?”
“Topic! Why don’t these horseless carriages slow for we?”
“This is Massachusetts, the OG bird-flipper at monarchy.”
“Well they are my subjects. They will submit!”
“Speak for we-self, Kid.”
“Silence, Jester!” pic.twitter.com/0MtGFiaDbO
— ../westy (@westyreflector) March 12, 2021
Zero. So wild how Denise still resonates. Would be great to see again. I don’t recall getting sent a crew copy, but I’ll check when back in NYC this wk.
btw, all interior apt sets (& prod office) were in a palatial brownstone on 70th St & Madison Av
— ../westy (@westyreflector) January 3, 2021
abandoned object: The Book of The Courtiers – Castiglione
“Perhaps the most representative book of the Renaissance, it is a compendium of manners and ideals written by one who himself came near to the Renaissance ideals of the perfect courtier and the complete man.” pic.twitter.com/H3P0U5CbLV
— ../westy (@westyreflector) December 26, 2020
“I have ascended the Stump Throne of the Longest Meadow, in the white squall, as foretold by the Oracle of BooBoo. The Kingdom of Prospect is now mine!”
“This is a public park, Kid.”
“Yes, it’s the park of my public.”
“Silence! Or suffer 2 licks of the flagpole!” pic.twitter.com/vn9YgHA1D3
— ../westy (@westyreflector) December 18, 2020
Thanks to everyone who tuned in to last night’s show, and to @limelightmusic.live for making it happen. Going live again today at 3:00(GMT-4), for some easy breezy sunday afternoon pleasure. A residency in your own residence is just so now. :^D
— ../westy (@westyreflector) August 30, 2020
Stationary Chevy update: No longer still.
After 33 months in the same spot on our block, gone baby gone. We got DUB’s story, tho, from the owner, an FDNY EMT on a mission to recreate Alonzo Harris’s 1979 Monte Carlo in Training Day.
— ../westy (@westyreflector) July 2, 2020