Love Affair

East low resOur new album East features songs inspired by favorite novels. The Cat’s Table (Michael Oondatje) inspired Tempest, The Summer Book (Tove Jannson) the song Sophia, and Snow Hunters (Paul Yoon), Tree. My great-grandfather’s poem My Soul is put to music as well. My sisters and I spent many summers with our grandparents and bachelor uncle outside Birmingham. The brick house had a slope down from the street and seemed magically burrowed into that cool, dark place shaded by an enormous elm tree and surrounded by the azaleas and lilies that my Uncle Allen loved so.
By |June 22nd, 2016|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|0 Comments


We moved all round at the behest of the US Air Force, my father was an attorney and made it to “full bird,” and was known amongst the son-in-laws as Col. Bob. My mother was a working-mother, in a career she loved and was very good at, running laboratories at military hospitals. They had us […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|0 Comments

The Long Memory

“Yes, the long memory is the most radical idea in this country. It is the loss of that long memory which deprives our people of that connective flow of thoughts and events that clarifies our vision, not of where we’re going, but where we want to go.”
- Bruce “Utah” Phillips 1935–2008

I love this quote. Jim Nunally […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|Comments Off on The Long Memory

My Soul: Healing from WWI

Dad and Papa BatesMy great-grandfather, Papa Bates, has been on my mind lately. My duo partner, Jim Nunally, and I just put one of his poems to music. We have written a number of songs that we plan to release in an album called House & Garden. […]

By |August 25th, 2012|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|Comments Off on My Soul: Healing from WWI

Stuck in Second Gear

Grandma Nell & MomI feel like my engine’s racing but I’m stuck in second gear.  (There’s a song in there somewhere.)

I have gone to three weddings and am on my way to a fourth, have knitted three pair of baby booties for friends this summer.  My life […]

By |September 9th, 2009|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|0 Comments