In its first 24 hours on FB it's over 2600 views -- I guess I hit a nerve! Don't do what I did (procrastinate for 5 years)
I know hearing loss is a touchy subject -- took me five years to acknowledge mine. If you are someone you know is saying, "Wut?" more often they should, you could send them this song. My audiologist, Dr. Joe Montano, makes a cameo appearance at the very end of the video.
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I've been sequestered upstate at the artist colony Yaddo for the past four weeks -- it's been quite an adjustment -- for one thing, I had to run my white noise machine because the silence at night is deafening, and for another, I tried to put a snail out of harm's way, thinking he'd get run over on the gravel path I was walking (where occasional cars and bikes go by) -- only to discover on closer inspection that he was an acorn. But a brave, free range acorn.
I wrote three songs, completed two videos, and did two performances for fellow residents while here, residents who are artists and writers from all over the world (and attended their readings and art shows in their cabins). I've never been to an artist colony before, never had an opportunity to just focus on creative work without any distractions (except for MSNBC and CNN's reporting on the wild politics we are living through). I also was part of three open mics at the Caffe Lena, so I got to meet some good local musicians, too.
I hope my new song will encourage those who need them to get hearing tests. The first clue that I remember things weren't right with my hearing was watching a rerun of "Law & Order." I thought to myself, "Gee, these shows used to be so well done -- but the sound has gone downhill I guess." Then at the end I realized it was an episode from 20 years ago. Uh oh, it wasn't "Law & Order" -- it was ME.
What finally pushed me to get hearing aids is when I was told that there is a new theory that when your hearing is compromised, certain parts of the brain get less stimulation, and then those parts of the brain start to atrophy. It makes sense if you think about that. If you even think you might have a problem, I encourage you to get your hearing tested. Hearing loss is gradual and painless. Mine isn't terrible, but it was becoming more noticeable. I've been blasted by feedback onstage more times than I can count, which I'm sure didn't help.
As Paul Newman liked to say, "Getting old is not for sissies." So I hope my new song can do some good.
- Highlights from the Forever Plaid 30th Plaidiversary Reunion Special (26 minutes & 40 seconds)
- See Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright, Holly Near, Joe Jencks, Rory Block, Don Armstrong, Ellis Paul, and others celebrate the Caffe Lena's 60th anniversary
- Also part of this tonight -- Don Armstrong, Rory Block, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen and others
- The people on Mulberry Street in Rochester, NY thank all essential workers doing their jobs
- Joanne Woodward's dream was to turn this book into a film -- I hope this will get it a step closer
- After this, only 2 chapters left to read (will be posted on Sunday night)
- here's the real chapter 3 of "Lucy Gayheart" by Willa Cather -- sorry about that!
- 7-1/2 minutes to get us all on the same page so we're prepared for the ending of the book (which will be posted late Saturday and late Sunday)
- Red Grammer & Kenny White are the soundtrack for my brother Christopher's wonderful project in Geneva
- 18-1/2 minutes The last two chapters of Book 2 -- Book 3 will follow soon
- Lucy Gayheart -- Book 2, Chapters 8 & 9 -- 11 minutes 22 seconds -- Christmas comes to Haverford
- There's an interesting footnote at the end of Chapter 7 that I think you'd dig