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April 20th, 2016
03:48 pm

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Cheshire Moon on Concert Window!
We are doing a show May 21 on Concert Window!

We're taking requests on the Facebook Event.

If there is anyone you think might want to know, please tell them!

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March 25th, 2016
01:55 pm

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On bikes and such
Last fall a group our friends pitched in and bought me a bike.

I didn't write much about it, mostly because there ended up being a bunch of problems with that bike that were only completely solved a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, it had some issues.

A week or so ago, I bought another bike, so Lizzie and I can do this together. Got it, and took it to one of the local bike shops to have it put it together. First of all, for all my local friends, I highly recommend Bicycles Plus. Great guy running it, very helpful, very affordable.

I am in, probably, the worst shape of my life. I put on weight over the winter, and I was too heavy before.

Last night, I rode that bike (trike actually) home. A bit under a half mile. That is the furthest I have ridden any sort of self-powered vehicle in longer than I can clearly remember.

It was wonderful. My legs are a bit rubbery today, but I feel marvelous. I intend to get on it every day that I can. Probably just around the block for a bit. If I get going, I am going to have gears put on it, to help on those non-flat areas.

This weekend, we're going to adjust the bike from last year to fit Lizzie. And we're going to start in the long ride to get us both back into shape.

It felt so good, that short ride. So good.

I used to spend hours on my bike back in my teens and twenties. I want to get back to that. I'm tired of being tired all the time. I'm tired of what that does to me (and I will post about that later today, or over the weekend). It's been a dark time for me. Time to head back to the light.

This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.

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March 21st, 2016
02:12 pm

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Ten Ways
I saw a meme on FB about supporting authors, thought that we needed our own version

Ten Ways To Support Your Favorite Band

Buy Their Music
Write Reviews
Give Their CDs As Gifts
Tell Ten People
Play Their Music For Friends
Post Links To Their Music
Recommend On Your Blog
Take A Friend To Their Concert
Tell Them What You Think
Add Your Own Idea To This List (ok, I ran out of ideas)

Additions
Host a house concert (or any sort of show)

Artists of all sorts are fragile creatures. I know I am. We need to hear your voice in what we do. We need your help getting heard. We need the support. All of the bands you like do.

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March 14th, 2016
08:41 am

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Consonance
There is so much to write about, so many people to thank.Collapse )

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February 29th, 2016
11:52 am

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One more day.
One more day and we are on the train heading to Consonance.

I would like to announce that I will be even more unreasonable these next two days than I normally am. I know, that is slightly terrifying. I would like to say that it is very possible that Lizzie will be even worse.

We packed up instruments and stage gear last night. The suitcase with the pedalboards is a teensy bit heavy (in an "it has it's own gravity well" sort of heavy).

Tonight is the rest of the clothes and stuff.

The cats are confused, very confused. We packed a suitcase, and then left it in the living room. We put instruments into their cases, and left them in the rehearsal room. This does not scan in Helvetica and Calibri world.

I upgraded the room fairly cheaply today, so we have more room to stretch out. We have a shower and a toilet of our own. Admittedly a terrible shower and toilet, but it's in our room, rather than having to go downstairs for the terrible shower and toilet.

We will spend the days looking out the window as the mountains go by. We will spend the evenings watching movies and playing games. Lizzie will knit ... a lot ...

We come back to a show, Lizzie's birthday, and the 5th anniversary of her moving to Iowa.

Lizzie's Mom will be in town that weekend to pick up Reilly, who will spend a week in Indianapolis.

The following weekend we will drive to Indianapolis to bring her back.

We're a little busy the next few weeks.

Come see us at Consonance, come see us at Streetcar 209 on the 12th ... or just say hi here.

One more day!

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December 13th, 2015
12:09 am

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Our last show!
Of the year anyway ... time for some time off.

It was a lovely way to end our year, thank you so much everyone who came out and played along!

Set 1
Circus Of Dreams
Disenchanted
Call Me Home
Hot McGonagall
A Song About Fog
Catnyp
Stream of Consciousness
Calvin's Girl
Critters
Boneman's Daughter

Set 2
Widows Garden
Persephone
Child Of The Library
Winter's Night (first time played live)
Single White Monster
Sleep No More
Snow White Red Road
Masters of Library Science
Wassail (trad, with occasional drifts into other songs)

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November 30th, 2015
11:26 am

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Starting to look ...
I promised myself that I would not start putting together shows for next year until the end of this year.

Yeah, that lasted ...

We are cutting down quite a bit, but we are trying to put together a few double weekends.

We're looking for a place to play in the Madison or Milwaukee area July 9 (we're in Chicago on the 8th). We're looking for something in the Chicago area Sept 17 (we're in Oak Park Sept 18).

Any sort of coffee house, any place where geeks hang out, or house concert. Comment or send me a message if you have an idea!

We, as a general rule, do not play at bars.

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November 26th, 2015
08:09 pm

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Things to be thankful for, with some notes to preface each.
It's been a rough couple of years. Health problems, physical problems. I'm still running about 70%.

1. I'm still here and in a lot less pain, and getting around a lot better! I am determined to be on my feet for most of the Consonance show in March. I have a long ways to go, but I will get there!


There has been so much loss the last couple of years. It's the birthday today of a dear old friend who we lost a few years ago. Most importantly, I lost my father this year. Much of the last half of the year has been a fight with depression. I'm winning ... mostly.

2. I still have in my life the ever amazing Linda Robbins Coleman​, who has gone through so much, who I worry about so much. Still, she is stronger than most of us, she will prevail. And my brilliant brother, Wim Coleman​ and his wife Pat Perrin. We rarely see each other, but when we do, it's darn twisted.


One of the great truths, your kids grow up. You don't spend as much time with them as you would like.

3. Three brilliant children. Ian Coleman​, who looks at life in fascinating ways. So insightful, so brilliant. And, of course, a quick aside for his amazing girlfriend Katie May Stahr​. Watching her go from nervous teenager to strong young woman has been marvelous. She is such an amazing addition to this family.

Jared Coleman​, whose musical talent continues to astound. Watching his drive and determination has been an inspiration. There is music coming up from my band that he holds a large influence over.

Reilly Coleman​, my wise and intelligent youngest child. Your positivity makes me want to be a better person.

I am so proud of all three of you.


I lost the drums a few years ago, my hands just couldn't do it any more. It's been a fight to keep the strings going, but I am doing better than I ever have. One more mild problem to take care of and my hands should be clear of problems for the immediate future.

4. All the music and musicians in my life. So many people who I admire and look up to who seem, for some reason, to think of me as a peer. This has been an amazing, and difficult year. 31 shows. New places played and bunches of new people met. We're still having problems getting new people in in the places we have been before. Working on that.


I was so certain that I was going to spend the rest of my life alone. We see how that has worked out ...

5. The love of my life, the astounding Lizzie Crowe​. She pushes me as a person. She pushes me as a musician. She is my perfect partner. No one makes me think harder, laugh louder and feel better.


I am a bit of a misanthrope. Regardless of the big public persona, I am, by nature, an introvert. Many have a problem believing that.

6. All of the people who, despite my being a trifle difficult, still love me. Whether it's the small, tight circle (which gets larger all the time, I have more friends at this point in my life than ever), or all of the folks we know here and out on the road. You make my life better. You are so much of what I have to be thankful for,

This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.

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November 14th, 2015
09:22 pm

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Inspired Grounds
We decided to hit the Inspired Grounds open mic tonight. Small crowd, three songs in the first set.

Persephone
A Song About Fog
Snow White, Red Road

And two more later ...

She Moved Through The Faire (trad)
Widow's Garden

We were in a mood tonight, very aggressive versions of nearly everything. It was a blast!

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November 13th, 2015
07:33 am

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Nice
We decided to hit the Ritual Cafe open mic last night. Smaller crowd, less musicians in attendance, which meant an extra song.

A Song About Fog
Persephone
Disenchanted (the 200 bpm version, I may have started a little fast)

We stuck with fiddle songs, I think we will be doing that for the next couple of months. We intend to hit a fair amount of open mics, keep ourselves sharp. Don't want to get lazy in our time off.

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