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supermoon

A few weeks ago I took a walk in Maudslay State Park under the supermoon with some old friends and some new ones. I’m never quite prepared for how exquisite a very full moon is, and how the silvery light casts chiaroscuro shadows and illuminates everything. I was also unprepared for how immensely full the Merrimack River was. So swollen from the pull of the close moon, the river was high and fast, carrying huge branches and whole trees and debris.

Ever a fan of night exposures, I made some long exposures on our walk.

 

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salwaterlogged

My nice and nephew, fresh out of the ocean, explored our beach house and let me photograph their adventures. The little house we rented for a few weeks is on the coast between Pulsano and Monti D’arena-bosco Caggione in Taranto, which is a quiet little area fairly devoid of tourists. It was also excellent for sea glass collecting, but more on that later.

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Nonna Italiana

I met a woman on the bus from Rome to Martina Franca who couldn’t have been less than 80 years old and was so enamored with my embroidery that it prompted her to chatter non-stop for hours in Italian to me knowing that I could only understand about a tenth of what she was saying. She told jokes which had punchlines I couldn’t translate, held my hands emphatically, and grasped my face while saying “bella, bella” over and over.

After losing two grandmother figures in the last month, this love found in the most unexpected place was nothing short of miraculous.

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the January Cure

I made this mix for January, a month which often brings forth the most lamenting from me, a month which is such a struggle because of the grey and the mush and the lack of sun. Even though it has quietly become February, I figured this mix still applies, as it is currently 24 degrees and snowing in Boston. But it will get sunny some day, the snow will melt, even if not until March. So like January, though this mix starts melancholy, it turns around.

some track notes:

“The Big Game is Every Night” – Jason Molina / Songs: Ohia / Magnolia Electric Co.  : just released at the end of 2013 as part of a 10th Anniversary re-release of The Magnolia Electric Co. album. This track was never released but was recorded during the Magnolia sessions, and is quickly becoming a favorite in my Molina rotation. Warning: it’s a silent killer, with zinger lines like “The last thing I see/ Let it be me helping/ Honestly, let it be me working/ On being a better me.” more info about the record and activities surrounding its release herehere

“Mr Big Stuff” – remix by Dart DJ : I read about these guys on esb. You can download FREE awesome party mixes on their soundcloud!

“Seized” – Floating Action : Though the music of Seth Kauffman often feels warmer to me, this song has a crispness to it that makes it more late winter than his usual. 

“Neighbor” – Band of Horses : my favorite from the forthcoming Acoustic at the Ryman lp, “Neighbor” exemplifies how strong Band of Horses can be with just harmony and simple, stripped down instrumentation. The whole record feels like a mix between Church and a living-room session, and it’s only for the occasional crowd cheering that brings you back to the whole “live-record” thing. (Band of Horses will be on a sold-out acoustic tour this Spring)

“Make You Feel My Love” – My Brightest Diamond : the most recent in a long line of covers of this song is delicate and lovely. Past renditions of Bob Dylan’s original include Adele, Billy Joel, Prince, Garth Brooks, Joan Osborne and Jeremy Irons (yes, the actor), to name a few.

While Boston is covered in several inches of the fluffiest, powderiest snow, R and I make a fort on the living room floor and celebrate this snow day by snoozing and watching Amélie.


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joshua tree, april 2013

 

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(my sweet man just got me a new negative scanner, and i am so excited I can hardly stand it. thank you, ryan)

 


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skull found at dead horse bay

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This is a little teaser of the pictures I took at Dead Horse Bay while in NY a few weeks ago. But Also: does anyone know what kind of skull this is? I cleaned out all the leftover tissue and soft matter, and bleached it, and froze it to get rid of the bacteria, and it’s currently being dried by the sun on my fire escape. I’ll take proper pictures once I bring it inside but.. what IS it?

UPDATE: everyone on Instagram thinks it’s a baby deer.

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