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5/28/07 @ 12:39 am   
Song For Hume, And Wacks, And Dan, And You
 
MP3 link included near end of entry
s some of you may have noticed, I do not generally write posts about the day-to-day events of my life except in the course of telling an amusing story or explicating some idea or other. So, we interrupt this blog for an unusually personal moment.

On May 27, Christopher Hume's parents met up with my friends Dan and Mike at Bard College, and they went down to the on-campus waterfalls on the Sawkill Creek, where Chris and I had spent so much time back in school, to scatter Chris's ashes. I was going to go but decided at the last minute not to because I was too angry at Chris's family, for reasons I won't go into here. My phone rang at about 9:30 that morning, and all I heard was a burst of static for a few seconds.

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Later on Mike & Dan called me from the falls. After the ceremony they had gone to the beverage distributor where we had bought so many sixes of Genesee Cream Ale way back then, bought a six of Genesee Cream Ale, brought it back to the falls to drink it, and called me on a cell. The earlier burst of static had been the rushing of the water when Mike surreptitiously called me on his cell while Chris's parents emptied the ashes, so I could "be there" for it. Later on, they noticed Chris's ashes still swirling around in the creek, and they filled one of the empties with water and ashes to give to me when I head east next month.

Bard's been in a development boom for the last 15 years, and Dan & Mike reported to me on all the changes... the new student center where there used to be a field and marsh where you could hear the spring peepers sing, the new dorm complex where there used to be woods by Annandale Road, the disappearance of the Ravine Houses where most of my friends had lived at one point or another.

That afternoon a song drilled its way out of me. It's called "The Ravine Houses Are Gone". I'll have to ask you to pardon my vocals.

Link: RavineHousesTake12.mp3

I've since done a better take of this, but haven't cleaned it up enough to post yet. I'll replace this post with the better recording when it's ready.

The next day Dan posted a picture in his blog of he & Mike at the falls that afternoon. My heart broke.


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From:polyphonicvegan
Date:June 12th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I actually really like your vocals. And your guitar playing. WOWZER!

Dare I say it would be worth your while to submit this song to KPFA's blue grass/folk show.
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From:mike20
Date:June 12th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Hey, thanks. So now the two people who've heard it have commented that they liked the vocals - seriously? I dunno, I find them ok in places but unlistenable in others. I've gotta get the better take cleaned up - the next day I got a take I was really happy with, but when I listened to it, a nearby halogen bulb had put a loud whine through the whole recording which I haven't found a way to filter out yet. If I do though I'll give them both a serious listen to decide which take I wanna send out to all Hume's friends.

Actually, except for that little coda, the guitar part to that song is incredibly easy. It's in open G tuning, so it sounds a little different, but it's really simple, I could have you doing it in 2 minutes.

Man, you check LJ every day, don't you?
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 12th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
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>seriously?

Yup.

>Man, you check LJ every day, don't you?

Except when I'm on vacation without my computer/access to internet cafes. I'm not proud of this fact...
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From:cyan_blue
Date:June 16th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
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*hugs* and sympathies for the loss of your friend, and the loss of the Ravine houses... I remember once watching a house with *character* be demolished to make a parking lot, and it was wrenching to see. Thanks for sharing your song with us.

Good to spend time with you this weekend, btw.
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From:mike20
Date:June 16th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Thanks... yeah, it was a tough thing. We're actually going to go have a memorial at the falls when I go back east in a few weeks, it'll be my first time back there since all the changes. Should be strange, but good.

Yeah, this weekend's events were a treat, most definitely. Life is good.
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