A Night of Drumming

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

A friend of mine invited me out to drum at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust last night. Neither of us had been there in quite some time, so it was high time we attended! It’s usually just thunder drumming, though there were certainly times of coalescence in the rhythms. The weather was perfect for [...]

Kindergarten Schedule

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Balthazar told me what his schedule looks like at school.  When he gets to schools, he draws, goes to lunch, naps, plays on the playground, then waits for the buses.  I guess things haven’t changed a lot in the schools since I was little.  Of course, he thinks my schedule looks like this: drive forever [...]

A Drum Circle Arrangement of “Galang”

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I’m imagining some possible scenarios where I could lead a drum circle into a sort of performance.  Most facilitated drum circles enter into spontaneous or random rhythms and are then led to compose the music.  I would really like to lead people (sometimes naively) into known songs.  There’s an extra sense of excitement when you [...]

Monday Night Drumming

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Last night marks the first time I’ve been able to use the fancy new field recorder to do some real recording.  Although there were only two of us to play, and I was certainly a bit out of sorts, we were able to pull off some interesting bits that rendered pretty well on the H2.  [...]

A Baby Changes Everything

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Remarkably, the biggest change at the Gradin household is simply in our perception. There are all sorts of things that change when a new child is born into your family. Your free time dries up, your bank account empties, you become more selfless. But when you already have an older child, the [...]

Smallest, and Newest Member of the Empire’s Finest

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Guess who has the coolest costume on the block? Balthazar does! His best (and only) Uncle-figure went all out and got together a suit of youth Storm Trooper gear for Balthazar this year. He’s been working on it for a while now and it’s finally finished. Sunday, he brought it over [...]

Cloudberries

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

From the folks that brought you surströmming, a kind of fermented herring, comes something a bit different to entice your palate! When I first heard “cloudberry,” I thought it a playful term for flatulence. Turns out, it’s an indescribable fruit found in northern latitudes. It’s rare, and rather difficult to cultivate as [...]

Offspring, Part Deaux

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

In nine days, we’ll be a family of four, having welcomed a new baby girl into the Gradin household on the 24th of this month…at 6:00am. That’s how we role. My wife likes to plan for the unplannable. However, she has made certain assurances for this life-event, and I have little doubt [...]

Zune 3.0 Coming

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Mmmm…Zune 3.0. I’ve just read Jason Dunn’s (of ThoughtMedia.com) report on a recent Microsoft meeting discussing the Zune 3.0 release. I am completely sold on the Zune platform and am greatly encouraged by the up-and-coming release. Perhaps the greatest boon of them all is that the Zune team will be including us [...]

Lennart Green Magic Amazes TEDrs

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Lennart Green, the foremost close-up card magician of the world, dazzled the audience of TED 2005. I caught the video today on my Zune and was thrilled. His show is very entertaining, quick witted, and his foreignness is close to my heart (Green is from Gothenburg, Sweden). The TED video is around [...]