Cassini

Space jams.

      1. Enceladus - Supergood

 

      2. Titan - Supergood

 

      3. Cassini - Supergood

 

      4. Saturn - Supergood

 

The Cassini spacecraft is one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Any projectile that reaches beyond our atmosphere excites me in a way that no other earthly conquest can move me. The information retrieved from this traveler is completely unbelievable to me – I literally have no way to personally corroborate it. The photos and videos might as well be digitally designed because it exists only in the farthest realms of visualization. And Saturn is only one of the planets in our solar system, which is one of billions in the universe. A hexagonal hurricane on it’s North Pole? MINDBLOWING!

 

England and Scotland

We just returned from an incredible Buckland family trip to the U.K., first visiting G and Grand in Dorset, followed by a two-day overland voyage through London, Glasgow and The Highlands to The Isle of Raasay, a remote island of The Inner Hebrides with ferry access from Isle of Skye. The  beauty escalated throughout the journey with stunning vistas in every direction; endless open fields, lochs and mountains jutting out of the Sea. And at the furthest reaches of pavement on Raasay, we settled into Arnish cottage, supplied electrically by Wind and Sun, and made it our base for exploring the region. Every day offered new hikes in unique terrain with phenomenal scenery and almost completely unspoiled solitude. There are a few dense forests on Raasay, but mostly the vegetation is ankle high and wide open, allowing long views and easy access to any point you can see. It is also a perfect venue for drone footage, which added altitude and exhilaration to our island exploration.

I love to travel. It is wisdom and inspiration, challenge and growth, chaos and adventure. I was profoundly changed the first time I traveled abroad to Italy at 21 and knew immediately that while I would never be able to go everywhere, I needed to see as much somewhere as possible in my life. Since the advent of my children, traveling has transitioned from a simple and efficient backpack to strollers, car seats, pack n’ plays plus bricks of diapers and wipes, twice the wardrobe and two kids requiring constant responsibility and attention. But in the end, it’s even more rewarding to share this experience with wild and impressionable youth. I hope they get as much or more out of the adventure as I do and I look forward to many years traveling around the world and maybe beyond with my family!

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Summer = Concerts

I have had a delightful run of shows recently that warrant recognition. Prospect Park has been ripe with great offerings and I have seen several bands that really impressed me. Poliça and Yeasayer kicked off my season, Sufjan Stevens assembled a supergroup to perform his audiovisual opus, “Planetarium”, Andrew Bird’s looping violin entranced (although I was slightly distracted by my children, who were loving the late bedtime and large roaming range on the lawn with kids of all ages), Admiral T from Guadeloupe brought French dancehall and West Indian flavor (with bootleg rum punch making the rounds), while last night offered up a truly memorable experience with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, featuring the original lineup of Wooten Brothers on bass and synth-ax drumitar and Howard Levy rejoining after 25 years to bring his harmonica wizardry back to the group. Each of these musicians is the best on their respective instruments that I have ever seen and the compositions are technical showcases for their jaw-dropping feats. Two of these Park adventures continued for a nightcap at Barbes, where I saw a fantastic 70s style Latin-American Cumbia group, Money Chicha, and a great blues/funk/soul/horned-up ensemble Gato Loco.

I even had a throwback night at Madison Square Garden with Phish, night nine of the Baker’s Dozen run. Although my hardcore dedication has waned through the years, I still feel deeply connected to this quartet. From my first encounter with a bootleg Somerville Theatre ’91 tape on the bus with Greg – You Enjoy Myself – I was hooked forever. As I write this, I am listening to a high quality live stream of tonight’s show on Mixlr, which seems to be the natural evolution of the taper culture and band philosophy. While Phish and phans may be rooted in history and nostalgia, they are locked into the Now more than any other band I can think of; they are unpredictable and always full of surprises, making every show suspenseful. (Just as I wrote that sentence they broke into a cover of Radiohead’s “Everything In It’s Right Place” and I actually said “Woah” out loud to myself). They are the most creative musical group that I have had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand and I feel lucky to have been inspired by them for the last 25 years.

Free Music

      1. Terium - Supergood

 

      2. Skinny - Supergood

 

      3. PB&Pretzels - Supergood

 

      4. Bird Bandshell - Supergood

Free Time

      1. Compact - Supergood

Free Press

      1. Standing While Sitting - Supergood

 

      2. Operative - Supergood

 

      3. All Stars - Supergood

 

      4. Thirty Second Notes - Supergood

 

      5. Homer - Supergood

 

      6. Comimony - Supergood

Freestyle

      1. Paris and the Planet - Supergood

 

      2. Memorial - Supergood

 

      3. Covfefe - Supergood

Compilation

Eight jams in one. 42:48 of my life.

      1. Melding - Supergood

Space Time Continuum

      1. Rob The Poor to Fatten The Rich - Supergood

 

      2. OHCYT - Supergood

 

      3. IT - Supergood

 

      4. Elven - Supergood

 

      5. Collusion - Supergood

 

      6. Bill of Evil - Supergood

 

      7. Acceptance - Supergood