Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Possum Trot Orchestra

The Possum Trot Orchestra ... isn't that a great name for a folk/country/bluegrass/blues band? My stepson John Minton is a founding member, along with Susie and Rob Suraci, and they have released their latest CD, called "Harbor Road" (for which John wrote many of the lyrics and sings lead vocals). John plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, keyboards & lap steel in this band, plus who knows how many other instruments ... the boy is a musical wizard!

(OK, disclaimer here ... I may be a little bit prejudiced ... plus I guess I must admit that he can no longer be considered a "boy", being a tenured professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne, and having a wife and grown daughter!)

I received my copy of the CD yesterday, and have been playing it non-stop since then. The music is sometimes sweet, sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking ... Americana all the way. If you want to hear it (shameless family-promotion follows!) go to www.possumtrotorchestra.com and click on the "Sample/Buy the Music" link to cdbaby.com. I really love this CD!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

What planet are you from?

This is what you put on your blog when you don't have time to upload pictures of any new work!

I Am From Jupiter
You are exuberantly curious - and you love to explore newness. Enthusiastic and optimistic, you get a kick out of stimulating intellectual discussions. Foreign cultures and languages fascinate you. You love the outdoors, animals, and freedom. Chances are you tend to exaggerate, so try to keep a lid on that. If you do, you'll continue to be known for your confidence, generosity, and sense of justice.