i'm a Tucson singer, writer, and musician playing in the modeens and the cordials. i use this site to post music and write about my various obsessions and stories from the past, present and beyond.
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ode to red room

ode to red room

A few years back, when Jamie and I realized that Los Angeles wasn’t going to be our forever home (housing prices and earthquakes being two of the prime reasons) and we were casting about for new potential headquarters, we visited our friends Mike and Carrie in Tucson for the first time. We immediately dug the...
the stray guitar that followed you home

the stray guitar that followed you home

Here’s a guest blog from my dear ol’ dad, Tom Williams. It’s his fault that I play guitar at all, and he’s also quite the teacher (taught high school History among other things) and story teller, so I asked him to do a write up for yall on a subject that is dear to his...
thank you, cyril

thank you, cyril

It’s been very sad for a big chunk of the Tucson music community as well as many, many other people around the world. Songwriter, musician, carpenter, campfire cook and friend, Cyril Barrett, sings no more.     He’d become a fixture in Jamie’s and my lives. First as a fellow musician – when Jamie and...
feed the birds

feed the birds

Even though we are now deep in that famous desert dry heat of a Tucson summer, our olive tree is playing host to its own little wilderness of local birds. I admit I helped this along by making an addition to my improvised bird bath: bird feeders. And now I’m becoming addicted. To bird feeders....
ghosting on swamp radio

ghosting on swamp radio

As most of you long-time readers know, I hail from Jacksonville, FL, the northeast corner of that most unique of states. On the Atlantic Ocean, right next door to south Georgia. It’s a hard place to describe to people who’ve never done more than pass through on I-95. It’s got beautiful sugar sand beaches, and...
a week at my table - pistachios

a week at my table – pistachios

Here’s the longer version of a little guest post I did for the Tucson CSA newsletter for their “A Week At My Table” segment, where CSA members describe how they’ve used their veggies through the week. From other parts of the country you read phrases like “as the temperature drops”, “packing away my flip-flops” and...
silent songbird: an ode to linda ronstadt

silent songbird: an ode to linda ronstadt

I felt a cold wave pass through me when I saw the headline. “Linda Ronstadt has retired from singing due to Parkinson’s disease.” Even after a long career fully documented with almost 30 albums in styles from rock to swing to opera and Grammy awards (and nominations) out the yin yang, it made me sad....
the september tease

the september tease

September is an odd month here in the desert. Every blog title or magazine article you come across on the interwebs talks of crisp breezes and the prospect of changing leaves. Here we are still waiting to say goodbye to the last three-digit day and dreaming of a high that’s lower than 90 degrees. I...
monsoon melodies and maladies

monsoon melodies and maladies

This is the part of the Sonoran summer you don’t get to see unless you stick around. Hang tough through that hot dry heat. Though you can’t blame fellow desert dwellers for skipping out – it’s a good time to drive north and rest your eyes on some mountain views or head west to bask...
a week at my table

a week at my table

The Tucson CSA asked me to write an installment of their frequent newsletter section, ‘A Week At My Table’. Here was the harvest in question: Oops, and a summer CSA harvest picture isn’t complete without this fruit diva popping up! It’s summertime and the blowsy abundance of winter greens and roots, which usually required me...
neil gaiman's lemon pancakes

neil gaiman’s lemon pancakes

As a reader, a Neil Gaiman fan and a somewhat-foodie, I had to break my recent blog-fast with an unexpected delight: the real-world recipe for the lemon pancakes mentioned in Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean At The End of the Lane. Gaiman writes modern mythology with quirk and wit and I’ve been following him since...
crazy about cactus

crazy about cactus

The cool (or sometimes irritating) thing about CSAs is when you’re given something that you would normally ignore if you were in a store or farmer’s market. It takes you out of your rut and makes you think and learn (again, this can be cool or irritating depending on what other craziness you have going...