Monday, March 22, 2010

The Age of Conversation THREE (OMG! OMG! OMG!)

How is it possible that the third (all new!) edition of the Age of Conversation is due out this year? How I ask you? You know me, so you know that's a rhetorical question I'm about to answer.

It's due out this year because of the tireless efforts of the dream team Drew McLellan (The Iowa Instigator) and Gavin Heaton (The Thunder from Down Under).  It takes a lot to write a book. It takes a lot more to edit a book with 170 authors spread worldwide.

I'll share more details in the next few days and weeks - but the most important things to know are 1) This book is filled with nuggets of genius and; 2) Every dollar of the purchase price of this book goes to charity. Neither the authors, nor the editors make one penny. (The authors even have to purchase their own copies of the book!) Stay tuned for more dazzling details and introductions to my fellow co-authors.

Adam Joseph

Priyanka Sachar

Mark Earls

Cory Coley-Christakos

Stefan Erschwendner

Paul Hebert

Jeff De Cagna

Thomas Clifford

Phil Gerbyshak

Jon Burg

Toby Bloomberg

Shambhu Neil Vineberg

Joseph Jaffe

Uwe Hook

Steve Roesler

Michael E. Rubin

anibal casso

Steve Woodruff

Steve Sponder

Becky Carroll

Tim Tyler

Chris Wilson

Beth Harte

Tinu Abayomi-Paul

Dan Schawbel

Carol Bodensteiner

Trey Pennington

David Weinfeld

Dan Sitter

Vanessa DiMauro

Ed Brenegar

David Zinger

Brett T. T. Macfarlane

Efrain Mendicuti

Deb Brown

Brian Reich

Gaurav Mishra

Dennis Deery

C.B. Whittemore

Gordon Whitehead

Heather Rast

Cam Beck

Hajj E. Flemings

Joan Endicott

Cathryn Hrudicka

Jeroen Verkroost

Karen D. Swim

Christopher Morris

Joe Pulizzi

Leah Otto

Corentin Monot

Karalee Evans

Leigh Durst

David Berkowitz

Kevin Jessop

Lesley Lambert

Duane Brown

Peter Korchnak

Mark Price

Dustin Jacobsen

Piet Wulleman

Mike Maddaloni

Ernie Mosteller

Scott Townsend

Nick Burcher

Frank Stiefler

Steve Olenski

Rich Nadworny

John Rosen

Tim Jackson

Suzanne Hull

Len Kendall

Amber Naslund

Wayne Buckhanan

Mark McGuinness

Caroline Melberg

Andy Drish

Oleksandr Skorokhod

Claire Grinton

Angela Maiers

Paul Williams

Gary Cohen

Armando Alves

Sam Ismail

Gautam Ramdurai

B.J. Smith

Tamera Kremer

Eaon Pritchard

Brendan Tripp

Adelino de Almeida

Jacob Morgan

Casey Hibbard

Andy Hunter

Julian Cole

Debra Helwig

Anjali Ramachandran

Jye Smith

Drew McLellan

Craig Wilson

Karin Hermans

Emily Reed

David Petherick

Katie Harris

Gavin Heaton

Dennis Price

Mark Levy

George Jenkins

Doug Mitchell

Mark W. Schaefer

Helge Tenno

Douglas Hanna

Marshall Sponder

James Stevens

Ian Lurie

Ryan Hanser

Jenny Meade

Jeff Larche

Sacha Tueni and Katherine Maher

David Svet

Jessica Hagy

Simon Payn

Joanne Austin-Olsen

Mark Avnet

Stanley Johnson

Marilyn Pratt

Mark Hancock

Steve Kellogg

Michelle Beckham-Corbin

Michelle Chmielewski

Amy Mengel

Veronique Rabuteau

Peter Komendowski

Andrea Vascellari

Timothy L Johnson

Phil Osborne

Beth Wampler

Amy Jussel

Rick Liebling

Eric Brody

Arun Rajagopal

Dr Letitia Wright

Hugh de Winton

David Koopmans

Aki Spicer

Jeff Wallace

Don Frederiksen

Charles Sipe

Katie McIntyre

James G Lindberg & Sandra Renshaw

David Reich

Lynae Johnson

Jasmin Tragas

Deborah Chaddock Brown

Mike O'Toole

Jeanne Dininni

Iqbal Mohammed

Morriss M. Partee

Katie Chatfield

Jeff Cutler

Pete Jones

Riku Vassinen

Jeff Garrison

Kevin Dugan

Tiphereth Gloria

Mike Sansone

Lori Magno

Valerie Simon

Nettie Hartsock

Mark Goren


Peter Salvitti

Friday, March 19, 2010

Another Awesome Customer Note (Cross-post)

It's always thrilling to get notes from customers telling you that they love their item, it's mind-blowing when they make a photo montage and put it on your Facebook page!  My other favorite thank you photo is here. Thank you to all of my lovely and amazing and talented customers - you make this a joyful art and for that I am so grateful!

Marina purchased the Right Round Neckpiece from my brand new shop on Makers Market.
About Makers Market: Introducing Makers Market. A collaboration between the creators of MAKE and Boing Boing, Makers Market is an online marketplace bringing together our favorite entrepreneurial makers selling products and services directly to DIY enthusiasts – people with a thirst for life — enriching exploration through hands-on science and tech projects, risk-taking, art, sustainability, self-reliance, and hands-on learning. Not to mention a pinch of mischief-making tossed in for good measure.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Even More Music

For the 9th night in a row beloved husband and I have had an event, or dinner, or such 'you many not wear your pajamas' event. On Saturday night it was the Spectrum Singers pre-spring concert featuring their favorite music.  Some of their favorites are mine as well - Four Motets by Anton Bruckner, Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten (it's 8 shades of crazy, but there are elements that I really love) and my favorite of their favorites - Vivaldi's Gloria in D. You've all heard bits of that in films, but to be sitting up front and hearing those magnificent voices (featuring Tom's brother Henry) along with the orchestra of Emmanuel Music was such a treat.

I am slightly ashamed to admit that every time conductor John Erlich steps to the stage I turn to Tom and quote something from Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Big Lebowski. Usually "Dude". Tell me if I'm wrong about the similarity to PSH.

Conductor Erlich:

A side by side comparison.

Henry glaring at me because he probably knows I'm writing this in my head as I take the picture.

The chorus at work.

A clip from one of the best movies ever.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Session Americana: March 5, 2010

 Session Americana took the stage again on Friday night at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. Took it and owned it as they kick off their tour. The place was packed (fortunately with music lovers who wanted to listen to the music) and while we stood in a great spot for the first set, we sat in the front row for the second (thanks Miranda!) It was another gorgeous night of music with special guests Rose Polenzani, Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Will Daily and Asa Brebner.

I've tried to synthesize what it is about this music/band/setting that makes me so happy.  So here it is, wonky, inartful and groupie-ish as it may be.

1. Down home, handmade, sitting around the fire drinking and laughing music.  The only thing I have to compare what I witnessed at Lizard Lounge is my comedy days when the comics would stand out back of the Comedy Store and dissect our set, each others' sets, particular jokes, riff on jokes that worked, kind of worked or were GOING to work, dammit. It's a connection between people who love a thing in different ways but bring it together and make it even better.

2. Variety. The musical variety just makes me swoon - from real Red River country fried steak to the Beastie Boys to The Band, their amazing original music and beyond, Session Americana covers the waterfront. If you can't find something to like then I'm very sorry for your ears.

3. The 'Whatever-May-Come' factor. Will drunk people show up and demand songs (and put booze and glasses on the table for the band?) Will special guest musicians be available when their name is called? Will the Pleasure Society do their job and entertain all? Only the shadow knows, but the vagaries of live shows don't seem to throw these guys at all.

4. Community sing. Yeah, I said it. Peeps like to sing along - and outside of church where do you really get to belt it out? Listening to Jon Bistline sing 'I Can't Get Out' with 90+ people singing backup was pretty sweet.

So blah blah blah I think they are wonderful and I feel good having heard such special music two nights in a row all I can do is recommend you check out Session Americana.

Here are a few snaps from the show - all my pix from this show are HERE.

I love it when Dinty Child plays the squeeze box. 

Will Daily sitting in.

Jim Fitting ponders and sings.

Billy Beard back for an encore.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Session Americana: March 4, 2010

Billy Beard's Drum kit, originally uploaded by Moda di Magno.

The ticket Gods smiled on me and I managed to get second round tickets to Session Americana at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge last night. I have tickets for tonight as well - talk about awesome luck!

Last night's show was fabulous. This is such an amazing group of talents that anything I cold say would just make them sound lame - so check them out for yourself at - I'm dying to know what you think.

I wrote about my first experience with Session Americana this past December. All of my photos are HERE.

Oh, and if you are a young person attending a musical performance - keep your voices down. If you want to talk and drink there are tons of places for that - in the presence of musical genius is not one of them.

Especially if you are this girl. Seriously, if you cannot be respectful of artists in mid performance then PICK ANOTHER CLUB.