‘Moonlit Missives’

Ahoy fellow enthusiasts!

Not for some long seasons have I felt so focused, directed and inspired! Still without my own dwelling (it’s coming soon!) I’m finding it does wonders to remove oneself from what may be seen as innocuously inimical situations when these could in fact be serious encumbrances!  In this case perhaps it was a moldy house, or maybe just the effects of procrastination in the face of necessary change…

It’s difficult to always ascertain what can cause perceived debilitation in situations where there are various levels of struggle against despondency – but whatever the reasons involved, I feel now as though I’ve escaped some shady shackles (which without being entirely crippling did have some perceivable weight) and entered upon a new vista of personal energetic freedom.  Maintaining a study of these motilities for a full 30 days, I feel satisfied that they are not subject unduly either to weather, moon, or manic cycles.

And so, with these newfound energetic capacities I embark upon an exciting and moderately active year, looking forward to commence the many percolating projects – first of which we presently unveil before the coming Full Wolf Moon:

MOONLIT MISSIVES:
a series of memorandums (with music!)
dispatched on each full moon of 2016.

{Available by Subscription Through BandCamp HERE}


Moonlit missives vol 1 full sheet.inddMoonlit Missives is a forum for engagement and extrapolation containing sundry avenues of fascination, including a minimum of one piece of hitherto unexposed or otherwise new recorded material chosen for its salience to merit some further discussion. Elaborations will follow with some extemporaneous story or furrow of contemplation appropriate for the season, time, place, mood, planetary or astral alignments.

Herein may be found musings not generally intended for public perusal, musickal works in progress that could resurface in later incarnations for communal dissemination, pictures projecting a premise for what may unfold. We aspire toward a communication revealing what speculations are percolating in the momentary cauldron with sketches to outline the evolving process.

Moonlit Missives is be available through the BandCamp Subscription format, dispatched on or around the full moon of each month with a total of 13 memorandums for the year, with options for a physical collation and Compact Disc by the month or at end of year.

I intend to engender a degree of gratification or diversion, cognitive arousal or personal enthusiasm to augment a proclivity toward some consequent trajectory in the manifestation of each our personal microcosms – and so, I look forward to our collusion in this unpresuming yet exquisite quest of aesthetic alchemy!

– B’ee

Leipzig, Full Wolf Moon, January 2016

“The Show Must Go On” and the Ordeal of the Missing Green Pear Guitar


Well, it’s taken me over a month to come out with it… ‘Denial’ or some more convoluted compulsion at play?

Out with it then!:

Short Story:gpg

Instruments including Green Pear Guitar were stolen towards the end of In Gowan Ring ‘The Serpent and the Dove’ tour in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Please look out or share photos in case it shows up somewhere, sometime.  I’m set soon to build a replacement recording/performing guitar. Contributions are being accepted to that end here.  Your participation means a lot to me.

http://igg.me/at/GreenPearMemorial

 

Long story:

Over one month ago now, towards the end of tour (on precisely October 23rd) in the midst of a severe sleep deprivation spell shortly after we arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden, at midday (13hrs) our tour van was broken into while it was in the parking lot in front of Gunhild’s apartment.  We’d left it less than an hour while some of us slept and others went for errands. The break in was obviously a quick operation with broken glass scattered on the side of the lot and in the van.  They took what was closest at hand, precisely that which was most valuable to us and which had the least likelihood of generating any kind of profit for them:  The Green Pear Guitar, the recent built Green travel harp, the bass and treble bowed psalteries built specially for tour, and Gunhild’s Recorders (well, they could get some money for those actually).  Left in the van were all the monetisably liquifiable equipment such as the PA, amplifiers, microphones. We’ll “these things happen” – yes, a hard lesson regarding one’s vigilance, though surely not among the greatest losses one is necessarily going to have in one’s lifetime.

Since I was a child performing in theater the stage cliché “The Show Must Go On” was a truism that was ingrained in me.  There’s always crazy things come up around the stage: injuries, fights, emotional catastrophes, lost or broken props.  “The Show Must go On”…  self-evident really, but a useful adage to conjure all the  pathos of the warrior-thespian spirit in times of tribulation. At that moment in the parking lot amid the scattered green glass and broke open door, I was most concerned with getting the window repaired to some extent and getting on to the sound check at Amanda’s Theatre within some reasonable time frame so as not to delay the night’s concert unduly. An ersatz guitar was easy, we’d have to do that night without the harp, shift the arrangements a bit and do our best:  no time for excessive grievance, but fast thinking and action to move forward and do what must be done.  We still had 3 shows left of tour, and no matter what other innumerable events in the world beyond our control, “This Show Must Go On!”

And so it did, still sleep deprived, self-medicated with several cans of non-stolen beer and Nicklas’s curry, and with the precious help of the ‘Gothenburg Underground’ (THANKS: Hanna Eliasson, Anna Ekman, Barrie James Sutcliffe and Anita Van Doorn) , we carried everything in, set everything up, made sound check, & got it all together amidst a surreal sense of what I will only call “tenuousness”.

One pays for the stress, sleep deprivation and shock later, and also gains the rewards of a show done as well as possible and the loving appreciation of beautiful people, and truly a lovely, poignant evening in a fitting location, thanks to all the local help and everyone there, attending and proffering aid.

I’ve posted pictures here of the Green Pear Guitar (known as “Greeny” to some!) the harp and the other stolen instruments in case anyone feels like sharing them to friends in musician’s communities, shops etc., it’s a rather unique (and of course “one of a kind”!) instrument that I built in 2007. It’s, uh, shaped like a pear (or an avocado depending on your persuasion…) and it’s , um, green. In the sound-hole can be seen a Vesica Pisces which within reads “Lune Music 2007” along with my signature.  I don’t think anyone could possibly be able to appraise its value, though I’ve had compliments on its tonal characteristics by seasoned players :)

On With the New!construct gpg

Well, I’m not waiting around for it to turn up – and I need a new instrument for upcoming obligations, contracts, projects… experiments!  And I don’t see myself playing a guitar that I haven’t built myself much any more than I have to.  The new instrument will be of a new design, I’ve got draft figures going – although it may not be as strange as some of my other instruments, I’m sure it will still stand out rather compared to classic guitar forms… well, we’ll see in the coming weeks!

Please note – though I do surely appreciate anyone and everyone’s condolences regarding the situation of losing this irreplaceable, best-sounding-and-playing-instrument-I’ve-ever-built-in-my-life guitar which was featured in many In Gowan Ring recordings (not least of which the recent “The Serpent and the Dove” album!), you can rest assured that I’m pretty much over any emotional attachment I had to the instrument (sniff, sniff) and am largely concerned now with getting on with a new acoustic stringed friend that I can use for the innumerable and multifarious projects bursting at their astral bridges to come into this world; a new friend that can accompany me in the following years – and, who knows? Maybe even an instrument I can grow old with…  If you can help me out financially to this end I will be ever grateful and lavish strange and unique gifts upon you as can be seen on the ‘perks’ listed.

Here’s to new seasons, new friends, new instruments, and new music!

In Love and Loss,gpg 2

-B’ee
ps – I’ll be sharing pictures in memoriam of the green Pear Guitar at the GreenPearMemorial as well as some other photographs of finished instruments and those under construction.  As the new instrument is being build I will also give some visual and lettered updates.

pps.:  There’s custom instruments, custom recorded songs, and uncommon proposals on offer for those who donate.

Contributions here: http://igg.me/at/GreenPearMemorial

 

In Gowan Ring Autumn Tour performing ‘The Serpent and the Dove’

Summer’s breeze bends the boughs; summer’s sun warms the face;  in summer’s days strewn beside tall grasses, beneath young swaying oaks. …And yet, autumn’s labors beckon – a modest adventure awaits ’round the season’s bend!   

The Serpent and the Dove’ will be released on the Autumn Equinox [September 23] through Les Disques du 7ème Ciel and we have an attendant batch of concerts to coalesce our attentions.  We assemble musicians and drivers [positions available!] to make ready for some dozens of concerts over 6 weeks’ time.  We work to present the music of ‘The Serpent and the Dove’ in the best possible spaces and have come up with some very nice situations…  (and more coming soon!)

Please see below our scheduled dates, buy tickets early when you know you’ll be there [some shows have limited seats!] , and please, be free to contact us [lune@ingowanring.com] if you can facilitate finding a venue for the dates where WE NEED HELP arranging a lovely evening exploring the Mysteries of the Garden in your general locality.

In Love and Long Summer Days…
-B’ee

[photo: Sven Roh