Thursday, August 26, 2004

Are we not men?

My music tastes were formed pretty early on while I was growing up from about 1977-1983. My two uncle's listening habits had a big impact on me so I had a predilection towards music from a decade and a half earlier: Frank Zappa, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Dead, you get the picture. Much of what was on the radio, to me, was crap. From time to time I start listening to a band that I may have ignored or completely disparaged during my youth. On such ensemble is Devo. My rekindled interest in this group started one night when I heard "Uncontrollable Urge" as the soundtrack to a car commercial. At the time I didn't remember that it was Devo but I new I was liking that intro riff. So, I fired up iTunes, did a few searches and a few clicks later I was buying tracks. (actually I bought a whole albums worth of tracks. Is the RIAA listening here?) I must say my opinion of Devo has really changed 180 degrees. I still think "Satisfaction" kind of sucks, but "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy" is feverishly brilliant. It makes me want to go out and pick up more music from that era to see what else I may have missed.

Monday, August 09, 2004


For the past two weeks I've been completely unplugged in North Truro, MA along lovely Cape Cod Bay. This rugged area just a few minutes by car along route 6A from Provincetown is just about the best place on the east coast for a family vacation. The place we rented was right on the bay. Behind us was Pilgrim Lake and the dramatic parabolic dunes that backed the ocean. This is the second year we've traveled to the Cape and I think it's going to become a tradition. Going completely unplugged is the only way to get any rest these days. I leave everything behind. The only things I took with me were my digital camera and my new marine GPS to track my kayak trips in and around Cape Cod Bay. The cell phone and laptop were left behind.