Friday, February 26, 2016

Lumber Yard Skiff Scrapbook — Old Wharf Dory

Skiff Scrapbook — Old Wharf Dory

A Lumberyard Skiff - of the type we built five years ago at Wooden Boat
School with the creator Walter Baron.


The first Lumberyard Skiff - 1993, seen here in 2015

16'LYS at float.jpg

A newbie

LYS #1

Coast Guard RIB capsizes in surf during rescue of trawler

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Taisy took me on a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the historic industrial park where the battleships USS Maine,  Arizona, and Missouri were built.  The NYC Economic Development Corporation is engaged in its transformation to modern industrial use, while its massive dry docks continue to service ships, and its wharves provide a base for the Fire Department.
I took the phone, instead of a high resolution camera.  I'll have to go back with the Nikon.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator : A Blog Supreme : NPR

J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.

Taisy persuaded me to stretch out...and listen to hip hop. I dunno but I definitely want to hear more from Dilla.  - GWC

Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator : A Blog Supreme : NPR

by Giovanni Russonello

  • Visionary hip-hop producer J Dilla never found mainstream success during his brief lifetime. But in the seven years since his death, Dilla — who would have turned 39 today — has come to represent a major inflection point on hip-hop's evolutionary tree. At his peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he suggested syntheses that hadn't seemed possible. He played fresh games with texture and tone. He recast the sample as a malleable component, rather than the monochromatic backbone it had seemed to be. And he injected a softened, swaggering humanity into the rigid slap of classic hip-hop drumbeats.
  • His magnum opus, Donuts, was reissued on vinyl last month, and the posthumous Music From the Lost Scrolls Vol. 1 came out on Tuesday — the first in a series of previously unreleased recordings. In Detroit on Saturday, the rapper Talib Kweli, violinist and arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and a handful of other artists will perform at the second annual Dilla Day, a concert celebrating Dilla's career.
  • Dilla's reach stretches way beyond hip-hop: For one, he's recently cast a long shadow over contemporary jazz. He never belonged to jazz's inner circle, but since his death in 2006 from a rare blood disease, his legacy has helped pull the genre back into kissing contact with modern popular music.

  • "He's so important," says jazz drummer Karriem Riggins, who collaborated extensively with Dilla and is himself a hip-hop producer. "Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams and Miles [Davis]: He's in the same category to me."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Remembering Candy

Candy - that's what we called my sister Kathryn Therese, born December 14, 1952.
Kathryn lost her battle with addiction to cigarettes a year ago, dying at 62, three days after our mother Clare died at 92.  I had my own struggle with Marlboros, the deadly product perfected by Philip Morris.
I miss my sister terribly - even though she drove me nuts. 
Here are some pictures from 1989-1990.