Archive for October, 2009

Take from me leisure,

Friday, October 30th, 2009
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all familiar places;
Take all the lovely things of earth and air
Take from me books; take all my precious faces;
Take words melodious, and their songful linking;
Take scents, and sounds, and all thy outsides fair;
Draw nearer, taking, and, to my sober thinking,
Thou bring’st them nearer all, and ready to my prayer.


david hill, dave hill, drums, drummer, songwriter

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
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a little musical sketch

Monday, October 26th, 2009
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scan dance…moon sandals…space buggie…crater boogie…who knows? I am trying to resolve the bass turnaround…not sure it will work yet

what might that sound like?

what might that sound like?

some news bits

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
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going back into Pajamas studio this weekend with some guest musicians, I will be playing this weekend at Authentic Life Church in Hopkins…some pretty jumpin tunes I might add – cmon over and celebrate with us! I am now writing for the Examiner, and international online blogging syndicate, “an insider source for everything local”, I can be found in the Life / Religion and Spirituality / Twin Cities Evangelical Examiner… There is a salary involved….I am currently making in the 10s of cents – but figured if I had about 100,000 visitors things could be looking up… 🙂 I have asked Josh for some album cover samples by Monday – but that might be pushing it. Refresh musically is more or less decided…Refresh is a good album name isn’t it? There is something to be said about the validity of making an album any more – but I am for now planning a cd – since the songs occurred more or less together, there is a kind of “bundle” that might make one song amplify another if they are in the right order. The album will also be available for download in its entirety, as well as individually.

new album

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
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tentatively named ‘refresh’ is nearly done. I met with Josh yesterday and he is working our album cover concept out – though we have veered considerably from the original draft, which was inspired by Isaiah, with a mountaintop and a banner…but hey, things change. Josh has a certain X factor for trees and we are going into the trees now, or more specifically, a tree as cover art, but I can tell you this, if Josh is doing a tree drawing, which by itself might sound tame, it will inevitebly be something more than ‘just’ a tree…just sayin. Hotbed (the song) for all practical purposes has hit a stride – though I find it a tough one to finish. This song has a New Orleans vibe – with tuba and about 15 – 20 tracks of drums…and even by my standards it is a bit strange. I am also trying to tweak the storefront (where you all can buy stuff) as I had someone tell me their google check out order was not delivered, so I am as they say ‘busy working on it’. I also recently had some guest musos in Pajamas studio for some work…a good time was had by all.


Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
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is a Bruegel print from 1558. In the top left center a picture of a man in medieval garb looks into a mirror, and the legend below expresses the thought (in Flemish) “No one knows himself”. In the scene below are 5 figures, each with “Elck” or everyman on the hem of his garment. They are searching, pawing, clawing and tugging through an endless pile of things…things…things. In the far distance more figures with Elck go searching with lanterns. On the bottom in French, Latin and Flemish is the following (freely translated);

Always is each man seeking for himself alone –
And everywhere – so how can one stay lost?
Each man will pull and tug and grunt and groan,
Seeking to get more for himself – get most!

And no man knows himself despite such seeking;
No light will help him in his lonely place.
Strange! Though he looks with eyes forever open,
He never sees at last his own true face.

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Bruegel 1558

Bruegel 1558

The Elck seeking in the center carries a fat money bag at his waist. Eyeglasses and a lantern do not help him to find what he seeks, though just about every kind of thing is scattered in confusion about the place. Household goods, tools, games, dice, cards, chess etc. There are bales and bags and bundles, the goods and distractions of the world are all about. Yet everyman in every form is always and everywhere seeking in vain.
The Elcks are aging, distraught, frustrated and unhappy. The abundance of things does not fulfill their need. It is a bitter business, with no final success in sight, to be looking, looking, looking only for oneself. For no man (Nemo) will find himself there, even though he may find private gain for himself.

with every morn…

Saturday, October 10th, 2009
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… my life afresh must break
The crust of self, gathered about me fresh;
That thy wind-spirit may rush in and shake
The darkness out of me, and rend the mesh
The spider-devils spin out of the flesh–
Eager to net the soul before it wake,
That it may slumberous lie, and listen to the snake.

john henry bonham

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
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laid down a sweet groove in ‘fool in the rain’. Given the weather today – and a slight desire for something of a bombastic beat I did my own version