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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Happy Birthday, Fred.

Wish you were here.

photo by Elizabeth Freel

Friday, January 16, 2004

"Fred Drake was a visionary."
Hamilton Camp

I spoke to Hamilton Camp on the phone the other day. We finally have exchanged CD's with eachother. His 'Mardi's Bard' album is beautiful - We had it playing at Victoria Williams' house last night as her husband, Mark Olsen, and drummer/buddha Ray Woods, returned from the Iowa campaign trail (another hilarious Mark Olsen story - for later - that had Dana and I laughing our heads off...)

After Hamilton asked about the history of the Rancho, he broke into song, remembering that Dylan wrote his 115th Dream about nights at Chip Monk's place, in the very early 60's. Hamilton said "you people are living the dream" Dylan sang about, when he was very, very young.

Bob Dylan's 115th Dream

While riding on a train goin' west,
I fell asleep for to take my rest.
I dreamed a dream that made me sad,
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had.

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon,
Where we together weathered many a storm,
Laughin' and singin' till the early hours of the morn.

By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung,
Our words were told, our songs were sung,
Where we longed for nothin' and were quite satisfied
Talkin' and a-jokin' about the world outside.

With haunted hearts through the heat and cold,
We never thought we could ever get old.
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one.

As easy it was to tell black from white,
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right.
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.

How many a year has passed and gone,
And many a gamble has been lost and won,
And many a road taken by many a friend,
And each one I've never seen again.

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain,
That we could sit simply in that room again.
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat,
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that.


post script: to all the generous Negra supporters. She's getting her treatment RIGHT NOW and is expected to be out running up and down the giant boulders on her afternoon walk, sometime before sundown. Thank you Thank you Thank you...

Living the dream.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004
From Charles Drake, who told Fred what a Sundog was, one day in the desert...


We have been out of town for a couple of weeks visiting Jo's sister in Missouri. When we restarted our mail today, we got your package with the CD, photos of Fred, and the Spanish music magazine with the article on the Rancho and Fred. They were all Great.
The song was really sweet and caused a lot of tears, but they were happy tears. My Spanish is the Tex-Mex variety, but from what I could translate, that guy REALLY liked what he saw!! Thanks so much, and I'm looking forward to a real translation.

I tuned in to the web site and read about all that has been going on and what is in the works. It looks like good times ahead for all of you. Also, it looks like Fred's vision of what the Rancho could be is well on the way to reality. You guy's deserve some real congratulations.


(i don't know what we deserve - but it sure is nice to see that Fred's dad approves of the way things are being done...tq)

Saturday, January 10, 2004
Howdy, all!

Fred B. here. Yesterday was my birthday, so I decided I'd spam the world with a little update to all my Rancho de la Luna friends and family -- the folks whose love and generous spirits make it all worthwhile.

Things are looking good back home, and the Rancho's starting the year off in style. Doug and Meredith donated some paint, and Dana and John have been helping Ted spruce things up in both the tracking room and Middle House. THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING OUT! I know Fred's up there beaming...


As some of you know, last month the Rancho was pleased to host the Japanese band Outrage -- as well as many of their friends who dropped in to visit. KK summed it up in a way Fred would have loved: "luna has changed my notion of time and space..."


That's really what it's all about!

Everyone had an outrageous time: Tony manned the board with a ProTools assist from Bingo, Ted and Elia coordinated Rancho hospitality, John Pirozzi filmed what sounds like an awesome video (can't wait to see THAT!), Martin Cox did a photo shoot, and Billy's started in on the the mastering! Phew! Thanks for an amazing combined effort, folks...and for sharing Fred's love of the desert with a whole new crowd.


On a slight downbeat, I'm sad to report that Negra -- Chief of the Rancho Security Force and Ted and Elia's beloved desert pup companion -- is in need of eye surgery.

I hear tell that a benefit is being prepared, but, in the meantime, if everyone on this list sent a few dollars, the humongous veterinarian's bill would be history. (Just consider it your birthday present to me!)


Please take a moment to give a little something now, while you're still thinking about it.


Dani Garcia sends along a review of Fred's Twice Shy from Spain's Rock Sound magazine -- which just did a huge article on the Rancho, which we'll also be posting soon. The review is from their January 2002 issue...


Of more recent vintage is the review of Ted's Help Wanted, by the Desert Post Weekly's own Steve Brown...


Thanks, Steve and Dani, for helping to spread the word!


One highlight of my holidays was catching (heh) Mondo Generator on their Thanksgiving tour stop in Chicago. If you missed it, there are great tour photos online...


Dave, Molly, and Brant made me feel right at home -- and Nick was in rare form! Definitely a lot to be thankful for...


Rancho podners Dean and Billy both have blasts from the past available...

Dean with Code Blue: http://www.rhinohandmade.com/browse/ProductLink.lasso?Number=7840

Billy with The Quick: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/revola/artists/thequickcrrev30.htm

Ah, those crazy kids!


And that's about it! Thanks, as always, to Karen and Michael for giving Kashmir and Luna such a wonderful home -- and to Doug and Meredith for always being there for the horses, the Cottonwood Tree, and the Rancho.

Chris is heading into the studio next, and we're expecting a visit from Brant in early February -- thanks, guys! There's still plenty of time available. Just drop Ted a line at studio@ranchodelaluna.com and let him know what you need.

Thank you all for keeping the music happening, just the way Fred wanted...

Fred Burke

Wednesday, January 07, 2004
(we get email...)


Sehr geehrte(r) , Hilfe
anbei Ihre Visitenkarte in meinem persönlichen FreeMail Adressbuch. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Sie sich einen Moment Zeit nehmen, um Ihre Daten zu prüfen und gegebenenfalls zu aktualisieren. Vielen Dank!
Damit auch Sie auf dem neuesten Stand sind, füge ich dieser E-Mail meine aktuelle Visitenkarte bei.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
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Thursday, January 01, 2004

thanks to all of our many friends and especially the
following for helping to make the rancho dream happen
in 2003:

the aliens?, alone records, alternator, elia arce, jay
babcock, barking pupfish, bingo & nisi, brant bjork,
sue bradley, josh brooks, amacker bullwinkle, barry
connelly, cj, dandy brown, shanghai steve brown, karen
& michael callahan, jason colker, concrete blonde,
martin cox, the cubans,

dan & cathy, robben david, devil's acre (cathy
cooper), digital d, doug & meredith, charles, jo &
melanie drake, duna records, erin, ruth & scott at the
joshua tree post office, robert floyd & wendee lee,
dani garcia, joe city garcia, veronica gordon, chris &
cynthia goss, hugh harris, polly jean harvey, hal,
gene & maria hill, josh homme, debbie hotchkiss, dave
houle, hutch,

tonya jaynes, adriene jenik, alan johannes & natasha,
tim johnson, the joshua tree saloon, jupiter shifter,
mark lanegan, john lee, steve lester, lo 5, shawn
mafia, ruben martinez, mike & linnea mckinsey at the
beatnik cafe, marcus kuilland-nazario, geoffrey long,
mareine & peng at the country kitchen, lisa marr,
martinez del rio, jimmi mayweather & josh, meteorcity,
the millionheirs, moroccan, munster distribution,
nurse linda, outrage (& miki, pierre & yoko),

john pirozzi, jim & phyllis quinn, twiggy ramirez,
rana, scott reeder, linda carmela sibio, sparta &
gabe, pete stahl, billy stobo, the stumblejunkies,
jesse tate, 30 minute records, gene trautmann, dean
ween, vickie waite, victoria williams, chrissie
wilson, debra winski, john x,cynda & david yandell,
yasha, yellow # 5, yvo & margo at the joshua tree

to gregg arreguin, derek bellman, hazel berg, bessie
garcia, indian jean, kyoti king, brenda mcclintock and
sabu, we miss you all terribly...thanks for keeping an
eye on us...fred's putting on some coffee...

and to the new babies! happy first birthdays to:
calliope deseo brown, madisyn cecilia garcia and elias
knight mueller...(each of whom is as beautiful as his
or her name..)


peace, love & happiness,

billy bizeau, fred burke, dave catching,
dean chamberlain, tony mason & ted quinn

strange days. last night played a show for nys eve at the beatnik cafe in joshua tree. i mentioned to my girlfriend elia and my friends carol ann and veronica that my fingers were bleeding from playing guitar. carol ann said that gave her deja vu, to a time when i was about to go play at the gram parsons festival. we were at a party at the jt inn (where gram died). i was saying my goodbyes wth keys in hand, when brnda fell over backwards into some cactus. i caught her fall so she didn't land too hard, but the keys cut my finger (one that i make chords with). as i had to go play, i wrapped up my finger in a bandage and left. that would be the last time i saw brenda. i mentioned that to elia, carol ann and veronica and we toasted brenda. we played at the beatnik until 2am, then went to the rancho where we played some more until 6:30 this morning (new years day). after breakfast at the country kitchen (elia, dana, john lee, rose, jemma and i were mareine's first customers of the year), i went home and took off my shirt. i felt something in the pocket and i pulled it out. it was the leather 'coin' with the initials 'gp' on it. brenda had given it to me at the gram fest, not that last time i saw her but the year before. i guess that was the last time i had worn that shirt.
the show got off to a rough start but got transcendent by the end, singing with ruben, sue,shawn, very pregnant elaine (now is the moment of power) and victoria (thirst for god) was fun and elia's performance pieces with cyndera and linda sibio were great. bira and kitty ending the night with hare krishna chants and bells was perfect.
otherwise, the rancho new years eve-into-morning was incredible. dana, chris laine, elia, kenny, bingo and wild beauty rae, all jamming in the tracking room, while john lee, rose, nisi, carol ann, victoria, pirozzi and i stayed safe and warm through the first hours of the year, under fred's wing, in the living room. at the rancho, i thought fred would be happy to see his studio entering the year 2004, with new and old friends around (doug and meredith arrived after mere closed the saloon)...and as fred sang (i'll be around) 'in the morning', the sunrose over the quiet desert...

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