THE LATEST FROM THE RANCHO
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Nurse Linda spent the night in her car, stranded at the base of Highway 62, as over 500 firefighters battled the blaze they've dubbed "the Paradise Fire." Looking west from the Rancho, the sky was smeared a murky brown yesterday, and the air smelled like a massive barbecue -- even though the wildfire was seventeen miles away.
So far this fire season, Don Lombardo has lost his home, almost 2000 acres went up in Pioneertown, and now Morongo Valley -- at 5500 acres and counting.
Summer is here with a vengeance -- high winds, triple digit temperatures, and a blanket of dry grass ready for the first errant spark. The lantana we planted in the shade of the cottonwood this week is already growing brittle from the heat.
Pray For Rain.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
missing you fred . i guess we all are . back in europe , just like when you left us . prague . you would have loved it . maybe you're taking a peek at it now , just over my shoulder . i sure hope you check in on us every once in a while . giving us more gifts of perfect harmony and sweet sounds from accidental malfunctions . i know i take you with me wherever i go . memories of you make it a little easier .
Monday, June 20, 2005
"one of the wonderful things about music..."
to charles & jo drake-
a sweet thought from robert alexander..
my friend judy and i sat by the "singing, ringing tree" this morning, playing some of fred's songs.
tonight, tony and i are performing to help out a friend who lost his home to a fire recently, up at pappy & harriets, along with victoria and others.
we'll be doing songs of fred's, some we wrote together and some i wrote about him. with his picture on the wall behind us.
all my love on this most difficult day,
--- r a wrote:
one of the wonderful things about music
> From: "r a"
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: nick drake
> Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 17:12:43 +0000
> nick drake had a resurgence of interest due to use of one of his songs "pink moon" in a volkswagen commercial. one of the wonderful things about music is that it lives on beyond it's creator. in contrast, even though the dancer remains alive, once the dancing has stopped, so has the creation.
> what a beautiful thing is music once brought into the world, to have this life of it's own that keeps going...
> and this music that lives on helps keep the memory of the musician alive in our hearts.
> >CC: JEREMY GILIEN , fred
> burke , r a
> >Subject: Re: nick drake
> >Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 12:32:55 -0700 (PDT)
> >yes. been a great fan since the early 1980s, when my friend jeremy gilien turned me on to him. unfortunately, it was not in time to tell him how much liked him. i used to kid my friend and collaborator, fred drake (no known relation) that nick must have been his cousin. both had beautiful, almost ambient music, behind gently emotional voices, without being in the least bit weak. i understand that many people have discovered his music in the past few years,
something in which i take comfort, feeling that fred's music will have the same type of 'afterlife' one day.
> >thanks for asking! (why do you??)
> >--- deb sand wrote:
> > > Hi ted do you know nick drakes music. lived in u.k.
> > > died in 1974?
> > > debbie
It seems like forever. It seems like a day.
Sometimes I don't know how we get along without you, Fred. I guess it's because you're always here, planting sunflowers in the backyards of our minds...
Thank you. Thank you so much...
(Tonight at Pappy and Harriet's, Ted and Tony will be playing a special set of music by and inspired by you. We'll see you there, my friend.)
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