Eclectopia

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From the Greek , meaning to select, and meaning place, EclecTopia is the place for eclectic contemporary music. Now celebrating a decade on the air, it continues to be the place for progressive music. 

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9:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

King Crimson 2014: Joy?

KC 2014.
Credit dgmlive.com

"Everything you've heard about King Crimson is true. It's an absolutely terrifying place." ~Bill Bruford

King Crimson - a place where the music might resemble a tsunami, a typhoon, a hurricane and that's just the nice bits. King Crimson - where musical ideas such as acerbic Bartokian Jimi Hendrix guitar riffs, wicked bass lines and polyrhythmic drumming are commonplace. King Crimson - where the 21st century schizoid man roams in all his fractured red nightmares.

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9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

K Flay - Mixing It Up

K Flay.
Credit K Flay

Channel surfing one night, I stumbled upon a video of a young woman performing on Carson Daley's Last Call.  She was rapping and singing what appeared to be original material. It was infectious.

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9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Teacher, Teach Thyself?

My trusty, rustic Takemine classical, purchased in 1987, has been my faithful companion through many a circumstance and bad student. (Metronome and pick not included.)
Credit Jim Lange

We are binge watching In Treatment, starring the marvelous Gabriel Byrne, and there is a relationship, in the most respectful terms, between certain elements of private counseling sessions and private music lessons.

Byrne's character, Dr. Paul Weston, is having all sorts of fits with his patients, his private life is fractured, and his detached therapeutic persona is shattered by the revelations of his own therapist, the bright and insightful Gina.

My life is nowhere near that level of upheaval, but there's no doubt I've had some strange encounters with students.

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9:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dowland or O'Dolan?

John Dowland - international man of mystery.
Credit WikiCommons

The man of mystery, the enigmatic composer and lutenist, John Dowland (1563 –  1626) has been on my mind lately.

Periodically, I go through these heavy Dowlandesque periods where I immerse myself in his profound songs, finger-tangling lute music or his soft and sorrowful music for viols.

You see, there are more than a few of us who believe that Dowland, among a myriad of other Renaissance composers, never get a fair shake in the world of classical music. They are largely ignored and it is duly noted.

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1:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Power of Silence

Quiet is just the absence of sound. Silence has a distinct presence. Silence often visits Guitar Craft seminars.
Credit Jim Lange

Consistently, the concept of music coming from another time or another place, far different from our own, is an idea you will encounter again and again in artistic circles. It's as if music is imported, allows itself into or gently descends upon the practitioners of this noble art. 

Then there's silence. What's so special about that? How does it relate to music?

Silence of the nature that Robert Fripp and Sandra Bain Cushman talk about occurring on Guitar Craft or now as it is known, Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists courses, is a keenly felt presence.

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9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Eric Douglas: Author and Explorer

Author/explorer, Eric Douglas in a rare moment when he isn't traveling or under 70 feet of ocean water.
Credit Jim Lange

I am pretty much a home body and by Eric Douglas' world traveling life, I could be called a house slug.

Eric is a renaissance man: writing, photography, many aspects of scuba diving, teaching and he takes on special projects like telling the stories of our vets. Despite the diversity of activities, he is no dilettante. He dives in (Oh, a pun!) with an iron determination to learn and master what interests him.

A writer tells his story through words. Listen to Eric tell his story.

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11:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

The Boys Are Back

King Crimson, 2014.
Credit Tony Levin. Used by permission.

Never say never, especially in the world of King Crimson.  

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10:08 am
Mon June 30, 2014

My Lithium Sunset

There is a notion that sunsets emit calming lithium. Perhaps this is why they are a universal pleasure?
Credit Jim Lange

Whatever our homes say about us, mine is one that is filled with sound.

We reside in an area two blocks from the bridge and a stone's throw from the busiest avenue in the city.

CAMC, our neighbors, is building a new cancer center across the street. All the while demolishing buildings, one row over from us, to "put up a parking lot."

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11:47 am
Mon June 23, 2014

A (Not-so) Brief Misery of the Eagles

Eagles' co-founder and Generalissimo Glenn Frey.
Credit WikiCommons

VH1's Behind the Music is always fun to watch. You can revel in the personal struggles of the band and cheer on the comebacks, but the real reason we watch is simple. We love when the narrator begins the segment with, "and then it all went horribly wrong." That's the point when the featured band begins to implode, explode and generally go sideways into an oak tree. A pure case of schadenfreude.

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11:37 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Don't Meet Your Heroes

Eliot couldn't have liked bawdy verse, could he?
Credit WikiCommons

"Expectation is a prison." ~ Robert Fripp

Literary giant T.S. Eliot was a fan of comedic genius Groucho Marx and vice versa.

It is thought that expectations of one another thawed what could have been a spectacular meeting of the minds.

This BBC special is part history and part speculation about their friendship. King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk created this work as well as the music.

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1:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roger Morillo: "My work is my passion."

Roger Morillo and one of many bass magazines to feature his instruments.
Jim lange

Walking into Roger Morillo's shop in St. Albans, you cannot help but feel a tinge of excitement. 

Here is a place where not only valuable instrument repair is done, but it's also where Roger makes his own basses and guitars. This is the proverbial "kid in a candy store" for a guy like me.

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2:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Roots/Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blazing!

Flea, aka Michael Peter Balzary, plays like a man posessed.
Credit WikiCommons

Special moments-performances which transcend the medium in which they are presented. Perhaps this is what we seek: those consummate performances that makes everyone smile and feel good.

Last night, on Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined together to perform a Funkadelic cover. It was, to be sure, a display of tightness, fury, exuberance and energy that I have not seen on TV in a long, long time. Forget the Hammies, this was for real. A burning, blazing performance. Unreal.

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9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Cherese Weaver: Modern Antiquity

Cherese Weaver

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

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2:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Go to These Concerts

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)
Credit PHOTO: R. SHIVAJI RAO

Feeling cabin fever? Post winter blues?

Then get out of the house to see these concerts:

Be a cross-cultural traveler when you go hear Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Indian Classical Vocalist.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium)

India Center – Charleston, WV

Admission: $ 15 advance or $ 20 at the door

(Children under 16 = Free)

Supporter’s Dinner Before the Event

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.          $ 50.00 Per Person (includes the program)

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12:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Who's That Guy?

The one, the only, Dave McClanahan.
Credit Josh Saul

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't." ~Hamlet

"Who's that guy with the wild eyes? I want to meet him."

That's a quote from a friend of mine who finds my Facebook pictures of David McClanahan most amusing.

First, a clarification: there are two David McClanahans who work here. One of them is known as Engineer Dave and the second is the mighty Mailroom Dave.

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9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Travis Morton: The Art of Symmetry

Travis Morton

Artist Travis Morton's work is very distinctive. 

Look at several of his works and a pattern emerges. Actually, several patterns emerge and permutate within a recognizable parameter. The DNA, the thumbprint: that's how I see an artist's style.

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7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, pt. 3, with Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra Bain Cushman - Alexander Technique teacher extraordinaire.
Credit Used by permission.

To "refreshify" those weary minds out there, over the past few years, I have developed some rather intense back issues. My lower back is an animal I have to constantly monitor and never dare risk injuring. It will lock up and leave me unable to move. Well, once I hobble to the couch, I lay there perfectly still because any movement is sheer agony.

The other issue has been an extension of my back issues and no doubt of unknown issues that have caused a tremor in my right arm. This directly impacts my guitar playing - something I've been devoted to for nearly forty years.

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1:57 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Who Shall Smite the Scorpion?

Mexican black scorpion.
Credit WikiCommons

Many things are taught on Robert Fripp's guitar courses, but one cannot imagine that defensive tactics against scorpions is one of them. Saints preserve us!

I had to point out this most unexpected entry in the RF diary:

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1:40 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, Pt. 2: The Morning Sitting

Rising at dawn, the participants of the Snowshoe Guitar Craft course in 2008 began their day with the "morning sitting" at 7:30.
Credit Jim Lange

"Life without the morning sitting is like trying to walk without legs. This is the beginning, the foundation, of strengthening personal presence. If we are absent, then life is all stuff. Nothing real happens;" ~ Robert Fripp

"And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating... ~ TS Eliot

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10:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Artist Ian Bode - The Passenger

The passenger

After music, I love the graphic arts, photography, film and almost any variation thereof.

Graphic artists, like Ian Bode, fascinate me. I am not filled with envy, but with wonder at their ability to transform a blank canvas or an ordinary sheet of paper into something living, thought-provoking or transformative. How on earth do they do it?

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