send me the bill
the stray birds
the blame
sporting hill ramblers
joe ellis
woggi noggi
kenny gross
tascam porta-two repair
kurzweil key fix
robert bobby
eagles n' flags
squire amp buzz fix

Another website design. What's the point of creating your own website if you don't change it from time to time?

Not done yet- I have several pages to create that will connect from here to subordinate areas. The audio workshop will be just one of those areas, rather than being the dominant one.

I picture the site being arranged as a garden of forking paths....
for Vivian


Vivian. It all started when I read an interview with the now defunct band Vivian Girls. They were asked if they chose their name because they admired Henry Darger. I had no idea who he was or why they would ask that question.

Turns out he's a giant in the outsider art scene. He created thousands of pages of fiction, and hundreds of illustrations, depicting a war between children and adults. The heroes of the war were seven sisters called the Vivian Girls.

I've liked the name Vivian ever since I heard it in the song Too Much of Nothing. It has to be the Basement Tapes version however- other artists substitute Marion (for no good reason). Dylan rhymed thus:

Say hello to Valerie
Say hello to Vivian
Send them all my salary
On the waters of oblivion

(yes, Marion does rhyme, but it's the doubled vees that make Vivian a much better choice here. Otherwise, why not use "reptilian"?)

Googling Vivian gave me another odd connection- in this case, a Vivienne, the first wife of old T.S. Eliot. She may have been crazy, or not, but she spent the last part of her life institutionalised. She was a writer but it's difficult to find anything she's written online. Interestingly enough, old T.S.'s second wife was named... Valerie.

I thought I had done with somewhat outside artists connected to the name Vivian, but then a chance posting on fb laid open a whole new world- the world of Vivian Maier. My photo of a girl on pony is a sort of tribute to one of her photos, only she had a small boy on a big horse. I think she would have appreciated the joke- and the technique (shot while driving).