When I am not working*, here are some of the things I like to do:
1. Spend time with my significant other and our two grown daughters--all terrific and terrifically interesting people. We have a basset hound named Clyde. He's awesome.
2. Spend time with the many friends I am lucky to have, and the extended family I have, who are also my friends. Again, luck.
3. Play music with a special subset of #2--an accoustic quartet (two mandolins, hand percussion, guitar [me]) called Bossa Velha. We do Brazilian choro, samba, and bossa and some swing standards. You can hear some here. We play out around Williamsburg, VA every now and again.
My first instrument was bass--hence the header image. I'm not a good enough musician to play bass. I'm working on it.
4. Noodle around with digital cameras and sound recordings of the low-barrier-to-entry type (e.g., iPhone, Zoom H-2). I have an attraction to semi-highly formalized serial recording projects--e.g., taking a photo of my daughters once a week on the days they were born (Monday, Wednesday) until they wouldn't let me any more; taking a photograph of the sky facing northwest every day for a year; or recording a minute of sound every day for a year. I find the strangenesses of time compelling. Space too.
I blame this on the confluence of seeing Roy Colmer's amazing 1976 photo project documenting doorways in New York City, the painter On Kawara's shockingly simple and moving "date paintings," and a bunch of experimental film (Peter Rose, for example, made a big impression; Ernie Gehr and Hollis Frampton, also) when I was about 17, 18. So much inspiration!
The Sky Facing Northwest photo series can be seen on my Facebook account (though kind of clunky to get to; maybe I'll do that better one day). A digest of a sample of the 365 Minutes of sound can be heard here. I've made some "video haiku" (which, for me, are three shots of 5, 7, and 5 seconds, generally), which you can see here... I have so far failed in my quest to make four of these in a single year on the two equinoxes and two solstices, with the three shots taken at the three moments determined by dividing daylight into quarters. Maybe next year. My two other extensive photo projects can be best seen on my Instagram account using the hashtags stairsexclaimed (a stairway a day for a year, mostly 2015) and thursdayshadowlite (a photo a week for a year of found shadow/light--ongoing through 2016).
5. Run. I used to be very serious about this, but that was a long time ago. Now I try to stay in shape, so I lift some weights too.
*Since my work (mostly) involves working with (mostly) eager and excellent students and (mostly) really smart colleagues along with watching movies, reading, and writing, it can be hard to divide from pleasure. I am fortunate that I don't have to do that division much.