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Wanderers of the Day #2329

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Wanderers of the Day #2329

Rob has been wandering with the rest of his tumbleweeds for a few years now, and they’ve built up quite a following over time. Last I saw them, the band was composed of a few different members, and performing at a packed coffee house in Santa Cruz; tonight they headlined at the Independent in Santa Cruz, and played to a full theater. Brittany appeared as a backup singer for several songs, lending her brilliant harmonic abilities to their music.

They put on a fantastic show tonight.

I loved taking this photo because it made me realize how I’ve documented so many stages of Rob’s rise as a performer. More than five years ago I recorded him playing a song in his dorm bunk; from there he went on to open mic nights around the campus; then scheduled shows at cafes in downtown Santa Cruz; and now tonight the Tumbleweed Wanderers played to a full house.

It’s been great to see each phase of this story. I’m looking forward to seeing where they wander next.

there’s no way out

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February 7, 2015 at 2:19 am

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Tumbleweed of the Day #1112

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It’s been a few months since I’ve seen Rob, and since then he’s become part of another band, the Tumbleweed Wanderers. They do indeed wander about, bringing their music to several locales – Rob’s graduated now, and is free to travel the country with relative freedom.

They performed at a local coffee house tonight, and the place was bustling with music fans, several of which actually stood and danced to the music – which is about the highest compliment an audience can give a band. Rob’s really moved forward with his music, and the band sounded fantastic.

Once the show was over (after two encores), the café emptied almost completely. This whole crowd was here just to hear the Tumbleweed music, and they loved it.

Rob isn’t living in Santa Cruz anymore, but I hope he gets to jam with Emily again. Beggar and the Coal never did get around to doing the recordings they deserved.

(As of this writing, it’s Rob’s birthday. Happy birthday!)

cara mia addio

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October 9, 2011 at 2:48 am

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Jam of the Day #1012

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Brittany has gone home for the summer, Eric is off somewhere far away and Ayden’s life has been a bit chaotic recently, so Emily and Rob are all that remain of Beggar and the Coal for now. They remain resilient and their music is still beautiful, though, so the soul of these songs will live on.

Rob will sit with his guitar during a conversation and let his fingers wander through his songs while he talks. Whatever the subject, every now and then a chord might ring out and it’s almost as if the color of the air changes for a few moments, reminding us what else is available to us on the emotional spectrum.

It’s been almost two years now since I met Rob. I can’t believe time moves so quickly.

I wish I could be the one

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July 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

Band of the Day #979

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I am nearly too tired to form coherent sentences, but here is more of Beggar and the Coal, posing in front of several photographers for a group shot after their show. They performed on campus at 11 o’clock this morning, singing from a stage nestled between two dorm buildings, and so a hundred or so people probably woke up to their music. A good way to start a long weekend, I think.

Just look how happy they all are! Look at Rob – you can really tell how much he appreciates the band.

I am a space shuttle crash-landing in dark soil… good night.

don’t wake me I plan on sleeping

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May 29, 2011 at 2:33 am

Sigh of the Day #978

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I don’t know if I have a weak form of synesthesia or if my friends just have supernatural musical abilities, but when I sit around while they play their songs it seems very much as though they’re filling the air with color. I can’t literally see it with my eyes, but I feel it, like pastel swirls hidden behind the atmosphere. It’s a remarkable feeling to walk up the stairs and find them practicing, the song growing stronger with each step, and to enter the room and see them all smiling there as the song shakes the house.

The kitchen seems like a good place to make music, and I’d like to get videos of them performing in other places – in the forest, maybe, and definitely in a stairwell, or downtown. . .

I wonder what these folks are going to think of this song in twenty years. It’ll be a good thing to look back on.

his portrait ever flowing

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May 28, 2011 at 2:42 am

Band of the Day #964

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Beggar and the Coal performed live on the radio this evening, sending their mellow melodies gliding across the skies. Here they are (minus a fiddler) posing for a traditional radio station guest photo, and I love to see them happy.

I walked by the college radio station every day last year, but I never once went inside, and it was a strange experience going in today. As you say, the walls are absolutely filled with music of all sorts, of every genre and from everywhere in the world, on vinyl and CD and perhaps even hidden away digitally somewhere. While these four charming people were at the station on business and three others had come to document the broadcast, I was there just as a friend (and my camera was diminutive next to the huge Canons that others had brought), and wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself, or if it was okay to be there. Everyone else had a place and a role, from the radio host whose voice fit so well to the slightly unconfident manager in the sweater vest, and I couldn’t do much of anything aside from wait for the show to start.

My worries vanished when the show started, though, and all the station members wandered to the recording room doorway to watch the musicians play. They were curious and excited for the show like I was, and I was able to listen beside them, trading grins now and then.

I’m sorry I didn’t give warning before the show, because you could have listened in during the broadcast. We do have a recording, though, so if anyone is interested I would be happy to get a copy to you. I hope the full band can get together for a proper recording before the year ends – I don’t want to leave their songs behind.

his portrait ever flowing

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May 14, 2011 at 2:16 am

Swing of the Day #956

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Rob’s looking about as cool as possible here, hanging from a tree in our forest’s beautifully dappled shade. It’s barely visible here, but he’s standing on a swing, and the ropes are tied to the curved tree on the left, which bends all the way to the right of the frame. We and Pearce went for a hike between classes this afternoon, and all through the woods we found things like this – structures and art pieces littered about, like relics of an old civilization. Near the path was a shack woven from branches, and inside was a toilet seat and a clock set to 4:20; at an intersection was the same massive nest that Pearce and I found on our first walk through the woods; and at the end of our journey we found the cat graveyard, where people leave pictures and notes about cats who have passed away.

I walked through the forest many times last year while I was living on campus, but it felt so different walking through it again today. I was overwhelmed by the scale of the place, by all the shadows settling like birds on the branches, by the twists and curves of trees and the texture of peeling bark. A few gray, fallen trees formed an elephant graveyard, and above us thousands of tiny insects chewed away at their dinner. I thought it was pretty last year, but it was so beautiful today.

I don’t know if I’m ever going to appreciate nature properly. If such a change could happen in a year, how much more can there be to understand?

it’s been a long time, long time, now

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May 6, 2011 at 1:20 am

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