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July 2013

The Backside of Equus

Noblesse Oblige

Horses graze slowly yet constantly. They’re picky eaters always on the move — a habit from the past when they traveled far and wide to find the rare nutrients required by their tricky digestive systems. With domestication their spirits adapted to slow-motion constant grazing within fenced boundaries … but their bodies have not. They live in constant danger on the farm and can easily die when fed the wrong thing or too much or even too quickly. Drought-years are like “way-back machines” transporting them to the time when they were wild and roamed for miles every day in search of the right graze — which is our obligation now.

A Ranchero on FM 2193, near FM 1155 — Washington County, July 7th 2013

Asleep At The Wheel

Asleep At The Wheel returned to Miller Outdoor Theatre last night after a 20 year hiatus to commemorate 42 years as a band, 2 million miles on the road. The show started with a documentary-history of the band to re-introduce themselves and remind us how much we loved them. Sometime over the course of 42 years and dozens of players the band became the living manifestation of Ray Benson’s spirit: kinetic energy, free love for country swing, scary ability to play the same song a thousand times like it’s the first time, and undying devotion to “the band.” Today’s band has chops and heart. Asleep At The Wheel is on the stage alone now when it comes to Texas Swing. The old swing-bands are all gone.

The ride home was eerie and quiet above the rumble of the Harley. I couldn’t help thinking about the last 40 years and the music we all loved so much. And how much a part of our lives it was … and still is.

Dark Knight at Herman Park 7-5-13

At Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park – July 5th 2013

 

Being In The Moment

Caught in the act - Herman Park

“Caught in the Act” at Hermann Park — July 5th 2013

 

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