Left Hook Videos, Part I

I put a whole bunch of videos from the Left Hook show at Fisherman’s Net back in April. I was using a new camera and new editing software so it took a little while, but now you can go and check it out:


I made six medleys of some high points of the show. Each one is about two minutes long, with about four songs. I also put up four whole songs: I Got You (I Feel Good), Them Changes, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, and Drift Away. For each there’s three renditions: BBH is broadband high, BBL is broadband low, and Cel is for cel phones and mobile devices. Down the line I’m gonna set up a page to serve the right one automatically.

Next up I’m gonna go thru the video for the Dudley’s show and post some footage from that. Meanwhile, here’s some pictures from the Dudley’s gig:


This time we even got some shots of our drummer Gus!

Summer Kick-Off

Hi, I’m back. Been busy traveling and other stuff, getting an early start on my summer. I went upstate to visit my brother Martin and then on to the Adirondacks to see my good friend Mark for a few days. Nice just to disconnect from everything and spend a few days on my own. Martin and family are doing well. Abbie is now past two. Out of baby phase and into little kid phase. She’s trying hard to keep up with her big brother, who is trying hard to keep up with *his* big brother. Meanwhile out in the yard they have chickens and ducks and guinea fowl running around and squonking all the time. Great fun.

I haven’t been up to the mountains in a while and it was good to reconnect with nature and to see Mark too. The weather was beautiful and bugs not too bad, so we did a bunch of hiking and canoeing. Very peaceful, just awesome. Mark is doing well too, busy running his own business building web sites for everyone (it seems) in the region. On my last night there I sat in with Mark’s band Crackin’ Foxy. They do old-timey gypsy jazz, and are quite good. Two female singers for an Andrews-sisters-ish sound, two guitarists and a standup bass, with Mark on banjo and ukulele. I played soprano sax and had a great time.

On the drive home coming out of the mountains I wrote a new song.

Lizzy had a concert at her school for her a cappella group and the school band (obviously not performing together). They were really excellent, even surprisingly so. In fact the a cappella group got invited to sing the national anthem at a Yankee game next weekend!

On Memorial Day weekend we had a big ol’ barbecue and had a bunch of friends over. Everyone is so busy all the time so it’s good to see people and hang out. Also went rollerblading for the first time this season, and took the Mustang out for a nice long ride. In between lots of yardwork (today it finally got actually *hot*), working on music, my web site and of course origami for my new book. I now have 16 models designed, including a brand-new Quadrocoptor, and two new models diagrammed and the diagrams for two more well begun. Only a month until convention and lots to do!

Flight of the Concorde

Flight of the Concorde
May 13, 2015

Here’s one more new model for the Air and Space theme: a Supersonic Transport. Perhaps the Concorde’s most famous flight was the one in 1985 that carried drummer and vocalist Phil Collins across the ocean to open the Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium in London and close it RFK Stadium in North America sitting in with a (temporarily) reunited Led Zeppelin.

The annual OUSA convention is coming up soon, and I’ve committed to teaching a bunch of these new models. This is to help motivate me to do some diagramming; I’d like to get the bulk of my new book done this summer. So far I’ve been concentrating on the simpler models. I’ve done two in the last two days. The next two are low-intermediate, then two solid intermediate, and a high intermediate and a complex one.

Double Play

Last Saturday nite Left Hook played our second gig, at Dudley’s Bar and Marina. It was an excellent time. Some friends came out to see us (Hi Joyce and Lisa!), and at some very enthusiastic drunks at the bar. We played pretty much the same show as the first gig, with a few substitutions here and there. As with the first gig we only played about half our third set, but this time we decided to extend the second set rather then break and come back. Overall the band was both tighter and looser. More precise, more relaxed, more musical. According to our singer my sax playing was particularly smoking that night.

Audio and video coming soon. Meanwhile here’s some pictures from the show.

We don’t have any gigs lined up for the rest of the month, so now we’re gonna learn a bunch of new tunes, and get together some audio and video clips, put together a press kit and systematically pursue a higher level of gigs. The goal is to become a kick-ass bar band, and I think we have what it takes to do it.

Left Hook Web Update

I made some updates to the Left Hook website at http://lefthooknyc.com.

These include a link to follow us on Facebook, and some photos and video from our last gig. I’m in the process of making some medley montages of the show, but that’s a fussy and time consuming process cuz I’m learning new editing software on this one, so for now I’m just putting up one song, our cover of Can’t You Hear Me Knocking by the Stones. This was a highlight of the show and represents our sound as well as any number we do. I’m not sure if the video streams correctly on all devices, so if you click on the link I’d appreciate it if you drop me a line saying if it works for you, and if you’re on a computer or a phone, and what OS and what browser. Thanks and enjoy!

Meanwhile more video and pics coming soon, and another gig this Saturday.

Origami Spacecraft Part Two

I got a note from my publisher today saying that the my book, Origami Animal Sculpture, has reached its first year sales target after only 6 months. Thanks to everyone who’s bought the book!

I’ve been experimenting more with origami spacecraft in preparation for book two. I now have a SpaceX Dragon. Of all the hundreds of paper dragons out there, I’m pretty sure this is the only one of these. Also an Apollo CSM. In real life the two vessels have the same diameter. These models will too, if folded out of the same size paper, but I used 10” for one and 8.5” for the other.

I made a few domes as well to have some simpler models in the front of the book and introduce the folding techniques. I call these the Radar Dome and the Moon Base Dome. The chapter will also include an Observatory and a Radiotelescope.

On The Waterfront

Left Hook is playing this Saturday down by the waters of Long Island Sound. The lat show was a smashing success and this one should be even better. We’re getting a banner made!

Classic rock funk and soul

Saturday May 9. 9:00 PM
Dudley’s Bar & Marina
94 Hudson Park Rd. New Rochelle

Hope to see you there!

Meanwhile unfortunately, the 7 Jazz West show for the following weekend has been cancelled due to illness of one of our guys.