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Kev’s Author Interviews Presents, Karen Robiscoe! (Text Interview)

Hi everyone. Kevin Cooper and I just knocked noggins for a bit, chittery-chatting about all and sundry undry the Sun..He was nice enough to collaborate with me on this aweSUM (awesome and THEN some) interview, and post it on his really cool blog. An author and musician himself, please do come by and “meet” us both!! (with a gorgeous please attached…:)

Joe Bonamassa plays Arlington at Santa Barbara

Joe Bonamassa sings & writes the Blues. Correction. Make that: Joe Bonamassa plays Blues guitar. Scratch that. Joe Bonamassa is the Blues, the way Poe was muse, Michelangelo sculpture, and Vincent Van Gogh, art. Like a combination of Stevie Ray Vaughn & Eric Clapton, the onetime child prodigy is almost a quarter century into reshaping the Blues landscape, and still better, his driving beat and forward-moving lyrics make it obvious this is one Blues Man who’s going to be in the pink again, soon.

Charrons Chatter dba shenanigans

From the crashing start of his 8 o’clock show at Santa Barbara’s Arlington theatre last night—the New York native started on time, and latecomers be damned—to the final chord two and a half hours later, I was captivated. Jiggling like a palsied person in my plush seat right along with the other 2K attendees in the grand but small venue. (a venue wherein cameras are apparently allowed, so note to selfie about that!)

Karen Robiscoe dba CHARRONs CHATTER

As hot as revenge sex, lead song Slow Train grabbed me by the hair, making it stand on end like an ovation, a tingle that went clear down to my toe-tapping tootsies. Was it really an acoustic guitar inciting and exciting me so? It was. Accompanied by band members the gracious star introduced 2x (I still don’t remember their names..;) a seated, sun-glassed Joe on acoustic guitar went off the tracks as soon as he pulled out of the station, backed up by bass, bongos, & drums. By fiddle, mandola, & second guitar. By maracas, keyboards & even washboards at some junctures, since there was plenty more dirty laundry to come.

Videe of acoustic guitar rendition of Slow Train


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Because this is one band that skipped changing outfits to change my perception of them. After an hour or so of each song better than the last—ranging from covers to originals that included such tunes as Jelly Roll, Jockey Full of Bourbon, & Athens to Athens—they flat-out changed instruments during the 15 minutes of intermission. Exchanging acoustic for electric while audience members exchanged pleasantries in the lobby, the throwback, interlude tradition was reminiscent of grander times to which the elaborately appointed Arlington theatre is well-suited. There was a bar on the patio (I think so, the crush was too amazing to negotiate) tables stacked with free-music download codes, and premise-leaving permitted, thus insuring a pampered crowd returned to the auditorium to find the stage transformed.

Videe of electric guitar Slow Train


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As was the song Slow Train, though Bonamassa didn’t lead with the reinterpreted number. Prowling the stage in a suit reminiscent of the Fab Four with gesticulations still more fabulous, Joe led us Around the Bend, through Dislocated Boy & John Henry, and poured on a Sloe Gin that was anything but. Riffing like the Dead & jamming like Floyd, the playlist was as linked as you’re about to be, when I close this shout out with a every link to the “Blues Rock Titan” I could find.

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Teaser Tuesday (Oct. 22)

It’s Teusday and you know what that means. You’ll be misspelling that word all day, but besides that. It’s taco & dollar Guinness night at Carlos Murphy, absolutely, but what else! It’s the eve of Humpday Next? Now you’re cooking with camels, but that still isn’t the focus of this post, and since I’ve just now remembered what that is, I’ll cut short this extended rim shot before my Oldtimer Rhyming habit kicks back in…

drumroll

...der-de-der...La-la-la…oh hey. You still here? Were we supposed to…? Oh, right. I was posting & postulating now, wasn’t I…Something about….ahh…words to the effect of: There once was a blogger named Tucker…no, no…that doesn’t sound right. Hmmm. * scratches noggin, delicately sampling a fish flake as she wonders * I got it!  It was a riddle. If you wake up early on Toozday, is that the same as waking up 2x as early on another weekday? No, no, that sounds a bit off, too. Huh….let’s deconstruct this, shall we? Let’s work our way backward. Let us Tarantino this, even.

2…1…

Ahem: Tewsday sounds suspiciously like 2, which reminds me I wanted “to”…ah…right, rite, write. Post 2 random lines from the book I currently read to tempt you into tome-testing yourself. Discovered at Al Forbes luscious shutterbugger spot, and hosted by Miz B of “Should Be Reading”, Teaser Tewesdays is a weekly bookish meme, aka “Tell & Show”, “Skim & Scan”, or “Decipher & Dish”. Depends what language you speak. Simply anyone can play along, too! You don’t even have to spell Touzday accurately, but do try. 😉 Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!–

Miz B teaser Teusdays

Since I am deep into at least 2 books presently—one for each eyeball—I’ll go ahead and double down, giving you 2x the bang for your book, and “not spoil” a coupla’ titles. So, go ahead and guess what the titles are…lo, lo, lo…

The Eye Dancers

Michael Fedison is an author of merit

by Michael Fedison

And the sample: “Joe Marma felt like he had just been shot out of a cannon. He surged through the night air, a bullet, a spaceship, a weightless freight train with wings and jet propulsion, and silent inexhaustible engines.”  (Start Chapter 21)

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Meet Mike at his blog!

And Teugh:

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Paulette Mahurin is a fine author

by Paulette Mahurin

And the sample: “Edra looked at Mildred and smiled. They continued to reminisce, unaware that the next seventy-two hours would bring the news announcing the conviction of Oscar Wilde.”

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Youtube interview with Paulette

Meet Paulette on her blog!

All rib-nudging aside, these 2 authors are gifted story-tellers, and altogether bangin’ peeps. Michael is tireless in his thoughtful support of fellow bloggers, a family man of principal, and a heckuva engaging writer, while Paulette crafts a well-turned phrase, as well—taking top honors in this animal lover’s heart by altruistically donating all her proceeds to benefit the Santa Paula No-Kill Animal Shelter. A thanks to Miz B for this fun premise to post, and here’s wishin’ you the best rest of your 2’sday!! At least that “Oneday” is over!!

Karen Robiscoe is a little devil

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Gallery III

You’ve all gotten a chance to see my work here at CHARRON’s CHATTER; today I’d like to share another sampling of my late sister’s artwork: Diane Caroline Robiscoe. She could work in many mediums, as evidenced below.

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Pastel

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor – pointillism technique?

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Perspective Drawing

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Glazed clay with design

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Have a great day. To view the flagship Gallery posts, please click: Gallery I and Gallery II

Rerun

Recently I interviewed with Cristian Milhai over at his place, and thought I would run the post here–kind of like a rerun of a good TV show. Hope you get a kick out of the direction I took with it. 🙂

I’m breaking with my usual area of focus today, interesting blog posts, to review the work of Karen Robiscoe, an avid blogger and author I’ve come to know through the WordPress Blog-o-sphere. I’ve been impressed by her style and diversity since happening upon her blog: CHARRON’s CHATTER, so much so I invited her to guest blog at my site today. *looks worriedly toward crashing sounds emanating from the kitchen*

Karen Robiscoe is a fiction writer of merit

Of course, no one was more surprised than me to find the lady on my doorstep this morning, but I have to admire her get-up-and-go. She certainly got up and went *winces at the sound of shattering glass * and who knew she even had a passport?  (Note to self: privatize address) It seems Karen interpreted the invitation to guest blog with me quite literally, traveling all the way to Romania to do so, but I suppose that’s a hazard of interviewing the literary minded, at least if you interpret the root of that word liberally. *cranes head nervously toward sound of suddenly barking dog* So, without further ado, let’s meet the lady now!

Karen Robiscoe is available for copy editing

Cristian: Welcome, Karen, welcome. How was the flight?

Karen: Fancy.  *sits on couch, and pummels cushions enthusiastically* And a little long. We circled the runway for hours!

Cristian: Blame Twilight for that. Part of the reason I invited you to visit virtually.

Karen: Two bags of peanuts., though.

Cristian: Jet lag is the worst.

Karen: It certainly is. Especially if you use frequent flyer miles. Do you know they actually seat passengers in the cargo area now?

Cristian: *points to splintered frames askew on a fluffed cushion* Are those my glasses?

Karen: I got all kinds of cozy with a giraffe. That’s probably what’s riling your dog.

Cristian: I don’t have a dog.

Karen: You do now. Where’s your guest room?

Cristian: I don’t really have one.

Karen: You don’t mind couching it then, do you? *pounds cushions again, completely shattering frames* I have a bad back.

Cristian: You’re getting off topic. I invited you here to discuss writing.

Karen: Writing? You want to talk about writing? I thought you said: biking.

Cristian: I want to discuss your blog and pending book release.

Karen: And after all that trouble I went to ship my unicycle. *sighs dramatically*

Cristian: Tell me, Karen, while I still have patience—and readers. What kind of writing do you feature at your blog CHARRON’s CHATTER?

Karen: The pixelated kind, mostly. Are you sure we’re not biking? I noticed some really excellent trails on the way here. Right after I stopped to gather these wild mushrooms. *reaches in bag, and produces some suspicious looking fungus* Want some?

Cristian: I’ll pass, thanks. So you’d characterize your writing by dots per inch?

Karen: Uh-huh. Except for the Post-Its. I get crazy heavy-handed with Post-its. I use yards of the things. I’ve been known to write entire novellas on Post-Its.

Cristian: Speaking of novellas. You have an actual novel pending publication, don’t you? An urban fantasy titled: SPIRITED REMIX?

Karen: I do indeed. It details the adventures of a disenfranchised Spirit seeking posthumous redemption.

Cristian: Sounds interesting.

Karen: It is. The guest appearances by Carlin, Hendrix and Einstein help.

Cristian: Definitely an unlikely combination. When will SPIRITED REMIX be released?

Karen: Your guess is as good as mine. Say, what is this stuff?  *grimacing as she finishes the last crumb of Cristian’s breakfast*

Cristian: An Egg McMuffin.

Karen: It tastes so exotic!  So delicate and flaky!

Cristian: That’s the paper wrapper, Karen. *exasperated, and hungry now* And we’re going to have to wrap this up.

Karen: That’s okay. I have a yen to write some poetry just now anyway. Something with teeth! Fangs, possibly…

Cristian: To feature on your blog?

Karen: No. I posted a Non-Tucket before I left, and I like to switch it up. I’ll post the poem after I feature an op-ed about current events.

Cristian: You mean those clever ,rhyming riddles you write?

Karen: Only if the news is funny.

Cristian: I meant the ‘Non-Tuckets’. Where did you come up with that term, anyway?

Karen: On my keyboard.

Cristian: Yes, but what does it reference?

Karen: Oh, any number of things, as long as it rhymes. It’s versatile like that.

Cristian: You write idiom-based poetry, too. Would you classify that as a Non-Tucket?

Karen: A rose by another name, eh Cristian? *Karen buries her nose in dish of dried flakes* Mmm, so fragrant. Is this pot pourri indigenous to the area?

Cristian: Those are corn flakes, Karen.  Anything else you’d like to add before we close?

Karen: Bananas?

Cristian: Well, readers, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little get together with Karen as much as I have.

Karen: Can I borrow your car?

Cristian: You can keep up with the author at website: CHARRON’s CHATTER, featuring poetry and philosophies, one-liners, fictions, riddles and more, or better yet, simply ask her for an interview. Please!

So there it was there then. Hope you enjoyed…it was sure fun to write. 🙂

Gallery II

You’ve all gotten a chance to see my work here at CHARRON’s CHATTER; today I’d like to share another sampling of my late sister’s artwork: Diane Caroline Robiscoe. She could work in many mediums, as evidenced below.

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Clay work

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Pencil Sketch

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Glazed Clay

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Sculpted Clay

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Acrylic

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Sculpted Clay

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Markers

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Tin

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Colored pencils

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Detail Clay Work

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Detail Clay Work

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

Watercolor

Diane Robiscoe

Diane Robiscoe

I had trouble finding some of the original discs, so unfortunately lost some vital DPI when re-sizing some images, blurring the finer points, although a few are re-sized at proper DPI. Once I retrieve these discs, I’ll feature additional Gallery posts. Have an inspired day. To view the flagship Gallery post, please click: Gallery I
 
 
 

TAAB2—A Recap of Ian Anderson’s Concert Tour

I’ve always wanted to see Jethro Tull, ever since that song “Aqualung” came out, so I was a fair amount of excited to attend former frontman Ian Anderson’s concert last night at the Chumash Casino.  The frontman is the voice, after all, the most recognizable quality to a band, and Mr. Anderson delivered that voice pitch perfectly & more. A veritable Pied Piper of many generations, the flautist, guitarist, and mandolin-playing vocalist had a story to tell—a couple of stories, really, performing albums: Thick as a Brick 1 & 2—and a rapt audience to whom to tell it. An audience that could & did sing enthusiastically along.
 

Let’s get a better look at those…

tickets to Ian Anderson's TAAB2 tour

So, we’ll be sitting in his lap, then?

Jim and I couldn’t have had a better vantage point. Treated to front row seats courtesy of a friend in the rightest of places, the show that commemorated the fortieth anniversary of the first album’s original release began not ten feet from where we sat. Left leg elevated and bent in his trademark, scissoring, Taebo-like stance, the sixty-something crooner wove a web of enchantment with his mad piping skills, engaging demeanor & resounding voice. Add in the props of cavorting, fellow vocalist Ryan O’Donnell— cane & umbrella, bowler, jester outfit & cassock as appropriate—and all of a sudden you had a performance on par with a rock opera!

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Backgrounded  by projected graphics that varied between shadow shows & colored lights, and images of war, school, church & industry, the progressive rock music was much more than a sequence of sets strung together. The playlist unwound like the continuing biography it was, the biography of fictional child character Gerald Bostock introduced in the original TAAB as the writer of the poem that inspired the lyrics for that album. Gerald is fifty in TAAB2, and his life has followed one of various paths; scenarios suggested in lyrics narrative & philosophical, and dramatized through the capering antics of both lead singers.

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The two-hour plus show was so artistically done and overall enjoyable, I’m hard put to pin down a favorite part, but I’ll give it a shot. The spoofed YouTube video of a: “posh bloke in a garden setting” portraying Ian as a tour guide at a sumptuous estate was brilliant, as was violinist Anna Phoebe Skyping in a stringy contribution while juggling baby & domestic duties, while both guitar and drum solos by Florian Opahle and James Duncan respectively—were phenomenal. (The drummer being Ian’s own progeny, of course.)

Last but not least, the “Death by Chocolate” gelato we picked up on the way out of Samala Showroom was a good bit(e) too, and the incidental jackpot won from a one-armed bandit was pure money. Sure Santa Barbara is nice, but the amenities of Santa Ynez Valley—and Chumash Casino & Resort—are a great bet, too.

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