I'm hard at work on the remaining movements of Five Drawings by Joseph E Yoakum, and rejoicing in the completion of grad-school applications. (Flattening of being? Referendum on life's path? What a process.)
Another project just around the corner is a small Golconda release. Friends and followers are aware that in 2009 I chased my Master's degree with an artist residency at Joshua Tree National Park, where I lived off the grid in a place called Lost Horse Valley and wrote a pile of songs. A year later, six of these songs became Lost Horse Porch Music. About a year ago I wrote a new batch and made an album called Book of Rain.
I wrote another desert cycle last summer in New Mexico, while I was working outside and leading wilderness trips at a beautiful place called Cottonwood Gulch. That music is still in the works, to be recorded in early 2012.
First, for the end of '011, I have a smaller release. Lost Horse Porch Music featured only six of the twenty songs I wrote at Joshua Tree. I figured the others weren't doing anyone much good sitting silently in old notebooks, so I picked out five more favorites to make a short album, Lost Horse, vol. 2. It'll be on your digital doorstep on 12/24.
2. On the Limb
3. Glacier Air
10 Best of 2014
January: Wyoming and the Open
February: New Mexico and the Holes
Notes on The Accounts