"…and not for five minutes will I be distracted from the wonder…"

collective ramblings….

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 25, 2004 at 3:54 pm

i’m planning on giving a full detail of the incredible afternoon that collective.function(2): barefoot in the park turned out to be…until then i’m going to post a couple of things i’d written the girls about the collective, my place in it, and some other thoughts i’ve had about community building here in jackson…


on Sunday morning I sat on the side of a mountain, looking down into a valley and was thinking on things and @ some point achieved a moment of clarity in regards to many things, including collective…i realized two things about collective: 1) it is a work of art in itself and 2) that is a very powerful educational tool…i’ve learned a lot from it…about how to plan events and build community…i know vastly more about those things than I did when I started and have met all sorts of cool people that can help make that happen…in realizing that collective is a work of art I also realized that it must be kept fresh to be true…combining that with its educational potential, I decided that I want to hand over my current position in collective to someone else in jackson…i think that one of the most beneficial things collective can do is teach people is that all you have to have is a group of people willing to make a difference to get something done…having learned that lesson, I want to give somebody else that chance to learn it also, and then turn them loose on the community…it will also serve to keep the whole thing more invigorated with someone’s new, fresh energy…also, by bringing new people into the core of the group, collective will be more about the group than the people in it…

so, after ‘barefoot in the park’ I’m gonna take a step back and let someone else come in to take the 4th spot on the collective ‘board’ if you will…i’m not leaving or going anywhere, just altering my role a bit as to keep things fresh and fun and give someone else the chance to learn all the things I have…i’ll still be around and I’ll be happy to do anything y’all need done, and I will definitely want to help plan some collective events down the road…i think that one of the coolest things that collective could do for the community is educate people on how to plan events and make a difference, then turn them loose on the town…with collective as the root of that the group can only get cooler and more diverse…

plus, I’ve got some other projects that will require my attention this summer…i just got a huge programming project that is going to take up a lot of time, and am going to be out of town for most of june…i’m also getting ready to try to get a writing workshop together (which I will certainly sponsor through collective once it gets going)…so I think b/w that and my mountain-side musings, this is the best way to keep the ball rolling or get it rolling again…so be thinking about who y’all want to be spot #4 on the board…i’ll have a couple of suggestions as well…


‘While I was out enjoying the scene, John McCloud (who painted the beautiful flier for us) told me that Jackson is right on the verge of something wonderful, and to really fall over the edge, it must have events that cross all lines- racial, age, background, scenes.’ (from an email Casey wrote)

maybe throw the word ‘political’ in there…politics seems to be the new religion these days and one of the most divisive variables here in jackson, I think (as it’s the culmination of economic situation, neighborhood, religious views, race, and background among other things)…that’s one thing I really dug about Sunday…there were people of all sorts with any number of political views sitting around enjoying each others company…i thought that was great and an important lesson in community…

I continually run across the notion, both locally, and nationally, that if you care about the community you must be involved politically…i think everyone should vote (their conscience), but I also that the more that you try to tie politics into community action, the more you alienate groups of people who would otherwise be happy to help out…on the day to day, person to person level, I don’t think that political affiliation really should matter that much…anyone can do something nice for someone, and I think that it is silly to turn off someone towards helping the greater good because they are going to vote for a different candidate than yours (and it’s not just about who you vote for, it’s your beliefs at stake, too, but in the end that’s the aggregate contribution those beliefs make)…

one of my initial, personal goals, for collective was that it bridge political boundaries, and I would plead with all of you to help me in doing that…i know i’m speaking to 2 jfp employees when I say this, and it’s nothing personal, and only an opinion, but I think they really alienate a lot of the community they purport to be wanting to build by keeping their politics so edgy and at the front…in talking with stephen that seems to be @ the core of their journalistic/marketing philosophy, and I wouldn’t expect them to change that…but realize that they are fulfilling that role in the community and we can do it a bit differently and get the attention of a different group of people…if we can get all sorts of people together without any of them carrying a pre-supposed label of what that other person stands for because of their affiliation with collective, then they will get to know that person for who they are and because they care about jackson, and I think that will build this organization into a truly diverse entity…

collective.function(2): barefoot in the park

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 22, 2004 at 10:48 am

i just got back from smith park in downtown jackson where jamie and i were making the final preparations for tomorrow’s music/art event and have gotten incredibly excited about the whole thing…the day is absolutely gorgeous and it looks like it’s going to be the same tomorrow…please come by and join us for some good old-timey/roots music and some jackson artists showing their work b/w 2-6…
ps: the john prine show kicked ASS…graham, the crew, and i had a blast…he played for 2.5 hours…best money spent on live music in a good long time…

a damn fine idea…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 21, 2004 at 2:25 pm

i’ve been listening to wilco’s upcoming release ‘a ghost is born’ for about a month now and have found it an incredible album, especially for its lyrics, which are absolutely gorgeous…it’s no secret that the album has been available via file-sharing networks for a number of months…from this usatoday article i learned about JustAFan, an organization that takes donations directly for wilco (who in turn is donating it to doctors without borders) in response to their dedication to provide their music for free…i popped in and payPal-ed them a donation…while wilco isn’t necessarily getting paid for ‘a ghost is born’ by doing this, i think that it is a great example of the alternative models available to bands who want to get their music out without utilizing the traditional models that file-sharing is so quickly changing…

props…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 19, 2004 at 10:05 am

to randy johnson on his perfect game against my beloved braves…hate to see my team lose but i can put that aside for one game to allow a great pitcher to achieve a rare milestone…watching the highlights i observed how much it takes an entire team to create a perfect game…there were many infield grounders that could have been base hits if the infielders had been playing a foot or two off in either direction…pics and ruminations from NC on the way…
more: check out this slashdot post with some great links on the science of baseball…

dislocate…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 14, 2004 at 7:12 am

well the week is done and i’m off to north carolina for my brother’s graduation from law school and hopefully an overnight visit with odom & ferd in black mountain (which i also hope means an evening @ the town pump drinking microbrews and throwing darts)…

it’s gonna be good to remove myself from the day to day routine for a while…i’m most immediately looking forward to my layover in atlanta…i’ve got a couple of hours which means a friday afternoon visit to an airport bar and that is absolutely one of my favorite things to do in the world…the drinks are overpriced but the people you meet…they are always the best…and you only know them for 20/30 minutes…strangers passing and creating one single point of intersection and then continuing on their way…fun stuff…

jay losset has finally put his jackson-area music promotion bidness in the works and the first artist they’re bring to jackson is bonnie prince billie…check out their website here

and finally, we finish with a quote from j that she offered up while we were sitting on the porch @ the farm drinking a bottle of wine the other night (this has been quite the alcohol themed post, has it not?)…
‘you don’t pay a whore for sex, dear, you pay her to leave…’

hopefully i’ll have some good pics from NC…got a new camera and i dig it much…

where i’m falling from…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 10, 2004 at 10:55 pm

it’s been a while…tomorrow i’ll sit down and tell you all a story…
update: alright…the world is too much with me…couple of more days before you get a story…but it’s coming…

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