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Folias Winter Retreat

Over the winter break Carmen and I got the chance to get away and get some great relaxation in nature. We rented a rustic cabin in the U.P. of Michigan just south of Lake Superior and the town of Munising. The cabin had no running water, or electricity and was heated with a wood stove.…

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Pickin at Luckenbach

We met some lovely musicians by accident who were playing for a food and wine event at Becker Vineyards last week. They are called ShAnnie, a multi-instrumental composer/performer duo made up of Shan Kowert and Annie Acton. We hit it off immediately and they soon invited us the next day to the famous Luckenback pickers…

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Rustic Thanksgiving

Rustic Thanksgiving Recipes MENU Turkey, Stuffing, Potatoes, Cranberries Day before Pick up fresh turkey from Rakowski farms. Rinse turkey, then salt.  Separate wings from the rest of the turkey. Wrap body and wings separately in plastic. Make Cranberry sauce with 2 lbs fresh local cranberries, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. Put all ingredients in pan and boil until berries pop. Sweeten…

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Composing in Cabrales

This last week we stayed in the Picos de Europa national park in Cabrales, a county in Asturias Spain. If you have heard of Cabrales it is probably an association with the super stinky cheese from Spain. This famous “queso de cabrales” is a raw milk blue that is aged for three-six months in one of the…

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The Hills Are Alive

On our way to Milan we stopped for a couple day breather in the Austrian Alps.  Andy found us a sweet place for 40 euros a night in a tiny, tiny town called Mallnitz that is in the center of Hohe Tauren National Park. The best things about arriving here was the amazing train access that…

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Vienna Gigs

We played a couple of gigs this week in Vienna. It was interesting to perform in and see the place that is talked about so much in music history. We were in the same place that Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Mahler, Schoenberg and so many other great composers and performers had worked and lived. Although we didn’t have…

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der Mosel

Andrew and I spent a week in the Mosel Valley, a wine region in western Germany famous for its Riesling. The Trockenbeerenauslese (botrytis dried, hand selected, late harvest) wines from this region go for thousands of dollars in auctions. These are some of the “biggest” white wines in the world, but you hardly see them locally. People around here and in…

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Practice Day Berlin

We arrived in Berlin a few days ago and today we spent the day in the park practicing for our gig here. Berlin’s parks rock…along with the coffee, art and music scene, delicious affordable food and of course the hearty German breakfasts. We are having an amazingly good time doing practically nothing!

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20 Hours in Copenhagen

On our way from Stockholm to Berlin we made a short stop in Copenhagen to play a gig at Cafe Retro, a volunteer run non-profit coffee house/bar. Besides the nice atmosphere and people, the cafe brings some good karma as it donates all of its profits to a women’s sewing school in Sierra Leone. At…

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Guinée West Africa

These photos are from a 10 day journey I made to Guinée where I chaperoned for and participated in an Aquinas College cultural exchange trip. In between Senegal, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Mali, Guinée is a country the size of Oregon on the west coast of Africa and is in the top ten of the world’s…

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Goofing Off in Idaho

We spent the weekend with my parents and their friends llama trekking through Idaho’s public land. 6 people, 7 llamas, 2 dogs, and 2 dutch ovens! We camped at a lake around 8100 feet. Bristlecone pines and lupine guarded the whole area. For the food, I cooked jalapeno corn bread and my dad’s friend Ken…

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