Rust as an Art Form

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.” ~ Joseph Addison


I’ve recently discovered I have a thing about rust. It’s everywhere. It spawns comments from me like, “It’s so ugly, it’s beautiful.”

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Rust is an iron oxide, usually red oxide formed by the redox reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture. Several forms of rust are distinguishable both visually and by spectroscopy, and form under different circumstances.

Given sufficient time, oxygen, and water, any iron mass will eventually convert entirely to rust and disintegrate. Surface rust is flaky and friable, and it provides no protection to the underlying iron, unlike the formation of patina on copper surfaces. Rusting is the common term for corrosion of iron and its alloys, such as steel. Many other metals undergo equivalent corrosion, but the resulting oxides are not commonly called rust.

Other forms of rust exist, like the result of reactions between iron and chloride in an environment deprived of oxygen – rebar used in underwater concrete pillars is an example – which generates green rust.

Happy Sunday peeps.

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The Naked Truth


Would you be brave enough to do this?

“The terrible poetry of human nudity, I understand it at last, I who tremble for the first time in trying to read it with blasé eyes.” ~ Rachilde, Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel

“I suddenly realize that I’m naked, which shouldn’t bother me since it’s the phone, but for some reason it does.

“How’s it hanging?” Kyra asks and now I think I’m blushing. It’s just an expression, but jeez!” ~ Barry Lyga, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

Originally posted on notquiteold:

WARNING:  I hate the thought of offending anyone, so if you do not want to read about lots of man-parts and lady-parts, please come back on a different day.

I considered not writing this at all, but an author-friend of mine said, “Are you crazy? All that fabulous material – and you aren’t going to use it???”  She had a point.

I also wrote a completely different version of this experience – concentrating on the silliest aspects. I’ve always prided myself on my superior silliness skills. But after I re-read what I had written, I thought it was too trivial – even for me – the Queen of Trivial.

Sure I can play it for laughs. But I think there is something to SAY.

So here goes.

When my husband and I vacationed in Jamaica recently, we took a side trip. We got ourselves a day pass to a…

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Music Accoutrements


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Finding that *Perfect* Community Band

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water. ~ Ray Charles

DSCF1398In 2002, when I was returning to music after a 30-year hiatus, I used the Community Band and Orchestra Contact list to identify the many, many community bands in the Seattle and surrounding area.

Most of the community bands at the time had either no Web presence, or a limited Web page that basically gave you a phone number or e-mail to contact. I had no idea what the bands played and who they wanted to attract, let alone the audition requirements, if any.

So I picked the Woodinville band and jazz ensemble because it also had a jazz band. At the time it was directed by a phenomenal sax performer and former high school band director, Ray Guyll. When I called the membership phone number, Terri answered.

Hi, I’m thinking about joining a community band.

That’s great, what instrument do you play?

Sax. How do I audition?

Do you own an instrument?


Just show up for practice.

That year we did a very jazzy season finale concert with Greta Matassa and her combo, Eric Kloss saxophonist extraordinaire, and both the concert band and jazz ensemble at the Kirkland Performance Center. I purchased tickets for my extended family and friends. The concert was the best concert band concert I have ever been in yet and I even had a short solo in the beginning of ‘Blue Ridge Autumn’.


Here is an excellent sample of what this band has grown up to be under the direction of our current director, Leah:

Since I joined this band, I have made it a point to hear and/or sit in with a lot of the other local community bands. I have yet to find one that I enjoy as much as the WCB.  The Woodinville Community Band has musicians from Jr. High age to players in their 80s. There are all levels of accomplishment, but most sections have a music major or two to hold the section down and teach the newbies.

Selecting a community band and making the decision whether to return to music performance is fraught with lots of decisions to make. Do I take lessons to get back in shape? Can I devote the time necessary to do a good job? Would I be a valuable asset to the band? Whatever you do, consider supporting your local band with attendance and donations. They will really appreciate it.

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Clarinet Oddities

I got this Orsi sax-shaped clarinet bell mostly to tease my clarinet friends. They have the last laugh though, as I have not made as much progress learning the instrument as I had hoped.


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Suzy’s Clarinet Microphone ~ AMT WS

I purchased this mic for Suzy to help her with some clarinet solos. It’s amazing and I use it with my bari when I sit next to it as it picks up the bari when I lean towards it on really loud charts. The first time that happened, I didn’t realize I was getting some mic benefit but people in the sax section were saying, “Wow, you sounded great tonight.” or “I could really hear you tonight.”

The AMT WS is Applied Microphone Technology’s flagship double microphone system for Clarinet. Designed, manufactured by hand, and distributed by AMT in the USA. The system is intended to clip onto standard Bb Clarinet’s.

The WS is the # 1 choice for top professionals that look for the most natural sound reproduction possible from a clip on microphone. All versions of the LS now include updated features including D.C.T. (Disconnect Cable Technology) with the ability to connect the Wi5IIC creating a belt pack free wireless system.


Mostly, this post is for my use when I lend the microphone or to make recommendations to friends.

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Live Long and Prosper

spockLeonardGoodbye Mr. Spock, aka Leonard Nimoy. The New York Times sez,

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

So many of us baby boomers grew up in the Star Trek years. We watched the TV shows and the movies. We talked about the political and social meanings of some of the shows. Nimoy’s creation of the Live Long and Prosper greeting, now an iconic attribute of the show, was “fascinating”.

NimoyThere are so many good videos from our man Spock on YouTube, et. Al. One of my favorites was done in this decade and just makes me laugh was the Lazy Song.

Suzy and I were lucky enough to see Vincent. Leonard Nimoy stared in this critically lauded one-man performance that revealed Vincent van Gogh as few knew him. Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist’s life and death as seen through his brother’s eyes. As van Gogh’s paintings are projected in the background, Nimoy becomes both Theo van Gogh and Vincent in this compelling, touching portrayal. It was a stunningly moving play.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Nimoy did a number of poorly received music performances. I remember his song about the Hobbits. That said I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Star Trek portrayal of Spock’s Death. “Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most … human.” ~ Captain Kirk. It is hard to watch right now without getting emotional. Live Long and Prosper.

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