Monday, September 06, 2010
A Country Drive Sort Of Day
I didn't really know where I was going. I just knew that it was a beautiful day and that I was restless, so I got in my car and headed out of town. Soon I found myself driving aimlessly through the countryside on roads that I knew well but had not traveled on for years.
A spray-painted "House For Rent" sign caught my eye as I passed by. A scenario unfolded inside my head as I executed a bootlegger U-turn, slalomed between 'Farm Use' vehicles and pickup trucks, then headed back to investigate the house.
I do need to move, my rent is consuming over half of my income... a country house is probably cheaper than my rent...it would give privacy for music-making. I could practice whenever I wished. I could set up a home studio and start recording bands again. I could sip lemonade and play banjo on the porch.
It doesn't look like the sort of neighborhood where noise complaints are likely.
I liked the front yard but the house was a bit dodgy:
The first thing I do when assessing a potential living space is to determine how easy it would be to break into. This glorified double-wide didn't require much thinking since it wouldn't require much breaking to get inside. The flimsy aluminum door could probably be jimmied with a library card and I wasn't sure if the windows locked or not but it hardly mattered since the entire domicile looked as if it could be quickly dismantled with a screwdriver and stacked neatly on the back of a truck, leaving only the wooden deck behind.
I made a mental note:in case of tornado, I would seek shelter underneath the deck while the house flew to pieces and went whirling through the air.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not above living in shabby conditions; 'derelict chic' is well inside my comfort zone. But I don't have a dog and music gear is expensive and difficult to replace- by the time anyone responded to an alarm in this remote locale, it would be too late.
So I returned to the noise and clutter of the city.
NOISE AND CLUTTER
This is what my radio show looks like:
If you wish to hear it, it is now available as a podcast download!! (click here)
I have been doing live radio for five years and have only just now begun to podcast, so there is only one show up so far, but I'll be adding a new one every week.