Tyler Spencer – Live – Cafe Mundo

Without knowing, consciously, that Tyler Spencer was a “local” musician – I’ve seen Tyler around.  Over the last year, our paths crossed with more frequency. He rides MTB, is a student mountain biking (NICA) coach, shows up at Newport Area Trail Stewards meetings and has been involved in the Coast Hills Classic Mountain bike race.  At some point, I friended him on Facebook and learned about his new album Sonar becoming available on iTunes.  We downloaded Sonar and begin jamming his tacks during our morning commute. (https://music.apple.com/us/album/sonar/1478790328)

It is typical for Reed and I to crank the tunes driving, especially on the way to school.  As we started listening to Sonar the album grew on me the way good music does.  It’s often the best music that gets better with each listen. Such as the case with Tyler’s Sonar.  The better the music got the more I became intrigued with Tyler, his musical process and the mystery of his primary tool – the didgeridoo. On Sonar he’s laid the solid trance like and hypnotic beats. As a “former” multi-instrumentalist (and perhaps at some future date continued musician) I know that nailing these beats is no simple achievement. They are good. I also become intrigued with the didg riffs on these tracks. What is happening?! How many tracks? What can be done with this didgeridoo? Fascinating.

Reed. 9 years old. Super stoked to experience Tyler in real time. Cafe Mundo 9.9.19

Wikipedia: “There are no reliable sources of the exact age of the didgeridoo. Archaeological studies suggest that people of the Kakadu region in Northern Australia have been using the didgeridoo for less than 1,000 years, based on the dating of rock art painting”.  It wouldn’t surprise me if this instrument goes further back in the depths of time…

I have so much more to learn about Tyler and the history of this instrument.  I feel like I have seen photos of him in Australia hunting for trees to craft new instruments. So much to verify and correlate. I believe he designs, crafts and sells these instruments, as well.  “My life’s work is dedicated to the crafting and playing of the didjeridu. These pursuits have taken me around the world and helped forge strong ties to the didjeridu community.” (www.primaltones.com)

As I began editing the video I realized that 10 years ago Spencer had a show at Café Mundo and was witness to a “angel like entity” who he would later marry.  I assume this encounter would later cause his current roots to be planted and grow.  This show may be his last at Cafe Mundo. Lorie and Greg have sold the restaurant and property to pursue (www.realcannahoney.com)  Reed and I are very grateful to have seen Tyler play live at Mundo. This video’s intro from Tyler discusses the narratives and origins of meaning. It’s significant in this universe – Lincoln County’s Universe – and the sounds that we all experience. Enjoy…!

Measure 21-177 – Court Ruling Explained

Let’s talk aerial spray. I would like to provide a disclaimer that my thoughts here are placeholders for the big picture of ideas and feelings that are swimming around my head. But, I feel that it is important to publicize the material available online for analysis should one be interested, concerned and willing to learn more.

Note that I have worked with Lincoln County Community Rights. This post, these thoughts, do not necessarily represent the thinking and work of that group. Also, my thoughts do not necessarily represent the views of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners office.

On a personal level I am interested and compelled to explore the implications of compounds such as herbicides have on our bodies and environment. I am interested understanding the how state law preempts local governance on certain issues and not others. And, I am interested in examining how rights of nature might be defined in a legal construct and if that is a modality to prevent excessive degradation to ecosystems and their heath: I include humans as part of that paradigm.  We are an integrated and interdependent system. Spaceship earth.

Most recently, “Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart has ruled on motions and cross motions for summary judgement on challenges to the county voter enacted Measure 21-177, “The Freedom from Aerially Sprayed Pesticides Ordinance” passed by voters in May of 2017.  The motions and cross motions were filed by Plaintiff Rex Capri, et. al., Defendant Lincoln County, and Intervenor Lincoln County Community Rights. In short, the Court overturned the entire Ordinance on the grounds of state preemption of pesticide regulation.”

Read more about the decision and MORE at: (https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/countycounsel/page/measure-21-177)

Lincoln County Community Rights (LCCR)

Ernest Bloch Legacy Project (2009 Historical) – HD Conversion

Recently, I was asked to provide the original video from a project I had forgot about in quite some time. The new project has something to do with Lincoln County Historical Society and Ernest Bloch. Curious to find out what it’s all about. Nevertheless, the key players were asking for the material so I began digging.

As a videographer file management is a process with best results when your highly organized. I rarely engage in paid freelance these days and I’ve got many files poorly spread across numerous hard drives. Fortunately, I found the native file sessions and appropriate folders – incorrectly name for text based searching.

The original video below was created published on January 18, 2008. It was created to be part of the celebrations commemorating the 50th aanniversary of Bloch’s death on July 15, 1959.

At the time internet and You Tube were pretty fresh. DV and TV was considered as publishing possibilities. The camera format was Mini Mini 3 CCD. However, no filming was required here. A photograph driven project. I channeled my best Ken Burns. And, still feel the work is well done.

I realized that this could be converted to HD so I set down an grinded it out. The result is much improved (above). Most of the time suck was reconsidering “safe areas” that were allowed for in the day to avoid cropping on TVs. But, the transition movement was essentially left unchanged.

The music chosen was music Bloch composed while living in Agate Beach, OR. David Ogden Stiers is the narrator.

During his lifetime, Ernest Bloch was known as “The Man from Agate Beach.” More about Ernest Bloch at: (http://www.ernestbloch.org/)

I just found this video – super cool… On July 21, 2018, the larger Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside was formally dedicated, with the the 1976 Memorial being moved to and included in a new installation featuring a new monument, five benches, and an interpretive sign*, now referred to as Ernest Bloch Place. (https://youtu.be/6b8XRSMRTEs)

Ride the Dirt Wave

Next regional meeting (TBD). Next NEWTS local meeting (TBD).

“Ride the Dirt Wave – The Oregon Coast as Premier Mountain Biking Destination” was a breakout strategy and brainstorming session at the 2019 People’s Coast Summit. The event is organized and hosted by OCVA – Oregon Coast Visitors Association.

Gabriel Amadeus Tiller one of the sessions moderators summed up the goals of the meeting: Working towards a unified coastal mountain biking recreation destination. How can the different trails coexist and craft a full Oregon Coast experience? How do groups that are geographically hundreds of miles apart work together?”  (Check out this PDF from the meeting)

My plan is to take this concept and vision back to our local trail building organization (NEWTS) Newport Trail Stewards. As the NEWTS move closer boots on the ground trail work in Newport we need to ask ourselves if and how we fit into the regional picture. Do we want to identify Newport’s trails as one of many trails people would choose to experience as they explore the Oregon Coast? And, what exactly will those trails look like?

In Lincoln County and Newport we’ve got a lot of work to do.  But, we have a blank canvas – that’s exciting! How will we shape and implement our future?

Next steps? Would you like to build local trails and/or participate in the regional discussions? Attend a NEWT meeting or social.
(https://newportnewts.org/) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1037019643094571/?ref=bookmarks)

OCVA will be hosting another meeting to continue the regional discussion. I’ll post that here and on NEWTS Facebook.

In the video above…  Moderators/Presenters: Gabriel Amadeus Tiller, Co-founder of Limberlost, Gabriel Amadeus – Creative Strategy, Oregon Timber Trail Project Manager.  Harry Dalgaard, Director, Regional Cooperative Tourism Program Travel Oregon and Vice President, Timber Trail Alliance

If you are interested in being part of this concept – I will continue to post about it on Ocean18.  I imagine OCVA will develop a resource page at some point (https://visittheoregoncoast.com/)  You can contact their Coastal Detestation Coordinator – Jesse Donlin – as well.

Interested in how OCVA fits into the bigger picture as a regional tourism partner.  I interviewed Jesse recently.