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)

I’m constantly making new Didjeridu and play religiously. I’ve experimented with many different materials and approaches to crafting this instrument and have narrowed it down to what I feel is the best possible Didjeridu for people to play, no matter what skill level you’re at. – Tyler Spencer

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. We left early because it was a school night and I wanted him to get his rest. We could hear Tyler opening one of our favorite jams from Sonar as we were pulling away. I kind of regret that now…

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)