We have had an enormous amount of rain this winter.  Over 110 inches by the Ides of March.

We had over five feet of snow, burying our Subaru, then a series of warm torrential rains.

snow in window
Snow in window after 8″ of rain over night

Then we had a series of torrential rains for a week. Melting the snow and giving us a raging river.

Raging River

We had no electricity, luckily some acoustic guitars and such to keep us entertained.


Hunger Games

The excitement builds. My sister plays a Tribute in the movie (she dies – “Dying for a Living is Easier Than Working”). I have been following the movie’s progress. Various artists are releasing the songs that are in the movie soundtrack.

We are constantly trying to strip down songs, but leave them interesting and remarkable. Here is a link to a Lumineers song, played last week at a concert, that will be in the movie.


My heroic stuntwoman sister played the Tribute from Sector Nine in the latest “Hunger Games, Catching Fire” movie.  She spent eight weeks learning how to use a spear, a sword and hand to hand combat, then month practicing with the other stunt people so that the scenes at the Cornucopia would look realistic!  She of course died in the Blood Bath.  She said, “At least I was killed by one of the ‘bad ass’ characters.”

The filming of the Blood Bath was done on the last day of an eight week shoot, so it was over quickly.  The movie opens November 11th, 2013 in London.


Hunger Games


On my morning walk, a young Eagle still in brown plumage sat high above me in a Pine tree trying out his hunting scream. A family of Osprey where chirping away in their nest on one of the power pylons. A doe and fawn were grazing along the edge of the forest, while I had to watch where I walked so that I didn’t step in piles of Bear scat in the middle of the road. When I got back home, a family of wild Turkeys. a tom, a hen, and four youngsters, were scratching in the yard.

There has to be song in there somewhere.

Hookjaw Brown

Hi there,

I will be talking about music and songwriting, the process of growing a song and the various steps of creation.