Daily Archives: December 16, 2008

Randy-Stuff, where’s the humor in all of it?

       I often write short autobiographical pieces.   It seems to be easy, but to expand them into a novel or something equally as long seems to be difficult; it would require a change in my routine that so far I haven’t been able to make.   I have many examples of unfinished projects, chapters and parts of chapters, saved in boxes and on my hard drive.   I always aim to get back to them.   “As soon as I can,” is what I tell myself.   Yet I write something every day, thinking the practice will pay off in the long run.   It is a deliberate effort I sustain even after I’ve run out things to write about.   Begin: that’s what’s important.   It’s important to keep my brain active.   Write, write, I can really do it.

      But why is it so important?   Once I get past the initial impulse of writing I try to go inside myself.   Feelings about this or that are there but it often takes more time than I am willing to spend for them to come out.   I look at events and try to concentrate on bits of action but I can’t seem to get away from telling too much. I need to concentrate on one single thing and allow what’s going to come out to come out even if it’s raw and less than perfect.   It comes down to making a choice.   And even then it has to fit within the context of something larger.   But then when the effort has been less than satisfactory, there is always the temptation to stop and hide.   (You can’t hide on the Internet.)   To keep going is a struggle.   It would be easily to toss it all into a pile of unfinished projects.

  It is okay…once I allow myself to think that…it really is okay.   I can only do what I can do with what I have…even for someone who has come a long way but still has a long way to go…that is because I’m not satisfied…is where I am right now…today.   And tomorrow?

Randy Ford

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MOCA Tucson-conversation with filmmaker and author Bill Carter

      Often referred to as the “godfather of Alt.Country,” Gelb (of Giant Sand, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, & OP8) and his many creative collaborators – amongst them the late Rainer Ptacek, Paula Jean Brown of the Go-Go’s, Joey Burns & John Convertino of Calexico, Bill Elm of The Friends of Dean Martinez, Lisa Germano, Neko Case, M. Ward, Cat Power, and Grandaddy – have made Tucson a global epicenter of distinctly original contemporary music.    As prolific as he is internationally acclaimed, Gelb is especially noted for his unorthodox recording process and his distinctive and playful use of language in his songwriting.

       Gelb appears in conversation at MOCA with longtime friend, the equally noted Bisbee-based filmmaker and author Bill Carter (honorary citizen of Bosnia and Saravejo, director of Miss Sarajevo, author of Fools Rush In and Red Summer, and contributing writer to magazines such as Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Spin, BOMB, and Outside).  As an added treat, Carter will screen a short sneak peak of his documentary film on Gelb as he guides what promises to be an exuberant live exploration of Gelb’s creative process as a songwriter and artist.


About MOCA’s Local Genius Award & Gala
Established in 2008 to publicly recognize the economic, social, and cultural value of innovative
thinkers in the fabric of our daily lives, the MOCA Local Genius Award is given annually to visionary and innovative Tucsonans whose activities have a global impact within and beyond their respective fields. The Awards are a testament to the rich intellectual diversity of the region and a reflection of MOCA’s commitment to honoring cutting edge creativity in all disciplines and practices. Nominees are considered annually from a variety of subject areas and a select few are awarded.  For more information about the Local Genius Award, biographies of awardees, and details about tickets to the upcoming Local Genius Award Gala (March 28, 2009), please visit www.localgenius.org
  Advance purchase of Gala tickets is highly recommended.


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street parking is free on evenings, weekends, and holidays  
do not park in the underground Library lot; it closes promptly at 6pm 
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