April 5, 2020 “The Self Quarantine Chronicles” Part 4

• April 5th, 2020

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Another "intro-less" episode. This is truly live. Loop drone done in real time with an E-bow and Whammy (1x octave down) and some improvised guitar on top. Been listening to sad music all day....feeling sad...so here you go. 

I hope you are well and safe. As always, I wish you every good. 

Peace, 

Alan 


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April 4, 2020 “The Self Quarantine Chronicles” Part 3

• April 4th, 2020

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This is the 2nd of back-to-back same day episodes. Again, no intro. Just more improvisational music to reflect the moment as I perceive it through music.

Its a strange time. A scary time. The fact that it is global moment is simultaneously terrifying and humbling. We are clearly in an economic free fall that will take years to recovery from. But, more importantly, people are suffering. 

But I am hopeful. History has shown that through hard times comes tremendous growth and examples of behavior that inspires and teaches. Acts of hope, bravery, love, and kindness. Yes, there is also acts of fear, anger, hysteria, etc. But that just serves as a contrast to examples that will inspire all. I choose to look for the inspiration and encourage everyone to do the same.

Love will rule the day. It always has. It always will. 

I wish you every good. Peace. 

Alan 

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April 4, 2020 “The Self Quarantine Chronicles” Part 2

• April 4th, 2020

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This is the 1st of back-to-back same day episodes. Again, no intro. Just more improvisational music to reflect the moment as I perceive it through music.

Its a strange time. A scary time. The fact that it is global moment is simultaneously terrifying and humbling. We are clearly in an economic free fall that will take years to recovery from. But, more importantly, people are suffering. 

But I am hopeful. History has shown that through hard times comes tremendous growth and examples of behavior that inspires and teaches. Acts of hope, bravery, love, and kindness. Yes, there is also acts of fear, anger, hysteria, etc. But that just serves as a contrast to examples that will inspire all. I choose to look for the inspiration and encourage everyone to do the same.

Love will rule the day. It always has. It always will. 

I wish you every good. Peace. 

Alan 

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March 14, 2020 - The “Self Quarantine Chronicles - Part 1″

• March 14th, 2020

Virus.jpgThis episode will differ from all the previous in that it has no introduction, no plug for a cause, just an improvised meditation reflective of how crazy life has gotten in such a short time.

From a personal point of view, here's a summary of what my last few days have been like:

  • Arrive in Germany 8-March. 
  • 12-March 03:00 German time, cell phone calls and multiple texts alerting of just announced travel ban from Europe to U.S., mad dash to change flight, pack, get on train, get out of Germany. 22 hours later, get home. 
  • 13-March: Notified that, per CDC change that AM (adding Europe to "hot zones" list), I need to "self quarantine" for 14 days. 

So, as I am now "social distancing", I figured I'd do some guitar playing and release some anxiety that I'm feeling and, I'm sure, is common and ubiquitous in the world right now. 

The music is truly a one-take, live affair of loops, e-bowing, and pitch shifting. No real thought or plan. Just a spur of the moment improvisation.

As this is day 2 of my quarantine, I'll perhaps put out some more and call this "The Self Quarantine Chronicles". 

Stay safe out there....and wash your hands. 

Alan 

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January 04, 2020 Episode

• January 4th, 2020

Here's another episode of Ambient/Devotional/Improvised guitar music. This month's featured cause that I encourage you to consider supporting, in lieu of any financial support for this podcast, is (in general) hospice services in your area and/or "Bluegrass Navigators" (specifically) for the Northern KY area (these are the folks who took care of my dad in his final days...wonderful people). 

 

https://www.bgcarenav.org/

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October 28, 2019 Episode

• October 27th, 2019

Greetings from Kentucky,

After a long gap due to having to attending to my father, my podcast is back. This episode is untitled and is most definitely NOT live as it was started in July and completed in October. 

As always, in lieu of any solicitation for donation, I encourage all to focus on a charitable cause. This episode's suggestion is Hospice Care in general and Bluegrass Navigators in particular. These people are awesome and do such good and important work. I will forever be grateful for the work they did for my father, my family, and me. They are angels doing vital work. Please support them (suggested link below). 

Thank you. I wish you every good. 

Alan

 

https://www.bgcarenav.org/

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February 2019 Episode (no name)

• February 4th, 2019

This episode consist of experimentation as I "test drive" some new pedals. 

For the usual charitable suggestion, instead of a charity per se, I have an idea that my church (St. John UCC Bellevue, Kentucky) does: Blessing Bag. These are large zip lock bags with non-perishable food items, water, toiletries, gloves, and socks. They are cheap to put together and handy to have on hand. I keep a few in the back seat of my car and hand them out to people in need I encounter on the streets. 

As for a "self-centered" plug: I have a new album out on Bandcamp.com. The title is "For the Light to Break Through". Purchasing information and links to videos, my social media sites, etc is available at my website http://alanimberg.com

Peace be with you all. 

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Restraint - September 23, 2018

• September 23rd, 2018

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Unlike most of the past episodes, this one does NOT feature improvised, "semi-live" music. It is a piece titled "Restraint" which was recorded along with a batch of songs intended for commerical release (BTW: look for an October 2018 announcement). After sequencing the pieces, this one felt out of place. So, instead of archiving it for a later date, I figured I'd give it out as a podcast. Other formats may become available down the road. 

As with every episode, I highlight a cause (charity, event, etc) in the hopes of bringing attention to something I feel is worth the attention. This is in lieu of any pitch for my own gain (as I see it, you listening to this podcast is support enough). 

This episodes cause is simple....and directed to my fellow Americans specificially. It is simply a call to VOTE! The upcoming "mid-term" elections are just around the corner. Registration deadlines are coming in early October for most states. I don't care how you vote or who you vote for. But I do encourage everyone to engage in the process. This election is a local one and local politics is where the most impact can be made. Don't let cynicism be an excuse. Educate yourself on candidates, focus on things that matter to you, and cast a vote. Engage in the process. VOTE! Don't take this stuff for granted and don't sit on the "side lines" bitching about whats wrong. Get in the game...

Peace be with you all and thank you for your support. 

Alan 

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The “Lab Experiment”..or the August 11, 2018 Episode

• August 12th, 2018

This latest episode of my podcast that features my brand of instrumental guitar weirdness is more an experiment as I learn how to navigate new recording toys.

The featured "cause" for this episode is the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org/), an organization that stands as a counter to hate, bigotry, and intolerance. On the 1 year anniversary of Charlottesville and the "Unite the Right" demostation and the responding counter demostration that resulted in violence and death, I believe people of good will and open minds must do something to keep the desparate forces of hate in check. Please consider supporting the SPLC or any group that serves to "put a stick in the spokes" of the wheels of negativity. 

Cheers, 

Alan

alanimberg.com

 

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11 June 2018 Episode: For Lisa

• June 10th, 2018

Recently, my sister, Lisa Lusk, passed away unexpectedly while sleeping. Two days before she passed, she tried calling me. I was tired and reluctant to take the phone call so...I didn't.  48 hours later, she was dead. That moment will haunt me for the rest of my life.... I loved my sister but I don't think she heard that enough from me.....there was so much I wanted to say to her that I was planning on getting around to...some things loving...some things brutally honest....now I won't have that chance....

Words of advice: Leaving nothing to chance...take the phone call...make the phone call...leave nothing unsaid...tomorrow is but a hope, not a promise....

This episode is a musical attempt to process the reality that my sister is no longer a part of this world. 

Charitable suggesion for this episode: Please consider donating to a charity that focuses on fostering and protecting sea wildlife. My sister had a lifelong passion for sea life. Please do so in honor of Lisa. 

Thanks. 

Alan

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