What a … World

Man, it’s crazy out there these days! It’s ever more difficult to keep a positive attitude what with the apparent lack of intelligence and sense of reality to understand the many challenges facing humanity, the lack of empathy, and compassion for our fellow humans, and especially regarding the one big thing that could put an end to us all — our continued blind race toward destroying our home by endlessly pumping deadly chemicals into our environment that accelerate the changing of the climate and stirring our weather to ever more extremes of heat and storm and… on top of that to have to listen to the Trumps and McConnell’s and Charlie Daniels and Steven Segal and Rush Limbaugh and all the fools who have no idea what’s really going on because they’re trying to take us back to the dark ages of white dominance and bigotry and misogyny and on and on…!! Wow, it’s just beyond belief.

Ok, gotta eat my breakfast now. It’s hot.

Had to vent a little. Thanks for listening.


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Flirtin’ with it…

…with gettin’ somethin’… maybe. That’s what I’m flirtin’ with. D’oh! Man, I hope not. I have a couple of weddings to play this weekend and it won’t be fun if I do indeed go down the sick-o path. I will think positive, drink my immune booster tea and gargle intermittently with salt water to create a hostile throat environment for bugs and go about my business as seems reasonable, perhaps with a bit of rest mixed in as well. Took my vitamins, the room is warm enough. We’ll see how it goes.

I gave my students for today a choice to come or not, depending on how they feel about possible exposure. The only one I’ve heard from so far has decided to skip it today. I understand that. Sick=bad. So, I can do more preparations for the wedding, work on creating more materials for my new wedding page, continue on my latest CD of original singer/songwriter stuff, improve my online skills, take another step toward finishing production of the Cooper & Garoutte CD, etc., etc., etc. The good news, AND the bad news, is that there is always way more I want and need to do than can be done. Just gotta keep it all in perspective and keep taking one step at a time. Small steps…

Maybe I’ll get a little time to relax with Solo. As you can see in the picture above it looks like a good way to get some quiet time, sometimes… heh, heh…

So, please hold a positive thought for me and perhaps this apparent beginning to some kind of cold or flu or whatever will fizzle.

Thanks! Talk to you soon…


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Cat engulfs Dog!

Hey y’all,

This morning’s story is about our cat and dog, Solo and Squeeks…

Our growing young cat Solo can now completely engulf our little mini-dachshund in a full takedown! Solo is a very cool and beautiful mix of Siamese, Rag-doll and another breed or two and we love him, but he can be a handful with bursts of crazy energy and playfulness nearly beyond our energy capacity, patience and understanding at precisely the time(s) of day when we are most ready to mellow out and relax (read: rest) and/or go to bed.

Don’t get me wrong, Solo can be wonderfully loving and affectionate. Most of the time he is a pleasure to have around, other than when he plagues us with that “Play with me, play with me, play with me…” thing when we’re not ready for it, but he is still in need of intense activity at times at this young age so we give him action when reasonable. And he’s growing bigger all the time…

When he first joined our little family he was a tiny little kitty, skittish at the least little things. We did find however, that from the git-go he was willing to stand up to the dog who occasionally tried to assert herself when she felt her domain threatened by the new member of the family. From day one little Solo’s claws came out as needed. He wasn’t going to be bullied. That was pretty cute… and even reassuring at the time… but the cat is getting BIGGER…

Now, in fact, Solo is MUCH bigger. Though not yet fully grown the “little guy” is probably half-again the bulk of the admittedly small dog, perhaps more. Over time the cat and the dog have become great pals and get along well much of the time. However, in moments of playful aggression the young and irrepressible Solo will pounce on the much older and mellow Squeekie as she bounces happily along to “go outside” with one of us, wrap his furry arms around her and throw her to the ground, on her back, as if pinning her in a wrestling match, and assert his emerging dominance for all the world to see. Poor Squeeks is then forced to submit, lying helpless in the grip of the Monster Cat, until such time as the cat is removed, or removes himself from the dominant position. Poor Squeekie! ;-{ Not to worry… no one ever seems permanently damaged in these encounters. Solo is very good about holding back the claws unless he feels seriously threatened… other than an occasionally overly enthusiastic swipe at a play toy or at a leg or arm positioned too close to the edge of a couch, chair or bed as he flies around in one of his fits of frenzy. We’ve had to break out the hydrogen peroxide and bandages a few times, but with just a little care and common sense serious injuries are pretty much avoidable…

Anyway, all in all we wouldn’t trade either of our smaller family members away for anything and the two are wonderfully familial. A perfectly little happy troupe we are together. As you can see in the picture above Solo stays ready for whatever adventure may come along for his entertainment or cuddling, depending on the many variables life with the four of us may bring.

That’s all for now… Be well, be happy my friends! We’ll talk again soon!


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Sunday Stuff

Good morning y’all! We’re back home in the Gorge now after taking a few days to relax and recharge at the coast and points in-between there and here. It was an effective plan since we are indeed recharged and back at it now.

Yesterday was a lot of fun too! Moe and I played on the Terrace at Maryhill Winery from 1 ’til 5 pm. There was a generous crowd despite a bit of residual smoke and the limitations of the “just reopening freeway” along the Oregon side of the big river. We made a strong connection with quite a number of new fans and visited with a few ‘old’ ones. We enjoyed the strong connection as everyone joined in and spent their afternoon with us. It’s such a pleasure to combine our varied skills and joys to facilitate music that moves through us all from the “Big Flow” outward to all those ready to share in it! Yeah, baby. When it was all said and done we were “happily spent.”

Today will be a combination of business and pleasure. This morning we’re working on our various “work” and creative pursuits to catch up and move forward, while this afternoon the plan is to get outdoors a bit on this beautiful day and get a little exercise and pleasure for ourselves and out cherished critters. In this crazy time we live in it’s more important than ever to embrace these joys isn’t it? There are challenging times ahead (to say the least) so we try to stay up on what’s happening and try to understand the best way forward. It can be daunting and disheartening to deal with the insanity that is afoot in the world but we are determined to find a balance between the joys and the terrors and stay positive going forward. We’re all in this thing together so let’s remember that we are all connected to everything… let’s treat ourselves and everyone, and everyTHING with love, respect and understanding.

Ok, back to it… We’ll talk again soon.

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Cape Disappointment – NOT disappointing

Hey y’all,

Coming to you from Cape Disappointment where Annie and I (and the Squeekster…) are taking a couple of days to play and freshen up after all the fire and smoke and stress in our beautiful Gorge. It’s great! The weather was beautiful yesterday afternoon when we arrived and stayed nice through the evening…

The panorama above was taken at the little beach cove a short walk from our little cabin. Pretty sweet. The dog got a great runaround and we got to breath some fresh air and watch the cormorants, a sea lion, a couple of surfers (not much surf though…) and some ships and boats crossing the Columbia River bar. Ahhhhh… felt so good.

Anyway, we’re vacationing, so I’d better sign off. Just had to get a notice up about the gig Moe Dixon and I are playing at Maryhill Winery this saturday, 1-5 pm.


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Ahhh… RAIN!

Oh yes, we finally have had rain, sweet rain for a few days, and it’s WONDERFUL!

For weeks it’s been hot and dry, and tragically some foolish kids played with fireworks on the beautiful Eagle Creek trail and guess what? FIRE! Yeah, I know, right? How could they not realize the extreme danger in what they were doing!?!? What a horrible, painful “live and learn” thing it’s been. My god, our incredible Columbia Gorge has been defaced, torched, scorched, denuded, burnt… and the smoke!! We’ve all been suffering from the inhalation and we’ve had to escape, locking ourselves up in our homes, cars and whatever else to try not to breathe it in, and it was hot of course, so it’s been pretty miserable and disheartening to get through it all. We cross our fingers that the rain will take care of the fire and begin to the long and painful recovery process. Our hearts are with our Mother Earth and all the creatures (humans included) that have suffered and had their lives changed forever!

On a brighter note, I’m still creating and recording new things. Check out my new “Wedding” page on kitgaroutte.com. I am getting back into playing for these type of events after a long hiatus away from the casuals I played as my primary business for many years. I am feeling fresh again and able to provide a high quality of service once again. I have to admit, despite all the challenges that can arise from dealing with such important events in people’s lives it can be very satisfying to help make it the most special and memorable time many will ever experience.

I’ve also been continuing with my latest recorded collection. I’ll put up some samples soon. Right now it’s time to think about getting out of town for a couple of days with my Annie…

Yes, bright and early tomorrow morning we’re heading off to the coast for a few days. We are both craving a change of scenery and fresh air after a long siege with the fires and smoke and all. We are SOOOOOO ready! So… without further ado…

Talk to you again soon by friends!


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“Friend Of The Family” and…

Today I start recording “Friend Of The Family” for just solo guitar and vocal, in the same spirit as the rest of the songs I’m recording for my latest CD. All songs are in the solo singer/songwriter mode, just me playing guitar and vocal. It’s an intimate sound that I’m liking a lot. It was suggested by my Annie since that’s what she enjoys most from me these days and there are probably quite a few other friends, family and fans who would agree. I am good with that.

I recorded this song a long time ago with a very low-tech set-up and it’s not a very satisfying recording over the long haul. This redux is intended to get it down once and for all in a “no excuses” way. I hate playing my recorded creations for people and feeling like I have to explain why it’s not what I’d like it to be. Thankfully, technology having evolved as it has, I now have resources available to me to make it happen, if not in a “audiophilic” way, at least at a good enough quality that I don’t have to make any excuses for it. I can just put it on and let it speak for itself.

…and… I will be continuing to explore my re-entry into fuller website related activities and move forward on sites and materials for online use. I will be taking over Bob Dill Guitars‘ site right away. I can’t wait to grow it since Bob and Alexa Dill are great friends of mine and I love the guitars Bob makes, including my favorite guitar EVER, my cedar and myrtlewood Bob Dill acoustic guitar (shown below in the awesome Columbia Gorge)!



Until tomorrow my friends…


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T.C. O’Leary’s & Shepherd’s Pie

Sittin’ now at T.C.O’Leary’s on Alberta in Portland, OR having a Guinness and Shepherd’s Pie. And diggin’ it. It’s a lovely evening and it’s good to make this sidewalk picnic table out front my office for a couple of hours while I wait for my gal Annie to do her “Art In The Pearl” meeting. Good beer and good S.P. while waiting in this comfortable setting is pretty sweet I must say.

Last weekend I played at the aforementioned “Art In The Pearl” (to be referred to as AITP from here on in). It’s a wonderful, pretty dang big art and music show in Portland’s Pearl District. Lots of amazing artists and their fantastic art and the songwriter’s stage that showcased 20 wonderful singer/songwriters. I was lucky enough to be able to share my music and to accompany the magical and amazing Moe Dixon for his show as well. The weekend could hardly have gone better, EXCEPT, the smoke from the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia Gorge did make it’s way into the area on Labor Day enough to dampen the spirit and size of the crowd a bit. Not to worry however, overall it was a great and successful event for us musically and for the artists as well as far as I could tell.

Ok, that’s what I’m doing personally, but now it’s time to get back to work on this new site and venture. Talk to you again soon.

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Today I teach a couple of lessons, practice for a duo show on Friday and head to PDX with my gal to do our monthly supplies run and do a meeting and some online work. Except for the remaining smoke in the Gorge from the fire it should be a fun day.

First student just arrived so I’d better sign off and get at it.

Stay tuned…

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