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December 30, 2012
I've posted my song "Lucky Dime" for free download, in hopes that someone somewhere will help me make an "Adopt a Shelter Pet" video for it. Check it out on my Music Page.
October 26, 2012
Oh, gee. More than two years since I checked in. Been busy with other stuff. But, being election season, I went and reposted Freedom's Song, so if the link brought you here, um... Howdy. Thanks for visiting my ancient and neglected page. I'll try to get something written soon.
July 20, 2010
GIG AT SOMERSTON WINE CO.
To my SF Bay Area friends: Please come hear me sing and play with Steve Della Maggiora on Thursday, July 29 between 6 pm and 9 pm at Somerston Wine Co. 6490 Washington Street, Yountville (directly across from The Villagio Inn & Spa). Time to knock the rust off the old pipes. Hope to see you there!
July 15, 2010
BUSKING WITH DAVE ROBBINS
Tonight, July 15 from 7-8 P.M. I will be Dave's guest on Sonoma's KSVY radio 91.3. You can stream it here.
July 9, 2010
SAVE THE DATE
Thursday, July 29, from 6-9 PM, I expect to be singing in Yountville. More details as they emerge, but I'd sure appreciate it if you'd plan to be there! I'll be accompanied by my friend Steve Della Maggoira, doing some of my own songs and a bunch of covers - blues, standards, folk, et cetera, et cetera. Fabulous wine, a really pleasant environment, and good music? What's not to like? I'll post more soon.
June 30, 2010
GREEN SCENE PODCAST NOW AVAILABLE
The audio from Monday's Green Scene with Bug Deakin is now available for download here, or you can stream it from my music page. I'm currently working on a slightly more polished version of the song "BP Did a Bad Bad Thing" with video, coming soon to YouTube with a little help from my friends Steve Della Maggiora and Kamela Portuges-Robbins.
June 21, 2010
RADIO INTERVIEW JUNE 28
Listen to KRSH 95.9 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area Monday, June 28 at 7:30 a.m. PDT, or stream it at krsh.com. I'll be the guest on Michael "Bug" Deakin's weekly program, "Green Scene" to talk about the BP disaster, and maybe sing a song or two. More info (or to listen to an archived version of the interview after it airs) at heritagesalvage.com.
June 19, 2010
INTERVIEWS/ARTICLES AND PASSAGES
Osha Gray Davidson has done an awesome piece about my Gulf video, including an interview he did with me discussing the expedition and the consequences of the ongoing disaster. Read and watch at El Phoenix Sun.
Also many thanks to Phil Nuytten for two full pages of ink in the May 2010 issue of DIVER magazine. As far as I know the article isn't on their website, but I've posted a scan here. I sat down with Phil a few days ago in North Vancouver to discuss the disaster (he was among the deep sea technology experts who participated in the James Cameron meeting). The inside scoop from Phil is the situation is even worse than most of us realize.
Finally some very sad news to report, as my dear friend Jeanne Robinson succumbed to the ravages of biliary cancer on May 30, 2010. The Globe and Mail published an eloquent tribute that is worth a look. Known as "Buchi Eihei" (dancing wisdom, eternal peace), Jeanne was the embodiment of love. I've just returned from her memorial service in British Columbia, where her dream of becoming an ordained Buddhist priest was fulfilled postumously by her teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson. There's a great Jeanne-shaped hole in the world, and in my heart, but I take comfort in believing she is free now to dance across the firmament. Friends and supporters, meanwhile, continue to work towards making her dream of a film version of Stardance come true.
May 13, 2010
GULF VIDEO GAINS VIEWERS!
I'm heartened by the number of people who have seen my Gulf of Mexico video, and really pleased by the response I've gotten to the message, and the song. Some have pointed out that it's less than obvious how they can purchase my CD. Shameless self-promotion never was one of my strengths. So here ya go:
You can also download my music at iTunes and loads of other places, find me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (I may even start tweeting one day). OK, enough about me. Let's talk about a blogger I'm a new fan of: The Digital Cuttlefish. Check him out. You won't be disappointed.
May 6, 2010
CASUALTIES OF THE GULF OF MEXICO DISASTER: Beneath the Surface
I've been watching the BP oil well disaster with growing horror, and it finally motivated me to do something with the footage I shot eight years ago when I worked with my mother on the Sustainable Seas Expeditions. I've compiled some images from a dive I did near the site of the blowout, with my song, "Where I Go" as the soundtrack. Here's the video, and below that, what I wrote about it:
Carpets of crinoids - cousins of the sea-star - stretched their long limbs languidly into the current for morsels of planktonic food. Colorful tropical fish drifted among gracefully spiraling wire corals. Somber-faced grouper hovered warily while jacks and sharks cruised by, curious about the submersibleâ€™s lights. Fifty miles south of Mississippi, I was the first human ever to lay eyes on the teeming, thriving, dazzling undersea metropolis that was Salt Dome Mountain. As rich and diverse as Texasâ€™ Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to the west, or Floridaâ€™s coral reefs to the south, but a little deeper, and totally unexplored.
It was July 29, 2002, and I was a submersible pilot with the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, a joint project of National Geographic and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, led by my mother, Dr. Sylvia Earle. Fishermen and oilmen have long known the Gulf of Mexico by what they could extract from it with their nets and their drilling rigs. We were there to study it from the inside out.
Salt Dome Mountain is an unexpectedly shallow seamount rising from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico to within 200 feet of the surface. Itâ€™s just south of the Mississippi coast, just north of where a raging gusher of oil now spews death and destruction with no end in sight. And no beginning in sight either, as the vast majority of this catastrophe is occurring underwater, beyond the reach of television news cameras. The video below is a compilation of images from my dive eight years ago, posted with permission from Sustainable Seas Expeditions. You can find more videos of the undersea life near the blowout by using Google Ocean.
It remains to be seen when or even whether the raging torrent of oil can be stopped, but even in the best case scenario, the damage already done far exceeds what most of us can yet get our minds around. May it at least not pass unnoticed. And may we at long last consider that the consequences of our actions should be weighed before, and not after, the damage is done.
May 1, 2010
Gale & Jane's Wild and Wooly New Zealand Adventure
Just returned from a month roaming the New Zealand countryside with my fellow fiber-fanatic Jane Templeton (that's the wool kind of fiber, not the Metamucil kind). Photos now posted here: galemead.shutterfly.com
December 12, 2009
From Flipper to the Mayor of Strawberry Fields
Love this: http://www.gotmercury.org/ All my seafood-loving friends now have something else to consider when they're trying to decide between the mahi mahi and the grouper. And you thought smoking was dangerous....
If you haven't seen The Cove, it's now out on DVD. You really have to watch this film. You can cover your eyes during the gory parts, or watch the redacted version on an airplane, as I just did on my way home from New York. But please see it.
While in New York, I spent a couple hours at Strawberry Fields to honor John Lennon, who was taken from us 29 years ago Tuesday. I was there early in the day, and the sun was shining on the Imagine mosaic, and little children and old hippies and all kinds of loving, idealistic dreamers were singing, or taking pictures, or quietly thinking their own thoughts, or talking to each other about the music, the murder, the loss, the what-might-have-been.
I sat on the ground at the edge of the mosaic, next to a woman who was addressed by photographers from the other side of the mosaic as, "Hey, Button Lady!" She wore a tie-dyed hoodie covered with peace and Lennon badges, so she made a great photographic subject, and it was clear she was feeling this day very deeply. She told me her name was Cathy, which I think is a much nicer name than "Button Lady."
When I arrived, a man was using red carnations and white daisies to make a peace symbol around the center of the mosaic. Another man was shaping a smaller peace symbol in acorns. They lit candles and incense, and the man with the flowers explained this is what he does, not just on anniversaries, but all the time.
Over the next two hours I watched him incorporate the slow trickle of bouquets, guitar picks and photos, notes, candles, apples, and more flowers, into this eclectic mandala, making sure paper-wrapped flowers didn't come into contact with votive candles, and seeking aesthetic placements for each item. He says his name is Gary, and it looks to me like a labor of love, and I'm reminded, "there's nothing you can do that can't be done."
I'd like to point out that I haven't in this post used the name of the person who shot John Lennon, and that's on purpose. Because this freak shot him in part because he wanted his own name to go down in infamy. Repeating his name only fulfills that wish. The 30th anniversary of the murder is a year from now, and I would like nothing more than to see all news media outlets leave the bastard's name out of every single one of their reports. Sadly, it's far more likely that he'll be interviewed on Larry King.
November 18, 2009
Well it's about time something broke loose in my brain.... More songs are in the works, and I'm learning some new covers, too. Still in the market for a good gigging partner. I'll be in NYC December 8, paying tribute to JWL at Strawberry Fields. Not a gig, just happen to be in the city at the right time. Maybe I'll see you there!
Finally, I would like to thank Spider Robinson for once again including some of my music in his podcast (#73, "Music from the Heart") - once in the middle and again at the end. Spider's wife Jeanne continues her battle with cancer, but continues also to pursue her dream of bringing their book Stardance to the big screen, engaging David Gerrold ("Martian Child," "Trouble with Tribbles") to work on the adaptation. Check out the Stardance blog for the latest.
October 12, 2009
Holy moly! My mother's on Colbert?!
So I get home this afternoon from my "knitter's retreat" to find no fewer than seven voice mail messages from my mother. I call her back and we chat for a half-hour or so, and just as the conversation seems about to come to a close, she casually mentions that she's the guest on tomorrow night's Colbert Report. Seriously. How cool is that?
Update: Here's a link to the interview.
September 23, 2009
Dream of, for, with, and loving Jeanne
Who knows how many new humans went from conception to birth in the time it's taken me to update this page? I have no excuse. What's finally prompted me to post is new photos, from a benefit concert thrown for Jeanne Robinson to help pay her bills while she goes through chemotherapy.
Here's the story, from Spider's site:
"Earlier this year a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Andresz Busczowski, helped Jeanne Robinson beat back a rare and virulent form of biliary cancer. But itâ€™s so rare even he canâ€™t say how much time heâ€˜s bought her, how soon it might recurâ€”and her latest blood tests have been so discouraging theyâ€™ve now decided she needs to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. Besides the prescription drugs to counteract the chemotherapy, she needs special therapies and supplements, counseling, and extensive diet and lifestyle changes, to reduce her stress level and the strain on her liver to as close to zero as possible. All those things are expensive...and like many artists today the Robinsons were already running on fumes financially."
Continuing from Jeanne's blog:
"...After all these months of being silent and private about my illness, I recently said yes to my close friend Michelle Meyrink when she asked if she could organize a benefit concert for me. Others have since jumped in, including my Vancouver Buddhist sangha, Mountain Rain Zen Community, and a dear friend in Florida, Jan Schroeder, who has been auctioning donated items (such as rare Babylon 5 scripts and other SF memorabilia) on eBay for me. Goods or services can be donated for the auction by contacting Jan at email@example.com. Several other methods of helping out, including a straightforward PayPal donation account, can be found at http://wedreamforjeanne.blogspot.com/.
"Another way to help would be to buy our books from Amazon by clicking-through from Spider's site, so we can get the affiliate commission. Weâ€™ve spent decades holding up visions of humankindâ€™s highest evolutionary potential while entertaining you enough to keep you turning pages. Any help you can offer is gratefully appreciated by Spider and me."
The benefit last weekend was something I struggle to describe. Friends from their community and beyond put together an amazing group of musicians and organized a successful live and silent auction. Friends from their community and beyond filled the hall to capacity. Love was in the air. Spider serenaded. Tears rolled. Jeanne danced.
Dance on, sister from another mother.
January 19, 2009
Antarctic Photos Posted
My photos are now up on galemead.shutterfly.com (password is belize). I broke it up into two albums, one for Antarctica, the other for South Georgia and the Falklands.
In other news, I will be interviewed by Sonoma icon Ken Brown on KSVY radio Jan 27 sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 am. You can listen at ksvy.org.
Tomorrow our new President will be sworn in, and not a moment too soon. I'm filled with relief that the era of Bush/Cheney is finally coming to a close, and anxious optimism for the future. We surely do have our work cut out for us....
January 13, 2009
Happy New Year!
I'm just now home from the most unbelievable three weeks in Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands. I can think of no words adequate to describe the places I've seen. Perhaps more than at any time in my life I'm reminded what a beautiful, amazing planet we are lucky enough to have as our home, and how vulnerable it is to the effects of our profligate ways.
I do not know how long it will take me to get my photos organized, but they will be posted sooner or later at galemead.shutterfly.com (password is belize all lower case) where I also have photo collections from some of my earlier travels. Unlike some photo sharing sites, you don't need to have a membership to view the photos.
December 16, 2008
Once again, James Marshall Berry, radio host on KSVY and columnist for the Sonoma Valley Sun, has made me blush, this time with his review of the Common Good CD.Thanks, James!
November 30, 2008
Just in time for Christmas
I'm happy to report that my mom's new book is out. Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas, is an update to the National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean that she published in 2001. It's a distillation of nearly six decades of observation of the oceans, and the effects of human activity on the planet, by one of the world's most accomplished marine scientists. Two of my Arctic photos made it through the gauntlet of National Geographic editors and into the book, which is kinda neat.
November 14, 2008
New YouTube Video: Freedom's Song
My new video for "Freedom's Song" combines emotional images of election night and other moments in the Presidential campaign with reminders of the work we have yet to do to create a freer, more just world. If it's the video that led you to my site, thanks for coming! (crass commercial pitch starts now) My CDs are for sale on CD Baby, and my songs are downloadable at iTunes and a bunch of other digital download sites. (end of crass commercial pitch)
November 5, 2008
Hope Triumphs over Hate
I'm on my way home from Florida, where I spent the final week before the election canvassing for Barack Obama in the town where I lived when I was a little girl, helping to make sure that everyone who said they were going to vote for Obama actually cast their ballot. Words can't express how relieved I am that John McCain conceded promptly and graciously. We've still got an awful lot of work ahead of us to repair the damage that's been done to our country and the world, but at least now we'll have a chance.
October 20, 2008
Spider Robinson, a friend and spinner of some of the best tales in science fiction today, has featured two of my songs in his podcast, "Spider on the Web." My songs are featured about 30 minutes into 'cast #56, but I strongly encourage you to listen to the whole thing. This is an all-music edition featuring some amazing blues, jazz, folk, and stuff I don't even know how to characterize. All of it very much worth a listen. The 'cast is free, but if you can pitch a few bucks into the pot it'll help ensure he can keep doing what he does so well.