Without roofs, without lightbulbs…

from Nabob Shineywater of Brightblack Morning Light:

MARCH 12th 2007

“Well in Santa Cruz somehow BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT’s show aligned with an art opening for the artist who did Neil Young’s ZUMA cover, with our Warm Inventions friend, Colm O’Coesig churning treble for that live BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT, but before that in Davis we were allowed to do our own sound in a sweet, small rasta-ital cafe….called Delta of Venus.

We’re not living in a tent right now, but you should know our Matador Records long play debut was written/recorded entirely sleeping under the sky without walls or roofs. We were already living in tents so it wasn’t a deliberate act. How did we end up in a tent? Well, we didn’t have anywhere else to go, Alabama was far away & Northern California is pricey…. We had read that most folks live over half their lives underneath lightbulbs, so we wondered if that would be our legacy…. always underneath a lightbulb. We appreciate light and want to know more about it. How does artificial light shape your daily mood? How does natural light make you feel? Living in a tent by a stream, we listened to endangered coho salmon swimming upstream when dozing off. A reclamation of what you react to helps to shape your life. If you live in a city, you will react to the design of that city. If you live rurally you are still reacting to some human designs, but they are limited. If you roll a doobie, then you react to a doobie….”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.