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Friday, 13 January 2006
Now Playing: wfmu holiday party (wfmu.org)

a few days ago, beth went to pick up morphy's ashes from the animal hospital. she called me up at work completely distraught. "i should never have come here alone," she sobbed. it took a couple of minutes for her to regain her composure so that she could drive home.

i can't quite believe that a cat that once took up most of the bed whenever he stretched out now fits into a tiny tin can. 11 years ago, i would've scoffed at the idea of mourning over a cat. but everytime i get home and i instinctively look up at the third floor window expecting to see him, that's how i know i want him back just as much as beth does.

i miss him. a lot.

Posted by macedonia at 12:23 PM EST
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Sunday, 8 January 2006
BSOTS 011 - survival vibes from 2005 and elsewhere (pt. two)
Now Playing: NFL Football - New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers
Topic: my podcasts

the first podcast of the new year and we're storming out the gate. click here to download. show notes are as follows:

intro: macey's new year resolution
audion - rubber (buy it on iTunes)
christian walt - promise
koushik - be with (buy it on iTunes)
a.b.e. (anthems of a bygone era) - latin groove (on the pmn)
3rd party - freestyle
tv on the radio - dry drunk emperor

radio bsots updates include the voice mail line (206-202-2298) and the myspace page.

Posted by macedonia at 3:14 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2006 6:09 PM EST
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Friday, 6 January 2006
when you've heard lou, you've heard it all...
Now Playing: daiki and little wings - orange sweet town
Topic: articles

six days into the New Year and already we lose a great one...my main man Lou Rawls...to cancer.

my wife's gonna be devastated.

Posted by macedonia at 5:29 PM EST
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Now Playing: Daiki and Little Wings - Orange Sweet Town
Topic: the Christian walk

sometimes, a believer needs to speak to themselves as a reminder of who they are and whose they are. when the world calls you everything but a child of God, and when those that are supposed to represent His word go about it in all the wrong ways (and it seems that these voices have the tendency to speak the loudest), these are the times that you have to retreat from all those voices and remember what God told you.

excuse me while i take a moment to do so...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."
-Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by macedonia at 5:24 PM EST
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Sunday, 1 January 2006
pourin' out some catnip for my homie...more on morpheus
Now Playing: the bridge on nyc tv channel 25

in some ways, i can't bring myself to write a eulogy, so the long and the short of it is this: morpheus suffered a stroke brought on by a blood clot which traveled down to his legs...resulting in the loss of movement thereof. in addition, he had a heart murmur that we didn't even know about. a week before this happened, beth and i noticed him limping around the house. he seemed to favor one of his front paws over the other, so we figured there was a splinter in his paw (we have wood floors in our apartment and they're not in the best of shape).

the night it happened, we had just come back from a friend's going away party. he was in his favorite hangout spot - the bathroom window deep set behind our toilet. beth checked in on him and he didn't sound like himself. she picked him up, put him down on the floor, and he dragged himself away by his front paws due to the loss of his hind legs. beth called the animal hospital, i washed out his carrier, and we got him situated to go.

he yowled for the entire car ride over. i thought that he just didn't like being cooped up. turns out he was in a lot of pain. we would learn that his time was short. any procedure to buy him some more time would have cost more than we could pay and would be too painful for morph to go through. so as much as it hurt, we put him to sleep. this was early saturday morning, december 17, 2005. he was only 11 years, 7 months old.

weeks afterwards, we still look for him when we come home from work. there are days i still think that i have to feed the cat when i get home. beth still gets distraught, sometimes wondering if there was some sign she could've recognized sooner, if she did the right thing by putting him to sleep. beth has had a number of cats in her life when she lived at home, but morpheus was her cat. he was her baby in a sense. she picked him out while she lived up in albany, coaxing him from under a dresser with a cat toy, and carried him home in a cardboard box. he was a tiny kitty, all ears and a scrawny body. beth was a mother to him.

as for me, morpheus and i had our own thing. sometimes antagonistic, but there was love there. prior to morph, i didn't like cats. when he was a kitty, i had a particular disdain for him. but somehow or another, he won me over. completely and totally stole my heart. when it came time to put him to sleep, i wanted to be anywhere else but that room. it was easily one of the most depressing moments of 2005.

morphy faked me out, in a way. as often as i used to tell him that he was a full-grown cat still acting like a kitten, he wouldn't hear of it. in his mind, he was all kitten, no matter how old he was. he retained a youthful energy right up until his last hours with us. even with the slight limp, he was still the morph we knew. in the end, i have to believe that we did the right thing. i think he would've been miserable being poked and prodded and having to get an IV and treatments and all. if he couldn't be maniacal morph anymore, if that side of him couldn't be tapped into at will, it would've been devastated. far be it from me to try to gaze into the mind of a cat, but i can only imagine that it would've upset him something terrible had we taken a different route.

at least beth and i can say that his youthful, energetic years outweighed his last few hours of pain. at least we can say that we gave him a nice home with a lotta love - more than he could stand at times (as the picture below clearly shows). morpheus was the cat that changed my attitude about cats completely. for that, he will always hold a special place in my heart. it will be quite some time before we get another cat. there may be other cats, but there will never be another morpheus.

okay, so i did write a eulogy. good thing, too - it's been bottled up for weeks. i loved that silly cat. he will be greatly missed.

Posted by macedonia at 11:51 PM EST
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Wednesday, 28 December 2005
Now Playing: Ekayani and the Healing Band - Une Fille Qui Parle des ses Desires

the number is 206-202-2298. yes, it's a long distance call (if you're not located in Seattle, WA, anyway). hope to incorporate more listener feedback into the show as we enter 2006.

Posted by macedonia at 5:20 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 28 December 2005 5:23 PM EST
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case and point: hoodhype
Now Playing: thinking out loud to myself...
Topic: music appreciation

finally got around to listening to the HoodHype podcast, which centers around music from independent and unsigned rap artists. hosted by a brother named Major. i was curious to see if it was as gully as the website made it appear. you should go there just to hear the promo that was played on Adam Curry's show, Daily Source Code, a very popular podcast. "big shout out to Adam Curry. ONE!"

apparently, Adam Curry has street cred. who knew?

i think the show is based in Michigan. they play some Michigan heads, some Kentucky cats, some Texas heads, whoever they're feelin', really. in terms of the rap, the show feels more Southern in flavor. they've got heads leaving freestyles on the voice mail, they read listeners' email feedback, the site looks good, the podcast is of a great quality...gotta say, they have their bases covered. even though i can take or leave the music sometimes, the show itself is unapologetically aimed for the street, and i respect that. it's the niche market approach, but the crazy thing is that it sounds like they're reaching people outside of heads on the street as well. Major read an email from some cat out in Amish country diggin' the show.

still, i listen to some of what they play and i wonder to myself...is this the face of rap music that i would want people to be familiar with? but that's the hip-hop elitist/idealist in me rising up as always. show #7 features an interview with Buckshot (for all the Black Moon fans out there).

supposedly, HoodHype is rated among the top 20 podcasts over at podcasts.yahoo.com. they only have nine shows - how is that possible? who's handling their promotion? if i have any hopes of being the Gilles Peterson of podcasting (a boy can dream), clearly i have to step up my game - and quick. doing everything myself has never been the answer, but it's the only card i have to play most of the time. the more unbearable the 9:30-5:30 gig gets, the more crucial it becomes that the passions in my life turn into a way of life.

one of these days, i'm gonna figure all this out...

Posted by macedonia at 5:16 PM EST
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Monday, 26 December 2005
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: ...a moment of silence...

morpheus j. nutter. domestic short hair. june 1994-december 2005.

pint-sized court jester. feline antagonist. a full-grown cat with a kitten's spirit right up until the end.

we're gonna miss you.

Posted by macedonia at 11:57 PM EST
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Friday, 16 December 2005
BSOTS 010 - survival vibes from 2005 and elsewhere (pt. one)
Now Playing: mangomad - search for zen
Topic: my podcasts

this show is being posted about a week after i started recording it, so the weather's a bit different now. but the main draw is the music and it's straight up gems this time around. hope you enjoy it. download at your leisure...

hamburglers - mcknowledge
nnnj - goop scoop
jneiro jarel - do yo thang
media mentioned: world traveller adventures dvd (available at amazon.com)
promo: c64 takeaway podcast
watkin tudor jones - super evil
danger doom - mince meat
platinum pied pipers - deep inside (feat. sa-ra creative partners)
podcast mentioned: [insert clever name]
website mentioned: hiptingle
dj frodo & mr. fitz - silver cycles

the african dope label has been one of the best discoveries for me so far on the podsafe music network. the fact that songs off the new danger doom are in there as well doesn't hurt, either...

Posted by macedonia at 4:49 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006 5:41 PM EST
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2005 on the black hand side...
Now Playing: House Nation w/DJ Silver (eastvillageradio.com)

the website SeeingBlack.com posted their best of 2005 lists for music and film: Mark Anthony Neal handles the tunes while sister Esther Iverem tackles the flicks.

that reminds me...i need to get my scribe on and get biZ on my own best of list...

Posted by macedonia at 3:22 PM EST
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