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The new adlermusic.com is now live.

The launch of the redesigned and reconfigured adlermusic.com is imminent. For a brief time, the “blog” button on that site will continue to direct you here (again, note the changed url). But the plan is ultimately to migrate this blog to WordPress and integrate it with my main site. I’m sure the new toys will reignite my blogging jones and all sorts of stuff will pour forth, time permitting.

Meanwhile, my daughter Tess (pictured) is nearing nine months of age, crawling around like a maniac, showing tons of affection and knocking my socks off every day. The newborn stage feels like a century ago. Somehow I’ve still managed to write a forthcoming JazzTimes feature on David S. Ware, CD roundups on Manuel Valera and Samuel Blaser, and liner notes for a burning Alex Sipiagin quartet record, in addition to my various weekly writing chores. The time for newsmongering and commentary, concertgoing, jazz twittering and such has been limited, needless to say.
Our little nuclear family heads to Florida next week — the original plan was to have Tess meet Greg, Sr., my wife’s nonagenarian grandfather, but he left us before that could happen. So now we go to remember a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband and World War II hero, who’ll receive military honors in a ceremony during our visit. Thank you, sir, for your kindness and love, and your service.

Following up on my previous notice, a reminder that this blog is in the process of migrating to another service (and another design). Stay tuned, but keep checking this space regularly. I expect minimal down-time.

You’ll notice, for one thing, that Lerterland is now redirecting to blog.adlermusic.com. Please make a note of the new address in your own online worlds, although the redirect should keep all RSS and blogroll stuff pointing the right direction regardless. Searchability and other functions might be a little iffy for a bit, so bear with us as the site gets reindexed and reconfigured.

The new site will focus on all the same obsessions that have defined Lerterland from its 2005 launch. So expect a seamless transition in terms of content. And many thanks for staying on board.

In the near future I’ll be upgrading and relaunching adlermusic.com and migrating Lerterland over to that domain, possibly under the same blog name, possibly not (should I flip a coin?). It’s a long overdue change that will streamline things for me online, so please follow me there and take part in getting the new site off the ground. I’ll post another announcement when the shift is closer at hand.

On a related note, Monday begins a week or so of maintenance and repairs in my apartment, so things will be hectic and blogging probably light. On the other hand, maybe blogging is the only thing I’ll be able to do. We’ll see.

Reporter War Stories. Great reading so far. Cooper in Chile, El Salvador and elsewhere, back in the day.

We lost our beautiful, crotchety Olive to kidney failure this morning. A life well lived, 1994-2010.

I watched Stew’s “Passing Strange” last night on the DVR, and while there were some aspects of it I resisted, the more that I think back on it, the more enthralled I become. I need to watch it again. This song, “Work the Wound,” comes toward the end of the show and nearly turned me to a puddle. Here’s a stripped-down version.

I used to work as a proofreader at BMG Columbia House, so this Onion satire had me rolling this morning — headline, “Columbia House Launches Subscription Meds Program”:

Although Gallagher is generally satisfied with his coverage under Columbia House, he expressed some frustration with the inconsistent offerings. “They base their selections on what’s hot at the moment, so they stopped carrying Fentanyl, my favorite, right when I was getting hooked on it,” Gallagher said. “I tried a different one that was really popular with all my friends, but I couldn’t get into it.”

“It made me spit up liver bile,” he added.

Andrew Sullivan: “If the Catholic church were a secular institution in Ireland and had been found guilty of child abuse to the massive extent the Church has, it would be forced to close. Its top officials would not be issuing statements of apology and regret, but serving sentences in jail.”

And yet here in the U.S., the church is injecting itself into the health care debate in the name of protecting children.

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