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Chas
15 March 2017 @ 11:34 am

I am once again joining Bill Cagley for the Roots Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe tomorrow night. Here is his post:


Thursday the 16th of March 7:00 - 9:00

At The Underground Music Cafe (formerly The Coffee Grounds)
Underground Music Cafe - located on Hamline at Hoyt which is just north of Lake Como

Chas Somdahl - guitar and vocals (one of my favorites)

with an opening set by

Bill Cagley - guitar and vocals

Folk Music ago-go




 
 
Chas
18 January 2017 @ 12:37 pm
Thursday the 19th of January 7:00 - 9:00

At The Underground Music Cafe (formerly The Coffee Grounds)
Underground Music Cafe - located on Hamline at Hoyt which is just north of Lake Como.

Chas Somdahl - guitar and vocals
with an opening set by

Bill Cagley - guitar and vocals

Folk Music ago-go

Thanks
 
 
Chas
28 October 2016 @ 07:15 pm
My friend Tim Olson died yesterday. I've thought about what to say about it and one word seems to sum it up. Sadness. His life really ended the day before when he fell from a ladder and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He never regained consciousness.

I met Tim years ago at a jam in NE Minneapolis. He inivited me to a "plugged-in" jam he was hosting later that day. It was great. Over the years whenever he would ask me to one of his jams I would haul myself out to Hugo and join the six or so other musicians he had invited. A different kind of jam than most I attend. Always worth the trip.

Tim taught me a lesson in friendship he never knew. It was a lesson visited on me before, but renewed by him. I knew there were things away from the music about which Tim and I had polar opposite views. Some of them troubled me. But they never came up or got in the way of the music or our friendship.

Be it guitar, mandolin, or harmonica, Tim could be counted on to add something worthwhile to the musical conversation that is a jam. He was one of my favorite people to play with. I will miss him greatly.

Be careful out there.
 
 
Chas
19 October 2016 @ 09:48 am
Thursday the 20th of October 7:00 - 9:00

At The Underground Music Cafe (formerly The Coffee Grounds)

Underground Music Cafe - located on Hamline at Hoyt which is just north of Lake Como.

Chas Somdahl - guitar and vocals

with an opening set by

Bill Cagley - guitar and vocals

Folk Music ago-go
 
 
Chas
02 February 2016 @ 04:52 pm
Papa  
My father was born 117 years ago today.

For a number of reasons I have been in a reflective mood lately. Not long ago a friend posted a bit about mortality. How we can only really know our own time. Our own life. There are historical figures and accounts of life in other times, but they often leave me wondering what day to day life was like. I don't think I can ever fathom the world that my father was born into. I can know facts about it, but I don't think I can ever wear the reality of it.

I'm in danger of get side tracked here. I can, want to, and maybe will say a lot more about this. But this post is to celebrate my father. The point being that the way we live on is in the memory of others. He died when I was 18. Not a lot of years to remember. I do remember his laughter. I remember his anger. I remember his love of cats. His walk.

Mostly I remember his music. Some of it lives in me. Today I tuned up Papa's fiddle and played Nikolina for a while. It made me smile.
 
 
 
Chas
03 February 2012 @ 11:32 am
Short term.

The first part of the week was spent recovering from Conflikt and our trip to Seattle. (Hope to yet do a con report.) Had a fabulous time at the con and exploring Seattle. I think what was most wearing, was the red-eye flight back overnight Sun-Mon. Tired as we were, we could not sleep on the flight. I kept up with my cardio workouts at the hotel and that felt good. But there were some troubling moments where my heartbeat was doing some weird things. I was warned that this might occur sometimes, but had felt nothing like it until this past weekend. I was cleared by my doctors to make this trip, but I fear I may have overdone a bit.


Long term.

I am often asked how I am doing. It is a complicated question. The easy answer is that I am doing well. Overall this is true. I am still well ahead of the curve in recovery goals. I feel and want and expect to be farther along. This is frustrating. The truth is I am still in some amount of pain most of the time. I tire easily and still get winded some while singing. Then there was the weird heartbeat spells while I was in Seattle this weekend.

So I am recovering well, but am impatient. I have to learn to take the time for it. I have no other choice.
 
 
Chas
24 January 2012 @ 09:50 am
I have avoided answering most everyone since my heart surgery. Bonnie said that is so unlike me and rude. I realized at the end of my cardiac rehab that this may be a manifestation of denial. Denial is something I denied experiencing post-op even though they say it is to be expected.

So I owe many of you an apology. I appreciate my friends and will do better by you all.
 
 
Chas
28 November 2011 @ 06:06 pm
Went out a bit over the weekend. Saturday a little shopping. It wore me out.

Sunday Becca drove us to a movie. (The Help. It was very good) I thought if it went well, maybe we could go out and catch some of the plugged-in jam. We did and I wound up siting in a little and leading three songs. Felt good, but I was a bit woozy afterwards.
 
 
Chas
26 November 2011 @ 09:07 am
Bonnie is back on her feet. The 8 week x-ray shows lots of healing. Not done yet, but she can put weight on the broken foot and walk around in supportive shoes. There is an admonition to not over do it. We shall see.
 
 
Chas
24 November 2011 @ 04:40 pm
Two weeks ago at this time, I was in cardiac ICU recovering from emergency heart surgery preformed the night before.

Today I am thankful to be home. Thankful for friends and family. I am also very thankful for science. Science has given me a career and a way to deal with the burning curiosity with which I face the world. Science has also yielded the technology and surgical technique, not existing at the time of my birth, that allows me now to be enjoying this day.