Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ocotillo Tea, Ferrocement, and Tour plans...

Ocotillo in bloom
Today, Don Bryant and I started prepping for the ferrocement demonstration at the Green Scene in Terlingua this weekend. Our one hour workshop is one of many on the subject of off grid living and sustainability. Ferrocement is the binding of sand, metal, and cement. It is the material that the dome studio is being built with. We stopped by Bonnie Hill, a friend of Don's, who he built a ferrocement cistern for about a decade ago. They last forever, unlike the plastic cisterns that are expensive and allow algae to grow. Bonnie has a thick Ocotillo orchard that is in bloom. She told me that she makes a tea out of the blossoms and she let me pick some to take home to try. It is good! Fruity!



ferrocement cistern
inside a ferrocement cistern
I am in the midst of booking two tours. One is complete, other than I still have to do the tour. But it seems that booking is the hardest part. A full time job in itself. The actual tour is the payoff. It is a good thing that I don't have rent or utility bills, or I would never have the time to book. In May, I leave on a 3 week tour that will include about 15 shows in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. 

The tour after that will be around the perimeter of the country, by train. It has been very challenging to build a tour around where and when the train goes, but I figure that by Summer, gas will be at least $4 a gallon and the train will be the better option. I also like the idea of a car-free tour. I've done it once before with fellow songwriter, Elam Blackman, last time gas went above $4 a gallon.

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8 comments:

Jess Powers said...

Can't wait to have you here (hear) on the East Coast! I'm putting together a unique multi-discipline artist storytelling show called enVision. We will have four or five musicians (Trevor being one of them), a local film-maker, photographer/videographer/dreamscape maker, and a few other artists from various mediums. All will share their stories and vision. It will be a great night of art and collective creativity.
xxoo

trevor.reichman said...

Thank you, Jess. This will definitely be a highlight.

Ama and Mama (Elena and Amalea) said...

Trevor... enjoyed your blog. Wonder if a stop in Taos is part of your tour this time around? If so, you know where you can stay!! Can't wait to hear/see you again!!!! Much Love... E.

trevor.reichman said...

Yes, actually I will be playing at KTAO, the solar powered radio station and cafe on May 8th. Will you be around?

frann said...

I hope to meet you and Don on Saturday!

trevor.reichman said...

We'll be at the green scene!

Alan Reichman said...

Looks like a great tour(both the train and the car)
See you soon in Houston

Michelle Lambton said...

haw, haw haw! Domeland security!