from beautiful Santa Catarina, Brazil !!!  What a beautiful place to find oneself on Christmas Eve.  It’s supposed to be in the low 90’s here today, quite the difference from the expected high of 20 back home in Colorado.  We’re due to leave here by Tuesday next week to make the big New Years Eve gig on Thursday, but I’m in no hurry and neither is Hank or Harold.  Speaking of back home-the elf in charge of my website (spelled Sarajane)  informs me that all the pages have been revamped to load faster and the mosaics page has new photos also, so please do check it out and let me know how it’s working, many thanks to her for all her hard work on this and many other matters in the past year. Mr. Ersatz has requested that the recording of note this week be “A Testimonial Dinner”  The Songs of XTC by various artists released in 1995 on Thirsty Ear Recordings. This is a great collection of tunes performed by 11 different artists/bands in a variety of styles with due respect to the original versions accorded. Eddie and I agree though that the version of “Dear God” here by Sarah McLachlan is worth the price of admission alone, a stunning cover by any measure you choose.  Again my thanks to the folks at for the travel images featured on this tour, please check out their site for more fun stuff.  Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season to all my friends and family wherever you might be and thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read and listen…more soon.