I’m deep into Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and this is definitely a dark ride. Whole towns are wiped out in one sentence. Folks that think my songs are dark best leave this book unopened. It's bleak, but the language is really amazing in this book. It’s almost like poetry--beautiful rhythm and flow.

 I’ve also been trying to get my cheapo mandolin in shape and spent some time working on the intonation and bridge. I discovered the nut is too high and I’ve ordered some special files from Steward-Macdonald,(http://www.stewmac.com/) to cut the string grooves deeper. No project too big in 2011!