Devotional Ambient music by Guitarist Alan Imberg
Devotional Ambient music by Guitarist Alan Imberg
March 14, 2020 - The "Self Quarantine Chronicles - Part 1"
This episode will differ from all the previous in that it has no introduction, no plug for a cause, just an improvised meditation reflective of how crazy life has gotten in such a short time.
From a personal point of view, here's a summary of what my last few days have been like:
Arrive in Germany 8-March.
12-March 03:00 German time, cell phone calls and multiple texts alerting of just announced travel ban from Europe to U.S., mad dash to change flight, pack, get on train, get out of Germany. 22 hours later, get home.
13-March: Notified that, per CDC change that AM (adding Europe to "hot zones" list), I need to "self quarantine" for 14 days.
So, as I am now "social distancing", I figured I'd do some guitar playing and release some anxiety that I'm feeling and, I'm sure, is common and ubiquitous in the world right now.
The music is truly a one-take, live affair of loops, e-bowing, and pitch shifting. No real thought or plan. Just a spur of the moment improvisation.
As this is day 2 of my quarantine, I'll perhaps put out some more and call this "The Self Quarantine Chronicles".
Stay safe out there....and wash your hands.
January 04, 2020 Episode
Here's another episode of Ambient/Devotional/Improvised guitar music. This month's featured cause that I encourage you to consider supporting, in lieu of any financial support for this podcast, is (in general) hospice services in your area and/or "Bluegrass Navigators" (specifically) for the Northern KY area (these are the folks who took care of my dad in his final days...wonderful people).
October 28, 2019 Episode
Greetings from Kentucky,
After a long gap due to having to attending to my father, my podcast is back. This episode is untitled and is most definitely NOT live as it was started in July and completed in October.
As always, in lieu of any solicitation for donation, I encourage all to focus on a charitable cause. This episode's suggestion is Hospice Care in general and Bluegrass Navigators in particular. These people are awesome and do such good and important work. I will forever be grateful for the work they did for my father, my family, and me. They are angels doing vital work. Please support them (suggested link below).
Thank you. I wish you every good.
February 2019 Episode (no name)
This episode consist of experimentation as I "test drive" some new pedals.
For the usual charitable suggestion, instead of a charity per se, I have an idea that my church (St. John UCC Bellevue, Kentucky) does: Blessing Bag. These are large zip lock bags with non-perishable food items, water, toiletries, gloves, and socks. They are cheap to put together and handy to have on hand. I keep a few in the back seat of my car and hand them out to people in need I encounter on the streets.
As for a "self-centered" plug: I have a new album out on Bandcamp.com. The title is "For the Light to Break Through". Purchasing information and links to videos, my social media sites, etc is available at my website http://alanimberg.com.
Peace be with you all.
Restraint - September 23, 2018
Unlike most of the past episodes, this one does NOT feature improvised, "semi-live" music. It is a piece titled "Restraint" which was recorded along with a batch of songs intended for commerical release (BTW: look for an October 2018 announcement). After sequencing the pieces, this one felt out of place. So, instead of archiving it for a later date, I figured I'd give it out as a podcast. Other formats may become available down the road.
As with every episode, I highlight a cause (charity, event, etc) in the hopes of bringing attention to something I feel is worth the attention. This is in lieu of any pitch for my own gain (as I see it, you listening to this podcast is support enough).
This episodes cause is simple....and directed to my fellow Americans specificially. It is simply a call to VOTE! The upcoming "mid-term" elections are just around the corner. Registration deadlines are coming in early October for most states. I don't care how you vote or who you vote for. But I do encourage everyone to engage in the process. This election is a local one and local politics is where the most impact can be made. Don't let cynicism be an excuse. Educate yourself on candidates, focus on things that matter to you, and cast a vote. Engage in the process. VOTE! Don't take this stuff for granted and don't sit on the "side lines" bitching about whats wrong. Get in the game...
Peace be with you all and thank you for your support.
The "Lab Experiment"..or the August 11, 2018 Episode
This latest episode of my podcast that features my brand of instrumental guitar weirdness is more an experiment as I learn how to navigate new recording toys.
The featured "cause" for this episode is the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org/), an organization that stands as a counter to hate, bigotry, and intolerance. On the 1 year anniversary of Charlottesville and the "Unite the Right" demostation and the responding counter demostration that resulted in violence and death, I believe people of good will and open minds must do something to keep the desparate forces of hate in check. Please consider supporting the SPLC or any group that serves to "put a stick in the spokes" of the wheels of negativity.