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March 2017

Des Moines--

Winter has made a comeback this week. The snow is back, if only for a little while but the weather is the least of our problems right now.

As an artist, educator and human being, I’m standing against I see and feel as a shift away from humanity toward dehumanization and insanity on the part of our newly elected president.

We’ve seen it before but it now appears we’ll be required once again to stand against hate, fear and racism.

I remember back when I had dreams of publishing my own underground newspaper (the years were 1966-70) but then I actually got a job with the Des Moines Register and the Drake Times-Delphic and I no longer had time to think about The Oracle (yeah, that was the name of my never-published indy protest rag)

That was then and this is now....

Anyone with a domain now can be their own above-ground, underground or coffee grounds newspaper editor and publish to your hearts content.

Young people are waking up to their own power they are waking up to the reality they may create

That Donald Trump now represents late stage terminal cancer for democracy is cause for alarm. Tragically, our 4th Estate is no longer even pretending to do its constitutionally duty to provide oversight. instead their deference is to clicks and ratings and that children, is cause for alarm.

For those readers not in Iowa, you may not have heard the Hawkeye state may now be known as North South Carolina (Or South Carolina North if that makes you feel better).

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has provided to Iowa republicans lethal variants of the same laws that decimated Wisconsin public employee unions, and introduced solutions to n0n-problems of gun control and voting rights here.

It’s been many years since I lived in Des Moines, but I do keep up with local politics. It is always amazing how people who live here continuously don’t acknowledge the political realities at play here.

Even with the modern conveniences of today, I think humans still like to enjoy the music for its own sake as well as music in connection with just causes.

I’m discovering now that there are certainly no shortage of things that need support and if music can be of service to that cause then we’ve found our purpose.

Thinking of SUMMER MUSIC?

We’ll be doing another one of our completely crazy but fun Summer Music workshops at Des Moines North High School. Probably in June or early July depending on student demand, we’ll be offering young people a pretty wonderful array of things to do over a 10-day period.  Improvisation skills, rhythmic development, music technology training and, of course, ear training are all combined with fresh approach that we’ve become pretty famous for. Students of all ages love it and I’m still getting teary thinking of some of the success stories that we’ve been a part of over the years.

If you’re a musician, parent, band director or friend who knows someone that might benefit from this then please be in contact.  See my email link above.

[Chase Archives Updates]

We just completed a successful upgrade so you can now make donations or purchase my music and services online. From my Chase archive CDs  to the vintage goodness of my critically acclaimed album to my services as a jazz educator, it’s now possible to easily order and purchase never-before-available music from a career that began in 1969.

It’s really funny that considering music is my life, I’ve not offered much of it in a commercial fashion.  That is now in the past.

Come on over the to Blog and I’ll reveal the big plan.....


Ted Nelson & Dartanyan, San Rafael

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Archival recordings of Des Moines’ 1970‘s music scene.