Half Halfling by Larry Heyl

My Mother, the midget Fell for a halfling bard Who sang her sweet love songs beneath the pine trees in his yard.

They married in April Which makes me a Winter's child Quite mild for a human As halfling, quite wild.

So yes I'm half halfling From bald head to hairy toes I hunt through the forest Where wild mushrooms grow.

Will I seek adventure Or farm in the shire? Sing for my lady love While I pluck the lyre.

Utopia Now!

On DailyKos Mark Sumner says.

I’m beginning a project. It has three parts, not one of which is simple.

First, I want to define Utopia. A Utopia for today—the best shot that we can make at laying out the design for a perfect society. By that I don’t mean flying cars and replicators. I mean a society that exists in post-scarcity conditions. One where people can find challenges but not necessarily hardship. Where economics offer opportunity, without requiring oppression.

Second, I want to create a path to Utopia. If there is something we should be working toward … how do we get there? If the ideal society is classless, what steps do we need to take to remove class? If the ideal society requires reducing inequality, what’s the first step to shrinking that gulf?

And finally, I want to start pressing these goals, both in personal politics and on the politicians I support. Because if we don’t have a vision of utopia in mind, the alternative is always some version of what we’ve seen before.

I replied.

Part of Utopia for our society is Universal Health Care and Basic Income Guarantee. I will also add Housing For All. How can it be Utopia with homeless? Homeless by choice, I’m good with that. Freezing your ass off because you can’t pay rent. Not so much.

Part of the path to Utopia is bottom up decentralization. A perfect example of this is the rocket stove. For twig burning cultures they provide real help and they are made from old tin cans. All that needs to be disseminated is the information. DIY. How to.

I would like to see a similar approach to electricity. Solar panels, batteries, cell phones, and led light can provide the essentials for living in the information age, off the grid. There are many people working on this. Part of this needs to include lowering expectations about what is the proper amount of electricity for an individual or household to use. (Honestly, this is aspirational for me. I live in an all electric house with way to many computers.)

More info here —

I also see the fediverse as showing us the path forward. Decentralized social networks, like Mastodon and PeerTube can provide a path out of our current corporate social network dystopia. Looking back in history both Internet Relay Chat and Email provided decentralized communication services using standards for interconnection. This is a far better model than the Facebook/Twitter there shall be only one approach.


Hairy Larry

Gary Gazaway Live at The Monkey Bar on 2001-06-30

EL BUHO Tulsa Jamfest The Monkey Bar Tulsa, Oklahoma June 30, 2001

  1. The Phoenicians
  2. Monica
  3. Leviathan
  4. Ort Cloud
  5. Escape from Salt Lake
  6. The Wham Bam Boodle
  7. Spankin' The Monkey
  8. Dancing with Ishtar
  9. Children of the Rainbow
  10. Fertile Crescent
  11. Partido Alto

Notes: Gary Gazaway, Trumpet Perry Osborn, Guitar Justin Amaral, Drums Pipo Nelson, Bass Amerigo Gazaway, Keyboards Scott Murawski, Guitar Mike Gordon, Bass

Warts and all... Terry Watts

Great stuff!

Hairy Larry's Antique Radio Retrofit – DIY Bluetooth Speaker Project

I did a fun DIY project and I shot video while I was doing it. I posted the Youtube here.

I edited the video in Blender.

I love doing stuff like this. It's my new hobby. Got any old radios you want to get rid of? Email

MixRemix Radio

I just did my days programming for MixRemix Radio. It's a daily task. I've got it down to where I can program 24 hours of radio in 15 or 20 minutes using Thunar, Gedit, and the Linux command line.

23 hours a day is music focusing on Free Culture, Creative Commons, and concert recordings.

At about 6:00 PM CT every weekday we play Democracy Now and on the weekends I use this time slot to play Creative Commons podcasts about Free Culture.

All times are approximate. I'm not able to start the station at 9:00 AM every day and during the day they drift. We run on blues time.

Please enjoy MixRemix Radio whenever you have some listening time.

Music, Music, Music

The show Wednesday night with Suzanne and Fred went great. I got good recordings. I'll post a link when they are available.

My composition recital is this morning in the ASU Bandroom at 10:00 am.

Tonight we spend with the grandkids. Now that's music to my ears.

Tomorrow morning at 10:00 I'm recording United Voices in the Turtle Creek Mall.

Tomorrow evening I'm recording the KASU “Jazz For The Holidays” concert with Gary Gazaway and Lisa Ahia in Pocahontas. This will be a great show. With the new roads Pocahontas is not a bad drive from Jonesboro. Here's a link.

And then I'm on break. Yayyyyy!

Music at the church and a recital

I have special music at the church tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 28) and a recital Friday (Nov. 30).

Come to the Brookland United Methodist Church, 301 W. Matthews, Brookland, AR 6:00 – food 7:00 Suzanne and Fred

Recital Friday – ASU bandroom 10:20 am – 11:50 am Both ASU small groups are performing and then my composition recital featuring three ensembles. All jazz.

These performances are free and open to the public. Please come to either or both if you can.

Thanks, Hairy Larry

NJHB – Knocking Boots

Recorded live at the Round Room in the Jonesboro Public Library on October 13, 2018.

I just added these songs to my KGPL internet radio station, LMAJazz, Jazz from the Live Music Archive.

The playlist is here.

Here's the page on the Live Music Archive. Vivian took the pictures.

I shoot past the Maya

I shoot often, detailed places, looking through the foliage at alien faces. I wait for the wind's lull. The stillness allows me to capture their visage winking out from between the leaves. I hide alone, in my dark room. My alchemy turning silver halide into a reflection of a reflection. I look through the image of the faces between the leaves seeking the mosaic underlying the illusion.

Larry Heyl

Two Hairy Larry and George Shows

Listening to MixRemix Radio these two shows keep popping up and capturing my attention. You can listen to MixRemix Radio at

Hairy Larry Does Dylan

George and I recorded this at Bella'z Restaurant in Jonesboro on July 1, 2011. We started out doing a couple of Dylan songs and that was working out pretty good so I just got out the book. Between songs I'd turn pages looking for the next one. Then George and I would run through it once or twice to decide what chords we were going to play. Then we'd start singing. For over half of the songs in this set this is the first and only time we played the songs.

Hairy Larry and George with Leon McEntire

Two weeks later on July 15, 2011 we played at The Edge. I invited Leon to sit in with us. I've played with Leon many times but this was a rare treat having him with Hairy Larry and George. Leon plays jazz and blues so we didn't have to restrict our repertoire at all. Just look below, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and then moving into the jazz set with “Route 66” and “All Of Me” then back to the Dylan with “Visions Of Johanna”. Leon was definitely up to all of it. George and I were singing great. This has to go down as one of my favorite Hairy Larry and George shows.

I love music and so do you. Enjoy!