Gnawing On the Bone

by John Davis

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about

Dennis Callaci suggested I do an instrumental guitar record many years ago. Here it is.

Thanissara said something in a Dharma talk given during a course I took with her and Kittisaro about watching the mind rehash old news like a dog chewing on a bone. I told her I was gonna use that phrase for an album title.

I saw Alastair Galbraith post a photo of an ancient moa bone I asked him if I could use it for this project. He kindly said yes. I'm putting this out to coincide with upcoming summer tour of NZ/AU (their winter) so I'll get to thank him in person.

When the Folk Implosion first started I worked part time at the Rare Books library at Harvard Medical School - not because I wanted to be a librarian, but because it was a way to get health insurance while working half time, leaving four and a half days a week open for rock and roll. I spent about half my time writing lyrics on the back of cancelled catalogue cards because I didn't respect the director of the library, who was an old school chauvinist who wildly offended me by referring to unwanted visiting researchers as "stitch and bitch" feminists while making it clear he ran the place "For the Docs" meaning the old white guys. On the upside, I became curious about the oddity of small bones when I had to pull the first X-Rays ever made, and an original edition of Robert Hooke's 1665 book "Micrographia, or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries Thereupon." I thought of those strange images this spring when looking for names of obscure bones I could name these shattered pieces after. Zooming in on sonic waves on computer screens today does remind me a bit of putting a bone under a microscope. As the minute details become clearer, the initial simplified image falls apart. Even things that seem to be still and solid are porous and vibrating.

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released May 31, 2019

Guitars, bass, keyboards and processing: John Davis
Cover art photo: Alastair Galbraith
All songs by John Davis, Endless Soft Hits (BMI)

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John Davis & The Cicadas Durham, North Carolina

John Davis is a musician, educator, & activist. He was half of Folk Implosion in the '90's. F.I. hit the Top 40 with "Natural One" off the Kids soundtrack, but remained focused on sonic chameleon maneuvers in both home and hi-to-mid-fi studios. John's '90's solo work mined a more skeletal, spooky and poetic vein for the Shrimper Label. Absent in the aughts, he returned in 2013 with Spare Parts. ... more

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