I was cruising around and found a great page on Sound Is Art referencing a field recording of a slide scanner. It sounds pretty cool. Other cool stuff on that site as well.
I completed my six night gig playing x-mas music. It was an instructive experience. Playing wind instruments in a cold, un-amplified, outdoor setting is a great teachable moment. I have an increased appreciation of the Salvation Army Bands now. The Salvation army can just ring bells between songs, we had to tell family friendly x-mas jokes. The jokes evolved to quiz questions with sugar products for prizes. We damaged alot of teeth this year with all that sugar.
On a different tip, a friend pointed me in the direction of Mnozil Brass they are a gifted lot. I am unsure of their history or whereabouts. But they do have that eastern european look and vibe.
I celebrated the winter holiday by preparing for taxes. With my nose in an excel spreadsheet. No "It's a wonderful life" for me.
But now we are onto 2010! A fresh start with a new decade! Cool!