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The Tutmarc Brothers: Keeping Hawaiian Music Alive and Well in Seattle

On a chilly Sunday evening, eighty and ninety-year-olds crowd the entertainment room of an assisted living community in Seattle. Walkers tangle with wheel chairs, slippers, and chair legs. Shaky hands adjust hearing aids.

“Oh,” one resident says loudly, pointing across the small room. “There’s George. I thought he was dead.”

Northaven residents have come to hear the Tutmarc Brothers, Greg and Paul, who play a blend of hymns and Hawaiian standards. The brothers – often accompanied by their sister, Jeryl, on ukulele and Jay Deffinbaugh on bass – play monthly shows for nursing homes and churches around Seattle…

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#8)

This post originally appeared on on August 6th, 2007 I hope the Pacific is as blue as it is in my dreams. I hope. I’ve been disconnected from much of reality for the last month. Living on the road and in the woods we didn’t spend much time getting reliable news. I guess the […]

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#7)

This post may or may not have ever appeared on during the summer of 2007 Hiking the Canyon I am way too ambitious, in an unproductive sort of way. I almost never accomplish what I set out to do in a day. I set silly goals and never reach them. This crushes me, daily, […]

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#6)

*This post originally appeared on on August 5th, 2007 And I thought I was liberal First order of business: we broke Pimp. It was a long time coming, but Pimp and his furnace couldn’t hack our lifestyle anymore, and he left us in Dallas to fly back to Chicago. He got really sick, and […]

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#5)

This post originally appeared on on July 17th, 2007 Some Notes from the Road In New Orleans our middle-class-Connecticut privileged souls all felt a tugging moral obligation to do some unscheduled volunteer work. This was harder than expected. We thought about just driving up to someone’s blown-out house and asking them what they needed […]

Cross-country road trip, ressurected (#4)

*This post originally appeared on on July 17th, 2007 Catharsis As I mentioned in an earlier entry, in Arkansas we recently picked up one of Will’s friends, known as “Pimp” (which can be ironic or literal depending on the situation). Adding a third person changed the dynamic of the trip—big time. For the first […]

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#3)

*This post originally appeared on on July 12th, 2007. On Heat and Meat I promised myself I wouldn’t blog about the heat until Louisiana, or Texas. But it is an animal, even here in the upper south. It feeds on our flesh and sucks at our innards. At a St. Louis Cardinals game the […]