CSM’s acoustic persona at Black Mesa

gig-poster-3-10“Howl” is the theme for M. Elwell Romancito’s Friday (March 10) 6-9 p.m. performance at Black Mesa Winery’s Tasting Room, 241 Ledoux Street.

Because the moon will be full just two days after her performance and with the current political atmosphere, Romancito said she will open with a brief excerpt from the famous Allen Ginsberg poem “Howl” and keep up a running musical conversation about politics and the personal landscape.

Romancito is a singer-songwriter who performs original and what she terms “classic Americana,” which covers a lot of ground – from Bill Monroe to Tom Waits, or, Mavis Staples to Ani DiFranco. Usually only accompanied by a nylon-stringed guitar, Romancito’s arrangements of covers and original strip them down to their most fundamental form. Her smoky, jazz-inflected vocals and stylized renderings make each song new, even if it’s been a part of the pop music fabric for a long time.

Romancito has performed as part of musical groups and combos for decades in Taos and has begun performing solo. She also participates in the Creative Commons which helps creators legally share knowledge and original materials, plus uses the internet to drive collaboration, development, growth and productivity. Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use work.

For more information, visit melodyromancito.com.


Trying to reconcile personas

It’s not easy to keep multiple identities going, but with each passing day, I feel my regular Melwell persona merging with the one that makes electronic music, Sister Midnight.

It’s hard to come up with supporting materials for each persona and since it’s all music, I am looking for a way to merge them.

So far, I’m trending away from the smooth contours of the electronic genre. It’s jazz. It’s not. It’s chill. It’s hot. I’m not sure. But I love it all.

Yesterday I went out in the park and shot some video. I was alone so I didn’t get a whole lot to work with. It was hard to tell how things are framed because the monitors are so hard to see, even on a cloudy day.

I did manage to get a couple of images to work with. I love how blow-out contrast takes off the years.