About eight years ago, according to a good friend, Rob and I started talking about moving to NYC. Just for a year, to try it out. But as I told friends before moving, I could picture myself with my grocery-cart walker strolling around town as a well-advanced Senior citizen, so we were thinking long term. I loved the idea of anonymity but also adventure — a city that never slept, just like me! Well, I sleep, but not great. I imagined that we could become better activists and artists in a city full of events, people, and culture. Sort of … Keep goin’
When we go out on the town for three to four hours at a time, we don’t like to leave our little boo at home alone staring at carpet lint or breaking into our fridge. Plus, she really appreciates a good boozy beverage.* Enter: the top 10 dog bars in Durham. In our dog Syba’s almost 14 years of life, our default is to bring her with us, even when we tour the US by Westfalia. Though we once had some issues with an audience member feeding her whiskey while we were performing somewhere in Colorado, typically she just chills … Keep goin’
Do dogs play Basketball?
Only if they win.
Senior dog, Syba, winning basketball match, November 2015.
Featuring audio from archive.org, from Duke/Kentucky 1956 game.
The secret is out: Syba is a Blue Devil fan.
Born in Seattle, home of the Seahawks, and raised in Durham, NC, home of the Blue Devils. Almost 14 years of age, vegan for life (except dumpster dives), avid sports fan, ruthless on the court. Will coach for cash.
Does your dog play sports? Weave baskets? Share a link in the comments section below.
Almost two years ago, after winter drinks with a couple of friends, I came home and read an article about the deliciousness of a vegan mayo, Vegenaise. The article was positive, and I was feeling happy that a vegan product got such a great review. And then I scrolled down to the … Comments (Deep, booming voice here.) As usual, all who commented were kind, considerate, and thereby restored my faith in humanity. Um, no. Always disheartening, never productive, comments have a way of encouraging — what’s the opposite of “faith”? — disbelief in humanity. It occurred to me that, … Keep goin’
Senior dogs know to save the best for last: what we can learn from them Last night Syba was pouncing all around our small apartment, so I took out my new Moto G out to film her on the heels of her 13th birthday in March. How she ends her play is the true lesson she teaches us. How senior dogs play The video also includes footage of her running around the East End park this morning, one of her favorites. See other Syba stories here. … Keep goin’
Syba, the patriot. More below.
Official video for “Faces” from the “Other Places” album by Beloved Binge.
I can’t recall the exact year, but I probably wrote Faces in Seattle around 2004. We recorded the song in 2006 at Zero Return Studios in Atlanta’s Cabbage Town neighborhood. It was our first “professional” recording experience, and one we’ll not forget soon.
Rob and I crammed in about 14 songs in two days, including mixing and mastering, all analog. Our recording engineer smoked non-stop, and Rob exhibited nicotine withdrawal symptoms as we made our way home. The engineer, who was friendly and kind to us, was so authentically in love with analog that other employees had to remove all computers from his mixing/recording room prior to his arrival (to avoid upsetting him).
We took our analog reels and left that studio smiling like clowns. But not as scary.
Creating the “Faces” video
Due to other obligations, a video was never made for this song. Well, almost a decade later, I’m correcting that!
On our last road trip/tour I took a series of photos as we traveled across country touring with our band and visiting family. I called them “Syba Selfies” since they were of our dog Syba in all the places we visited.
It was a ton of fun to capture all of Syba’s varying expressions and map out our route in the little Westfalia Vanagon passenger mirror. Hope you like it too!
Beloved Binge songs are on itunes, CD, record, or flash drive heart-shaped necklace: http://www.belovedbinge.com/store
Video editing by Porch Life Productions
Photos by: Eleni Binge with iphone
On this track: Drums = Rob Beloved, Guitar & vox = Eleni Binge
Dog: Syba, 13 year old husky/shepherd
Locations: Everywhere from NC to NYC to Toronto to Seattle to California to New Orleans to Tennessee and back.
In 2014, our dog Syba elevated her “Bad Dog” status in five memorable ways and I was compelled to document this new level of badness. Read on to see our “bad dog” caught in the act top 5 guilty moments. She’s old and still Bad. Top five reasons Syba was a “Bad Dog” last year. And why she didn’t care. Having an old dog is great. They don’t bother you with wanting to learn new tricks. They don’t jump up on you due to their arthritic back legs. Heck, they can’t even see you half the time. … Keep goin’