The Noodler

This story from the Los Angeles Times about blogging and journalism has gotten a lot of attention over the weekend. (You can even head over to Rochester Turning to see ongoing complaints about this issue.)

However, I am not here to talk about that story today. I’m here to talk about a person known only to me (and probably to no one else) as The Noodler.

The Noodler is a guy (or maybe a girl – who knows?), age and occupation unknown, who appears to reside on a street not far from mine… although that too is an assumption, because he may just be a visitor or guest. He has an electric guitar. Music experts could probably tell me what kind, but it’s like an amplified acoustic guitar. Lately, every night at around 9, or even as late as 10, he starts playing. He doesn’t play actual songs, but instead long confident strings of riffs, song fragments and arpeggios, which is why I call him The Noodler.

He clearly knows music, perhaps had training, and certainly knows the guitar. It could be that he is playing parts of well-known songs from beyond my generation, but I don’t think so. I think he’s making a lot of it up as he goes along, perhaps much like this bird from Australia. However, I also guess he is working on something, as in between the various riffs, each night he returns to a specific fragment which he lingers on for a little longer than the others.

How long will he be performing nightly? Don’t know. Is he performing, or just practicing? Hard to tell. Is this guy in a band? Unknown. If not, why not? I’m sure he has his reasons. I’d like to thank him for his noodlings, however, as he gave me something I could blog about for one more day.

3 thoughts on “The Noodler

  1. sean

    this whole journalism vs. blogging bit is almost ludicrous, an unnecessary argument. the great function of the papers is to provide the building blocks for the debate, it seems to me. that doesn’t mean that bloggers can’t (and indeed do) break news all the time. but blogging works best with a solid fencepost at the beginning – a story that can be referenced, its meaning debated. every stew needs a base. that hardly means newspapers should be immune from criticism or reflection in the blogging world, but it also means they have a critical role.

    sean

  2. Ellen

    It’s at Fillmore Glen, down south of Owasco Lake.

    To be honest a lot of the sturm und drang over journalists vs. blogs seems to be about ego more than anything. “memememememeeeeee!” And yes, some of the things uttered by newspaper editors are annoying and self-serving too; don’t understand why they sometimes feel the need to take potshots at blogs. It seems to me that traditional media and all this other weird stuff (ie blogs) coexist best when everyone is focused on community issues and not so much on their own navels.

    As for old-boy clubs, and the paycheck issuer influencing what journalists write? Well, we’re ALL paid by someone. There’s a huge hole in this blog’s Syracuse-based “coverage,” that is in the shape of my employer. (Solely my decision) Therefore… “the more the merrier.” Instead of getting all resentful about the facts of life, everyone should just work together and encourage each other; and perhaps once in a while these facts-of-life limitations can be transcended. That doesn’t mean never criticizing, but what’s with all the peacock displays and turf wars?

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