In a previous blog titled “Why a Why” posted on March 19, 2012, I wrote about a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Senek that inspired me to try to find my own “why.” I searched and searched for my “why” until one day on a hike on a nearby mountain, it finally came […]
I grew up in the Midwest and when I was 11 years old, I had an adventure that made such a big impression on me that I knew I would some day live on the west coast. My two older brothers and I flew out to Portland Oregon to visit my half sister. She was […]
My experience meeting master luthier Steve Klein and playing some of the most unique guitars ever made. A large bodied guitar similar to the one he made for Joni Mitchell and another rare guitar called a “Transperformance Performer.” It’s a one of a kind self tuning guitar!
It’s not often that I find myself searching for a condom shop. On a recent trip to New Orleans with my son’s High School Jazz Band that’s what I did. With 27 students and 10 chaperones, including me on a jam-packed tour, we stopped for 1 hour in the French Quarter for a quick shopping […]
I had to tease my guitarist the other night at rehearsal because I swear he looks like this guy sometimes when he plays guitar. I can’t help but bust up laughing. He’s got this unique blend of goofy-intense and it makes me wonder if it scares the audience. It is a known fact that musicians […]
I call my wee home studio “LapCat Studio” for a very good reason. Meet Frodo – LapCat numero uno.
One of my latest music projects is a tribute show to the music of Joni Mitchell. I’m calling it “Mostly Joni.” I grew up listening to her and by Jove, my son is now one of the rare 15 year olds in this day and age that is a walking catalog of her music. Thanks […]
Tonight I’m performing a duet with my 15 year old son. This is for an annual show put on by his High School called “Intergeneration Sensation.” We’re performing a Big Band/Swing song titled “Barnyard Boogie” by Louis Jordan. Oddly enough, I’ve been performing this song solo with my acoustic guitar for almost 30 years. It’s […]
A few months ago while on my way to purchase a new swimsuit, I passed by a music store and thought, “I might as well stop in.” They had some cajons. (Not to be confused with “cojones” which is TOTALLY different.) I’ve always been enamored with these simple Peruvian percussion instruments. They had them […]