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Pinch me: I’m Off to a Month-Long Artist Residency

Apr 21, 2014Uncategorized 0 Comments

After a late night of playing music about a week ago, I groggily opened an email to find a very, very pleasant surprise: an out-of-the-blue invitation to a month-long, no-cost artist residency on the Washington coast!  It came in the wake of a last-minute cancellation.  The directors of the center were asking if I could
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Playing with Silence. Part 3. The Listener.

Mar 11, 2014Uncategorized 0 Comments

In the first two parts of this series I mused upon the the empty spaces in music and how we might become more relaxed, less busy and present when we play.  I also touched on something that I’d like to expand upon here: your audience.  You’ll often hear pro musicians proudly defend themselves from the
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Welcome to my new site!

Feb 10, 2014Uncategorized 0 Comments

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I knew a change was gonna come.  Over the last several years I have written and/or arranged a massive batch of new music.  Being busy creating has clearly kept me from building the right platform to put it all out there. Until now. I’m excited to share
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Our Labor Will Never Bear Fruit

Jan 09, 2014Uncategorized 0 Comments

I had a breakthrough several years ago when I realized I was far too distracted by the mountain of musical skills that I had not yet acquired.  While I was doing well, touring all over Europe, playing good gigs, or writing reams of new songs, there was this tricky little apparition tugging at my sleeve. 
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Playing with Silence: The Value of the Rest. Part 2.

Dec 24, 2013Uncategorized 0 Comments

“Don’t play what’s there; play what’s not there.” -Miles Davis In part one of this series I touched on the importance of focusing attention the resting places in music.   I’d like to go a little further by musing upon a practice that has dramatically changed my experience of playing music.  It involved a simple
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THE VELVET HATCHET

Dec 24, 2013Uncategorized 0 Comments

I’ve now played this beauty for over 11 years. Like a fine bottle of wine ((with refills)).. Collings Mf5-r serial no. 54. <3

The “HOW” vs. the “WHAT”. Remembering What Matters in Music

Dec 19, 2013Uncategorized 0 Comments

Like most musicians and songwriters, I’ve chased after ghosts: grasped at that far-off, elusive thing that all my heroes seemed to have.  How the hell do they do it!?  Naturally, I went after the particulars.  I thought: “maybe if I could just learn to play that one slide in that one lick in that one
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The Trouble With Music Appreciation

Dec 12, 2013Uncategorized 0 Comments

“The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.” Igor Stravinsky

Playing with Silence: The Value of the Rest (Part 1)

Dec 10, 2013Uncategorized 0 Comments

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley Musicians love to talk about how the silences in a piece are just as important as the sound. I like to go a step further and say that the two are utterly inseparable. If we are thinking of them as
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Persistence Pays

Dec 04, 2013Uncategorized 0 Comments

“If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.”  William Blake **** *** ** *

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