Playing with Silence. Part 3. The Listener.

Mar 11, 2014Uncategorized0 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, 2014Uncategorized0 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, 2014Uncategorized0 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, 2013Uncategorized0 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, 2013Uncategorized0 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, 2013Uncategorized0 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, 2013Uncategorized0 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, 2013Uncategorized0 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, 2013Uncategorized0 Comments

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

OBJECT WRITING: Flagging Down the Muse

Dec 04, 2013Uncategorized0 Comments

Here’s a writing exercise I got from Berklee School of Music songwriting professor Pat Pattison.  It is an amazing tool to hone your descriptive skills and focus your creative mind.  Ideally, you would do it every day at the same time of day.  Try it for a week. For me, creating a regular daily writing
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