When It’s No Longer Fun

INTRODUCTIONMusic was my first love, going all the way back to when I was 18 months old, sitting in and watching jam sessions with my uncle’s band, The Sounder, as they blasted loudly through my grandparent’s old Indiana farmhouse. I wore headphones to protect my ears and would sit on my own chair behind theContinue reading “When It’s No Longer Fun”

Hoovering: The Narcissist’s 4th Phase

INTRODUCTIONIn the past, I have written about three primary phases of a relationship with a Narcissist. To review: Love-Bombing: The Narcissist tells you how wonderful and fantastic you are. Devalue: The Narcissist declare that you cannot do anything right. Discard: When they believe they are done getting their Narcissistic supply from you, they throw youContinue reading “Hoovering: The Narcissist’s 4th Phase”

The Internet, Hate Comments, and Musicians Bashing Musicians

INTRODUCTIONThe internet used to be a fun and informative place. These days, all of that has been replaced with anger, harsh judgment, and pure aggression. Most of it is done in the name of getting clicks and making money. Sometimes it’s the anonymous commenters who spread negativity. Other times, it’s the content creator themselves whoContinue reading “The Internet, Hate Comments, and Musicians Bashing Musicians”

51 Years Ago: 11-17-70 by Elton John

INTRODUCTIONToday I’ll be writing about one of my biggest influences with regard to music, Elton John. The live performance that he gave back in November 17 of 1970 has been an album that has stuck with me for the majority of my life. As is the case with most artists whose careers started before IContinue reading “51 Years Ago: 11-17-70 by Elton John”

A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned

INTRODUCTIONAuditioning is something that most musicians have to do at one point or another. It’s much like job interviewing, where the more you do it, the better you get. I didn’t have many auditions when I was young. My audition for the first-ever Cincinnati Reds High School Honors Band was nothing more than paperwork andContinue reading “A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned”

Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase

“It’s not the kill… It’s the thrill of the chase.” I never had any question regarding what I wanted to do with my life. From the age of 18 months, when I first saw my uncle’s band, “The Sounder,” rehearsing at my grandmother’s house, I knew that I wanted to be a musician. My exposureContinue reading “Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase”

Seeking Help From Cincinnati Reds Fans [1983]

It was the spring or summer of 1983. So much was going on that it fogs my memory a little bit. I was graduating high school, preparing to go to college, rehearsing with the high school band for State Fair, band camp, dealing with my summer job, and more. But there was ONE other thingContinue reading “Seeking Help From Cincinnati Reds Fans [1983]”

Digital Recording and Avoiding Perfection

NOTE: If you are NOT a musician, then fear not! I have you covered with a video that shows what I am talking about. Back in the early 2000s, I was recording a track with Noodle Muffin. This track was one where I played multiple instruments, including drums, bass, rhythm guitar, and a few others.Continue reading “Digital Recording and Avoiding Perfection”

The Goal of a Musician

INTRODUCTIONToday’s brief entry was inspired by an old interview with ZZ Top. While I’m not clear on the questions leading up to this, it appears that the interviewer wants them to say that they WOULD play a gig with The Hell’s Angels present. With this question, had they answered, the interviewer could then make unfoundedContinue reading “The Goal of a Musician”

My Top 3 Strangest Band Quits

Today, I wanted to chronicle my top 3 strangest band quits. Why? Because people seem to like things that have numbers in them. These are in no particular order, although I’m attempting to place the strangest one last. Let’s GOOOOOOO! “SECRET” AND THE EMAIL QUITAbout six months after generating and uploading the first iteration ofContinue reading “My Top 3 Strangest Band Quits”

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