The Group Project and Destructive Behavior

My second year of college was in 1984/85. After becoming disillusioned with a Percussion Arts degree, I changed my focus to T-Comm. That is, Telecommunications, or radio and television. I lost confidence in my Percussion Arts degree because my main professor, Richard Paul, who was my drum teacher since 8th grade, was not showing upContinue reading “The Group Project and Destructive Behavior”

Early Saturday Thoughts

This morning, I woke up thinking about Bill Spooner, The Tubes, and what might be the most harmonically sophisticated power ballad of the 80s, “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore.” The lyrics in the verses are a bit hokey, but it is a power ballad. I’m typically not a fan, but I make an exception forContinue reading “Early Saturday Thoughts”

Grandma Warned Me About Van Halen

It was the Spring of 1978, and I had just turned 13 years old a few months earlier. I had been spending time listening to a cassette tape making the rounds at my Indiana school. It was as bootleg of a new band playing their last local show in Pasadena, because they were about toContinue reading “Grandma Warned Me About Van Halen”

Christmas, Music, and Commodore 64

One thing I love just as much as music is computers. In particular, I have a passion for the old Commodore 64. There’s one sitting on my desk right now. MY COMPUTER HISTORYI first saw a computer in-person in 1978, when one of my school’s music teachers showed me how he could connect to aContinue reading “Christmas, Music, and Commodore 64”

John Lennon: 1940-1980 in 2020

As of today, John Lennon has been dead for pretty much as long as he had been alive. That’s something to wrap one’s head around. It is an observation that prompts the consideration of how short life can be. Everyone has a story about where they were when this happened. Today, I will tell mine.Continue reading “John Lennon: 1940-1980 in 2020”

Value and Money

This morning I have been reading lots of recent stories about musicians selling off their catalogs to big companies or investors. The latest was Bob Dylan, who sold his catalog for $300 million. It reminded me of when Michael Jackson out-bid Paul McCartney for the back-catalog of The Beatles, for somewhere around $50 million. AllContinue reading “Value and Money”

Autism and Music

I was drawn to music at a very early age. While I do play multiple instruments, drums were my first love. I just couldn’t get enough of the rhythmic sounds that could be produced. By the time I got to high school band, I was completely taking charge of my musical experience. I would writeContinue reading “Autism and Music”

Happy Birthday to Me

It’s a cold and clear morning here in Oregon, in the middle of nowhere. Being older [56] and in the middle of a pandemic, I have extremely low expectations for the day. Most of what I will do today will involve practicing guitar and taking a day off from the never-ending job search. I’ve neverContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Me”

Do An Inventory

The purpose of today’s entry is to help my fellow musicians, and maybe others, get through these difficult times. THE SET-UPBy mid-2014, I was beginning to feel some burn-out. For many years leading up to that, I made sure that I was in at least 2-3 bands at the same time. I would have multipleContinue reading “Do An Inventory”

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