The Purpose of Music

For so long back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a musician. My uncle was a musician, as were other members of my family. The distinction was that they were doing it for personal reasons, but I wanted to work my way into the music industry. Some family members were encouraging. MyContinue reading “The Purpose of Music”

Mohair: My Hollywood Songwriting Challenge

PROLOGUEIn late 1996, I met a singer / dancer named Ruby Cassidy. The day after we met, we started working on writing songs for our 8-song album, The Mystic Dancer. [SoundCloud] The album was produced by Jimmy Hunter, and we recorded at his studio [CAZADOR] in Hollywood, California. Jimmy is known for his drumming, musicContinue reading “Mohair: My Hollywood Songwriting Challenge”

JackiO: LA’s Best Supergroup [Music]

In May of 2019, I was in the process of moving from Los Angeles, California to a tiny podunk town in Nowhere, Oregon. It was a time for me that was both exciting and sad. I was very excited about moving to a new state, but sad to leave Los Angeles behind, for a hugeContinue reading “JackiO: LA’s Best Supergroup [Music]”

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”

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