Category Archives: ramblings


  my dad was a lifetime member of the american federation of musicians local 47. health insurance through the union is awarded based on meeting a minimum number of union hours worked or union dollars earned the previous fiscal year. some of you may already be ahead of me here: when he fell ill with […]


  hey y’all. i’m out on the road with TohKay at the moment, and have been for a couple weeks, which is a blast. if you’re on the west coast and like folksy stuff and/or me, maybe give us a listen? before leaving for this tour, i spent a lot of time in recording studios, […]

re: future music

  to listen to while you read. or whenever else. the distant past: a middle-class mirrormaker gives up on using polished metal to capture holy light reflected from religious relics and retools a wine press, going into considerable debt to, for the first time, print words. Gutenberg’s invention embroils him in a lawsuit with a […]

student responses

  hey all, there’s a great deal of turmoil in the news presently–the grease fire that is the 2016 us presidential election, heartbreaking shootings of police in dallas and baton rouge, spiritbreaking shootings of civilians by police in minnesota and louisiana (the former pulled over for having a ‘wide nose,’ and the latter for selling […]


  it’s been a surprise productive day in the desert heat. plenty of time to make things if/when you’re not sweated into a couch. this is a different facet than typically makes it here–let me know how it strikes you. cheers.  

Straight No Chaser

  i have a new hi-hat cymbal, and we’re learning how one another behaves.   hope you’re well.

a sarah palin transcription

let’s make a song instructions

  ahoy. if you’ve arrived at this post, you likely linked here from a youtube video. thanks for that. i have no earthly idea what shape if any this thing will take, but i figure i’ll nip a crazy amount of work in the bud this way.   if you want to add a part, […]


  often in musicland we see or hear of someone trashed for what is usually described as a lack of professionalism. this happens also in administration or business enterprises, and indeed i have been both victim and victimizer. we are made to think that professionalism–the quality of being a professional–is a byword for equanimity, comity, […]

marsh warbler

hello. i’ve made you an interesting thing; click the picture above to hear it. since our last meeting, i was interviewed by a las vegas jazz publication, co-produced and played on part of a three-cd set of music for the university, and have picked up subbing work on a couple more shows. things are okay […]