Category: Music / Video

Happy Birthday Tim Finn – Persuasion.

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The other night at the Intimo’s Open Mic, I decided to pay tribute to a favorite artist, Tim Finn, who recently had a birthday. He’s been an influence on my songwriting and playing over the years. I usually play a more simple guitar rhythm, but I just recently realized I could play this more like […]

Paid To Play… Or Not.

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    On a friend’s facebook page, there is a brough-ha-ha that’s going on about paid vs non-paid music venues, and it revolves around the The Starving Artist Bistro in Clovis California. The Starving Artist Bistro (SAB) is a retaurant that provides a stage for musicians and comics to go up on stage on a whim and perform. Note […]

Friday August 5th, 2016 in Band Stuff, Food, Music / Video | No Comments »

Celebrating The Old Forgotten Song!!! The Teenage Years.

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Back… WAY back in the day, there used to be this radio station that covered the San Joaquin Valley called KKDJ. It played AOR rock, and had great JD’s and personalities that always entertained. Ahh… The “good ol’ days”. Back in this time, so long ago – just slightly after the dinosaurs went extinct – […]

Monday August 1st, 2016 in Life, Music / Video | 2 Comments »

Vinyl or Digital….

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    Ah… The eternal question. OK. Not eternal. But something that some people get very passionate about.   Let’s start with a little history from my perspective. I grew up with vinyl. We did have cassette decks in the house, and 8 tracks and cassettes in the car, but for a quality listening experience, […]

Songwriting – How Much Do Our Influences Infiltrate Or Songs????

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For songwriters, there is always the internal pressure to come up with something “new” and “original”. There is almost always that voice in your head while writing that will say “Oh, that sounds too much like that other song”. And in the cases when you think you’re in the clear because you can’t think if […]

Thursday June 26th, 2014 in Band Stuff, Lyrics, Music / Video, Solo Album | No Comments »

Solo “Career”… Launched!

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  Last night, I played my very first official solo gig! It was at Tokyo Gardens, the place where my very first band played. I had planned for quite a while, in honor of my first experience there, to lose my artistic virginity at that venue. It was only right and proper to play my […]

Saturday March 15th, 2014 in Band Stuff, Lyrics, Music / Video | 4 Comments »

After The Goldrush

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My band Laurel Canyon, performing this Neil Young classic. Jorge Apsay, the guy in the shades, does an incredible Neil Young style vocal. He’s our secret weapon! Oh, and apparently I didn’t get the memo that I was supposed to wear black! (with Jorge Apsay, Me , and Jim Rust)

Saturday March 1st, 2014 in Band Stuff, Music / Video | No Comments »

Science Is Cool – Do – A Deer, A Female Deer. Fa – A Long Long Way To Run….

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Remember the book / movie “Flowers For Algernon” where a mentally retarded man (that’s the way they referred to it in the story, so I’m using it) was given an experimental treatment of something that made him suddenly not only become normal, but to possess superior mental and cognitive abilities? It was one of my […]

Monday January 6th, 2014 in Music / Video, Science / Teacher Stuff | 2 Comments »

“After The Fall”. Old Song…. New Life.

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Back in the early 90’s, in my first band Tribe Called Mike, we used to play two songs I had written years earlier. “After The Fall” was one of those songs. I don’t thinks it’s been played live since then. At the time, I had no confidence and just knew it was a horrible song […]

Saturday December 7th, 2013 in Band Stuff, Lyrics, Music / Video, Solo Album | No Comments »

New Song… Whiskey Dick Blues!

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Inspired by a facebook conversation between my friends and wonderful musicians Mike Whitten and Pieter Moredyk. Yeah, it’s a blues thing, and yeah… It’s kind of naughty! “””Couldn’t get it up this morningTo keep my woman satisfiedCouldn’t get it up this morningTo keep my woman satisfiedThat juice last night it zapped meLaid low my fleshy […]

Wednesday November 13th, 2013 in Band Stuff, Lyrics, Music / Video | No Comments »