Category: Band Stuff

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 »

While I Was Away….

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Yeah…. I haven’t been blogging much at all. No, I haven’t given it up. I’ve been substitute teaching for the last month full-time, plus still trying to maintain my pool business, PLUS rehearsing for Synchronicity 3, the long awaited, on-again-off-agian X 4 Police tribute band I started some eight or ten years ago! I was […]

Saturday October 18th, 2014 in Band Stuff, Blog Admin Stuff, Life | 1 Comment »

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 »

“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 »

Adventures in Songwriting – “Something Special”

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So, yesterday I was contemplating the act / art of songwriting, and why I’ve have such a hard time in my 35 years of jotting lyrics down of finishing and crafting those things into songs. I love learning and performing cover songs. It’s, to my mind, the only wat to learn to play an instrument, […]

Saturday November 23rd, 2013 in Band Stuff, Lyrics | 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 »

A New Song – The Ballad Of Sasquatch!

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It’s my first new whole song I’ve written in a while… Not counting the two I’ve had on the back burner since January. This is as much about songwriting as it is about getting more comfortable using the Presonus recording software Studio on. I’ve owned it for about two year, but haven’t really taken the […]

Wednesday October 9th, 2013 in Band Stuff, Lyrics, Music / Video, Solo Album | No Comments »