Against The Wind

I have been reading Alan Watts book 'The Watercourse Way,' on Taoism and I don't think it was a coincidence that I came into contact with 'against the wind' album by Bob Seger recently. They are both reflecting on the "path of least resistant." Bob Segar sings about his foolishness when he was going against the grain. He sings "watch the young man run, against the wind."

And Alan Watts suggests that in Taoism if we be more like water and nature life is easier and fuller.

New tones from the keyboard

 

Just improvising with some drum and key sounds on the new instrument. Caught some cool sirens in the background. Have a listen. Its raining outside...good news for California. Also for those of you in Sacramento, I'll be playing some music at the Carvalho Winery event "wine and art fair," should be pretty fun. Heres some info, its for a good cause so don't be ashamed to pay money. Oct 5th.



Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door ~ 100% Net Ticket proceeds to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Someday is Today. You may purchase tickets from our website or call the Tasting Room at 916-744-1625.
“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.”

 

http://www.carvalhofamilywinery.com/ourEvents_winery.shtml

Mad But You Gotta Get Glad Again

My grandmother uses this statement a lot, and I appreciate her for it. My grandfather goes yard sale shopping a lot, and I appreciate his resourcefulness. He always has his eyes out for musical instruments for me. Recently he purchased this Yamaha keyboard for $12.00. It works great, and has some fantastic sounds as well as an arpeggiator and a drum machine. Its going to encourage me to practice more piano. Anther thing I noticed that my grandfather does; he always greets people with enthusiasm and their name.  I am going to try to follow his lead. Here are some pictures.

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The Way Traveling Stimulates You

Managed to make my way to the midwest of America this week. For unfortunate circumstances, but nonetheless, I am here and its good to see family.

The way traveling stimulates you is unique to any other experience. Regardless if you enjoy traveling or not, there is nothing else like it and you will always learn something. New cultures and different paces of life is refreshing and makes you question your own way of living.

 

Talking philosophy with musicians

Enjoyed a great discussion with some musician friends at lunch yesterday. As we experience the changes of the music industry, talking to active musicians is important. All kinds of People are paving the way for this art form now and it's possibilities could be good or bad. We touched on things like aliens,
 individualism/collectivism and marketing. Even though these conversations may not accomplish anything and they are usually full of a lot of speculation they are inspiring and they get me thinking in new ways. I really value the people in my life who create and are creative. Playing music now is like one big opportunity. A chance to share expectations. So go check out Otis Heat, they are coming to a town near you www.otisheat.com

The reality is the world doesn't need new music to continue , water and food and compassion are more important. But that doesn't stop people from creating. Just put it out there . It makes more real estate in your self for growth. 

Tell Her Im Everything I need to Be

This is the September 5th release from the Music Subscription. This song has taken many forms, with different time signatures, keys, arrangements and lyrics. Settling on the idea that it's ok to release a song several times helps. Nothing is final. No song is ever complete. The Elephant was done by Christine Galinato ( www.christinegalinato.com ) check out and support her art.

play along!....

CHORDS - Bmin7 - Amin 7 - Gmaj 7

LYRICS

  1. tell her im everything i need to be
  2. tell her i dont care where shes been or what shes seen
  3. she is the weather and i am a mountain
  4. messin with my mind in a way i cant get behind
  5. tell her ill be on my own two
  6. if i loved you a little less maybe everything would be alright
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New instrument breads new ideas

I think I get why multi instrumentalists can be such great song writers and creative musicians. The tones and the technique of a new instrument can inspire different approaches to voicing chords and phrasing melodies. I have always admired it, and plan on expanding the instruments I know how to play. With only so much time in the day, you can't expect to become an expert on multiple instruments, but enough knowledge and technique to influence song writing, I think, is plenty achievable. I look forward to adding another instrument to the studio soon. Maybe a Banjo...

Here's a photo from this weekend. Paradise, California.

Recording a New Record

We got the tracks we needed while we were all together in Sacramento this last week. Its the first time we have been able to record live takes to a digital device. So, there is a lot of freedom now as we record vocals and mix this thing. Looking at a release date in December.

Also, came across this old photo of a store show we played at HangTown Antiques in Placerville CA. This was during the December 2012 tour.....and that SM57 mic and mic stand in this photo has gone missing. If anyone knows where it is please contact me.