In This Circle Album Release Party Fun

In late August 2018, I completed the final stage of a four plus year musical project. Yes, it was the auspicious occasion of the album release party for my latest album, In This Circle. Wow, what an event it was! There was even a full moon that evening which lent a...

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New Musical Adventures

What’s Been Going On? New Musical Adventures I’ve had some new musical adventures since my last Notes from the Meadow edition was published in late August. 1) Successful and fun volunteering with summer camp for kids. (see my post elsewhere in this Notes edition). 2)...

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Meadowlark Goes to Soil Born Farms

Out on the Farm This summer, I was a volunteer out at Soil Born Farms. Since the early 2000's, it's been an urban working farm providing quality organic produce and agricultural education for the community. Also, the farm has a weekly summer camp program for grade...

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In Appreciation of Rumi

Always Room for Rumi I have appreciated and enjoyed the poetry of Rumi since the mid 1990’s. At that point in time, Coleman Barks, an American poet, published his second collection of Rumi’s poetry. In that same year, Bill Moyers interviewed Barks on his PBS series,...

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Mixing it Up

Mixing it Up - Closer to the Finish Line After taking a break, I was back in the studio this month for more mixing of my album, In a Circle. Wow, it’s been a long journey since I started recording the first vocal and guitar tracks in the studio! At this point, I’m now...

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Birthday Blessings

Another Year Older - Birthday Blessings Recently, I was inspired to write a new song I call Birthday Blessings. In June, a good friend of mine had a birthday. On the morning of his birthday, I woke up and was gifted with a song in his honor before I even got out of...

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Sunflower

High Concept - Sunflower Sunflower is an instrumental piece of music written by Mason Williams. For those of you who don’t know, Mason was the head writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Also, he is a classical guitarist/composer (ex., Classical Gas) and has...

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Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Something’s Happening Here Since late spring of this year, I’ve been hearing about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. So, I was compelled to explore and write about it this month. In the mid to late 60’s, I was a teenager growing up in the Midwest. At that...

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Artist Spotlight: Jesse Colin Young

Jesse live at the State Theatre Last weekend, I went to hear Jesse Colin Young in concert up in the Gold Country foothills at the State Theatre in Auburn. I was accompanied by a good friend, who is also a guitar player and fellow songwriter. Great place to see and...

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June is Bustin’ Out All Over…

Sometimes, Life Feels Like a Musical For me, June is bustin' out all over. I woke up in a good mood one morning this week, remembering an experience from my early adolescent years. Now, it’s become a precious memory for me. One glorious Indiana day in June, either in...

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Song Spotlight: Bohemian Rhapsody

Is This the Real Life? Over time, the classic rock song, Bohemian Rhapsody (performed by Queen), has continued to gain fans and musical appreciators. At the same time, it still lives on in the hearts of Queen fans who first heard it back in 1975. The memorable opening...

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The Brand New Cosmic Hokey Pokey

What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What It’s All About? Dena and I have spirit-sized many songs over time, some of them secular and some old time gospel tunes. One of my favorites is one we’ve played with our Souls Journey collective at local kiirtan gatherings. At...

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