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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Laurel and Hardy Dance to Santana

Laurel and Hardy Dance to Santana I love this YouTube video mashup as Laurel and Hardy dance to Santana’s catchy tune, Oye Como Va. When I’m taking life way too seriously, I can watch this to put a smile on my face and feel light-hearted. When I watched it for the...

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Local Artist Spotlight: Jon Merriman

It’s time to shine the friendly Meadowlark spotlight on one of my favorite local Sacramento artists. This week, I present to you the one and only, Jon Merriman. Jon Merriman Trio I met Jon way back in the mid 1980’s through another good friend and musician, Christian...

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Riding the Rails: A Train Ride to the Bay

Train Ride Last weekend, I took a train ride over to the San Francisco Bay Area. It was my first train ride in Northern California. I was headed towards my final destination of Jack London Square in Oakland to meet with a friend and look for an outdoor workshop...

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One and Many

Artist Spotlight: Noel Paul Stookey Noel Sings One and many - Noel Paul Stookey was one third of the very popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary (PP&M) back in the 60's. From what I’ve read, the trio decided to use Noel’s middle name, Paul, for a stronger group...

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Life Purpose

Making a Difference Life Purpose... I was very idealistic as a teenager. For better or worse, I grew up in the 60’s which was a very tumultuous and exciting time for all who were there for it. As informed by the youth culture of the day, I really dug into and clung to...

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Demos in the Studio

Studio Update Demos I worked with Ed in the studio last weekend to create some booking demo songs. All the demos were taken from songs that will appear on my forthcoming album, In a Circle. Also, the songs consist of two tracks with me singing and playing guitar....

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Spring is Here!

Spring is Here! I'm grateful that Spring is here. Yay! I have come to enjoy Spring as my favorite season. For me, it’s the blossoming of new hope and possibilities. I am always amazed at the beauty and bold vitality of new flowers, as the squirrels celebrate up in the...

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Art Imitates Life

Art Imitates Life Recently, I’ve been thinking about the concept of art imitating life. Oscar Wilde wrote that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life". In musical terms, I think of it as music mirroring life. I’ve heard songs in my life that reminded me of...

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Studio Mixdown

Studio Mixdown I'm continuing with the process of studio mixdown for my album, In a Circle. So far, I have three songs mixed with only nine left to go. For those of you unfamiliar with mixing, it’s the most unglamorous part of recording an album. You might think of it...

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Songworms on My Mind

Songworms on My Mind Sometimes I am haunted by songworms. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for hours or days on end? I have a close musical compadre’ who has coined the name “songworm” for this phenomenon. Some researchers use the term “earworm.” Here’s...

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