Sequoia Dreamtime

Song Spotlight: Sequoia Dreamtime This song, Sequoia Dreamtime, was inspired by a trip Dena and I took in the spring of 2016. We took a long drive south of Fresno to attend a family reunion. I  learned that the reunion location wasn’t far from Sequoia/Kings Canyon...

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Artist Spotlight: Livingston Taylor

The Brothers Taylor I’m a huge fan of James Taylor. In fact, he was one of the main singer-songwriters of the early 1970’s who greatly inspired me. Back in the early years of my guitar playing, I spent time learning Taylor’s hit tunes of the day like Fire and Rain. I...

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Raffi Sings

Artist Spotlight:Raffi Last weekend, Dena and I went to hear Raffi in concert at the lovely and classy Crest Theatre located in downtown Sacramento. His concert was billed as “Raffi – 40 Years of Singable Songs.” I’ve been an adult fan of his music for children since...

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Music on the March

Music on the March Last weekend on Saturday, January 21st, the Women’s March happened around the country and the world. Although I had the intention of going in support of my sisters, known and unknown, other personal commitments took precedence. However, my beloved...

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Adventures in the Partial Capo Universe

I’ve had a vague knowledge of partial capos for awhile, yet I had never used one. Last autumn, I was enjoying a live show by Carrie Newcomer at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, Ca. I noticed she was using two (and sometimes three) different Kyser model capos at...

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25 Things About Me

Here are 25 things that you may not know about me: I was born in Mattoon, Illinois because the other town my parents lived in didn’t have a hospital. One of the earliest cartoons I remember watching on t.v. was called Crusader Rabbit. The main character had a tiger as...

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Musical Adventures of 2016

Thank You 2016! I sure had a wild ride of musical adventures in 2016. I’m very grateful that I retired in 2015. It has given me a lot more time to do what I love. Here’s how the year unfolded, month by month. JANUARY Wrote Bless the Journey Now, a new song to...

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You Can Shine a Flashlight

Dena and I co-wrote You Can Shine a Flashlight back in 2012. Somewhere earlier in Dena’s spiritual journey, she had coined a phrase, “You can shine a flashlight, but not a flashdark...” While talking with a friend who was sharing about their fear of darkness and evil...

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Anniversary

Happy Anniversary Dena and I celebrated our 12th year wedding anniversary this week on December 19th. I am truly blessed to be in partnership with a conscious, compassionate woman who is aware and spiritually evolving. One thing I have learned over the past 12 years...

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Let Go

Song Spotlight: Let Go I referred to this new song, in passing, as part of a blog post this past October. The song is called Let Go. I was inspired to write it after hearing Iris DeMent perform at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. For me, letting go is...

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Singing through the Heart of Winter

On Retreat in Preparation for Winter Over the first weekend of December, Dena and I attended one of our favorite experiences called Singing Through the Heart of Winter. This annual end of year retreat brings together a number of friendly folks from our greater NorCal...

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Gratitude

This week, I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate gratitude with a song written by one of my favorite children’s songwriters/performers, Raffi. It’s called Thanks a Lot. I appreciate the meditative quality to the singing and guitar playing. It’s a simple chant...

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