DKRE Kashmir Cover Video

It was a busy Christmas “break”; two rehearsals and then lessons on Monday,  a 13 hour day in the studio on Tuesday, and then Wednesday night a “promotional” appearance at Doughtery’s Tavern to generate interest in our New Year’s Eve show. Here’s some video from the promo event;  

Shenanigans

We’re backstage, at the start of a show. The Edwin Drood pit orchestra. We’re in a “loft-pit”, as I’ve come to call it…a second story loft that is above the stage area. This pit is not visible to the audience, so shenanigans do occur. I’m sitting on the floor next to my bass. It’s a Read More …

RIP Leonard Cohen

“There’s a blaze of light In every word It doesn’t matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah” RIP, and thank you for the music. You created one of my favorite songs to cover.  A song that harkens to spacious scaredness of a heart rendered tender by brokenness, a heart rendered tender by Read More …

Wear your arrows….

Life changes us. Wear your scars and arrows. They landed to scar you, change you, create something new…to change the course of your life for the better. I usually don’t post memes, but this resonates this week as I watch people around me struggling with various but necessary changes in their lives.  My favorite part Read More …

Flow State…

11/6/2016 – Tech week for Drood has passed, plus the opening night and the first weekend…8 days.  Last Saturday feels like a solid MONTH ago.  A million things have happened….teaching, tech week, load in, sound checks, preps for a recording session, practicing, another gig in Leesburg, booking gigs…the list goes on. Looking in my recycle Read More …

Why Is Music Important? (uncut version)….

I did this interview almost a year ago, and I am seriously grateful to Brent-Anthony Johnson for the opportunity. The published version is online here. The original interview I typed out was almost 10 pages long….way too much for an interview online and shorter attention spans. However, a few folks saw the original copy and Read More …

The Devaluation of Music….

10/12/2016 – Interesting read (see the article at the end of this post). I’ve seen this “devaluation” most clearly in some of the attitudes of the music students I have taught. This isn’t all the students, obviously. And if you’ve signed up for lessons, you probably care more than most folks.  But there are these Read More …

Tonight’s Office…

Today’s office; doing a presentation / mini concert at a school near Albany. Singing, looping, solo bass, and then the kids got to try electric strings. Sitting on the dock of a lake in the mountains of New York, near Averill Park. Music has taken me to some beautiful places. Big thanks Mike Dimin. #gratitude.

Tonight’s Office

Tonight’s office…Arthur’s Market and Cafe at 35 N. Ferry Street, Schenectady. Many thanks to Zen Reinhardt for sending me this pic from my show at Arthur’s on Wednesday night. Thanks for coming out Zen, it was great seeing you.

BassBreak LIVE 2015!

From the Facebook feed of the BassBreak LIVE crew! BassBreak LIVE 2015! Headed back to the Northern VA / DC area! May 29 & May 30! Going to be a great weekend of music, learning, sharing, inspiration, jaw dropping performances, prizes & giveaways, and more! Enjoy the supportive atmosphere BBL is known for! Excitement is Read More …

Some of my DIY Roots

Just got this lovely piece of feedback in an email from a parent; “I also wanted to say thanks for all you do! My son has developed an interest in guitar building and repair and just all the gadgets and things that go along with electric guitars. You have been a wealth of info for Read More …

Upcoming schedule of shows….

Upcoming dates: May 10th – performance at Fredericksburg Academy with Mr. Titus’ kids May 11th – BassBreak Live in Dover DE, with Jamaal Cubbage, Adam Nitti, and David Dyson May 17th – May 19th – Steampunk World’s Fair, performing at the Corvus Creations booth May 31st – Student Recital at Forte Music – “Unplugged’ night Read More …

Virginia Bass Forum concert wrap up; Scott Varney, Aaron Gibson, Ben Titus, and Brittany Frompovich

Hmmm…I might have been too aggressive on the electric upright during today’s show. Fortunately, it is an easy fix. Totally inspired by today’s concert…Scott Varney’s original music with varied textures featuring mouth trumpet, scatting, percussion, funky basslines, looping, vocal harmonies, effects…well, damn. Aaron Gibson’s stripped down approach…who needs effects when you can plug in a Read More …

Tomorrow; The Virginia Bass Forum presents Aaron Gibson, Scott Varney, Ben Titus, and yours truly in concert

This will be a concert featuring phenomenal musicians from both the East and West coast. The phenomenal Aaron Gibson will be coming in from Portland, Oregon. The amazing Scott Varney will be coming in from Williamsburg, Virginia. Rounding out the roster is Frederickburg’s own Ben Titus and Brittany Frompovich. “Aaron blows us away with each Read More …

Alpha Music’s Thump Off!

Here’s yours truly, playing “Ain’t No Sunshine” in the Alpha Music Thump Off! My student, Chris Albert, came along for the trip and competed along with me. Glad they caught this on video…. I did a quick search and there’s no published video from my performance…along with a few other performers who were in the Read More …

Bass BreakLive 2012

Just finished my clinic for Bass Break Live. Ace Livingston is up now…. Norm Stockton and Adam Nitti are in the house. Concert at BBL…..the song is appropriately titled, “Lover’s Duet”… The Beltway Batman was in the house for another event, as evidenced by his sweet ride being parked outside…

“GirlsRock! RVA – Teaching Young Women Self-Esteem, Cooperation, and Respect Through Music.”

So this is an article about a great camp in Richmond that I’m involved with. The article was published in the Central Virginia Women’s Sourcebook 2012. The title says it all; “GirlsRock! RVA – Teaching Young Women Self-Esteem, Cooperation, and Respect Through Music.” This is one of the best camp experiences I have ever taught Read More …