Swannanoa Gathering

I recently attended a week-long music "camp" called the Swannanoa Gathering at the beatiful Warren Wilson College campus in Swannano, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge mountains near Asheville.   What a fantasic experience!  

There's too much to write about…


The following is from a Princeton commencement address, give by Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, in 2010:

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?…

Mediocrity, the Manifesto, and Religious Overachievers

I just read a book called "The Overachiever's Manifesto", by Ray Bennett.

Actually, it's


...which I thought was fitting.   Or not fitting -- on the cover.  You know what I…


To share or not to share

I very much enjoyed last night's meeting of the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association (SVSA). As always, I came away with several really useful suggestions for improving the song I offered during the critique session.

I also really…

What's Done Is Done

The CDs arrived on my doorstep on Monday.  I've been updating the web site, uploading and sending stuff to CD Baby, editing clips, etc, ever since.  I'll bet Neil Young never had to do all this.   Not that I'm complaining…


Why Coffee?

I finally did it.  Got rid of TV in our house -- about a week or two ago.  Honestly, we don't even miss it (much).  And the times I do miss it, I miss it in the same way I…

David Wilcox

 I saw David Wilcox in concert at the Kirk Avenue Music Hall recently.  I had no idea what to expect, since the idea was entirely that of a neighbor friend of mine -- I had no idea what David did.   …

CD Sooooo close...

 Hello.  I have had a few days to listen and critique the first CD master (14 songs now).  I'm happy with almost everything.  I think I need to re-record Eddie with a new arrangement, and perhaps tweak another song or…

My First CD

 I've been threatening to put out a CD for, oh, about 15 years or so.   I'm almost done.  I've got 12 tracks recorded, with one more to come.  Final mixes are still forthcoming on 4-5 of them, and I want…