I found myself fascinated with musical theater within 48 hours. How the hell did THAT happen?

It's really strange how some of these things come about, but I do know part of what started it was browsing the Chaos Lord's domain: YouTube. You know how it works. You click on a vid to watch or listen to, there's a bunch of suggestions on the side, and before you know it you've … Continue reading I found myself fascinated with musical theater within 48 hours. How the hell did THAT happen?

A worthwhile (& educational) rant: Rick Beato’s response to an insulting opinion article regarding Paul Simon selling his song catalog.

Sorry that sounds confusing. But some musicians like John Mayer are a little pissed off about this article and have spread it wide in their social media. And the guy I like to watch most (other than Beau) on YouTube is Rick Beato, because I'm trying to get back into music theory and practice big … Continue reading A worthwhile (& educational) rant: Rick Beato’s response to an insulting opinion article regarding Paul Simon selling his song catalog.

Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

YouTube is weird. Like really weird. Thankfully the page has been littered with good videos on music. I've been rather delighted and teary-eyed the past two hours because of things I'd forgotten, and I found more things I wish I'd known about far sooner. And my heart is aching in my chest because of all the … Continue reading Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

I've got two on the wall. I got to playing around (after my first few guitars--I know, I know) and all of a sudden saw an Ibanez that was very affordable on the wall. Got to playing with it, asking a bunch of questions about it, and snatched it up. It's very dark, not particularly … Continue reading I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

From IndiePulse Music: “The Kids are Still in Cages” by Nancy Sanchez. A song of urgent beauty…

photo from IndiePulseMusic.com, original article I was amazed to find this article and click on the link within it to listen to the song. Wow. Thanks to COVID-19 and the protests and wildfires, hurricanes, etc., I think a lot of us have forgotten that there's still kids in cages on the border. It's been pushed … Continue reading From IndiePulse Music: “The Kids are Still in Cages” by Nancy Sanchez. A song of urgent beauty…

Borrowing Rick Beato’s list of top 20 keyboard intros of all time… & will add one more.

First of all, I love watching Rick Beato when I'm trying to get motivated to play music again. I never get tired of the top 20 acoustic intros list--it makes me itch to pick up the guitar. So, when I'm feeling listless and need inspiration, the vids help. It's been a roller-coaster of an emotional … Continue reading Borrowing Rick Beato’s list of top 20 keyboard intros of all time… & will add one more.

Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Thanks to Coronavirus and my workplace, I'm washing my hands far more often than ever before. I can't even use the fingerprint scanner on my phone anymore because it can't read it (unless I re-calibrate, but I'm debating on that). The one thing I heard when I first started guitar practice was the need to … Continue reading Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Ten artists who’ve made me want to play music (& blow a few paychecks over it).

Music makes me feel. Whether I'm playing on a crappy day or a great day, or putting in a CD and just letting a fantastic album wash over me, well... music's always been there. It's not surprising to me that I would just go nuts wanting to learn some of my favorite tunes and figure … Continue reading Ten artists who’ve made me want to play music (& blow a few paychecks over it).

Beginning “The Artist’s Way” morning pages… again.

I've lost count how many times I've started this 12 week program, only to stop around week 4 or 5 (I made it to week 8 at one point. It's not like it's a crazy boot camp or anything like that. Rather, it's that even though I wanted my creativity to flourish and take over, … Continue reading Beginning “The Artist’s Way” morning pages… again.

Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

This could easily become another post about "impostor syndrome," but I think it goes far beyond that. Last weekend, when I was going to my piano lesson, one of the guys who worked there mentioned a recital that Sunday and that I could go or if I wanted to participate, let them know. I was … Continue reading Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…