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November 24, 2014

Oh Muddy Waters – The Story Behind The Song

Screenshot 2014-11-23 23.19.33Many of my songs are based on experiences and special adventures who trigger ideas for melodies or moods.  I like to tell the stories when we perform as it helps listeners to find a deeper connection to the music and the performances.  Here is the story behind “Oh Muddy Waters”  – one of the tunes that we recorded for “The Whole World in Her Hands”.  It’s a bluesy 12/8 tune that has a recurring bass theme that fits the words “Oh Muddy Waters” and horn riffs that can be interpreted as a variety of variations on “Splish, Splash”.  In fact – here is a video (more…)

November 18, 2014

The Whole World in Her Hands – FAQ

RunThrough_148It’s been an exciting journey from the original idea to recording the music and receiving lots of support during the crowdfunding campaign.  Here is a summary of some of the questions that came up so far – a list to be continued as this project develops! (more…)

November 6, 2014

How Do You Like Your Jazz – Somewhere Else?


Last week I attended the Future of Music Coalition Summit and witnessed a variety of discussions on the current state and initiatives in the music industry.  There are many issues on the table in this quickly changing landscape of new technology and distribution such as shrinking income streams due to streaming, net neutrality, and royalty rates.  But the discussion that left the deepest impression on me was a presentation by several delegates from the Music and Culture Coalition in New Orleans about a new zoning initiative by the city limiting the noise level of live music and banning street musicians.  (more…)

November 2, 2014

November Highlights

The Autumn Leaves have fallen, we’re entering the last two months of 2014 – time to reflect, gather with family for two of the biggest holidays of the year and enjoy the great indoors.  Here are some November highlights to put on the calendar: (more…)

October 24, 2014

Times Are A Changing


Well – Bob Dylan sang about it decades ago, but the topic always rings true.  Over this past decade the Music Industry was turned upside down due to new technologies and distribution systems.  Pre-2000, a middle class of musicians was able to sell recordings and make a decent living with a mix of concert engagements, record sales, and possibly some teaching and related activities.  Then the digital age brought file sharing and a new value system that included free goods and a crippled club scene.  In the aftermath of Napster, a new generation of consumers expected music to be free or of little value and musicians to provide their goods cheaply while supplementing their hobby with real jobs.  (more…)