Ghosts Of Computers Past 1

It’s official… I have successfully extracted the precious data from my dead* computer. All it took was a handy external drive enclosure, and I managed to get the drive mounted on another system. So I pulled my data, digital photos, and other important stuff off the drive. Now I feel a little more relieved about ...

Kissology Vol 2

Kissology Vol 2
As a follow up to my commentary on Kissology Vol 1, I recently received my copy of Kissology Vol 2. This second DVD set covers the years 1978 – 1991, which were in many ways difficult and strange times for KISS. As KISS moved from being 1970’s larger-than-life comic book superheroes to being a 1980’s ...

Thinkasaurus

Thinkasaurus
I’ve redesigned and relaunched my thinkasaurus.com web site. This is the site I use for business purposes and project-based work. I’m delighted with the work we’ve gotten and look forward to our next projects!

Restringing Guitars

For decades, I have had a policy of changing my guitar strings after every show. During the most active playing years of Jumbalassy, this meant restringing more than 100 times per year! The benefit is that the string tone is always very clean with clear harmonics. I’m not playing nearly so many gigs these days, ...

iPod

iPod
I am pretty much the last kid of the block to get an iPod, but at least I finally jumped aboard. It was an act of fortune, as one of my co-workers came into possession of a free iPod nano that she didn’t need. I was happy to purchase it from her, and for the ...

Pod XT Live

Pod XT Live
This spring I decided to update my live rig to consolidate the functionality of my guitar and bass setups into a single signal path. For the past several years I have used a Line6 Pod Pro as my preamp, which is a good-sounding guitar processor with versatile amp modeling. However, it wasn’t particularly good for ...

The Band: Being Part Of It

There is a special bond that happens between musicians who play together regularly. I imagine it’s similar with sports teams, although I’ve never really been part of one. I keep score and statisticsĀ for my wife’s softball team, and while recognize this provides meaningful active support to the team, it’s not the same as being on ...

80s Invasion – Thoughts on the Gig 8/11/07

It was a fun show this past weekend and I’m delighted with how well the music went. I had a pleasant drive over to Port Angeles on Saturday morning, arriving early enough to walk around town for a bit. Among my adventures of the day was finding a nice coffee shop with a La Marzocco ...

80s Invasion – Solos

With four days until the gig, I’ve gotten my notes onto a spreadsheet with little outlines of chord structures and solos. This is my study material and forms the basis of what I’ll need to memorize for the show. I’m especially enjoying working out the solos: Addicted To Love (Robert Palmer) – The solo is ...

Brad's Wedding

Yesterday was Brad’s wedding, for which I was asked to play classical guitar and to provide accompaniment for a song during the wedding. For the pre-ceremony classical segment I used my trusty Garcia classical guitar, which was built in Spain sometime during the 1950s. It’s a a lovely instrument and has aged beautifully, yielding a ...