The Dark Tower : The Gunslinger 1

The Dark Tower : The Gunslinger
Last week I began to re-read Steven King’s Dark Tower series, a seven book epic he begun in 1970 and ultimately finished in 2003. I read the first few novels in the series in the early 80s while on tour with my band. In those days we frequently spent several hours each day in the ...

Blanked And Blanketed

Snow has a strange way of dulling our senses. Familiar objects are robbed of their shape and color. Sound travels poorly. Nothing smells or feels normal. It’s akin to a dream… can’t run… can’t hear… can’t see… nothing is right. The yard and the road and the ditch and the driveway were impossible to identify ...

Christmas In Montana

One of my favorite places to be for Christmas is in Montana, visiting family and friends. It’s crisp and cold during the holidays, with clean mountain air and beautiful nights. As much as I love Seattle, this is definitely one of my favorite parts of the country. We were pretty lucky to get a flight ...

Warr Guitar : Pictures 2

Warr Guitar : Pictures
Today I was doing some practicing on the Warr guitar and realized I hadn’t gotten around to posting any pictures of it yet. So here is a picture of the front and back of the instrument. I have a ten string “Artist” model with 18v Bartolini pickups. The body is West African Zebrawood (species Microberlinia) and ...

Ten Inches Of Snow!

We just measured the accumulated snow on our deck, and we have TEN INCHES of snow! This is Seattle and that seems impossible. It’s beautiful and inconvenient. I’m really ready for it to go away now. One of the interesting side effects of having fresh snow on the ground is that we can clearly see ...

Storm Break

Last night’s storm was indeed cold and windy, but we’re managing pretty well. I’m looking forward to this crazy weather going away. Seattle doesn’t have the appropriate infrastructure for snow management, and for good reason: we generally don’t get much snow in the Northwest. I am impressed that the downtown Seattle streets are generally cleared. In ...

Battening Down The Hatches

Well, here it comes. According to all kinds of weather feeds and the Cliff Mass weather blog, we’re in for 24+ hours of the most intense winter storms Seattle has seen in a long time. In my neighborhood there is already five inches of snow and it’s about 20 degrees and dropping. The snow is beginning ...

Everybody Talks About The Weather (But Nobody Does Anything About It) 1

It seems certain “the weather” is the #1 local blog topic this week. Generally speaking, I’m not fond of cold weather, and really don’t enjoy snow all that much. It’s lovely to look at and can be briefly fun to romp in, but it is miserable for driving / walking / living. This Seattle snow ...

Music Lessons

It’s been a while since I took music lessons on a regular basis. Next month I hope to begin meeting with an instructor to stimulate new expansion in my approach. It’s interesting to be at a point where I feel my technical facility is fairly good, but that my creative cycle is puttering. So I ...

WordPress 2.7 (I'm Waiting On This One…)

Today WordPress announced the released of v2.7 “Coltrane”. It looks like a major step forward for the blogging engine, but I’m going to stick with v2.6.5 for another month. Last time I “early adopted” a release was v2.5 and it caused me some serious headaches. Those of us who installed the update on day 1 discovered a number ...