An iPod For Dad

An iPod For Dad
My dad likes to stay up late and read. I know he’s often bored at night and that he enjoys listening to music, but with everyone else trying to sleep he needs something with headphones. For a few years he’s been using a portable CD player and carrying around some discs. It’s not terribly practical. ...

La Traviata

La Traviata
Tonight we will be attending the Seattle Opera’s performance of La Traviata at McCaw Hall. This year’s subscription is for all but the final opera; I simply couldn’t get excited about seeing Amelia although I hear it’s quite good. So, it’s all Verdi for us this year. Since being entirely renovated, McCaw Hall is a ...

Thoughts On The 10/23 1 Upper Gig

Thoughts On The 10/23 1 Upper Gig
  On Friday night The 1 Uppers played at the Rendezvous in Seattle. Among my favorite aspects of this venue is their dinner menu which includes a fabulous Mac and Cheese. I freely admit to having a pathological focus on my lifelong quest for the ultimate Mac and Cheese, and the ultimate French Toast. Everybody ...

Thoughts On The 10/16 & 10/17 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gigs

Thoughts On The 10/16 & 10/17 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gigs
The Condensed Version This past weekend, The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed two shows at the fabulous Crystal Ballroom in Portland. I got a flat tire. My niece had a baby. I drank beer. The Seahawks got stomped. Friday While en route to this gig the sidewall on my driver’s side rear tire blow out. This ...

Lap #46 Complete

Shortly after midnight last night I decided to pour myself a shot of single malt and take in the view. Having arrived at the age of 46 I have nothing to add to the millenia of accumulated human wisdom. However, of some things I am certain: I am blessed with good health. The thing about ...

Thoughts On The 10/10 1 Uppers Gig

On Saturday 10/10 The 1 Uppers played at Conor Byrne in Ballard. It was a fun evening of music despite the band being a man short. The other guitarist, Kris, was unavailable that night so I held down electric guitar duties on my own. One thing I definitely noticed was that I don’t have nearly ...

Thoughts On The 10/2 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig

Last weekend The Dudley Manlove Quartet played at a wedding reception in Pullman. Because the show was relatively early in the afternoon, we had to leave Seattle at 9:00 AM… we were well supplied with coffee and banana bread to help us survive the trip Eastward. The drive to Pullman is (mostly) interesting and I ...

The Music Zone 1

Over the past two months I’ve been putting a lot more time into practicing and transcribing. This has been largely due to my involvement in The Dudley Manlove Quartet where I’m in the very fortunate position of being surrounded by great musicians. So I’ve been working to ensure I’m in getting my parts together for ...