Thoughts On The 7/9 1 Uppers Performance

On Saturday July 9 the 1 Uppers performed at Darrel’s Tavern in Shoreline. We were part of a 4-band bill and had the opportunity to hear a lot of great music. It’s always enjoyable to get together with other musicians in our style and spend the evening happily twanging away. One of the highlights of ...

Happy Twin

I think we got it. My local shop tech has been up to his elbows in my Fender Twin on a few occasions now, and I believe we’ve narrowed down the issue to the plate resistors. Go figure. After a month of battling intermittent gremlins, it turns out to be a $1 part.

Thoughts On The 6/18 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance

Thoughts On The 6/18 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance
On Saturday 6/18 The Dudley Manlove Quartet played at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. Our keyboard player Chris Joss opened the show with his accordion stylings, much to the enjoyment of the appreciative audience. We hit the stage and kicked into our regular set. We had a fantastically great show and the sold-out room was ...

Guitar Pedalboard : Rebuilding And Rewiring 1

Guitar Pedalboard : Rebuilding And Rewiring
This weekend I completed the layout and wiring for the latest incarnation of my guitar pedalboard. This project was brought to you by the letters PT and the number 3. As in PT-3. I’ve been using PedalTrain boards for years, and despite my best efforts to cram my pedals onto them, they’ve always had sizes ...

The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery

NPR Profiles did a great job of putting together this 4-part series titled “The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery”. I’ve put links to each part in the post below. Dig those beautiful sounds.

Hot Rodding The Hot Rod Deluxe

Hot Rodding The Hot Rod Deluxe
In a previous post I mentioned that I intended to make some improvements to one of my guitar amps. I have had my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for years and it’s been a great workhorse amp. Among my general observations of this amp: The stock speaker is fairly flat sounding. It lacks dimensionality and punch. ...

AGILE : More Than Just SCRUM 1

As a Senior Program Manager, I spend a significant portion of my workday engaged with project and program management. During the 15+ years I’ve been in this profession I’ve encountered a variety of approaches to managing projects. It’s especially interesting to me how these approaches rise in popularity and may become considered the “new perfect ...

Seattle Opera : 2010 – 2011 Season

Seattle Opera : 2010 - 2011 Season
During the 2010 – 2011 season the Seattle Opera performed five fantastic operas: Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) Lucia de Lammermoor (Donizetti) The Barber of Seville (Rossini) Don Quixote (Massenet) The Magic Flute (Mozart) This is the third year we’ve been subscribers, and it’s been a genuine pleasure to hear and see their work. Our seats ...

Hot Rod Deluxe : Tune Up Time

Hot Rod Deluxe : Tune Up Time
Over the years that I’ve owned my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, it’s seen a lot of stage and studio time. I don’t remember exactly when I got this amp; it must have been at least five or six years ago. In general it’s always been a solid performer with a few minor personality quirks: (1) ...

Thoughts On The 4/9 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance

On Saturday 4/9 The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at “Hops n Props”, an annual microbrew festival held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. We’ve performed at this event for a number of years and it’s always enjoyable. This show included a number of our favorite songs in the set list, with some of the ...