Paul Simon’s on the box.
Not totally sure about a lot of things but this I know for sure:
“I don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard”
Thanks to him we welcome this hilarious zen truth.
He sure has a way with words and music. A true craftsman with his meticulous method of working lyrics until they are just right is in stark contrast with how they’re doing it now in pop music composing as illustrated in this cool book I’m reading:
The Song Machine: Inside the Hit FactoryI never knew about how it’s done in current times and it’s a real ear opener. “Topliners” unite with beat makers and producers to churn out “smashes” with the hope of taking over the world. More power to ‘em!
Me? I like learning about it but still, fill the air with Coltrane and Joao Gilberto and I’m cool.
I love this world with so many options in how to make it spin!
The concert —it was a hoot folks! Our biggest version of it ever with around 20 musos, tons of spirited people in the audience, ridiculously warm Cali weather, friends and foes all coexisting pleasantly (actually I didn’t see any foes) —a really great time.
We had the sun warping into the guitars, challenging the tuning at every turn and enthusiastic fans charging the stage and accidentally stepping on cables. All in good fun!
We forged through and at the end we delivered a spirited Metheny inspired rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ “ that pulled all of the elements together nicely.
Here are some videos from the concert:
If you’re looking at my performance schedule and wondering why there’s a big gap in it, that’s because I’m embarking on a composing mode and leaving some space to hunt down the pretty notes. As I mentioned a few months back, I was awarded the Chamber Music America “New Jazz Works” grant and this is what I’m about to lean into. The big piece will be for guitar, cello, violin, and percussion and I’ve got some starter ideas to get me going. What a life, getting paid to be creative!
I’m heading to NYC in 2 weeks to attend the CMA Convention. It turns out the Doris Duke Foundation folks want to meet all of the 2018 grant winners. All good by me and I’ll bring my guitar and surfboard ‘cuz I know it’s warm out there this time of the year. Hah! Hang ten!
For live music this week, on Friday afternoon, if the weather holds, I’ll play some solo guitar at Flower Hill Promenade. It’s a fun little hit for me and make it out if you can.
On Friday night, for sure, we’ll be at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff with Lisa Hightower on vocals, Tripp on sax and flute, and me on the guitar. We’ve got a few new tunes to add to the cool blendo of jazz and samba. See you there!
There it is folks — onwards and upwards!
|Hi Beautiful People!
I’m just now looking at the weather forecast for Monday and I’m thrilled — 70 degrees and sunny! Perfecto for our annual FREE Christmas eve concert in Del Mar.
It’s a long lasting tradition of ours to present this show which is a mix of great music, super cool friends, family, and new acquaintances. Together we rally in the lofty life of California Christmas with no snow but tons of good vibes.
Here’s the lineup for the concert:
For some history on the event, click here to read a story by Nancy Fisher about the early days when we first played our Christmas concert. This article is from last year’s Del Mar Sandpiper Newspaper.
You can bring the whole gang, bring the relatives, meet strangers that are friendly and meet musicians that are strange. This is how we do Christmas in Cali! See you there!
Big ocean this morning and I’m still thawing out as I write you. Super exciting and if that doesn’t wake you out of the bliss world of ten thousand blankets keeping you cozy and warm, hallelujah!
Some cool Germany guitar festival pics just surfaced along with a vid of the whole crew playing “Manha de Carnival.”
Our concert last weekend with Camarada at the full on retro cool Automotive Car Museum was stellar! Great turnout, the sound was on and the music was a joy to play.
In place for this week, on Friday I first start out with solo guitar music at Flower Hill Promenade at 12:30pm. Get my hands and skills all warmed up for an evening hit at Solterra Winery that night at 6pm. It’s a super fun gig with Tripp in the loop with me and we play in the room with all of the big wine barrels. Believe it or not, they make the sound (with all that wood) all that much better. This place has stellar food and it’s a known fact that as you enter the town of Leucadia, there’s less rules and restrictions and this promotes relaxation. Glide with us into the bliss of bohemia!
On Sunday we’re stoked to play a show at Dizzy’s in San Diego and the concert begins at 7pm. It’s led by Allison Adams Tucker on vocals with Leonard Patton, Tripp, Sean Hicke on bass, and me on the guitar. We’re presenting our jazz view on holiday music and also to be included is my slightly off kilter take on the commercialization of Christmas. It’s called “Ex Mass Marketing Blues” and I think it’ll make you laugh.
There it is folks and thanks for following along. Hope to see you soon out in the chilly evenings of December.