Heartbleed – What passwords to change

As far as I can tell, my identity has not been compromised, my credit cards haven’t been maxed out, and my bank account has not been drained. I’m just not that interesting or lucrative a mark for the cyber criminals, at least not yet. So I haven’t been in panic Read More

We’re No Longer Puzzled

Chris Kent has finally made it to YouTube! For a number of years I’ve been recording piano tracks for various artists at Bill Filer’s studio, and one guy who’s given me a lot of work and credit, and has always been a pleasure to record with is Chris Kent. Who Read More

Musicians Kicked Off Gig Because of… Demographics?

Dancing With The Stars fires Longtime Band Apparently a well-directed group of highly-trained musicians is not cool or hip enough for today’s younger TV viewers, who, according to highly-crunched data, polling algorithms, and ABC executive Lisa Berger, prefer machine-made dance music and DJs spinning mp3s. And there was also something Read More

Dispatches from Sarge’s Garage

Dave Sarge is the go-to guy for amplifier repairs in this area, the guy that knows electronics, tubes, and speakers inside and out. You know the type – if he can’t fix it, then it ain’t broke. So, I felt both disheartened and relieved when, after checking on the status Read More

Should Bars & Restaurants Pay to Use Your Recorded Music?

The Music-Copyright Enforcers – NYTimes.com Most places do, and it directly benefits me. My songs are registered with BMI, and whenever I play them in a public venue, I fill out a form on the BMI website stating when, where, and what songs I performed. Then, twice a year, I Read More

I Believe In… The Blues

Thanks to WPSU for featuring my essay on “This I Believe”. ~~~~~~ Like most people, I get to feeling bad from time to time about one thing or another. Things don’t always go my way, and the march of daily disappointments often leaves me in the dumps. But what gets Read More

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Sorry, this post is not about sex or politics – it’s about communication. Twice weekly a small restaurant in my hometown hosts live music. Wednesdays a 4-piece all-acoustic group performs Classic Rock and Americana, Thursdays I play Piano-bar style Blues and covers. One weekend a year several Jazz duos or Read More

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

In the current climate of polarized politics, why do we stick to our guns (pun intended), and demonize the other side? Why do we refuse to listen, debate, compromise, but only shout back at the other guys, calling them idiots and morons? Why are we so right and they are Read More