Stretches for my friends

Stretches for my friends

There’s nothing like being on the road for a month to remind you of your humanity. Long flights, hours in a car, setting up gear, playing concerts, breaking down gear, eating what you can find along the way, and not getting enough sleep can wear on your body....
Song Insight: We Three Kings

Song Insight: We Three Kings

Here’s your extra bonus insight. Thanks for following along on this journey.  I moved to San Diego in 1992 to attend the University of California, San Diego for graduate school. My bass teacher, Bertram Turetzky, hooked me up early on with the talented Keeling...
Song Insight: Angels We Have Heard on High

Song Insight: Angels We Have Heard on High

Pamela York is probably my closest friend from those San Diego days. We met shortly after she moved to town and we hit it off immediately. We would meet once a week to work out new material, challenge each other to expand our repertoire, and eat lunch and commiserate....
Song Insight: Silent Night

Song Insight: Silent Night

In my Los Angeles days, Todd Johnson and I played a bunch of duo concerts and even made a tour together in the Pacific Northwest. This wasn’t your typical duo because Todd plays 6-string electric bass. He could do all the melodies, chords, and bass lines without me,...
Song Insight: Count Your Blessings

Song Insight: Count Your Blessings

This song comes from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”. It gets counted as a holiday song because of the show, but I think the theme is good all year round. I also want to give some kudos to Magnus Hjorth. He plays ever so elegantly on this track. He has two little...
Song Insight: Christmas Will Really Be Christmas

Song Insight: Christmas Will Really Be Christmas

I’m back to Lou Rawls again. He was such a badazz. This song is really a theme from the 1960’s where issues of social justice were at the forefront of people’s minds. I think the message is just as relevant today as it was back then. We need to take...

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