Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy 53 to Me

On-stage at Lexi-Fest 2017


Greg/bass, Deb/vox, Alan/perc
It has been a crazy year (here's the list of posts at SD Universe)...and as I write this, I've just published Miss Liz's latest poem at Skinny Devil Magazine (following a long list of fabulous stories, essays, interviews, and more) and about to dash out to the gym, then teaching, and then tonight's performance backing Tabi Gervis on Red Barn Radio. You may remember Tabi from "The Voice" or from her appearance this past summer (with me backing her on guitar) on Woodsongs (video below).
Drew Curtis singing!

Its a coupla days after my birthday. We had the Sunday night jam the night before, which was fantastic. When it was over, I ended up at a karaoke bar with Angelee, Deb, Marsha, and Warren....home at 1am, asleep by 2am, and up at 5:15am to get the boys ready for school.

ODIS at home
Then hit the gym and did a massive workout and at the end went for my pull-up challenge. I was shooting for 35-40 pullups in one set and ended up stalling at 25, but all things considered, I wasn't surprised OR disappointed.

But I then knocked out 10 sets of 10 pull-ups and 10 not a bad way to wrap up a workout.

ODIS at gym
Took an ODIS photo at the gym and another when I got home. Probably in better shape than when I started these photos at 50. Here is 50 and 51 and 52 for anyone who cares to compare.

Then Bryan from Woodsongs called, so I got the pleasure of booking SDML student Shelby Callahan and SDML senior instructor Paulie Felice to appear later that evening on national TV via Woodsongs. And pushed a new story by the stunningly talented writer Lindsay Caudill at SD Magazine. Then taught at COC.

Not a bad day at all.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Here we are nearing the end of the month....and admittedly, its been a while since I've checked in.

Lots has happened, from the Lexi-Fest Festival to a national TV appearance and more....with more on the way.

More details soon....from Lexi Music Awards to radio & TV to the slew of new material at Skinny Devil Magazine.

Talk soon, friends!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017


THIS WEEKEND I'll be playing the Blues Between the Bridges festival in Lexington, KY....then announcing more ukulele and songwriting workshops....then the week of JUNE 5 we begin a new session of guitar lessons on Monday at COC and Thursdays at Willis (in Lexington).

SDML Academy of Guitar lessons available in Lexington, Shebyville, Louisville, Chicago, and more locations soon!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RIP Chris Cornell

2, maybe 3 hours ago. I never write this soon after. I took me a day to write about Michael Jackson. 2 weeks for Prince.

I first heard Soundgarden with their 2nd album, "Louder Than Love" (from the best drummer on Planet Earth, Mike Froedge) and when their 3rd album - "Badmotorfinger" - came out, I played the cassette tape until it broke. They were among the most unique & creative bands around, and were playing at the highest level. And the singer....the singer. Chris Cornell was a god. Straight from Olympia to the stage.

My sister, Vicki, turned me on to Temple of the Dog's song "Hunger Strike" when it was released and I was stunned into silence.

Fast forward to a decade or so, and Cornell joined forces with Tom, Brad, & Tim of Rage Against the Machine, and Audioslave was born.

His work with this band was, to my ears, equally unique, creative, and of the highest order.

Fast forward another decade, and I'm sitting (guitars in hand) with Chris Norris (the biggest Cornell fan I know), and he's telling me about Cornell's solo acoustic shows. And we're talking about Cornell and Steven Tyler and only a handful of others and how so few vocalists just keep getting better with age. How so many peak in their 20s and how Cornell just doesn't stop improving...with his playing, his voice, his fearless explorations in composition. He's like a machine...moving forward...moving up...moving on....

Fast forward to 5-18-2017 at roughly 6am...and my phone chimes...and I see a text from Paulie Felice. And I read it. And I make coffee and handle the morning routine because others rely on me to get things done. And then its 9:30am...and I'm sitting here numb, but not quite numb. And I can't quite bring myself to put on his music just yet.

But I will.....