Friday, December 30, 2016

Year End SD News


Onstage with the Mighty Max Corona of Classic Rock 92.1!

Crazy year....crazy month....crazy week so far.

1) Our web-sites are all up-dated and active, and more info on all coming soon. See www.sdmlguitar.com for guitar lessson info & resources, www.skinnydevil.net for my official site (focus on my stuff & hiring me), www.skinnydevil.com for my other official site (covers all our projects at SDML), www.lexingtonmusicawards.org for info on the LMAs, and of course Skinny Devil Magazine at www.skinnydevilmagazine.blogspot.com where you'll find art, music, reviews, photos, art, literature, essays, poetry, fashion, and lessons, and more!

2) Doing some press for the LMAs and more soon. Herald-Leader in Lexington and more in surrounding areas. Stay tuned for links!

3) Speaking of LMAs....the show is gonna be amazing. Lots of incredible performances, new categories, pro panel hekped this time around, and more!

4) Booking gigs, as I mentioned last time, in KY, TN, WV, OH, IN....performances, school clinics, and workshops in songwriting and improv. Stay tuned for dates & info!

5) As always, check out my entire on-line back catalogue of music (does not include my session work for others) at BandCamp and go check out my new ReverbNation page with samples of past & current ,music, gig calendar, photos, video, links, etc!

6) January 9 starts our new session of GROUP guitar lessons!

That's it for now!

See ya'll next year!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Skinny Devil News

Quick up-date...
On stage at Lexi-Fest 2


1) We've been working hard on the web-sites SDML Academy of Guitar (thanx Paulie Felice!) and SkinnyDevil.Net (thanx Becky and Richard!), and the old site SkinnyDevil.Com will be back on-line soon. Not sure what I'll use it for, but I'll definitely be using it!

2) Angelee (my fearless and amazing manager) and I are booking gigs now for 2017 for school clinics, store workshops on songwriting, improvisation, corprate team-building, and more. Drop me or Angelee a line (you can reach her at FeltnerArtistManagement).

Gigs should include KY, TN, OH, IN, and WV for now. Then more....

3) I've been doing some press as of late...over at WUKY (re: Lexi Music Awards), OverHeard Productions (because its always fun to chat with Bill), and just did BalconyTV

4) As always, check out my entire on-line back catalogue of music (does not include my session work for others) at BandCamp and go check out my new ReverbNation page with samples of past & current ,music, gig calendar, photos, video, links, etc!

5) Great new content over at Skinny Devil Magazine, too! Poetry, music lessons, essays, and more!

That's all for now....




Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy 52 to Me

Lexi-Fest 2 on Labor Day.
The day started well.

Up very early with the boys (Wayne, 5, Rylan, 4, and Grayson, 18 months) and fixed them a big breakfast...hashbrowns, turkey bacon, fruit. Then played and played! Their Nana got them for long enough for me to grab a quick work-out (quick brisk bike, 3 rounds on the heavy bag, and 100 pull-ups) but then I got them again because she was ill.

It's no secret at this point that the divorce is final, but we're prepping the house for market and selling it before we'll be in different homes. Sooo...I'm enjoying all the time I can get with these grand-babies we share custody of, while I still can. And they are a HUGE amount of fun....even if I feel like they're trying to kill me (haha!).

Grabbed coffee and fruit and steak tataki (which is to say, only quickly seared - mostly raw) and a snack of carrots and fresh guacamole.

Morning ODIS photo for the records.
The workouts haven't been as Olympian as the past due to a more hectic schedule, but I'm roughly the same weight as the past 2 years...just not quite a "cut", as you can see in my ODIS photo (as compared to birthday 50 and birthday 51). But not too shabby. But the comparison does me good to see, because no excuse is good enough. I will endeavor to shred even more by the first of the year....so I may follow up with a new post or just in the comments below sometime soon.

Be that as it may, I made my way (with zero prep time!) over to Twisted Cork a bit before 6pm. Ray kicked things off (man, he is sooo good!), and then I jumped on stage and spent the next 2.5 hours having an amazing time with new and old friends playing music on-stage (most of it with no rehearsal or any idea what we were about to play...and much of that I didn't know...which is half the fun!). I hesitate to name names because I'm bound to miss someone when I make lists, but Paul and Mary and Thomas, and Chris and Heather and Ande and Mira and Ray and Whitney and Jeanna and Warren and Blackii and Greg (on bass throughout the night, as Friday was his birthday) and Marsha and Jim and many more besides! Lots of hugs & handshakes and lots of music was made!
With Mary on vocals...
Ande on vocals....


We played right up until they had to throw us out (haha!). I gathered my gear and stopped to chat, then realized I was (owners/employees aside) the last to leave. I loaded my gear in the truck, looked around at the gorgeous clear black skies, and was suddenly overwhelmed - despite divorce and all the implications of raising grand-kids and the financial disaster that follows all that and the stress of living with one's ex and any other of my many first world problems - with the reality that life is damn good. Damn good. My problems are, in fact, just first world problems, but the good is better than most people ever get. And so I have zero room to bitch about anything. At all. Ever.

Sooo...I put off meeting with Nik and Damien and Chris (Liz came by to visit the boys, so I did see her) until Maria is well so I can help with the boys, so I'll see them (and my 2 grand daughters) later this week.

And if my recurring dream (as outlined in my 50 post) holds true, I still have plenty of time to go make a difference for everyone, in my on-going mission to create opportunities, build something my kids can be proud of (like the Lexi Awards and Lexi-Fest Concert Series, and all the projects of Skinny Devil Music Lab), and secure my creative legacy..

Time to get busy.

VIDEO of Paul & I Jamming!


Friday, August 26, 2016

SDML Academy of Guitar is Expanding

The SDML Academy of Guitar is expanding. We have lesson locations in Lexington, KY and now also Chicago, IL. As of this writing, we are expanding to Shelbyville, KY and will soon follow with Frankfort, KY, Louisville, KY, the New Albany, IN area, and a short while later look into the Cincinnati, OH area.

Once we have these locations across 4 states (KY, IL, OH, IN) we'll begin looking at further expansion....which includes the complete training and certification of qualified SDML instructors. If you would like to see SDML's Academy in YOUR area,m drop us a line.

Here is a link to the FB page. The web-site will be along soon.

https://www.facebook.com/skinnydevilguitar/


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SDML Music News (August 2016)


Howdy, everyone!


A quick couple of notes....


1) STUDENT RECITAL & "ROCK BAND" - Look for details soon on our August/September student recital as well as our new "rock band jam" (the opportunity to perform in a band setting with your peers).


We'll also be doing a few weekend "industry field-trips" like we have in the past, to area TV & radio stations, recording studies, venues, and more!


All of these opportunities (and more - like performances, recording, and the like) come at NO EXTRA COST to you.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Lifestyle Challenge 2016!!!

On-stage at Prince Tribute MMH
Here we are...Summer 2016! Time for another challenge!

For those new to the challenges, it isn't to compete against others. It's to push yourself to greater heights, have some company & inspiration along the way, and a few ideas the help get us focused. For example, you can use this waving of the analytical knife to help organize your goals:

1) Exercise - Set a specific plan or goal(s). Keep us posted weekly (or more) on your progress!

2) Creativity - Music, art, writing, acting...set a goal to complete by month's end. Keep us posted!

3) Personal life - Re-affirm your personal relationships, get to that project/chore you've been avoiding, or just read a book you've always wanted to read!

4) Professional life - Set a work goal or change jobs or....just tell us what it is and keep us posted!

I'll post my goals below, and then provide weekly up-dates...

How about YOU?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Politics: Do Not Read

No serieously, do not read this. Because my politics are, given the  odds, not your politics. And in today's political and social climate, that means you'll hate my guts in just a moment. Because there is no way we can disagree without hating each other - right?

So, here's my thought on the duopoly. What's "duopoly"? Sure:

du·op·o·ly
d(y)o͞oˈäpəlē/
noun

1) a situation in which two suppliers dominate the market for a commodity or service.


2) in politics, the 2 party system (democrats and republicans).

And, of course, we're talking politics. American politics. Because we've been electing the "lesser of two evils" for decades.

So, with regard to the notion of "left" and "right"......


The left calls the right stupid, and only sees their viewpoint. The right calls the left stupid and only sees theirs.

But there is no right wing and there is no left wing. Our current cycle proves that.

The so-called "right" is a mix of social/fiscal conservatives (the vast minority of republicans) and those who are not at all fiscally conservative, only socially (the vast majority).

The so-called "left" is a mix of social/fiscal liberals who value the democratic process (the vast minority) and those who are not really socially liberal, but talk a good game (the vast majority).

Both sides are authoritarian and use highfalutin and/or vitriolic language & fancy philosophy to mask their fear. Fear of both myriad of groups (from minorities to corporations) and their fear & distrust of the individual to handle life's adversities without Almighty Governmnet.

Soooo...there's that.

Told you you'd hate me.

Prince and the Purple Hole in Our Hearts

Yes, I am totally bummed about Prince. Bummed in a way that I usually escape when a musician dies. But he was a huge influence on my development (in multiple areas),

I talk about him, and our cultural icons, here:

Cultural Icons 2: A Purple Hole in Our Hearts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring 2016 Lifestyle Challenge

Here we are...Spring 2016! Time for another challenge!

For those new to the challenges, it isn't to compete against others. It's to push yourself to greater heights, have some company & inspiration along the way, and a few ideas the help get us focused. For example, you can use this waving of the analytical knife to help organize your goals:


1) Exercise - Set a specific plan or goal(s). Keep us posted weekly (or more) on your progress!

2) Creativity - Music, art, writing, acting...set a goal to complete by month's end. Keep us posted!

3) Personal life - Re-affirm your personal relationships, get to that project/chore you've been avoiding, or just read a book you've always wanted to read!

4) Professional life - Set a work goal or change jobs or....just tell us what it is and keep us posted!

I'll post my goals below, and then provide weekly up-dates...

How about YOU?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Politics....a quote

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson

A thought occurred to me:


We fear freedom because we fear the worst of ourselves (though it is always the other guy) instead of having faith in the best of ourselves.

So we seek "leaders" rather than public servants. "Bosses" instead of representatives. Then base our decisions on the lesser of two evils...and blame politicians when things don't go our way.

My humble solution: Embrace fear...and embrace freedom.




Sunday, February 14, 2016

Brothers-in-Arms

So, my brothers in arms Gregory Francis & Adam McLean have done a 3 song collection called "Memories of Metal". This is my favorite, I think - their cover of the Blue Oyster Cult "Veteran of the Psychic Wars". 

Driving, emotion-laden, and some incredibly interesting musical choices (hard examples: Greg's vocal harmonies at 1:30 or Adam's melodic approach at 1:10...but many more throughout the song). Stunningly executed with technical precision, gut-wrenching dynamics, and the highest standard of excellence & musicality.


Learn, be moved, and enjoy!


http://gregoryfrancis.bandcamp.com/track/veterans-of-the-psychic-wars