Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Farewell Mister Pirsig

I am lamenting the passing of Robert Pirsig (author of "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and "Lila"), who died yesterday.

Robert Pirsig had more impact on my intellectual development than I can measure (up there with Carl Sagan & others). He was a giant and a genius and as talented as any human who has walked Planet Earth. I cannot say enough about him...so I will (at least for now) say no more.

Just gonna down a few shots of rum in his honor and continue to Chase the Dragon....

Here is a song I dedicated to him a few years back on the 3rd & final Alien Blue album called "The Mountain" (blues meets reggae with a George Benson-esque guitar solo)...warts and all (as it should be):


Go do something great, people. Write your name across the sky.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I just started promoting ONE song via my Reverbnation page...but the entire 3 song EP is avai;lable for $1 (that's right, ONE dollar) at my BandCamp page.

The name of the album is "...Public Domain..." (as the songs are all very old and well within the public domain).

Soon to record my 5 song EP of new original music.....


And, by way of contrast with the above music, I got to lay some screaming electric guitar on GREGORY's cover of the 1980s Marilyn Martin song "Night Moves".

Listen HERE!


Shelbyville April 29 (songwriting deluxe clinic)
Shelbyville April 29 (performance - with guest Marsha Lee)
Lousiville May 20 (songwriting clinic)
Lexington May 21 ("play today" ukulele clinics)
Lexington May 28 (Blues Between the Bridges show)


David with the amazing GREGORY somewhere in the US.
In the past week we've posted new articles at Skinny Devil Magazine including a pentatonics guitar lesson from Alan Robinson...poetry by Liz Fink Davenport..."This Day In Music" featuring Paul McCartney & Peter Frampton & Babyface...sci-tech & Deep history in music...and our on-going "Guitar Gods" interview series featuring some of the world's best - from unknown gurus to Grammy Award winners....and MORE coming down the pipe! Our latest: 7-time Grammy nominee Steve Morse and Berklee honors grad Alan Robinson!

More soon.....

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ikigai or Raison d'être

WIKI defines it thus:

"...Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being", it is very similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self...."

I stumbled upon this graphic at a place called "Urban Samurai". Facebook suggested it for some reason, so I took a few seconds to check it out, and found this.

My mantra was always "where your interest and talent intersects", but I find this to be...deeper.

Posting here for your consideration.