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from green and pleasant (if slightly chilly) England. The engagement on New Years Eve went very well and now we’re preparing to head back home to complete this world “tour” and catch up on real life. My thanks to all those who have been following our travels and special thanks to those who made it to the shows. Hank and Harold are looking forward to a break, as is Mr. Ersatz so the timing is right. Before we’re done here though, there is another recommended listening for you folks.  Today’s pick is “Briefly Shaking” by Anja Garbarek released in 2005 on EMI in Norway. This disc is a wonderful collection of songs with a techno blend of great sonic textures to match. My favorite track is #5 titled “Shock Activities” a real catchy number for sure but many of these are just that. Check it out I think you’ll enjoy it. Speaking of enjoyment I think the Headstock brothers and I will go check out the New Forest National Park before we leave here on Wednesday.  A hike in the woods would do us good and who knows when we’ll be back this way again. I’ll post you folks when I get back home, meanwhile take care and my thanks to all you for reading and listening along the way.Image courtesy of twistedpapers.com

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within a stately building dating to the 1850’s. There are no dining facilities in the hotel but there’s a place that serves great tapas on the way to the club we’re playing at that works just fine. Paraguay is warm and wet so far, and very green.  I hope to visit the botanic gardens nearby to see even more plants of the region. Eddie says the next gig in Brazil has added an extra night to the contract which makes his day. He also said this week’s recording of note is “The Dreaming” by Kate Bush released in 1982 on EMI in America. This collection of tunes is an amazing showcase of vocal prowess amidst lyric and musical power and grace. There is a clarity and “punch” to this album that he believes excels above any of her other recorded works to date, not to slight any of them but this is a true gem. Eddie’s right,every track on this disc is a winner, give it a listen I think you’ll like what you hear.  There’s no show this evening so I think I’ll see if Hank and Harold are up to doing  dinner before I get on with doing my laundry…ahhh show biz!  Seasons Greetings to all of you back home and loyal reader/listeners everywhere. More soon…meanwhile thanks again to twistedpapers.com for the scenic travel images used for this “tour”.

is here and now.  I’ve scrapped the final interview show and will leave you instead with some thanks and a word on the next step in” My Life in Sound” , the larger setting for my past, present, and future musical works. For starters I’d like to thank my parents for always having music playing in the house as I grew up, and for being tolerant and kind toward my musical ventures as both a listener and a player. Great thanks are also due to my wife Sarajane for enduring the many years of band practices,the endlessly repetitive nature of loop based music itself, and all the fun that goes along with that and my cheerful being besides. Certainly thanks to all the people I’ve been lucky enough to play music with over the years: Jim Cunningham, Mike Darrah, Rick McCann, Wally Mitchell, Sarajane Helm, Bob Kelley, Marshall Black, Jeff Buffer, Mike Monett, Gerald Nelson, Dave Stafford, Bret Moreland, Mark Hardgrave, and others I’ve jammed with over time. Special thanks to my children Ian and Andrew for keeping me grounded, pushing buttons when asked, and being good kids to boot. Thanks are also in order for those responsible for my involvement with Guitar Craft especially Mr. Robert Fripp whose patience and dedication has been a moving force in many people’s lives both musical and otherwise, including my own.

This series features over 210 individual musical pieces amounting to over 20 hours of original music.Constructing these programs over the past 2 years has made it clear what needs to come next for me…more music So the past has been mined and it’s time to get on with new stuff, which is why this blog will shift it’s focus to notes from the road as I embark on an imaginary world tour with my very real friend Mr. Eddie Ersatz and his orchestra ( or is it a very real tour with my imaginary friend? We’ll let you decide). At any rate I’m packed and ready to go….next stop Paris. Again my sincere thanks to all of you who have taken the time to listen to the music and read the musings, there are more audible treats on the way and maybe a short film if we can swing it , so please stay tuned, and have a good summer. Photo of the recently completed “Zydescopic (formerly diatonic) Accordion” the most recent musical art work from yours truly.