That 1 Guy posterMy apologies for being off the radar for so long. the last few months have been busy but not very musical. Many thanks to all the new folks who have come to read this blog and enjoy the podcast series. I see from statistics that a lot more folks have been listening to the at-the-helm series lately and I hope it’s been enjoyable for them. A couple of musical things have been going on. I’ve started work on the music for “Omegastop” the next film from Ian Helm, but the going is slow so far.  Some  followers of  this series will remember other pieces written for possible use in this film featured as parts of Episodes 32 & 33 . I’ve been practicing my mandolin and hope to include it in the soundtrack work also. Speaking of practice , I spoke with Eddie on the phone yesterday and he confirmed that the orchestra is set to sail July 1st  for a 12 week tour and he’s found a new female singer that he’s crazy about. Should be fun, I’m starting to pack, I’ll be blogging from the road again.

So what’s up with the picture above?  Well it’s just a little memento  from a great show I went to on May 22 of this year down in Denver CO which featured (as you can see)  That 1 Guy and the Magic Pipe.  I had seen him in November of last year at a different venue and was floored by his entire show. It was nice to bring other friends along to share this unique and entertaining artist’s work. I met him briefly before the show and shared my enthusiasm for his current recording which is called “Packs A Wallop!” A very aptly titled collection from a great musician and genuinely nice guy, don’t miss this artist when he comes to your town.  My son Ian has put together a little video piece for one of the tracks from the new CD and it’s featured on the official website. You can also see it here:

So that’s it for now, more coming soon. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

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.