Oct 31, 2006
Happy Halloween! Be smart and safe.
River Rock Music and Conrad Hotels are releasing a relaxation compilation CD in about a month. They selected my song "Woods of Chaos" to be on the album. I'm very excited about this opportunity. This is something (getting on a major compilation CD) I've been trying to accomplish for some time. Conrad is Hilton's high-end luxury hotel chain. This is going to be great for exposure. There is a Conrad in downtown Indianapolis, so I'm going to try and do a CD release party at the hotel.
THANK YOU to Treavor and Jeff at INgrooves (my digital record label in San Fran)! You guys rock.
My wife and I are heading to the East Coast this week for a friend's wedding in Annapolis. Looking forward to experiencing some new cuisine. I'm so into food right now. Must be that my wife and I are cooking more at home. Trying to get our skills together to impress our upcoming child when she can start eating real food. We should be ready by that time. :)
Oct 30, 2006
Last night I went to the George Winston concert in Indianapolis. He did a great show (and performed my favorite pieces, "Moon" and "Thanksgiving") and has definitely developed and changed his style a bit over the years. I hung out after the show and finally met my mentor. George Winston is to me as Henry Butler is to George Winston. I've seen George in concert four times, but did not want to meet him until I could give him professional recordings of my work. I introduced myself and thanked him for being such an inspiration. He sparked my creativity and is the reason I started composing when I was a kid. George is a sincerely nice human being and very down to earth. He loves to joke and has some fantastic stories. If you didn't know, he started on his piano career path after falling in love with The Doors in 1967. He said he had to get himself and organ and head out on the road. Before he took off last night he started giving music lessons to my baby girl (still in the womb) by playing his harmonica and talking loudly of which note he was playing. :)
Oct 29, 2006
Oct 26, 2006
Thanks to Norman at MusicPodVision (from Germany) for helping to create and showcase my first music video.
An artist from Brazil (Henrique Roscoe) created the video, which makes apparent how my music interpreted in this region of the world. Very interesting.
Oct 25, 2006
I wish I took a picture on Monday when I flew out to
I know I sound cheesy, but seriously, we have it all here in the
Oct 24, 2006
Oct 19, 2006
I've been spending a lot of time preparing to have a child (which I hear you can never be prepared enough or at all for, but it's all glorious nonetheless). The nursery is almost done (sneak peak above...had to get done, it’s getting cold out and paint fumes are not good for mom and baby), my house has been completely rearranged (to create a more comfortable environment for the future never sleeping mom and dad), my bad knee (yes, it's my left one) hurts and I'm missing part of one of my favorite shows (The Office) to type this message. With all this, I'm growing more and more excited for my upcoming child (only 3 more months). The time will go quickly. Piano lessons start when she's one month old. :)
Oct 12, 2006
Oct 11, 2006
Oct 10, 2006
~ Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States)
The U.S. has detoured away from this concept quite a bit. Our roots and values need to be cared for, so that they may once grow and nourish again. The "way" Lincoln mentioned has been mostly blocked by our actions. We need structure and mostly, passion. Passion for this country and a common belief. As a country, what do we believe in? We are all over the place in our thoughts and values. It's very frustrating. So much complaining, ungratefulness, selfishness, ignorance and power seeking has immensely hurt America. For example, taking pride in your work (and being grateful for the job) and supporting the country that provides it to you would be one place to start.
I've been thinking about this the past couple days. There are a lot of packed away issues that need attention and a resolution. Bringing a child into this crazy world can be discomforting. We need to find and seek the way.
Oct 4, 2006
Indiana is surprising to many new visitors. There is much more to it than most people imagine. Much of my music is influenced by my experiences here in Indiana.