Late last year, my 93-year-old stepfather passed away. My wife and I drove 7 hours to be at the funeral, then drove back home the next day. Before I left, I complained inwardly about the long trip and the interruption of my life routine. 36 hours later I couldn’t relate with that complaint. I returned home […]
Our cover of Bob Dylan’s great tune.
Chris Maresh, Scott Laningham, and Mitch Watkins groove out on a tune by Chris, live at Austin’s Elephant Room.
I have never, ever seen so much selfie taking in all my days as a smartphone operator and people observer. That was at Yellowstone, anyway. Hope you enjoy this little video I put together from iPhone video footage and photos we shot while on a combo family Summer vacation and gig excursion. Some beautiful stops […]
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. ― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden Perspective. Is there a more important word in helping us make sense of life? I find the flowers in our yard offer up valuable perspective, when I’m open to it – how we all struggle, […]
About time for an update. Church on Monday, Alejandro Escovedo, The Trio w/ Mitch Watkins and Chris Maresh, Fall River Footmen, and Jon Blondell make up the bulk of my music calendar of late. Sean Giddings’ project, which he calls Fall River Footmen, brings together Sean (songwriter, keys, lead vocals), Mitch Watkins (guitar), Brandon Guerra (guitar & drums), and […]
Reprinted form my February 4th subscription email newsletter What a dichotomous start to the new year. It was tough losing so many legends in the entertainment industry — David Bowie, Glenn Fry, Alan Rickman, Vilmos Zsigmond, Natalie Cole, to name a few. At the same time I found myself knee deep in some thrilling work with Alejandro […]
Being a working musician, for the vast majority of us full-time or part-timers, results in a wide spectrum of gigging experiences. For me, January 9th at the ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, TX. was at the high end of that spectrum. Four straight days in rehearsal with ten musicians plus a children’s choir and […]
Here’s a couple of short videos from some my recent stint with Alejandro and the Sensitive Boys when we visited Cleveland, OH, Lexington, KY, and St Louis, MO. A little taste of van travel between towns. The band performs “Castanets” at Off Broadway in St Louis.
I’m one of many. Each of us brings our own flavor to the music. But the one constant is Alejandro Escovedo and his music, and even more importantly, for me, the atmosphere he creates as a leader. Every time I get to play with this rich spirit, I find something new inside of me to tap […]
Reposted from my Sep 9, 2015 subscription email newsletter Hello everyone! I hope the week finds you peaceful and open to the possible. If not, put on the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley 1962 recording. I must say, I had forgotten just how wonderful that recording was until I heard it playing at a recent gig with […]
Phil Jackson, SoftLayer‘s lead technology evangelist, speaks clearly about his passion for open source, shares thoughts on Docker‘s container approach to application development, and gives his explanation of the evolution of software development methodology as DevOps. We captured Phil’s comments at the Cloud World Forum in London. I find him one of the easier tech […]