Category Archives: Thoughts

Thoughts, ideas, insights, stories, experiences.

What I learn when I teach

I taught a workshop yesterday for a theatre full of music students at a college outside of London. The workshop consisted of me performing tunes, explaining my musical approach, illustrating it with representative examples on the guitar, and fielding questions … Continue reading

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The value of identifying your values

I was asked a few months ago by Pat Strother of Strother Communications to name my three core values as an artist, musician and composer. He was looking for a three-word distillation of the guiding principles that motivate me to … Continue reading

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The romance of commercial air travel

Remembering the distant sound of a single engine airplane passing overhead when I was a little boy growing up in a small town in upstate New York. It was the sound of possibility, travel, adventure and the wider world. I … Continue reading

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Do you want to be original?

Somebody called me crazy in a guitar blog recently, referring to the integrated percussive guitar style I invented. It made me smile. I took it as a compliment. To me, “crazy” means things like refreshing, innovative, ahead of its time, … Continue reading

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Surfing your stress

I hate deadlines. They cause stress. Stress is uncomfortable and unpleasant. But I have to admit, stress and deadlines have been a huge part of discovering the most valuable things about myself. Life without them would be unthinkable, not to … Continue reading

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Compositions can evolve technically

While checking the accuracy of a transcription of one of my tunes today, I ran into a familiar problem: I now play the tune slightly differently than I did when I first wrote and recorded it. In order to avoid … Continue reading

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The wedding gig

I just played a wedding gig at a small hotel in Troon, Scotland. The performance was a surprise for the groom, who was an avid guitar player and facebook friend. I rarely play at weddings, but this was an exception … Continue reading

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