The Gear-Wise Musician, Part 1 – It’s Child’s Play!

child play

Kids. You gotta love their imaginations.   So many worlds and creatures and exotic situations in their minds… all set free like Noah’s Ark busting open, and a kaleidoscope of life stampeding ‘cross their interior movie screens.   So free in their simple enjoyment and focus on the moment. Very Zen, in a way.   …

One Year Of G.A.S. – A Toast To YOU, Fellow Sufferers!!

A Toast!! CARTOONED

Where did it come from, that inspiration?   What made the idea coalesce in my fevered core as I sat, musing on my next steps??   Who could have ever foreseen… that G.A.S. would last so doggone long??!   Ahhh, but indeed it has, my friends, and today we celebrate!! We celebrate one year of …

My Galveston Bass Guitar – Full-Bodied Pleasure As The Rumbles Roll!

Galveston-inlays CARTOONED

Everyone who’s ever suffered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome usually has a story or two about a “miraculous find” or “total steal of a deal” that they managed to snag somewhere, and how it raised their music to a new level.   Today I get to tell you about such a moment for me, and how a …

Working For Music – ‘Til We Can’t Get It Wrong!!

Passion works for music

I was reading some musician’s opinions about DW drums last night on DrummerWorld.com (an excellent resource for real-world drum gear insights!) when a forum contributor said this:   “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”   Wow. What a GREAT quote. After years of gig prep and …

All You Need Is Ears – The Autobiography of Beatles Producer George Martin!!

All You Need Is Ears book

Everyone remembers their first time.   For me, it was a summer’s day in L.A. Reseda, specifically, in the San Fernando Valley.   It was at my apartment, after work. My two roommates were gone, and wouldn’t be home for a few hours. It was the perfect time to lay back and… get a little …

The Best Hearing Protection For Musicians – Guard It Or Scar It!

Even Animal protects his hearing!

Last week I had a visit from my good friend Chester. He’s a very gifted writer of country songs, and we’ve been recording some of them and slowly working towards his first solo release.   During our conversation he surprised me by saying that, guess what – he’s been deaf in his left ear since childhood! …

The Gibson Bankruptcy – For Whom, The Bell Tolls?!

More money, less bankruptcy!

Did ya hear? Huh, huh? Didja?! Last Tuesday, the beloved guitar company, Gibson, filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They put all their cards on the table in a grand acquiescent fold, and now the chips are falling where they may. And they’re not in Gibson’s favor. Even Guitar Center is in the cross-hairs of potential …