In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • The Dreams of a Wannabe Pianist

    The Dreams of a Wannabe Pianist I never consider myself a ‘real’ pianist. I dunno, maybe it’s a lack of self-confidence. Maybe it’s just that I listen to concert pianists and jazz pianists who are at the upper echelons of performance. I mean, I have an above-average ear and

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    Solo Piano: Set List No. 1

    I’ve been working hard on creating an “ultimate set list” for playing solo piano gigs. And, I think I’ve finally created something close to my ideal sets for solo piano. Here is a “Two Set” List of standards ideal for solo piano, which I’ve performed for cocktail hour situations,

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    I’m Gigging in the Rain, Just Gigging in the Rain…

    Last Sunday, I performed a gig with the Smoketet version of Smokestaxx. We are one of the regular bands in rotation at the Coyote Bar & Grill in Carlsbad, California. Part of the thrill of performing here is the fact that this is an outdoor venue under the stars,

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    Post-Christmas Reflections Heading Toward The New Year

    “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” —Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring I would say that 2012 was a very successful year for me musically. I mean, I got to work with a LOT of top-notch musicians and singers, and counting bassists alone, I

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  • Four By Four: Film, Music, Food, Bloggers and a Weekend Recap

    The weekend had been rather slow and uneventful, gig-wise. A band called me on my availability of two gigs for the weekend: 1) last Friday which I played (and it was a good gig playing primarily Jazz). 2) a Sunday gig which fizzled into nothing. Apparently, the bandleader was

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  • The Road To San Francisco, and Other Tales

    I started up again with my 5 mile walk/run workouts around Miramar Lake, and managed to do a yoga routine too. Having done yoga routines before on a daily basis, I’m realizing that I need some cardio training for cardiovascular health and to benefit my drumming. Realistically, I’m thinking

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