Sunday, October 12, 2008


I'm back mixing television. Not super rewarding, but also not a bad way to make a buck. I do occasionally run into people who have watched the shows I mix and they seem to genuinely enjoy them. The problem is, as a musician, any time not spent with friends and/or family is best spent making music. And to be the best one can at music really requires that a person spend as much time as possible doing it. That's not to say that great songs haven't been written by people for whom music was not their vocation, but I'd be willing to bet that most of the people who wrote those great songs spent a heck of a lot of time listening to, thinking about, and making music. Anyway, when these few months have past and another season of television has ended, I'll be back at the music full-time, at home and on the road...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mel Bay's Internet Woes???

I learned some Bluegrass style banjo this weekend! I relentlessly practiced forward rolls and reverse rolls. I just used my fingers though, no picks, never could get used to them darn finger picks; someday, maybe... Anyway, I basically just found a bunch of stuff on-line that had the patterns tabbed out. So much for basic instructional books; I think the Internet has just about quashed the market on beginners instrument instruction booklets. I'd be interested in what publishers have to say. I wonder if Mel Bay is sweating the Internet revolution???