Who is the Silver Surfer...In Us?

The Silver Surfer was always the most intriguing of comic book figures to me.  He was a genuinely tragic character in a genre full of people with rough backstories.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve been thinking about him over…


The Rest of Steve Espinola

Dear Musicfriends,


My interview with Steve Espinola, New York based songwriter and Wurlitzer repairman, went into three parts!

Part Two:

Part Three:

And, if you missed part one...


A complete playlist can be found here:


There are…


The Horn, The Symphony and the Learning Process

In this week's interview I talk with Darcy Hamlin, 3rd Horn for the Milwaukee Symphony, about her instrument, her orchestra, and the learning process. It's a phenomenal talk! Come join us!


Jazz and Religion

There's a new interview up!

Jason Bivins is a jazz musician and religion professor at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina.  We got together to chat about Jazz and religion, specifically around his book, Spirits Rejoice.  Watch…


Something New - Interview!

Dear Musicfriends,

I know, I haven't been blogging.

I was recently interviewed by Thrive Global Magazine on what playing jazz has taught me about surviving stressful times:

I am also preparing something very new for The Grant Park Academy…


The Beach Boys and the Big Picture

A few nights ago I had a wonderful dream.  I was listening to the chorus of a Brian Wilson song that had never been written.  When I woke up, I was able to put it on paper, and I spent…


What Am I Doing? How Am I Doing?

We’re fine.  We’re living together, my family, all 12 of us, in a big house.  We’re only going out when we need to. 

I have been doing lots of piano lessons online, so I’m not bored, really.  However, I do…


I Reserve the Right To Freak Out

I’ve learned so many lessons from the crisis we’re in.  The horrible situation provides many gifts which are not horrible.  I’m greedily gathering them around myself. 

Monday night I hit a low point.  I crawled in my bed and pulled…


Safety Is Not the Goal

My grandmother passed yesterday.  She was 104.  I was privileged to give a speech at her funeral in which I talked about the things she taught me. 

I didn’t have time to include everything I learned from her in that…


That Dream

Have you ever had that dream?  The one where you're making a presentation and you have no idea what you're supposed to say?  Or you're a performer and you've forgotten your lines?

It's a very common dream.  It's not one…