Thursday, August 21, 2014


Bumps in the Road

Went off of diet big time today. Big car bill did not help. Knee pain precludes exercising at this point. Getting lackluster about guitar though today I did practice some new stuff and some of repertoire. I will bounce back and both health and music fronts. I've come too far with good health to give up now, and one day of cheating won't eliminate all gains (after a month of eating better and exercising more, my blood pressure seems to be improving, and I lost 13.5 pounds). Can't give up now! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here We Go!

Got my first jazz guitar lesson in the mail today. It's looking cool. Got some stuff to work on! Still walking an hour a day and trying to eat better. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Stones, My Guitar, Change, and Health

Fun practice with the rock and roll band tonight. Really enjoying my Epiphone ES-339 Pro. 

Been listening to the Rolling Stones' "Ventillator Blues" on the "Exile on Main Street" album. Love the hypnotically repeated riff in the song, the guitar solo at the end of the song, how the song segues into the next track, and that track itself "I Just Want To See His Face."

Still shocked regarding the sad, sad death of Robin Williams...

Haven't really been into practicing my repertoire for some reason. Maybe I'm ready for the change that the new jazz lessons might offer. Maybe I'm being drawn to making other kinds of music with my guitar. However, in the band tonight we did play a couple of songs in my repertoire: "Over the Rainbow," and "Misty." 

Lost 13 pounds since July 21st; eating mostly a vegan diet (with some cheating :)); walked for an hour every day for the past 25 of 27 days; have started to sometimes jog during part of my walks. Feels really really good.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams

So heartbreaking and shocking to hear of the death of Robin Williams....

Rest in Peace 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back From Vacation

A good family vacation. Spent a week doing some walking, trying to eat healthy, and having some family time. 

Musically, signed up for the Mark Stefani course, read some of the Bix Beiderbecke book, and read some of Robert Conti's "The Formula!"

Today was the first time I picked up the guitar in a while. Played repertoire.


Saw a beautiful movie last night: "Boyhood." I connected with it on so many levels, and I give it a five star rating (if five stars is the best a movie can get). Related to it as a parent, and related to the main character's point of view. Highly, highly recommended. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Abbey Road

45 years ago today the Beatles made their walk across Abbey Road for the album cover. 

How'd this guy photobomb it? :)

Swing Blues: The Doorway to Jazz

Ordered the first three lessons of Mark Stefani's course: "Swing Blues: The Doorway to Jazz."

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Reading an interesting book: "Bix: The Definitive History of a Jazz Legend," by Jean Pierre Lion. It's a biography of Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, a jazz horn player during the 1920's.

Interesting how some musicians just seem to be so focused on their art, at the expense of fitting in with so-called normal  society. 

I'll probably be making a major announcement soon regarding my next step in learning jazz guitar. Stay tuned.