Sunday, January 14, 2018

All Over

All over the place with what music I want to play!!!!
Blues guitar, acoustic guitar, swing Charlie Christian guitar, piano! Up to about the changing part in Misty. 
Took or son back to College today:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Misty Windy

I love hearing the wind roar outside our house. Continue to practice and learn “Misty.” Liking it still. Finished the first story (“Description of a Struggle”) in my Kafka book and it was difficult (for me) to follow. Not sure what to make of it except that it perhaps was describing the difficulty and absurdity of life and our failing frantic efforts to make sense of it. Still reading the Steinbeck book also. Celebrating my best friend’s 55th birthday tomorrow. 
I am no fan of President Trump. I feel good that people are holding him accountable for his disasters. Perhaps I feel a little sorry for him, also. Was always a kid that cried easily and yea, though it may sound like a cliche, I was certainly sensitive. I remember me feeling sad for a cartoon character in a book I had because he was on a stage, and his face looked so sad because the audience was throwing tomatoes at him. I remember writing on the page something like, “Do not look at if you are (I forget the details) years old.” I assumed that younger people would also be saddened by the picture.
I love hearing the wind roar outside my house.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Add Steinbeck

Practiced piano / continue to read my Kafka book, and started (and enjoying) John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Misty Scales

Working with the Sudnow Method for piano. Working on “Misty” and my scales. Liking it. Taking my time. Not spending too much time practicing, but I know that will change as my repertoire increases. Looking at Sudnow’s voicings for “Misty” is illustrative; going for sounds rather than strict rule following. Do not monitor progress; just practice. Learning piano is not an intellectual issue. 

J.D. Salinger / Kafka

On New Year’s Day I read the whole of “Franny and Zooey” by J.D. Salinger. Loved it. Spoiler Alert: I especially liked the very end where it seems as if Salinger is making some peace with the phonies. In Jesus.

“Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.”
      - Franz Kafka (“Desription of a Struggle”)

Monday, January 1, 2018


Started with “Misty” on piano. Read some Sudnow stuff. Finished J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories.” And Happy New Year!!!!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Sudnow Method

Happy New Year’s Eve’s Eve!
Restarted “The Sudnow Method” for piano. Started from scratch and it feels good. Yesterday was a combined birthday party for my daughters, and here are some pics:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Tried to learn a version of a Beatles song for guitar and man was that difficult! Leaning towards the Sudnow piano method ... one solid year of it? 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Piano / Guitar

Wondering what piano method to commit to this year?My online program? Two different method books? Sudnow? 
For Christmas, I got a Laurence Juber CD of him playing Beatles songs as well as a book that teaches how to play them. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Still practicing piano. Want to stay the course. Went to Philadelphia yesterday and spent a nice time with my wife and two of my three kids. 


Thursday, December 14, 2017


Up to Level 1, Unit 3 in the piano program.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Get Back

A nice gig tonight with the band for some older folks. Was tempted to go back to jazz guitar but must get back to the piano! 
From tonight’s gig:

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Played a gig last night and one today. Went well. Hate my electric guitar. Sounds tinny. Gigs this week will be Wednesday and Friday. Have to get back to my piano program. 

Philadelphia Eagles played and won a great game today; the terrible news is that our quarterback Carson Wentz was hurt. He seems like a great guy and his Christianity is inspirational.

Fly Eagles Fly

Friday, December 8, 2017

Bass Clef

Making progress with piano. Working on reading music; that bass clef takes some getting used to for me. Learning technique also. The piano program I’m working through is still on the easy side for me, but that’s ok. Taking it slow. Wondering when fingerings will be covered - I’m very awkward in that department!