Thursday, January 19, 2017


Taken during a walk early tonight...


Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Lost 10.2 pounds since December 30th. Feels good. Piano going ok but not practicing as much as I should. Will be singing something of a solo on "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" for Saturday night's Mass.

Monday, January 16, 2017

8 Minutes in the Morning

Started working out using Jorge Cruise's "8 Minutes in the Morning Kit." 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lift Off

Looks like our band is starting to get into gear with regards to publicity. Had a meeting with our band leader today, and we ironed out some things. Also rehearsed some stuff with him on keyboard and me on my Casino guitar.
Also continued to move on in my Susman piano material.
Just having a little typical angst with regards to piano vs. guitar. Every once in awhile I get into the guitar again....

Friday, January 13, 2017

Band Gig / Piano / Guitar

• Offered an official paying band gig. Will be playing it in March with two other band members. I'll be on guitar. Have picked up the guitar again and I'll be playing more of the guitar in order to get ready for this gig.
• I see no reason why that should preclude me spending time learning the piano. Went back to the piano today and continue to work on "What Child is This?" I finished lesson 2 of it.
• Trying still to be be more healthy, but the weight is being very clingy with regards to leaving.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

La La Land

Saw the movie "La La Land" yesterday and just loved it. Jazz! Dreams!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Piano Guitar

Started working on Susman's arrangement of "What Child is This?" Tempted to try to learn more on guitar, but I want to keep up the piano challenge. Maybe work on guitar but not as seriously as the piano. I find that there's only so much time I can play the piano; there's that point when I learn a passage but I don't want to go on and learn too much too quick. Maybe during those times I can pick up the guitar.

So far, everyday this year, I've walked more than 10,000 steps daily as exercise. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

piano guitar

Started by looking at a DVD I had regarding learning fingerpicking guitar. Got me into it, but then I travelled to my piano and got into the piano again.
I definitely think that it's time to move to the next song in the Susman material. But I should watch the whole video series to make sure I'm doing things correctly. 
I could definitely still work on increasing the tempo on my piano play.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Random memory
Raindrops hitting my yellow raincoat
Metal buttons 
Making sure my shoes had those coverings
The sound of the raindrops hitting my hood
The smell of the yellow baggy armed coat
My, my mother loved me.


  During a        Walk Today



Just a little of piano playing today. Did order the piano improvisation book. 
Was thinking of getting another book to read just for the heck of it, and settled on the Stephen King book, "It." Read "The Shining" many many years ago and loved it. Really liked "Pet Semetary." Read "Salem's Lot" after "The Shining," and was a letdown; seemed just a vampire story to me.
Still maintaining healthy habits. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Really getting ok at the "Oh Christmas Tree" song. I think it just might be time to move on. 
Still tempted to get the book on piano improvisation....
Continue to do well taking care of my health.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Piano Piano Piano

Watched "Rocky Balboa" again and loved it. 
Continue to work on Susman material. Wondering if I should work on piano improvisation also. Found a book that might help with that. It's that songs like "Oh Christmas Tree" are so beautiful, yet short, and therefore an improvisation in the middle of the song would be a great thing.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

The "Oh Christmas Tree" song done with the Bill Susman arrangement is just beautiful. I'm done figuring out the whole song, and I really want to get it in my hands.  

Received a Fitbit2 for Christmas, and I've been getting in my 10,000 daily steps. Difficult to stay on course with the diet when there is so much delicious food here from a New Year's Day party!

                      NEW YEAR !!!!!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve

* Keeping up with healthy habits
* Practiced more Susman stuff / moving on in his "Oh Christmas Tree" lesson / sounds beautiful
* Started some drawing lessons from a book!