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This was an interesting winter that hopefully is nearly over.  It was either near ZERO degrees, snowy and miserable or SIXTY degrees and unnaturally warm.  I spent much time thinking about the music I wanted to perform and how to go about giving the best performance of that material.  I also had the 5 week flu even though I had a flu shot.  I stayed home as much as possible because I didn't want others to go through this misery.

I've reworked many of my earlier guitar compositions making them even better and I look forward to performing them for you.

Watch my calendar for upcoming concerts.

 

Winter has arrived with a blast of frigid air.  I say brrr.   We had a beautiful unseasonably warm autumn and now it is 2 degrees below 0 F.

I have retired from my corporate retail job and I have spent the last 3 months getting my life in order.  I have gone through the garage attic and the basement storage rooms assembling items to donate or sell, finding all kinds of stuff I didn't know existed.  I also began a get myself into shape program.  I worked my way up to "running" 5 miles every other day and I have lost 15 pounds in the process, however, it is hard to run outside when it is below freezing so we will see how much I can keep off.

I've also spent time thinking about my music and guitar compositions and the musical direction I want to go in the future.  So check in for future updates.

 

There are now 2 of my compositions on YOUTUBE performed by guitarist Jorge Torres. Associate Professor of Music at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. 

As soon as I figure out how to get to add a direct link to the website I will, but until the you can go to YOUTUBE.com and view them by typing the composition's title in Search.  The title's are:

The Wish For Water

The View From Mt Pinos.

I very much enjoy his performance and interpretation of the pieces.

Check them out.

 

This past Saturday morning I performed at the Windsor Farmers Market.  It was great to be playing outdoors in the cool morning air while people shopped for fresh vegies, fruits, breads and other items.  I used a newly acquired battery operated amplifier that was very small and light but delivered a crisp, clean acoustic guitar sound with enough volume for an outdoor show.  Sometimes technology is amazing.  I still prefer the sound of an unamplified guitar, but for some gigs an amplifier is necessary.

Many people stopped and listened, asking for requests and complimenting me on my playing.

I will return to the Windsor Farmers Market, Saturday August 16th starting at 9:00 am.  Come out and get fresh organic food and other items and enjoy some great guitar music.  I hope to see you there.

 

     Life is filled with changes, some good, some bad.  But these new changes are all good.  I have retired from my day job as a head cashier at a major chain bookstore and now I can totally concentrate on my guitar career, performing concerts, giving lessons and finally completing my CD project that has been ever so slowly progressing while I was working fulltime.

     I must admit my attitude has improved immensely.  I wake up in the morning and I can't wait to pick up the guitar and play.  I am working on a Bruce Springsteen song, trying to arrange it for solo guitar but as with many stadium rock anthems it has a chorus and the verses are more shouted than sung to a melody.  I am also working more on my own compositions that usually have a melody :-)

     Concerning CD's and the distribution of recorded music, I am open to any feedback on how to make my recorded guitar music available to everyone.  Does anyone still buy CD's or is it all online song by song sales for I-pod type devices?  I still sell a few CDs at my performances but I notice that big name solo guitar performers are not releasing any new records, CDs or anything like that.  In fact, Leo Kottke and others seem to be using YouTube as their recording platforms.  I would like to hear your opinions about this.

     I will be performing for the public at the Windsor Farmers Market here in Colorado in July and August.  Check my calendar for dates and times.  I hope to see you there.

 

This year I am getting asked to perform at many private events.  You may be wondering what these events are.  I can't tell you the particulars because they are not open to the general public due to the purpose of the event.  However, I can tell you that I am usually supplying background music to a networking event or a private social event.

I don't mind performing as background music because I meet many great people this way and they become fans and give me ideas where to perform in a concert venue I may not have heard about.  They also suggest many fine tunes I should learn or tell me of other guitarists that I have not heard of before.

I perform cover tunes that suit the event as well as many of my original solo guitar pieces and I always have business cards available as well as CD's for purchase. 

These events are fun, even when it's a serious event, and I enjoy them and these events benefit my career as a guitarist.

I thought you might be interested after looking at my concert calendar.

 

 

I'd like to thank the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and the Loveland Embassy Suites for having me perform for their "Chamber After Hours" event.  I had a great time and received numerous compliments on my guitar playing and my guitar compositions.  The event was very well attended and a good time was had by all including the guitarist.  I hope to do it again sometime soon.

It is the wonderful time of the year again.  This old bear has come out of hibernation and I am lining up some great shows for the upcoming months.  This past winter was more difficult than most because I caught the never ending flu or gunk or what ever it was, but now I am healthy and ready to go out and perform.

Watch for upcoming performances in the calendar section!

 

Another New Year has begun and as always I have many resolutions.  Besides the usual lose weight and get in shape so I can run a mile as fast as I did when I was 20 (probably just a dream) I resolve to learn 6 great new solo guitar instrumentals this year.  They are:

The Tempest by Doug Smith

Andecy by Andrew York

Turning Turning Back by Alex Degrassi

Freewayman by Pat Donohue

Cobalt Blue and The White Pass Trail by Laurence Juber

I really love listening to these pieces and I have a great desire to be able to play them.  Some of them are in tunings I haven't used before so this will be an big learning experience.  I will most likely learn all of these pieces before I match my mile time from when I was 20.  But there is always hope.

We had another great evening at the Loveland Aleworks this past Friday night.  It was Night On The Town here in Loveland and the place was jumping.  I saw many old friends and made some new friends as I played my solo guitar music through the night. 

The Ale is so good there, in fact as I type this Sunday afternoon (WHAT? YOU'RE NOT WATCHING THE BRONCOS?) I am enjoying a glass of the fabulous Stout they brew there.  It is a fine ale for a mid-autumn afternoon.

I'll be performing there again soon so check out my calendar for that and future performances.

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