Posts tagged: new year’s

Happy Holidays!

By , December 4, 2013 10:17 am

One of the many Love’s Truck Stops in the great state of Idaho:


The end of this year has been punctuated with tours to Los Angeles and Montana, as well as working with new recordings and new musical ideas.

I’m still trying to find a sound and approach that I can consistently use in all musical situations, rather than change the way I play from group to group. Maybe it isn’t possible, maybe it’s supposed to be a neverending search, but I feel like my playing would be even more rewarding that way (if that’s possible!)

Regardless, the opportunities to travel and take in the moods and social climates of other cities have been really fun; it has been interesting to think about how my musical tastes are affected and defined by my Seattle background, and how that compares to other towns and areas.

Getting close now to the end of the year, and the traditional New Year’s Post.  My plan this year is to compile a Dog Blog post, a collection of pictures of all the dogs I’ve come across while travelling and playing music this year.  The original Dog Blog was a short-lived page on the original Polyrhythmics website, which has now gone away, but there are plenty of pictures worth putting up, so stay tuned for that soon!

Lastly, a bit of listening.  Before I heard this song, I had heard of Dianne Schuur, but wasn’t really familiar with her.  Her voice on this blew me away, as did the song, which totally struck me as well.  With a little bit of research, I found out it was written by a famous Brazilian composer Ivan Lins, who I hope to check out more.


Happy New Year!

By , December 20, 2012 4:50 pm


It may be a bit early for this, but I don’t care.

So…I had planned a New Year’s-themed post, with resolutions and everything, and then realized I would basically be typing the same thing I typed last year.


I was not exactly stellar in following through on my resolutions.  When I look back on 2012, though, I don’t regret all that much of what I did, even if some of it was contrary to those resolutions.  For the most part, I moved forward, took care of business as best I could, and took some chances too.  I will say this:  I wish I had more pictures.  For all the jerking around Facebook can sometimes do with us, and although it can have some pretty negative effects on my social interaction, I was happy to have a timeline to look back on this year.

There have been a fair amount of changes; nothing huge, just a lot of social and personal things.  I made new friends, adjusted to changes with old ones, played and heard a lot of inspiring music, taught and learned from fun students, and kept a roof over my head.  I don’t want to ask for much more than that.





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