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“Piano Electric!” (Original Piano Improv)

Yesterday I posted this video my wife took of me playing some lively improvised piano music. Enjoy “Piano Electric!”

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If You Tune In, the Ideas… Just Come.

Last December I started collaborating on a musical. My friend Matt had written the entire script, including lyrical drafts of almost all the songs. What he needed was a composer and tunesmith who could provide musical ideas as well as craft the lyrics into workable form. I began working over Christmas break. By March 1st, […]

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A Heartfelt Connection with My Audience

This afternoon I performed a solo piano show for an enthusiastic audience which I would nearly describe as raving fans. I have performed at this venue numerous times before, and there are always really cool aspects to it, such as: audience members who always get up and dance people who address me by name and […]

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The Prodigal Son Returneth (Version 2.0)

A few years ago I wrote a post called “The Prodigal Son Returneth.” At the time, I hadn’t blogged for nearly 8 months, so the title suggested a sort of mock-guilty confessional tone, not uncommon in my rather anxious early days of blogging. The current pause has not been nearly as long–a more one month […]

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Day 107: Never Belonged

I think it is very important that people accept who they are and live congruently with that, instead of trying to be who they are not.  Personally, I know what it feels like not to accept myself.  I did it for years.  In fact, it almost feels like this 365 Day Blogging Project has been […]

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Day 105: How I Made My Latest Music Video

My latest video, “Bagels and Chocolate Milk,” is unlike any video I have ever made.  For one thing, there are three of me on the screen at once.  For another, although I have made other rap videos before, I have never made one so unabashedly comical, if you don’t count the musical-improv comedy video I […]

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Day 103: Ten Years of Love Songs

So I have been writing songs for my wife for her birthday since the first year we were together.  There have been many years where I also wrote a second song inspired in some way by our relationship. Some of these I have released, or at least put on video, and some I have not. […]

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Day 62: Flower Child!

A few years back, I wrote a song for my wife for her birthday.  The song is called “Flower Child,” and it’s one of many sweet love songs I have written for her (In fact, I put out an album awhile ago completely of love songs called “I Love You”… “Flower Child” was written after […]

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Day 37: My Collaboration with Charlie Chaplin

A few months ago my wife and I went to a silent movie performance in Downtown Sacramento, where we listened to an organist playing an original score to a Buster Keaton movie and a Laurel and Hardy movie.  I was so inspired by this experience that I went home and promptly wrote my own score, […]

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Day 5: Opening up the Soundcloud Vault

Hey All (Readers real and imagined): Today I have decided to share and talk a little about one of my recordings I posted up on Soundcloud…. many moons ago.  The piece is an improvisation titled “Universal Longing,” and according to my Soundcloud Account, I posted it 5 years ago. Take a listen, then we shall […]