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When I started 7th grade, I went into my band teacher’s office and broke down in tears. I admitted to her that I didn’t know how to read sheet music and had drawn the fingering to every note on my music so I could play it. She separated me from the rest of the class and personally taught me every note and how to play it on my trumpet while a student teacher conducted the class. This, this is why music is so important to me. I never forgot how great it felt to be able to learn and speak the language of music. I ended up playing trumpet till the day I graduated and still remember the notes to this day. In fact, me and Mrs. Flanagan are friends to this day, and I still can’t pay her enough respect for that time she spent with me.

Thanks, Mrs. Flanagan.

Nov 7

Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell!

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now [Original Studio Version, 1969] (by BluesAnders)

Some photos of me taken by Bailee Ann Steinmetz at 7/27 Fest. It was a great time, very chill, and many talented music acts. I performed a solo set on Saturday (the first all country set I’ve ever done) and then an all star jam on Sunday night with BSRB.

Why Schroeder (the piano playing Peanut) was the best character:
In 1971’s Play It Again Charlie Brown, Lucy asked if pianists make a lot of money, and Schroeder flew into a rage: “Who cares about money?! This is art, you blockhead! This is great music I’m playing, and playing great music is an art! Do you hear me? An art! Art! Art! Art! Art! Art!” (the last five words punctuated by slamming his hands against his piano).

April 12th, 1861. The American Civil War officially begins.

Field Musicians of the Civil War (by tapsbugler)

Apr 9

Picking up this gem from 1976 tomorrow evening. A Yamaha CP30. From what I’ve read, it’s the same model that Supertramp and Hall and Oates used. I love the tone and can’t wait to record with it.

Yamaha CP-30 Demo (by bobajobbob57)

Kindness still exist.

A really sweet little old lady just came into the store and gave me an old blue Mason jar with $5 in it. She said it was a tip and a tip jar because I played the pump organ for her the other day. She said she hadn’t heard one played since she was a little girl and the school house she went to had one that the teacher played. Just one of those nice moments you never expect, but appreciate.

This photo was taken yesterday (St. Patrick’s Day) at around noon. Me and my friends were invited to play at a bar by one of our other friends. He told us about the night before and said it had to sound Irish. So we basically improved our parts and got paid with big mugs of Guinness. I felt like Bender when he went on tour with Beck because I was tearing it up on the washboard. Somehow it sounded good enough for us to be invited back to play another show that night.

This photo was taken yesterday (St. Patrick’s Day) at around noon. Me and my friends were invited to play at a bar by one of our other friends. He told us about the night before and said it had to sound Irish. So we basically improved our parts and got paid with big mugs of Guinness. I felt like Bender when he went on tour with Beck because I was tearing it up on the washboard. Somehow it sounded good enough for us to be invited back to play another show that night.

Auction house: We found Titanic violin - Yahoo! News

This is really amazing. Wallace Hartley is one of my hero’s of the Titanic story. The fact that he and his fellow band mates decided to keep playing to calm panicking passengers and didn’t even attempt at stepping foot on a lifeboat really speaks volume to me. I was lucky many years ago to visit band member violinist John Hume’s grave in Halifax, Nova Scotia and pay my respects.
Got some “The Sunlandic Twins” by Of Montreal spinning now.

Got some “The Sunlandic Twins” by Of Montreal spinning now.

Now listening to. Original copy too :).

Now listening to. Original copy too :).

Feb 6

Going the distance.

Just learned that an average 33 1/3 vinyl record has a groove 1,500 feet long on one side. That means if you play one side of a record all the way through, the needle has traveled the height of the Empire State Building. Play both sides and the needle has traveled 278 feet more than the height of the Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest structure.

Looks like my new album will be very international. I have an excellent flute player in London who will add a part to one or two of my songs, and a fellow in Liverpool who wants to do the bass parts for my songs. Can’t wait to hear it when it all comes together!

My stage outfit for my band’s gig last night at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. It was a pretty fun show.

My stage outfit for my band’s gig last night at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. It was a pretty fun show.

Dec 8

My first life lesson.

The first instrument I ever played was the harmonica. I picked it up when I was in about 3rd grade and played it all the time. I remember I once played it for my Great-Grandfather and he got the biggest smile on his face. It was in 4th grade that I decided to try out for our elementary schools talent show. The judges decided I couldn’t be in it because I wouldn’t play anyone elses songs, just my own. I remember thinking “I’ll show you” when I got rejected. When I got back to my class room, I told everyone about it and then proceeded to stand up on my chair and started playing as fast as I could just anything that came to mind. The whole class applauded and even my teacher was rooting for me. It was then I realized that you cannot depend on the opinions of one person to decide what  is music and what isn’t. I still play harmonica to this day as well as many other instruments I’ve picked up along the way. I still prefer to play the songs in my head as well.