So Much Hokum

So Much Hokum

Daniel 2:27-30

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked,  but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:  To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.  But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.

I have always looked at mediums, palm readers, fortune tellers, psychics, clairvoyants, etc., with extreme skepticism.

I find all of them no matter how famous or infamous to be nothing more that sideshow carnival hucksters.  The ones who achieve prominence are just better showmen and businessmen. Continue reading

How Little Time

How Little Time

Last winter right before Christmas I witnessed something that happened right outside my window at work.

Around 4:00 PM as the early darkness of winter was making its way into the day I heard an ambulance siren.  It’s not unusual to hear these sirens.  Normally they are on their way to somewhere down the road.

But this day it stopped right outside my window at the company across the street.

I could see an employee standing outside signaling the ambulance to stop and showing the paramedics where to go in the building. Continue reading

I Miss The Records, But Love The Technology

I Miss The Records, But Love The Technology

There sure have been a lot of changes in the music world over the past 30 years.

Thank you Captain Obvious, but please humor this old man.  You younger ones think most of this stuff has been there forever.

The changes have their pros and cons, for instance the mammoth changes in recording technology.

When I left the music world if you wanted to do any type of multi track recording with any semblance of a professional sound you had to spend thousands of dollars for just a few songs. Continue reading

Lost Its Art

Lost Its Art

One weekend last fall my sister and her husband came in from out of town.  They have a second home which is a log cabin located in the woods close to my house.

My family took this opportunity to get together and have an early Thanksgiving dinner and since it was on a Sunday that we gathered together the NFL games were on the TV.

I stopped watching the NFL and most other sports except for the NHL, which is the only sport I really follow anymore.  Baseball is starting to make a bit of a comeback for me.

Watching these NFL games, along with the pregame, in game and post game commentators reminded me why I stopped watching the sport. Continue reading

Riding The Train

Riding The Train

This is a follow up piece to Melancholy Goodbye.  I wrote this the day I boarded the auto train with my pickup truck loaded with all my music and recording equipment and a few delicate items that I didn’t want to chance shipping in the moving container.

The day I have thought about for over three months is finally here.  It came three days later than expected but it is here.

I haven’t written in over a week due to the closing of the house sale and getting everything packed, moved or tossed prior to the sale.

I was supposed to leave on a Thursday via the auto train but due to a tropical storm/hurricane deciding to move across northern Florida and then up the east coast, my train ride was postponed not once but twice. But finally here I sit in the train station with two hours to kill. Continue reading

Melancholy Goodbye

Melancholy Goodbye

I wrote this piece on my last day at the office, the office I had gone to for twenty seven years.

Today is my last day of going to work at my current office.

I will still be working for the same company after I relocate to Florida, but I’ll be working from my home and with scaled back hours.

So really today is my last day of getting up and going through my morning rituals.  It’s the last day of fighting traffic just to get to the same building at the same time every working day.  I’ve been doing it at the same location for twenty seven years and at different locations for almost forty years, working a nine to five that is.

I woke up early this morning but I wasn’t rejoicing.  Truthfully I was a bit nervous. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Carlos Vega

Happy Birthday Carlos Vega

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite drummers, Carlos Vega.  So I thought I would repost this piece in his honor.

I wanted to write about Carlos Vega.

Carlos Vega is a session drummer I would put right up there with Steve Gadd and Jim Keltner.

My first encounter with the name Carlos Vega was when I was reviewing the credits on James Taylor’s album “Hourglass”.

“Hour Glass” was suggested to me by my friend.  He wanted me to listen to the inner workings of the bass and drums.  We thought it was Lee Sklar and Russ Kunkel.  So I was surprised when I checked the credits online (You can’t sit and read the cover and liner notes like in the old days.) and saw the names Carlos Vega on drums and Jimmy Johnson on bass.

At the time I wasn’t real familiar with either of them.  But over the past few years I have learned more and more about them and their work both separate and together.

The album “Hourglass” is a great album and the playing of Carlos Vega and Jimmy Johnson is great.

So after listening to this album over and over I started to see Carlos Vega’s name popping up on credits all over the place.  I started to seek out albums that he appeared on such as Michael Landau’s Tales from the Bulge and more James Taylor albums.  I found his name on the hit single “From A Distance” by Bette Midler.

The more I listened to him play the more I wanted to try to find out about him as a person. Continue reading