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From the Mouths of Babes

In Music, Tunes on February 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

An original song on last year’s Christmas CD. I recorded it on the 1926 Steinway at Don Ross Studio in Eugene. This was a composite of three takes, using minimal additional editing. The remix corrects what I feel was a bit of over-compression and also improves on the original’s EQ curve. Enjoy!

From the Mouths of Babes (remix)


A band called ToneDawg

In Tunes on April 18, 2008 at 10:46 am

I wanted our band to be called “Merlin’s Madness” or perhaps “Merlin’s Magic.” I was overruled, and perhaps that was for the best, as our floppy-eared alter ego did constitute the coolest band logo/mascot ever. The genius behind the madness was an energetic, pony-tailed 6th grade teacher who moonlighted as a guitar god, ruling over Eugene and the surrounding environs with a potent mix of Steely Dan, Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, and Phish-influenced jam band rock.

With bassist Arne Olsen and drummer Rick Buckendahl, we crisscrossed western Oregon, often traveling as far as Bend, Portland, and Ashland, as often as not depending on the kindness of strangers for our lodging. We played Ashland, in fact, during the infamous New Year’s Eve flood of 1996, loading in during a driving rainstorm over a wet wooden footbridge spanning the creek that lent the late, lamented Ashland Creek Bar & Grill its name. When we loaded out the next day, Interstate 5 was closed and part of the outdoor dining deck was washed away, along with two unfortunate and adjacent lower-lying businesses.

We sailed, we soared, and for $40 a night we presided over Eugene’s hallowed haunts — The Old Pad, the Good Times, the Vet’s Club, Taylor’s. We played for weddings, parties, and festivals. We packed it in when I got the call to go on the road with a rising country singer, never to resurface.

More’s the pity.


Tune: An old favorite

In Music, Tunes on April 17, 2008 at 9:50 am

Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in the late 1990s with a gospel singer who for a time befriended me. I always liked this arrangement, with its unexpected reharmonization  and wistful pitch. We got it in one take, with only a minor punch-in on the takeout.