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Category Archives: Music

AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” owned on acoustic guitar

05-Mar-15

“Thunderstruck” is about the last song crying out for solo acoustic guitar treatment, but this guy Luca Stricagnoli rocks it. Heavy.

A photo of my guitar used by Nashville Public Radio: New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten

18-Sep-14

Nashville Public Radio did a very cool segment on the great Victor Wooten, and a new kind of bass guitar created for a concerto he co-wrote and is performing. The accompanying blog post used a photo of one of my six-string guitars (via Flickr, under CCL). I didn’t make the guitar, I just (too rarely) […]

Reactions to Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian

28-Apr-14

Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian My rating: 5 of 5 stars Meticulously researched, precisely reported, not overlong. McMillian does a great job of identifying the areas of overlap – lots of cooperation and competition and both – between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, without reducing the dynamic to binary extremes. He strips away […]

A quote from Maria Callas

01-Jul-13

“What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?” – […]

The Great Jerry Jemmott: Jaw-dropping Session Bass from 1972

15-Jun-13

Tonight I grabbed a couple of CDs from the shelf for the drive to and from San Francisco (yes, I still play CDs on occasion). One was a 1972 album by Hammond organ master Richard “Groove” Holmes called American Pie. (Originally issued on Groove Merchant.) Groove Holmes is infamous for veering too far into pop […]

Review: Rush at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View CA: August 9, 2010

14-Aug-10

On Monday (August 9, 2010) I saw Rush perform at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. While the show was by no means perfect, the good – the great – far outweighed the bad. Rush fans of any generation should make every effort to catch the band this time out. They seem to be […]