“Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”

It’s Father’s Day. It bugs me that I have to even think about my kids doing “Code Red” drills at school, preparing for the day a shooter might walk in and take out his anger on a bunch of innocent children. After the Parkland shooting in February, I started thinking about all of the pro-gun slogans I heard on endless repeat growing up. This little ode to America’s love affair with guns is what came out.

I originally performed this version of the piece on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 3. This video is a couple minutes shorter with added infographics showing how our society’s obsession with “the right to bear arms” affects women, children and black people.

And, for the record, as a Galactic citizen with an Earth visa, I am not a Democrat. And I’m certainly not a Republican. But I would love to hear one right-wing nut job try to convince me that it was the intent of the authors of the Second Amendment to protect the rights of 20-year-old white boys with daddy issues and a headful of Zoloft or Paxil to buy semi-automatic rifles at Walmart or the traveling gun fair. These weapons were developed to enable soldiers to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible.

Sell the kid a top-loading musket – I’m OK with that, see?

The Heart Is the Center of the Universe

Live Looping Improv – Show Opener

I’ve been working on the opening number for one-man show. I happened to record this practice session and was psyched to listen on my earbuds and find a lot of tasty ear candy moments!


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Everything Is Perfectly Fine In This Moment

This meditative piece that turns into a happy little song in the last minute came out of a dark moment. One of those days when I felt paralyzed, stuck in the mud of unhappy thoughts. The Mind Parasites had brought their A game and me…? I felt like a total loser.

One of those days where you tell yourself, “Just play up your damn guitar – five minutes – and you’ll feel better.” But you just stare at it, across the room, knowing you’re too much of a chump to walk over and even pick it up.

And then this thunderstorm rolled in. It was a clear summer day and suddenly the sky turned dark, the lightning crashed, the heavens opened up and the rain came down. And I got excited about trying to record the thunder and the rain on my iPhone. I ran outside under the front awning. I ran upstairs to the little back balcony. I trotted down the hall to my studio.

And I spent the next few hours in creative nirvana….

On the Moon

On the Moon

Without Contraries is no progression. – William Blake

We’ve been feeling – a lot – this autumn. We can feel the world changing and it can feel by turns exhilarating, terrifying, exhausting and confusing.

Today’s Gemini Full Moon empowers us to think rationally about everything we’ve felt over the last two or three lunar cycles – and, indeed, the last year. This is a valuable gift, Continue reading

Mr. Fantasy Looper #1

Live looping rendition of Traffic’s Dear Mr. Fantasy. Recorded in Ableton Live 9 with McMillen Softstep, one microphone, one guitar. Everything you hear was played live in one take – albeit a take edited down from about 22 minutes or so!

Video images were all taken locally on my iPhone, except for the drawing which is the work of Detroit artist Kyle M. Stone and is featured in the cover art of the latest release by my rock band Stand & Deliver.